Media Watch – May 8

By on 08/05/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Bore’s vow to give Brum a fresh start (Birmingham Mail) Members of the public will be allowed to quiz senior Brmingham councillors over roads, bins and schools under new proposals being announced today.

Appeal for 2012 helpers on final lap (Birmingham Mail) A campaign to recruit an army of Olympic volunteers to help with Games preparations in Birmingham is entering its final phase.

1,400 dogs impounded in one year across city (Birmingham Mail) More than 1,400 lost and abandoned dogs were impounded in Brmingham last year.

Council grave digger gets £65K compensation after he fell in a burial plot he was working on (Sunday Mercury) A Birmingham City Council grave digger has been awarded £65,000 compensation - after he fell into a burial plot he was preparing.

Headteachers claim forced academy status is unjustified (Guardian) In Birmingham, primary headteachers say they are being forced to convert to academy status even though their schools are showing real improvement. What is the truth?

Birmingham voters reject elected mayor plan (widespread national and local coverage) Birmingham voters have rejected plans to create an elected mayor in the city.

Tories and Lib Dems routed in Birmingham City Council elections (widespread national and local coverage) Labour took more than 50 per cent of the vote for the first time in almost 20 years as the people of Birmingham delivered a damning verdict on the Tory-Lib Dem Coalition Government.

Young family left without heating or hot water after Birmingham City Council computer glitch (Birmingham Mail) The family of a toddler who fought a brain tumour were left with no hot water or heating because of a computer error at Birmingham City Council.

Regional Headlines

Police quiz bed-attack woman, 94?
A 94-year-old woman who was attacked in her bed tells police she remembers the assault and is “struggling to understand” why she was targeted.

Church defends stance on abuse
The Catholic Archdiocese in Birmingham defends the way it deals with cases of sexual abuse following a letter leaked to the media about a convicted former Coventry priest.

National Headlines

Environment chief backs fracking
The chairman of the Environment Agency, Lord Smith, is expected to back the expansion of the controversial “fracking” method of extracting natural gas from shale rock.

PM and Clegg ‘relaunch coalition’
David Cameron and Nick Clegg will appear together later to stress their continuing commitment to the coalition and the programme they agreed in 2010.

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