Media Watch – June 28

By on 28/06/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Returning troops to jump the housing queue (Daily Telegraph) With David Cameron set to announce troops returning to Britain after serving in war zones will go to the front of the queue for council homes, Birmingham City Council is held up as an example of best practice.

Pickles: Think again on India jobs move (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Local government boss Eric Pickles has called for a rethink on Service Birmingham plans to offshore up to 100 jobs to India.

Birmingham Nature Centre joins fight to save Tamarins (BBC WM) Birmingham Nature Centre is at the forefront of the fight to save one of the world's most endangered primate species from extinction.

I was snubbed over Chinese PM visit – MP (Birmingham Mail) Chinese premier Wen Jiabao’s historic visit to Birmingham was the subject of a furious row as the MP representing Longbridge (Richard Burden) claimed he had been deliberately excluded.

Traffic protest forces school plan rethink (Birmingham Mail) Plans to double the size of one of Birmingham’s smallest schools (St Mary’s, Selly Oak) have been put on hold after residents complained about parking and traffic congestion.

I’ve been waiting a year to get kerb dropped (Birmingham Mail) A Great Barr man claims he has been waiting over 12 months for work to be carried out.

Three-day strike action at school (BBC) Teachers at a Sutton Coldfield school take the first of three days of strike action over plans to change the school into an academy.

Regional Headlines

Charges after elderly couple die
Police charge a man with six offences over a double-fatal crash last year involving a 95-year-old man and his 89-year-old wife from Birmingham.

Three on murder charge in court
Three people charged with the murder of a man who was shot appear at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.

National Headlines

Competition plan for universities
A shake-up of higher education in England could bring more competition between universities and consumer power for students.

PM to urge workers to halt strike
Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to repeat calls for public sector workers to call off this week’s strike over pensions, in a speech later.

Suspicious doctors advised to act
Any doctor who suspects child abuse must raise the alarm immediately and tell the parents what action they will be taking, new draft guidance says.

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