Media Watch – May 23

By on 23/05/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Children left 'at risk of harm' (BBC online, BBCWM) 'Widespread and serious' failures in Birmingham's children's Services department leave children at risk of harm, says Ofsted. Quotes Cllr Brigid Jones and Peter Hay head of People.

Birmingham set to bask in Caribbean sunshine (The Voice) The Caribbean is coming to Birmingham next month with a three-day extravaganza of food, music and fun. 

Waste clean-up 'no bribe' (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council's chief executive has refuted claims an emergency clean-up of dumped garden waste was an 'election bribe'. Quotes Cllr Deirdre Alden.

Green lunch at Brum gardens (Birmingham Mail) Nature lovers are invited to take part in a green day out at Birmingham's Botanical Gardens next month.

Planning boss: Use green belt to ease housing crisis (Birmingham Mail) The man charged with leading Birmingham's regeneration has urged neighbouring authorities to look at their green belt land for development and 'wake up' to a major housing crisis.  Quotes Waheed Nazir, director of planning and regeneration.

Regional Headlines

Labour holds West Midlands councils – Labour retains its hold on councils in Birmingham, Sandwell and Dudley but falls short of an overall majority in Walsall.

Peaky Blinders pub sells for £183k – A pub made famous by the BBC TV drama Peaky Blinders has been sold for £183,000 at action – £20,000 higher than its guide price.

Michael Spalding canal death: Two people charged – Two people have been charged with murder after a body was found in a Birmingham canal.

National Headlines

Farage: UKIP now ‘serious players’  – UKIP will choose target areas and “throw the kitchen sink at them”, Nigel Farage has told reporters – UKIP’s support surges, with Labour also making gains as Tories and Lib Dem lose seats in the English local elections, with most results still to come.

Coup leader summons Thai politicians – Thai ex-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is summoned to a military facility, while 155 people are banned from leaving the country.

Chinese tycoon sentenced to death – Liu Han, a Chinese tycoon believed to have links to China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang, has been sentenced to death, state media say.

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