Media Watch – Nov 24 (pm)

By on 24/11/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Vote fraud findings shock (Birmingham Mail, Page 2) Birmingham's political leaders today reacted with shock that police have found no evidence of postal vote fraud at the Sparkbrook by-election in September.

Ditched road scheme is resurrected five years on (Birmingham Mail, Page 5) A £16 million plan to cut congestion along Dudley Road, one of Birmingham's busiest commuter routes, has been given a new lease of life.

City chiefs reveal golf course plans (Birmingham Mail, Page 35) Birmingham's sorts and leisure chief, Martin Mullaney, will speak to Handsworth residents over controversial plans to build a cycling centre on a city golf course.

World cup bid could cost Birmingham tax-payers £15m (birminghammail.net) Birmingham's bid to host World Cup football matches at Villa Park could cost council tax payers £15 million, it has been revealed.

Traffic chaos in Birmingham city centre after road closure (birminghampost.net) Road engineers were carrying out frantic repairs this morning to the Lancaster Circus flyover, in order to get it reopened in time for rush hour traffic.

Regional Headlines:

Campaigners are calling on Birmingham-based train company London Midland to provide more services for passengers over the Christmas period, as they will not be providing trains, or replacement buses, on Boxing Day.

Cadbury shares hit a two-year high today over hopes of a takeover tussle, as reports suggested that Swiss food group Nestlé is considering making a bid for the local confectionery giant.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown gave firm backing to a high-speed rail line running through Birmingham to the North of England and Scotland, in his final speech to the CBI conference before the next general election.

More than 40 firefighters tackled a blaze at a factory in Kings Norton early this morning.

National Headlines:

On the first day of the long-awaited official inquiry into the Iraq War, a top intelligence official has stated that the UK government “distanced itself” from talk of removing Saddam Hussein in 2001 despite concerns about his threat.

The Bank of England has revealed that it lent Royal Bank of Scotland and HBOS £61.6bn in emergency funding on October and November 2008.

School improvement in England is being held back by a “stubborn core of inadequate teaching,” claims the annual report of education watchdog Ofsted.

Heavy rain has returned to Cumbria, just days after record-breaking rainfall swept away bridges and flooded homes.

Police are still searching for Jane Andrews, the former royal aide who has absconded from the open prison where she was serving a life term for her husband's murder.

High street bookstore chain Borders is holding emergency rescue talks in a bid to stave off potential collapse.

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