Media Watch – May 19

By on 19/05/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

New Lord Mayor of Birmingham (BBC WM) Interview with Birmingham’s next Lord Mayor, Cllr Ray Hassall, ahead of today’s mayor-making ceremony.

Chelsea entry blooming in praise of Brum’s cathedral (Birmingham Mail) Piece on Birmingham’s entry in this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, which celebrates Birmingham Cathedral’s 300th anniversary. Quotes Cllr Ian Ward. This article was published before it was revealed that the display had won gold.

Council set to be grilled on performance (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s leadership will be quizzed in public on its efforts to improve performance next month. The Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel, appointed following last year’s Kerslake review, will question council leader Sir Albert Bore, deputy leader Cllr Ian Ward, chief executive Mark Rogers and opposition leaders Cllr Robert Alden and Cllr Paul Tilsley during a public meeting at the Council House on June 11.

Call for investigation into Broad Street BID (Birmingham Mail online) A senior councillor has called for a full audit investigation over the running of the Broad Street Business Improvement District (BID), which is being expanded and relaunched as Westside BID. Cllr Paul Tilsley, leader of Birmingham City Council’s Liberal Democrat group, said questions needed to be answered before the authority handed over any more money. The council’s cabinet yesterday approved £155,000 funding to Broad Street BID to cover its costs until August.

Head leaves school by mutual agreement (Birmingham Mail) A headteacher accused of having an affair with his chairwoman of governors during class time has left Dame Elizabeth Cadbury Technology College by mutual agreement following a six-month inquiry. Quotes council spokesperson confirming Richard Tattersfield had left the school.

Regional Headlines:

An application form mix-up meant that twin boys were offered places at different schools. Sandwell Council has now found two places at the same school but the boys’ parents are still unhappy as they say the school is too far away and have launched an appeal. The council says the parents applied for one twin twice.

A church football team from Dudley has been ordered to destroy its club crest because it is too similar to that of Middlesbrough FC. The Dudley Lions crest uses a lion design which Middlesbrough bosses say bears too much of a resemblance to their club’s badge.

National Headlines:

Prince Charles is to meet Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams at the start of a royal visit to Ireland today. Mr Adams will be among a number of politicians to greet the prince as he begins his four-day visit. The meeting in Galway will be the first in the Republic of Ireland between the Sinn Féin leadership and a member of the British Royal Family.

The drink-drive limit in England and Wales should be cut and more done to discourage women from driving while drunk, the Police Federation has said. It wants the limit to be reduced from 80 to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood – in line with changes introduced in Scotland in 2014.


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