Media Watch – May 6

By on 06/05/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Continued widespread coverage of the Local Election campaign.

Election 2015: What CAN’T you do in a polling station? (BBC) The process of voting in a UK polling station hasn’t changed much in years. But what is and isn’t allowed in there? Rob Connelly, head of electoral services in Birmingham City Council, quoted.

Election 2015: How will polling station chaos of 2010 be avoided? (BBC) Hundreds of people were unable to cast their votes at the last general election as what the Electoral Commission described as Britain’s “Victorian” voting system reached “breaking point”. An estimated 1,200 voters were turned away from polling stations in towns and cities including Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and Weybridge.

Election updates on WhatsApp (Big Centre TV) Birmingham City Council has launched an election news service on mobile messaging platform WhatsApp. Find out how to sign-up here:

Medics hail Vaisakhi Health Check success (Eastern Times) Over 400 visitors to Birmingham’s Vaisakhi celebrations in Handsworth Park took the opportunity to undergo a potentially life-saving health ‘MOT’.

Lack of stairs only escalates the inactivity problem (Local Gov News) Birmingham Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, makes the case for more stairs as Birmingham faces up to an inactivity crisis.

Regional Headlines

West Bromwich: Vice girl’s body dumped in wheelie bin after she was ‘brutally’ murdered, court told
A vice girl’s client “brutally” murdered her before wrapping her body in a bin liner and dumping it in a wheelie bin, a court heard.

Head teachers offered help on preventing radicalisation
Head teachers worried about protecting students from being radicalised are being offered seminars by a union. The seminars will be run by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) in major English cities.

National Headlines

Continued widespread coverage of the General Election campaign.

Gay couple win High Court battle over baby girl
A baby girl should be removed from her mother and live with her father and his boyfriend instead, a judge has ruled. The judgement follows a legal fight over the nature of the parents’ agreement when the child was conceived.


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