Media Watch – May 27

By on 27/05/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Chinese investment in Birmingham? (BBC WM) Council Leader Sir Albert Bore interviewed about potential future investment in the city, after a visit by a delegation yesterday. Sir Albert also commented on discussions for a combined authority for the West Midlands region.

Resorts World to put NEC on global map (Midlands Insider) NEC Group chief executive Paul Thandi talks about the Resorts World development at the NEC site, work on which began prior to the council selling its interest in the group.

What do public leaders want to see in the Queen’s Speech? (The Guardian) Council chief executive Mark Rogers is amongst a range of local government personalities to offer their thoughts on the Government’s programme for the year ahead, with Mr Rogers calling for a city decentralisation bill that enables cities such as Birmingham to retain a much greater percentage of business rates and raise other taxes to create more jobs.

Coventrians cool on turning Brummie (Financial Times) Further coverage on the progress being made by councils in the West Midlands to create a combined authority as part of the effort to unlock more powers and funding being offered by the Government.

Regional Headlines

Police have launched a major investigation into claims of systematic child abuse on Cannock Chase in the 1980s and 1990s.

Midland manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover registered pre-tax profits of £2.6billion in the year to March 31, 2015.

National Headlines

An EU referendum, tax cuts for low-earners and an extension of Right to Buy will be promised in the first all-Conservative Queen’s Speech since 1996, set to be delivered later today.

A genetically-engineered version of a virus that normally causes cold sores shows real promise for treating skin cancer, say researchers.



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