Media Watch – March 5

By on 05/03/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Tories using Kerslake as a smokescreen – Bore (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s Labour council leader has vowed to keep on protesting and challenging the cuts handed down by the Coalition Government, despite being warned off in Sir Bob Kerslake’s review.  Quotes Cllrs Sir Albert Bore, Jon Hunt and Robert Alden.

Police chief joins calls for combined regional authority (Birmingham Post) The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (David Jamieson) has joined calls to create a region-wide combined authority.

Benefits of new tower ‘outweigh the harm’ (Birmingham Post) Plans for a 23-storey tower where the ‘V building’ was once mooted are set to be approved despite conservation groups claiming they ‘harm’ Alpha Tower.  Quotes planning officer David Wells and references the council’s environmental health department.

Car parks go in city council assets sales (Birmingham Post) A string of car parks owned by Birmingham City Council has been sold.

Clampdown on slum landlords (Birmingham Post) New powers to clamp down on poor quality student housing and hostels are to be adopted after a wave of complaints.  Quotes Cllrs James McKay and John Cotton.

1 in 3 pupils miss out on first choice school (Birmingham Post) Thousands of Birmingham schoolchildren were left disappointed after failing to get into their first preference secondary school.

£18m boost for key city centre schemes from enterprise zone (Birmingham Post) More than £18 million has been invested in city centre developments by Birmingham’s enterprise zone in the past year, the Post can reveal.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

Digital gathering is summit else for region’s businesses (Birmingham Post) More than 300 of the region’s leading SMEs attended Birmingham’s first digital summit aimed at helping businesses become more successful by embracing the digital revolution.  Cllr Lisa Trickett on the panel and quotes Raj Mack, head of Digital Birmingham.

Why booming Brum is just like historic Rome (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham is the best place to live in the UK outside London, a new study reveals.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

Regional Headlines:

Death sparks drug control review – Four hospital workers are suspended and a fifth resigns after a senior anaesthetist accidentally killed himself.

Woman ‘devastated’ as car hits home – A woman says she is “absolutely devastated” after a car crashed into her living room less than 24 hours after she moved in.

National Headlines:

Cameron: I’ll only do one TV debate – David Cameron says he will take part in only one TV debate ahead of the general election featuring seven party leaders, amid a growing row over the issue.

Police search ex-Tory MP’s home – The home of former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor is searched by police investigating historical allegations of child abuse.

Activist slashes US envoy to S Korea – A militant Korean nationalist slashes the face of the US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, at a breakfast meeting in Seoul.

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