Media Watch – May 9

By on 09/05/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Further coverage on Elections (Daily Telegraph, The Sun)
Police are investigating the incident where ballot boxes in Harborne, Birmingham were allegedly tampered with.  An 82-year-old woman and a 56-year-old man were arrested.  Birmingham's top Liberal Democrat, Cllr Tilsley, has ruled out joining forces with Labour to run the city council. 

Care ruling wait for Council (Local Government Chronicle, Community Care) Birmingham City Council is awaiting news of how far the judicial review on its adult social care changes will impact on its planned £51m savings this year. 

Parents help to re-build fire school (Birmingham Mail)
Parents to help build new classrooms for city pupils a week after their school caught fire.  A temporary junior school has been set up in Harborne Hall.

Skills for adoption (The Times)
Libby Parkes and Helen French of the council adoption service where quoted. 

Birmingham's reputation questioned (The Independent)
Birmingham city has had it reputation called into question.  The second city has been accused of having a third-rate reputation. 

Care homes cost for council (Birmingham Mail)
The cost of placing children from Birmingham in private care has increased after council chiefs closed four children's homes in the city.

Mayor bow plan dropped (Birmingham Mail)
A plan requiring the public and journalist to bow to the Lord Mayor of Birmingham at city meetings has been dropped.

Regional Headlines:

Former MG Rover directors disqualified (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post)
The Phoenix Four directors have been disqualified following a long-running investigation into their involvement in the former car giant.

HS2 group challenge noise level claim (Birmingham Post)
A group of protesters challenge noise level claim. The group claim that fewer than 2,000 homes in the West Midlands will notice any increase in noise.

Birmingham Project Champion ‘spy’ cameras being removed
More than 200 so-called “spy cameras” installed in largely Muslim areas of Birmingham are being dismantled.

National Headlines:

Twitter user in bid to break super-injunctions (BBC News Online)
A Twitter user has tried to unmask some celebrities who have obtained super-injunctions to prevent publication of details of their private lives.

GPs warn NHS could ‘unravel’ if Health Bill goes ahead (BBC News Online)
The government needs to rewrite a key part of its Health Bill which encourages greater competition, the Royal College of GPs says.

Banking industry gives up on PPI mis-selling battle (BBC News Online)
The banking industry has abandoned a legal fight over the mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI).

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