Media Watch – Nov 22

By on 22/11/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham scoops the Diamond League (PA Newswire, InsidetheGames, Birmingham Mail, BBC WM, Express and Star, Universal Sports, IAAF) Coverage of the news that major athletics event the Aviva Grand Prix will be held at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium for three years from 2011. Cllr Mike Whitby and Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.

Benefits mum of five: I’ll keel having babies until I get a council house (Sunday Mercury, Daily Express, Sun) A jobless Birmingham mother who has had her five children taken into care has vowed to keep having more children until she is given a council house.

Loan shark victims helped by unit in Birmingham  (BBC) About 14,500 people who have fallen victim to illegal money lenders have been helped by a specialist Birmingham team, it has been revealed. The Illegal Money Lending Team, run by Birmingham City Council, was set up in 2004 and gives advice and assistance to those affected by loan sharks.

New library appeal fails (Birmingham Mail) The Government has refused a fresh request to save Birmingham’s Central Library from demolition.

10,00 Brum families are overcrowded (Birmingham Mail) Nearly 10,000 Birmingham families are claiming they are living in overcrowded homes.

We’ll stop traffic at danger junction (Birmingham Mail) Angry members of a Birmingham community group held a roadside protest calling for traffic calming measures as part of a four-year campaign. Highways bosses at Birmingham City Council have confirmed work is to begin at the junction of Edward Rd, Hallam St and Lincoln St in Balsall Heath before the end of the month.

Papal cup handed to Birmingham after visit (Birmingham Mail) A ceremonial chalice blessed by Pope Benedict XVI and used during his mass at Cofton Park has been officials presented to the city of Birmingham. Cllr Alan Rudge quoted.

Outcry at 24-hour shop plan (Birmingham Mail) Hodge Hill residents upset at the news that the Fox and Goose Tesco wants to open 24-hours-a-day.

Rigby casts doubt on Birmingham LEP (Insider Media) One of the region's best known entrepreneurs has expressed concerns about whether the Birmingham local enterprise partnership (LEP) will succeed. Sir Peter Rigby told Insider LEPs will only take off if they are business-led, but argues Birmingham City Council has little record of working with private sector companies.

Regional Headlines

Cyclist killed in Black Country road accident
A cyclist has been killed in a road accident in the West Midlands. Emergency services were called to Birmingham New Road in Coseley during Sunday afternoon.

West Midlands police chief in promise over cuts
The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police says the public should expect to see no change in the current service after the force cuts 2,500 jobs.

Birmingham Airport transplant aircraft crash probed
Investigations are continuing into a crash in foggy conditions at Birmingham Airport involving a private aircraft carrying a donor liver for transplant.

National Headlines

UK offers loan to Irish Republic
The UK has offered to make a direct bilateral loan to the Irish Republic in addition to contributing to EU and IMF loans, the BBC has learned.

Kabul ‘safer for children than many Western cities’
Children may be safer growing up in Kabul than they are in London, Glasgow or New York, a Nato official has said.

Ed Miliband pledges ‘profound’ changes in Labour Party
“Profound” changes to the Labour Party on the scale of Tony Blair’s New Labour reforms of the mid-1990s have been promised by leader Ed Miliband.

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