Media Watch – May 9

By on 09/05/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Strike threats at 13 schools (BBC, Birmingham Mail) Thirteen Birmingham primary schools could be set for strike action amid claims they are being ‘forced’ to become academies.

Birmingham Labour leader Sir Albert Bore unlikely to face challenge (Birmingham Post) Labour leader Sir Albert Bore will not be challenged by fellow councillors at the annual group meeting following the party's emphatic win in the local elections.

Bore to save £70k in wage bill cuts (Birmingham Mail) New Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore is set to slash the wage bill for senior officials by £70,000.

Whitby set to contest Tory leadership (Birmingham Mail) Defeated council leader Mike Whitby has announced he intends to put himself forward to lead Birmingham’s Conservative group in opposition.

Birmingham wholesalers optimistic of reprieve (Fresh Produce Journal) Traders fighting the closure of Birmingham Wholesale Market say they have been granted a reprieve in the battle to stay on their Pershore Street site.

Regional Headlines

Reward in beaten 94-year-old case
A reward is offered for information about an attack that left a 94-year-old woman in a critical condition in hospital.

UK air ambulances cleared to fly
Air ambulances in the West Midlands are back in action, after half of the UK’s fleet of 32 helicopters were grounded over safety fears.

National Headlines

Lords reform ‘in Queen’s Speech’
The government is expected to use the Queen’s Speech to push ahead with House of Lords reform, despite opposition from many Conservative MPs.

Abu Qatada appeal request debated
Senior judges at the European Court of Human Rights are due to meet to decide whether cleric Abu Qatada can appeal against deportation from the UK.

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