Media Watch – May 21

By on 21/05/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Probe as council urges staff to support bins (Birmingham Mail) Council lawyers are investigating claims of a 'Big Brother'-style abuse of private employee information - after scores were asked to promote wheelie bins.

Birmingham strikes gold at Chelsea (BBC, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council's 'Enlightenment' display, which celebrates the forthcoming opening of the Library of Birmingham in September, has scooped a Gold award at the prestigious Chelsea Flower show.

Bore hits back against ‘benefit ghettoes’ jibe (Birmingham Mail) Council leader Sir Albert Bore has blasted a right-wing think tank after it branded Birmingham wards with high unemployment as ‘benefit ghettoes’.

City loan shark netted £600k to fund his betting (ITV Central, Birmingham Mail) A loan shark has been jailed for netting £600,000 from an illegal business he launched in Birmingham to prey on gambling addicts.

Grandmother left to die of thirst by care home staff (Mirror, Daily Telegraph) A coroner condemned a care home after ruling that ‘gross neglect’ by staff led to a grandmother dying of thirst.

Regional Headlines

HS2 compensation row on deadline
A row breaks out over HS2 housing compensation on the deadline for comments on the exceptional hardship scheme.

Charge after man left critically ill
A man is charged over an attack in Wolverhampton left a man critically ill.

National Headlines

We’re not sneering, says Cameron
David Cameron emails all Tory activists to praise their “decency and duty” in an attempt to mend relations after alleged “loon” slurs by a senior ally.

Marks and Spencer sees profits fall
Marks and Spencer reports a big fall in annual profits, as troubles in its clothing division continue.

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