Media Watch – June 23

By on 23/06/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City winning race for China’s billions (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) With Chinese premier Wen Jiabao visiting Longbridge this weekend, business experts claim the Birmingham is well placed to attract further investment from China.

History detectives and their golden wonders (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Double-page spreads looking at the Staffordshire Hoard conservation work being carried out at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Skills crisis is condemning a generation (Birmingham Post) A low skills base and a shortage of job vacancies is condemning a generation of Birmingham families to a lifetime of unemployment – a report to a Birmingham City Council  committee has warned.

City’s high speed survey ‘biased’ (Birmingham Post) A Birmingham City Council survey which claimed to uncover strong support for high speed rail was based on only one per cent of people whose views were canvassed saying they backed the scheme.

Councils divided over rail project (Birmingham Mail) West Midlands councils remain deeply divided over high speed rail with only Birmingham and Solihull looking certain to back the HS2 plan.

Councillors’ food demand (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is to spend almost £2,000 feeding councillors at next month’s full council meeting.

National role for city head (Birmingham Post) A head teacher who transformed a failing city secondary school has been hired as an education guru to help poorly performing schools.

Retail tsar and troubleshooter in call to save town centre managers (Birmingham Post) Retail tsar Mary Portas has vowed to fight for the jobs of Birmingham’s 11 town centre managers should he Government-led review into high street commerce highlight their value to independent businesses in the city.

Council hit by new child care scandal (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board to publish a report into the death of Aaliyhya Jordan Fellows in 2008 following the conclusion of court proceedings.

Improving reading project earns EU honour (UK Authority Report) England’s second city has been named one of Europe’s leaders when it comes to digital engagement.

Centre is nuts over monkey (Birmingham Mail) There’s some real monkey business going on at Birmingham Nature Centre, which is in the forefront of the fight to save one of the world’s most endangered primate species from extinction.

Union reps are paid £1.9m by council (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council last year spent almost £1.9 million employing the equivalent of 62 full-time staff to carry out trades union activities, new figures have revealed.

Regional Headlines

Case review into toddler’s death
A review has been carried out into the death of a three-year-old Wolverhampton boy murdered by a couple who were supposed to be caring for him.

Guard jailed for hospital ‘bomb’
A hospital security guard who sparked a six-hour alert after planting a fake bomb where he worked is jailed for 15 months.

Hughton appointed Birmingham boss
Chris Hughton is confirmed as the new Birmingham manager after completing a deal to fill the vacant post at St Andrew’s.

National Headlines

Hague reaffirms UK’s Afghan role
The foreign secretary says the UK will work with the Afghan people for many years to come, as the US announces troop withdrawals.

Libya operations ‘cost UK £250m’
The cost of UK military operations in Libya has reached £250m so far, government sources say.

Give public RBS shares says Clegg
Proposals to give the public free shares in part-nationalised banks RBS and Lloyds are backed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

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