Media Watch – Oct 11

By on 11/10/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham cabbie Toheed Mirza gets £540 of driving fines in a week (Birmingham Mail) Toheed Mirza caught out by bus lane changes on Priory Queensway, which cabbies previously used to ferry passengers to the city's law courts. City transport boss Coun Tahir Ali (Lab, Nechells) said the enforcement began in July and drivers received warning letters until September 3, when the fines began. I have had a look at the signs myself and there is no confusion,” he said. “But I will look again. The fact is some people are not taking any notice of the signs.”

I will fight evil bedroom tax from deathbed (Birmingham Mail) A grandmother with just days to live has vowed to continue her fight against the ‘evil’ bedroom tax from her deathbed. Birmingham City Council has offered Veronica Kenning financial support but the offer has been repeatedly rejected.

John Hemming bedroom tax advice ‘misguided’ (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham MP has been called 'misguided' over his 'idiotic' suggestion that social housing tenants should get a lodger to avoid paying the bedroom tax. Cllr Jess Phillips says the call is ‘cruel and idiotic’.

£2k fine after roaches found in curry house (Birmingham Mail) A fast food business owner has been fined £2,000 after city council inspectors found cockroaches swarming in his city premises.

Council chief angers MPs with ban on communication (Birmingham Mail) Stephen Hughes, the chief executive of Birmingham City Council, is locked in a row with MPs – after he announced he would no longer reply to their letters.

Regional Headlines

Malala tipped for Nobel Peace Prize
Pakistani schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai and a Congolese doctor who helped rape victims are among this year’s Nobel Peace Prize favourites.

Armed police descend on Bullring
A large number of police including armed officers are sent to the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Royal Mail shares rise to 456p
Shares in Royal Mail hit 456p in conditional trading, up 38% on their initial 330p offer price.

Red Cross launches UK food campaign
The British Red Cross is to start collecting food for families in the UK who are struggling to feed themselves.

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