Media Watch – July 7

By on 07/07/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham must explain failure to stop Trojan Horse scandal, says Gove (Telegraph, i, Daily Mail, Guardian, Independent) Birmingham City council must answer questions about how the Trojan Horse scandal was allowed to happen, Michael Gove has said, after it was claimed the authority ignored warnings for 12 years.

MP takes rubbish battle to court (Birmingham Mail) A city MP (John Hemming) is taking the council to court to force the cash-strapped local authority into collecting green waste from our streets.

Birmingham A38 tunnels roadworks night closures start (BBC, ITV) Birmingham’s city centre road tunnels close later for two weeks of overnight work ahead of a six-week total closure for the summer.

Plans for fourth lapdance club on Broad Street axed (Birmingham Mail) Councillors have rejected plans for a lapdancing club on Birmingham's Broad Street - because it would have been “one sex establishment too many.”

Pharmacies and medicine management (Noor TV) Birmingham Public Health programme encouraging people to make better use of their local pharmacies.

£350m funding boost for West Midlands (Birmingham Mail) David Cameron today announced a £350 million programme of investment in Birmingham and the West Midlands including new tram lines and business parks, improvements to city railway stations and new departments at city colleges. Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Joint campaign aims to cut numbers of children being groomed for sex (Great Barr Observer) A hard hitting campaign has seen councils that serve residents of Great Barr teaming up with police to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.

Cycling round Royal town gets Caribbean rugby stars in shape (Sutton Observer) The Barbados Rugby Sevens squad are cycling around Birmingham thanks to the city council’s Bike North Birmingham scheme. The squad is training in Sutton Coldfield ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

How can health and fitness industry improve ‘close to appalling’ use of data (Health Club Management) Birmingham City Council's BeActive scheme had made use of deprivation data combined with its own findings, said Gomm, with this information then analysed in conjunction with Birmingham University.

Regional headlines

Eight bailed after Sparkbrook death – Eight men arrested over a fight in which a man was fatally stabbed in Birmingham are bailed

GB's Whiley wins wheelchair doubles – Halesowen’s Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji of Japan win the Wimbledon ladies’ wheelchair doubles title

National headlines

'Wide-ranging' abuse inquiry planned – A wide-ranging inquiry led by a panel of experts will look into child abuse claims, the BBC understands

Israeli strikes kill Gaza militants – Nine Palestinian militants are killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza after rockets are fired at Israel, amid tensions over a Palestinian teenager’s murder

Tour de France heads to London – The final English leg of the Tour de France starts later with nearly 200 cyclists competing along the 96-mile (155km) route from Cambridge to London.

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