Top Birmingham City Council Stories
Trojan Horse (Extensive local and national coverage)
– Blair: School plotters are like Boko Haram (The Times, The Sun, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail)
– Riot alert as Trojan Horse anger grows (Sunday Times)
– School governors linked to ‘extremists’ who want to teach that segregation should be the norm (Sunday Express)
– The truth catches up with the Trojan Horse (Sunday Times), featuring comments from Cllr Ansar Ali Khan that parents want locally-led schools with a focus on education rather than faith
– David Cameron outlines his vision of British values (Mail on Sunday)
– Trojan Horse parents to meet Ofsted head (Sunday Mercury)
– Birmingham government intervention “off the table” (LGC)
– Rogers urges ministers to “think of the pupils” (MJ)
– Liam Byrne MP: It's time for Park View governors to quit (Birmingham Mail)
Many 'rescued' families are still jobless or involved in crime (Guardian) Examination of statistics from the Government's “troubled families” scheme reveals that of 1,154 families turned around in Birmingham, 93 per cent remain on benefits.
'Garden tax' chaos forces rethink (Birmingham Mail) The newly-formed Connectivity and Sustainability scrutiny committee is to investigate the teething troubles affecting the council's new chargeable green recycling service. Committee chair Cllr Majid Mahmood quoted.
CBE for former Deputy Leader and MBE for Library director (Extensive local and national coverage) – Cllr Paul Tilsley has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, while Brian Gambles from the Library of Birmingham has received an MBE.
Care workers to cut carbon footprint with electric car (Birmingham Mail) Council care staff are trialling a Nissan Leaf car when travelling to home visits as part of a project to see what environmental and economic benefits they can bring for the city. Cllr John Cotton quoted.
When will our bin be wheeled out? (Sutton Observer) A couple from Sutton Coldfield claim they have not have a green waste bin delivered, despite saying they subscribed to the new service last November.
Firms counting cost of recycle centre queues causing gridlock (Sutton Observer) A director of The Plastics Depot Ltd near the Norris Way Household Recycling Centre claims he lost £11,000 in business in one week due to queues to use the HRC putting off clients.
High five for mayor (Sunday Mercury) Coverage of the Lord Mayor’s Show. Also seen across other local media.
A convicted armed robber who absconded from an open prison does not pose a threat to the public, his solicitor says. David Blood, 48, escaped from HMP Ford in West Sussex on Thursday.
West Midlands Police say not a single arrest was made in connection with Saturday night's World Cup match which saw England lose 2-1 to Italy.
The US is considering opening direct talks with Iran on the security situation in Iraq.
Gazprom’s deadline for Ukraine to pay its huge gas debts to Russia passes, with no sign of any compromise reached at crisis talks.
Campaigners welcome a law coming into effect in England and Wales making it a criminal offence to force people into marriage as “a huge step forward”.