Media Watch – March 4

By on 04/03/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council Leader Mike Whitby interviewed by Ed Doolan before taking listeners’ calls on the budget.

Fury as Tesco deal is passed (Birmingham Mail, AboutMyArea) Developers behind a bitterly contested Tesco store scheme were accused of making ‘undisguised threats’ as it was approved on a knife-edge vote.

Dad to sue council over Khyra death (Birmingham Mail) Khyra Ishaq’s dad has launched legal action against Birmingham City Council over the catalogue of failings that led to her tragic death.

Councillor goes after Twitter row (Birmingham Mail) The Tory councillor who was suspended after calling for a Muslim journalist to be stoned to death in an ill-conceived joke on social networking site Twitter is to stand down.

Five years to demolish library (Birmingham Mail) Developers have a five-year window in which to demolish Birmingham Central Library without fear of objections from conservationists.

Regional Headlines

Inspectors condemn West Midlands force’s cells
Virtually every police cell in the West Midlands force failed safety tests, inspectors have said.

Phoenix Four enter fresh MG Rover trust fund talks
Former MG Rover workers are to meet with representatives of the Phoenix Four to discuss money pledged to staff after the firm’s collapse in 2005.

Body found in Handsworth believed to be missing mother
An 18-year-old woman discovered dead in the front room of a house is believed to be a mother of one who went missing on Valentine’s Day.

National Headlines

Labour win Barnsley Central by-election
Labour have won the Barnsley Central by-election, while the Lib Dems slipped to sixth in the South Yorkshire seat.

UK International Development Secretary at Libya border
International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has travelled to the Libyan-Tunisian border amid growing fears of a refugee crisis.

May Day bank holiday plans unveiled
Plans to scrap the May Day bank holiday in favour of either a St George’s Day in April or Trafalgar Day in October have been outlined by the government.

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