Media Watch – June 19

By on 19/06/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

More freedom for cities like Brum - plea (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) City leader Sir Albert Bore has called for Government to hand more power to Birmingham at a major international conference (BT Global City Leaders Summit). Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

Month until tunnels shut for repairs (Birmingham Mail) Drivers in Birmingham have less than a month to come up with alternative routes or ways to travel before the A38 St Chad's and Queensway tunnels close again for extensive repairs.  Quotes Amey spokesperson. 

Carers going green with electric car (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham care workers are going green after being given a new zero emission electric car to make their vital night visits to the homes of the elderly and vulnerable.  Quotes Cllr John Cotton.

Top BMX riders set for city races (Birmingham Mail) Europe's elite BMX riders are gearing up for crucial races in Birmingham that could help secure their places at the Olympics.  Quotes Cllr Ian Ward.

How city bluffed Europe to build Symphony Hall (Birmingham Post) New book claims con trick financed world-class venue.  (Front page story plugging Terry Grimley's new book.)

Review to consider devolution to districts (Birmingham Post) Local government in Birmingham could be transformed in a 'radical' plan which could see power devolved to districts.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore, Cllr Anne Underwood and Cllr Rob Pocock.

HS2: 1,300 jobs at risk with depot (Birmingham Post) Ministers have admitted for the first time Birmingham will miss out on 1,300 jobs if an HS2 depot is built on industrial land in Washwood Heath. 

Architecture award for new library (Birmingham Post) The £188 million library of Birmingham's reputation as a landmark building has been strengthened after it won a national and architectural award.

20mph limit not enough, claim safety campaigners (Birmingham Post) Road safety campaigners are demanding a major rethink over Birmingham City Council's plans for a wide area trial of 20mph speed limits. Quotes council spokesperson.

Tories hit out at Labour for £11m city underspend (Birmingham Post) Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council has underspent its 2013/14 budget by £11 million, prompting claims Labour bosses have cut services too far.  Quotes Cllr Randal Brew, Cllr John Hunt and Cllr Ian Ward.

Council: 'No evidence' of extremism in schools (Birmingham Post) Quotes Cllr Brigid Jones and Chief Executive Mark Rogers speaking to the Commons Home Affairs Committee.

New board to keep school's Islamic status (Birmingham Post) A new management team parachuted into a troubled Birmingham faith school has pledged to work alongside staff to raise educational standards and retain its Islamic school status (Al-Hijrah). Quotes Interim Executive Board.

E-cigarette makers 'are targeting children' (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham health official has accused the makers of e-cigarettes of targeting children - by introducing bubblegum and strawberry flavours.  Quotes director of public health Dr Adrian Phillips.

Bus lane enforcement - coverage of new signage (BBC online and ITV online)

Regional Headlines

Men skip bail ‘to fight in Syria’  – Two men, including one from Birmingham, who were under criminal investigation abscond from the UK intending to join jihadists in Syria, the BBC learns.

‘No more’ Benefits Street in city – The makers of the documentary Benefits Street say a second series will not be filmed on a Birmingham road.

National Headlines

Obama ‘to bypass Congress over Iraq’  -  President Obama believes he does not need congressional approval for US action against advancing militants in Iraq, the top Senate Republican says.

Virgin wins West Coast rail bid – Virgin will continue to operate West Coast Main Line train services to Glasgow with a pledge to raise capacity, the government says. 

Miliband: Young jobless ‘must train’ – Unemployed young people could be denied out-of-work benefits unless they agree to training, Labour leader Ed Miliband is to say in a speech on welfare

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