Media Watch – June 29

By on 29/06/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Partnership to mark Bard’s anniversary (Birmingham Mail) The British Library is teaming up with the Library of Birmingham on a new cultural partnership which will include a special project to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

‘Trojan Horse': Government criticises education select committee (BBC) The government has claimed MPs risked undermining efforts to tackle extremism by downplaying the seriousness of the “Trojan Horse” events in Birmingham.

Birmingham’s ‘floozy’ fountain to become flowerbed (BBC, Birmingham Mail) The “Floozy in the Jacuzzi” in Birmingham city centre is to be filled with plants and flowers.

Residents to vote on plans for town council (Birmingham Mail) Residents in Sutton Coldfield have begun voting to see if they want bigger council tax bills and larger say in running local services like car parks, parks, community centres and litter collection.

Birmingham Bike project launches (First News) The first of an expected 5,000 free bikes have been distributed in Birmingham.The £24m Big Birmingham Bikes scheme will see 3,000 bikes given to residents in need. Around 1,000 bikes will be available for six-month loans and the rest will be lent out daily.

Birmingham Youth Champion announced (The Asian Today) Birmingham City Council has announced its first ever Youth Champion to make sure young people in the city have their voices heard.

Regional Headlines

Tunisia attack: Three family members killed in massacre
Three members of the same family were among those killed in the Tunisian gun attack, the BBC has learned. Adrian Evans, 44, from Tipton, West Midlands, died along with his father, 78-year-old Patrick Evans and nephew Joel Richards, 19, from Wednesbury.

Stourbridge woman charged with infecting men with HIV
A woman accused of infecting three men with HIV has been charged by police. The 41-year-old, from Stourbridge in the West Midlands, was first arrested in May, with allegations dating from 2000 to 2014.

National Headlines

Tunisia attack: Cameron says IS fight ‘struggle of our generation’
David Cameron has said the fight against Islamic State is “the struggle of our generation”, as it emerged the British death toll in the Tunisian attack will rise above 30.

New ‘duty of candour’ rules instruct medics to admit mistakes
New guidelines are being unveiled for doctors, nurses and midwives across the UK on being honest and open with patients when things go wrong.


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