Media Watch – May 3

By on 03/05/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Former Lord Mayor set to leave (B'ham Mail) Council Michael Wilkes, a former Lord Mayor and expert on Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkei,  is leaving Birmingham City Council after more than three decades.

Poor schooling to blame for youth unemployment (B'ham Post)
Education Secretary, Michael Gove, claims that poor schooling is to blame for high youth unemployment in Birmingham.

End this school scramble (B'ham Post) Feature about school places and catchment areas.

Regional Headlines
Polls open for West Midlands councils
Voters in the West Midlands are going to the polls with a third of seats on local councils up for election.  People in Birmingham will also vote in a referendum on whether the city should be run by an elected mayor.  If voters support the plans, a separate mayoral election is due to take place in November.

MG workers to get £3 each in trust fund compensation
Former MG Rover workers are set to get a payout of just £3 each from a trust fund set up after the company closed down seven years ago.

National Headlines
Metropolitan Police ‘stockpiling’ rubber bullets
Police began “stockpiling” rubber bullets – responsible for fatalities in Northern Ireland – after the London riots, a BBC investigation suggests.  The month before last August’s riots, the Metropolitan Police held just 700 baton rounds, a Freedom of Information request shows.

Scunthorpe recycling plant baby body: Teen comes forward
A teenager has contacted police to say she is the mother of a baby boy whose body was found in waste being sorted at a Scunthorpe recycling plant.




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