Media Watch – June 6

By on 06/06/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Further analysis of the Trojan Horse allegations prior to official publication by Ofsted of inspections of 21 schools, including:

  • On-going issues between Michael Gove and Teresa May (Guardian, Telegraph, BBC, Mirror, Morning Star, Evening Standard, ITV, Free)
  • The Guardian claims that Ofsted’s credibility is at stake.
  • Trojan Horse pupils 'not safe from extreme views,' claims Ofsted report (Independent, i, Times, Mirror) One of the schools investigated as a result of the Birmingham “Trojan Horse” inquiry is failing to protect pupils from extremist views, an official report has concluded.

Governors are barred from ‘failing’ school (Times) The former chair of governors and other former governors at Al-Hijrah school have been banned from the site.

Worker suspended ‘for waste tip-off’ (BBC) The GMB union claims a Birmingham City Council worker has been suspended for tipping off the media about green waste changes. In a statement, Birmingham City Council said: “A member of staff has been suspended without prejudice. As the related investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”

Cop boss: Spend £750k on staff not HQ facelift (Birmingham Mail) West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones has urged council officials to drop demands for a £750,000facelift of the force’s headquarters.

New Tory chief: give us three years (Birmingham Mail) The Conservatives should set themselves a target of running Birmingham within three years, according to new group leader Cllr Robert Alden.

Regional Headlines

Law graduate Rhiannon Brooker convicted over false rape claims
A law graduate who falsely accused her boyfriend of rape has been found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Collapsed Kings Norton house to be partially demolished
Demolition work has started on a house in Birmingham that partially collapsed.

National Headlines

Leaders gather for D-Day anniversary
World leaders are joining veterans in northern France to mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War Two.

Conservatives win Newark by-election
The Conservatives see off a challenge from UKIP to win the Newark by-election with a majority of more than 7,000.

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