Media Watch – June 9

By on 09/06/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Continued widespread coverage of the Trojan Horse allegations, including:

84,000 children living in poverty (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) A shocking 84,000 Birmingham children are living in poverty. Cllr John Cotton, Cabinet Member for Social Cohesion and Equalities, said: “We are committed to tackling child poverty – tackling inequality is now the first priority of the Council. However, this is being made much more difficult by national government cuts and welfare reform. We are working with partners, such as the Child Poverty Action Group, to try to mitigate the impact of these changes on the poorest families.”

Planner in call for shisha bars to install sprinklers (Birmingham Mail) A city planner (Cllr Barry Henley) has called for sprinkler systems to be installed in all shisha smoking lounges after a spate of recent fires.

Brummie so proud to be city’s mayor (Birmingham Mail) A ‘proud Brummie’ father of five, Cllr Shafique Shah, is set to become the next Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

Plans for facelift of city cops tower are praised (Birmingham Mail) Facelift plans for West Midlands Police’s ‘grubby’ Lloyd House headquarters have been praised by a council planning officer.

Ongoing coverage from Al-Hijrah School as parents protest over the appointment of an Interim Executive Board.

Regional Headlines

Stab doorman in critical condition
A Wolverhampton pub doorman is in a life-threatening condition after being stabbed in the early hours of Saturday, West Midlands Police say.

Police investigate lawyer ‘death threats’
Police have confirmed they are investigating apparent death threats sent to a Birmingham lawyer.

National Headlines

UK child poverty plans ‘doomed’
Britain’s child poverty plans are “doomed” to fail as 3.5 million children will be in absolute poverty by 2020, says a group led by Alan Milburn.

Cameron and Merkel in EU talks
The prime minister travels to Sweden to discuss the future of Europe as he continues his efforts to stop Jean-Claude Juncker becoming EC president.

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