Media Watch – March 27

By on 27/03/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Border body run by ex-council boss abolished (Birmingham Mail) The immigration authority once led by a former BCC chief executive, Lin Homer, is to be abolished after the Home Secretary concluded it was failing

Runners gear up for city half-marathon (Birmingham Mail)
Runners have been put under starter’s orders for this year’s Bupa Great Birmingham Run, with organisers saying the event will be bigger and better than ever

Birmingham councillors praise Morrison for improved performance (West Midlands Housing News) The council's gas repair contractor Morrison plc has won praise for turning round its performance

Paradise Circus joint venture approved (Insider Daily) Detailed planning on the £450m development can now get underway after a joint venture by the council and the financial backer of developer Argent was approved by the cabinet

Birmingham to pilot new fund for inward investors (Insider Daily) Funding has been agreed for a pilot scheme to provide financial incentives for foreign investors coming to Birmingham

Regional Headlines

Kings Heath Shop fire closes major city route – One of the main routes into Birmingham is shut while up to 40 firefighters tackle a blaze at a shop.

Arrests for EDL protest violence – Eight men have been arrested in connection with violence at an English Defence League protest in Walsall

Three Birmingham police stations to close in savings plan – Steelhouse Lane, Aston and Edgbaston stations are to close along with a number of office buildings as part of £20m annual savings by the force.

National Headlines

Former Labour foreign secretary David Miliband has confirmed he is to leave Parliament to move to New York to work for a charity

Home Secretary Theresa May is to learn whether she has won an attempt to overturn a decision to allow radical cleric Abu Qatada to stay in the UK

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