Media Watch – June 4

By on 04/06/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Trojan Horse - widespread local and national coverage.

MP Shabana Mahmood calls for calm in the dispute over the running of Al-Hijrah School (Birmingham Mail): Quotes Shabana Mahmood voices concern over how the dispute could be affecting students taking their exams.

Women get key roles in city's new-look Cabinet (Birmingham Mail): Report on Cabinet reshuffle, highlighting the new roles for Cllrs Penny Holbrook and Lisa Trickett.

Green lunch at the gardens (Birmingham Mail): Previewing the Big Green Lunch at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Saturday, June 7.

GPs miss out on £85m sexual health contract (Pulse): Birmingham City Council has shortlisted providers for a new sexual health service, which combines all existing contracts - including general and specialist GUM services, STI screening and former GP local enhanced services - into a single five year contract. The contract winner will act as 'lead provider' and Birmingham City Council intends for them to work with practices, as well as pharmacies and hospitals, to deliver sexual health services in future.

Library of Birmingham bags Project of the Year for Carillion at CIOB Awards (Construction Manager): Library of Birmingham wins two awards, including Project of the Year, at a ceremony held at the ICC.

Golden girl Jess enjoys trip to Brum (Birmingham Mail): Olympic golden girl Jessica Ennis-Hill tweeted about her recent meeting with a group of mums for an Active Parks session in Ward End Park last Friday.

Bus lane enforcement - no easy ride? (Surveyor): Trade press piece on bus-lane enforcement, which references the £1.7m income generated by the 18,000 fines issued by the city council, which are under review.

Safety concert is shortlisted (Care on the Road): Arts and Business Awards round-up, which references the Clock On To Safety project with CBSO, which involved the city council's Smarter Choices Team.

Guerrilla gardens: what happens when communities take over council land (Guardian): Feature on how some local authorities are working with local communities to give public green spaces a new lease of life - refers to Highbury Community Orchard in Highbury Park.

Regional headlines

1,000 beds face axe in hospitals shake-up, as city hospital bosses look at limiting the time patients spend in urgent, short-term care.

Police commissioner Bob Jones calls for full inquiry into three men killed in the 2011 Birmingham riots, in letter to the Prime Minister.

National headlines

Cameron and Clegg promise 'bold' Queen's Speech, the last before the next general election, which will be “unashamedly pro-work and pro-business.”

Heathrow's new £2.5bn Terminal 2 opens to the public today - but passengers are being warned to expect early 'teething problems'.

Proposals by exam regulator Ofqual suggests some GCSE and A-level subjects, such as home economics and performing arts, should be scrapped.

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