Media Watch – May 12

By on 12/05/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

(Political) Coalition in crisis (Birmingham Post, BBC News Online) Story claiming the seven year progressive partnership between Conservatives and Liberal Democrats is under threat.

£10m boost to regenerate flagging areas (Birmingham Post, Insider Media) Nearly £10m of European and local council cash is set to rejuvenate Tyseley. Plans to transform Tyseley have taken a step forward with a £2.3 million boost – £900,000 coming from Birmingham City Council.

‘Hi-tech’ corridor plan halts (Birmingham Post) Plans to create hundreds of jobs by turning the A38 corridor between Birmingham and Worcester into a hot bed of high tech firms have been shelved.

(Political) Clancy’s pulling no punched in bid for Labour leadership (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Returning councillor John Clancy is challenging Labour group leader Sir Albert Bore.

Use historic hall as home for arts (Birmingham Post) The great granddaughter of Birmingham’s most innovative leader Joseph Chamberlain has called on the city council to honour his legacy by using his historic family home to promote social enterprise, education and the arts.

Three more schools apply to become academies (Birmingham Post) Another three Birmingham schools have applied to become academies in the past month, the Government has revealed.

(Political) Deputy: I’m not leaving because of poll results (Birmingham Post) The deputy leader of Birmingham City Council’s Conservative group (Cllr Philip Parkin) is to resign after just a year in office.

Green waste row over overtime (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham binmen are failing to recycle waste in parts of the city due to a row over overtime. A Birmingham City Council spokesman said: “We are aware that due to a high demand, a limited amount of green waste had to be sent to landfill recently to ensure all weekly rounds could be completed on time. However it is worth highlighting that in April, total green waste collected was 4,781 tonnes.”

Committed to helping kids (Birmingham Mail) Letter from Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, Cllr Les Lawrence, criticising inaccuracies in Monday’s Mail report on children’s homes in Birmingham. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/05/children-in-care-cost-clarification/

Da Vinci works on show in city (Birmingham Post) Ten drawings by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci are to go on show at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery early next year.

Idowu skips into action with NIA engagement (Birmingham Post) World and European triple jump gold medalist Phillips Idowu has confirmed he will compete at both the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix and Aviva London Grand Prix this summer, as he prepares to defend his World Championship title in Daegu in September.

Regional Headlines

Nattrass to step down as West Midlands UKIP MEP
The former deputy leader of UKIP has announced he is to step down.

Metal gun stolen from Smethwick WWI memorial statue
The bronze rifle of a World War I memorial has been stolen from outside a community centre in the Black Country.

National Headlines

BA strike: Unite union considers dispute offer
Union members are meeting later to consider an offer which could end the long-running dispute between British Airways and some cabin crew.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon hit by fan
A man has been arrested in connection with an attack on Celtic manager Neil Lennon during the second half of his team’s 3-0 win against Hearts.

‘Snow supremo’ needed to avert winter transport chaos
The UK should appoint a “snow supremo” to try to avoid another winter of chaos at airports, MPs have recommended.

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