Media Watch – July 31

By on 31/07/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Trojan Horse: Confusion reigns as police deny Trojan Horse probe (Birmingham Mail) West Midlands Police have denied that they have launched an investigation into Trojan Horse following an article in yesterday's Mail which claimed they had.

Trojan Horse: Cops in schools inquiry (Daily Star) Article based on yesterday's Birmingham Mail article claiming police have launched an investigation into Trojan Horse.

City of Culture? We can't justify it, claims council (Birmingham Post) Birmingham has ruled out a bid for European Capital of Culture after deciding the costs outweigh the benefits. Quotes Cllr Penny Holbrook and former councillor Martin Mullaney.

Core city campaign draws in LEPs (Birmingham Post) A new 'Cities for Business' partnership has been formed by the Core Cities Cabinet - made up of the eight largest cities outside London - joining with the chairs of the eight Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

West Midlands attracts more foreign investment (Birmingham Post) Experts say the flow of foreign cash into the region remains strong after Greater Birmingham was named the top performing region for foreign investment. Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

'Sprint' buses could pave way for Metro extension (Birmingham Post) A new breed of superbuses are set to hit Birmingham's streets within two years under a £15m scheme expected to lead to a further expansion of the Metro. Quotes Cllr Tim Huxtable.

Stores line up to fill new Grand Central scheme (Birmingham Post) Double-page spread on progress of Grand Central scheme which references fact it is being backed by Birmingham City Council.

Lest we forget - 100 years after 'the lights went out' (Birmingham Post) Double-page feature on how centenary of outbreak of World War One will be commemorated in Birmingham. Quotes Cllr John Lines.

Time for city to bite the bullet and save millions on its Capita contract (Birmingham Post) Full-page opinion piece by Prof David Bailey of Aston Business School.

£19m scheme in Kings Norton out to tender (Birmingham Post) Plans for a major housing scheme in south Birmingham have taken another significant step forward after the city council cabinet agreed to open the tender process to build more than 300 homes.

Regional Headlines

Former Cadbury mansion goes up in flames

Northfield Manor House, the former home of the Cadbury family, has been destroyed in an arson attack.

Midlands could cash in on driverless car revolution

Driverless cars are set to take to the road in the UK from January 2015 - with a £10m boost up for grabs and the Midlands well-placed to benefit.

National Headlines

UK border staff 'not ready for Ebola', warns union leader

Border, immigration and customs staff unprepared to deal with people coming to the UK with possible cases of the Ebola virus, according to Lucy Moreton, general secretary of the Immigration Service Union.

'Huge amount' of pier saved in fire

Fire crews have saved a 'huge amount' of Eastbourne Pier after fire ripped through the Victorian structure, leaving only a metal skeleton.

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