Media Watch – May 29

By on 29/05/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Trojan Horse (widespread local and national coverage)

• Head teacher of Queensbridge School, Tim Boyes, claims he told DfE about his concerns that schools could be taken over by Muslim hardliners in 2010.

• A teacher at Park View School is set to appear at Birmingham Crown Court over charges relating to extreme porn on 11 June.

Election follow-ups:

• Bore backed in challenge to leadership (Birmingham Mail): Report that senior Labour Party bosses are backing Sir Albert over a challenge to his leadership of the council. Cllr Clancy quoted.

• Bore stays put but change likely at the cabinet table (Birmingham Post): In depth report predicting “a major week of upheaval” for the city's Labour group. Leader, Sir Albert, and Cllr Rob Alden quoted.

• UKIP surge is 'like beginning of Labour 100 years ago' (Birmingham Post): Analysis of Euro Election results.

Council's taxi bill at £256k - for a month (Birmingham Mail & Birmingham Post): Reports that the council spent £256k on taxi fares in April 2014 - majority of which was for Home to School Transport, and taking vulnerable adults and children to care centres or hospitals.

For sale: Biggest regeneration site since the Bullring (Birmingham Post): Report that Martineau Galleries is being put up for sale. Waheed Nazir, director of planning and regeneration quoted.

Planners bowing to 'nimbys' says care home boss (Birmingham Post): Care homes boss Mike Gimson, chairman of Moundsley Hall Nursing Home, threatens legal action against city council if plans for a new 60-bed care home in Sutton Coldfield are not approved.

Consultation starts on city 20mph limit (Birmingham Post): Formal consultation on plans to introduce 20mph limits in Birmingham has begun. Cllr McKay quoted.

Major cycling event is axed (Birmingham Post & BBC Online): Report on the cancellation of the annual SkyRide event in Birmingham.

Swimming club takes over pool (Birmingham Mail): Report that Castle Pool, in Castle Vale, is set to be taken over by a swimming club and community organisations as a community asset transfer.

Firm continues to fight for lapdancing club (Birmingham Mail): Report that councillors and lapdance firm Eutony Ltd are set to meet today to consider an application for new city venue, Paradise.

City car sharing scheme to go as UK drivers refuse to engage (Birmingham Post): Car2Go to pull out of the Birmingham scheme on 30 May.

Brum jeweller admits hallmarking offences (Birmingham Mail): Trading standards case - city jeweller Amjad Mahmood Yousif received a suspended eight-month jail term and was ordered to pay £25,000 after admitting a string of hallmarking offences.

Hidden gems of Chelsea (Birmingham Post): Report on RHS Chelsea Flower Show refers to council's WWI inspired gold-winning garden.

Social value: After the hype, the reality check (Third Sector): Features case study on the city council's Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility, which provides a set of guiding principles for awarding contracts.

Childcare experts raise fears that Birmingham pay plans are unviable (Children and Young People Now): Report on plans to increase pay rates for early years practitioners, with case study on Birmingham's plans.

What is an obseogenic environment? (BBC Online): Feature on measures being taken to limit access to unhealthy takeaway food. References city council's plans to limit the number of takeaways to 10% of local shopping areas.

Regional headlines

Man arrested in Birmingham after Handsworth stabbing: A 22-year-old man arrested after a man was found stabbed in Handsworth this morning.

SOS lorry driver was 'three times over the limit' say police: A 55-year-old Belgian motorist dialled 999 after he felt unwell on the M6 close to Perry Barr.

Ambulance arson charge for Birmingham teenager: A teenage girl has been charged with setting an ambulance alight while paramedics treated a patient in Acocks Green.

National headlines

Vince Cable denies disloyalty over Clegg plot, as the Deputy Leader says Mr Cable “clearly didn't know a thing” about a damaging poll.

Almost 2,000 children have been investigated by police in the past three years for breaking laws to tackle abuse of social media, according to a new report.

Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer has died aged 85.

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