Media Watch – November 11

By on 11/11/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

‘Battle royale’ predicted to block elected mayor (Birmingham Mail): Members of the council’s governance scrutiny voice concerns over plans for an elected, regional mayor.

Remembrance row as EDL leaves wreath at memorial (Birmingham Mail): Story on the English Defence League leaving a wreath at the Hall of Memory. Spokesman quoted.

Health boss: E-cigarettes could have a role to play (Free Radio) Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, interviewed about TV ads for ‘vaping’

Speed limit plans: First areas to introduce 20mph zones revealed (Birmingham Mail online): New 20mph limits to be introduced in Moseley, Kings Heath, Sparkbrook, Sparkhill and Balsall Heath in bid to cut pedestrian deaths and serious injury. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted.

Birmingham City Council energy bid (Birmingham Mail online): Report on the council’s new utilities management strategy could help save almost a third from its annual £25+million bill, which is to go to Cabinet next Monday (17 November). Cllr Lisa Trickett quoted.

Regional headlines

A 68-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a woman found dead in Cauldon Road, Stoke-on-Trent on Sunday.

The mother of teenage cancer campaigner Stephen Sutton will collect his posthumous MBE from the Queen during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace today.

National headlines

The Financial Conduct Authority has announced payday loan rates will be capped at 0.8% of the amount borrowed.

The last of the 888,246 ceramic poppies is due to be planted at the Tower of London as the country honours Britain’s war dead on Armistice Day.

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