Media Watch – Sep 5

By on 05/09/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

‘You look like Birmingham Alabama 50 years ago’ (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Veteran race campaigner Reverend Jesse Jackson has warned Birmingham (at the New Library of Birmingham) that the city still has a long way to go to realise Martin Luther King’s dream of equality. 

Council boss Bore blasted for skipping grand library launch (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) The city council’s Labour leader Sir Albert Bore has been criticized by his Tory predecessor for missing ‘a red letter day in the recent history of Birmingham’.  Quotes Lord Whitby and Birmingham City Council spokesperson.

Blues fans: Safeguard our stadium (Birmingham Mail) Worried Blues fans have demanded swift backing from the city council in their bid to safeguard the future of St Andrew’s as a football ground.  Quotes Cllr Sir Albert Bore.

City ‘must make money if we win bid for athletics’ (Birmingham Mail) Cash-strapped Birmingham Council should aim to turn a profit if it wins the right to host the world Indoor Athletics Championships, a leading Liberal Democrat has claimed.  Quotes Cllrs Jon Hunt,  Robert Alden, Ian Ward and Steve Bedser.

10,000 visit library on its first day (Birmingham Post) Feature on the new Library of Birmingham. Quotes Cllr Ian Ward.

17,000 city homes waiting to be built (Birmingham Post) Birmingham has a backlog of 17,000 homes with planning permission – leading to demands to get them built and spare the green belt. 

PM tries to snap shut Bore’s ‘Jaws of Doom’ (Birmingham Post) The Prime Minister has struck back at Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore over claims grant cuts could cripple the authority.  Quotes Cllr Sir Albert Bore.

CIPFA apprenticeship scheme (Birmingham Post) The world’s only professional accountancy body dedicated to public finance has chosen the West Midlands to pilot a ground-breaking apprenticeship scheme.  Two of the apprentices are at Birmingham City Council.

Open book (Morning Star)  Malala Yousafzai, the teenager shot by the Taliban after campaigning for girls’ right to education in Pakistan, opens the new Library of Birmingham yesterday. 

How early years can learn from the Little Stars child abuse case (Children & Young People Now) Birmingham City Council and Ofsted admitted last week that they had failed to protect the child at the centre of the Little Stars Nursery Rape case. Quotes Birmingham City Council spokesperson.

Regional Headlines:

Hunt concerned by abortion case   The CPS’s decision not to prosecute a Birmingham doctor accused of offering to arrange illegal abortions is “concerning”, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says.

Three more held over club murder  Detectives investigating the gun murder of a man outside a Birmingham nightclub arrest a further three people.

Call for more senior black officers  Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson says West Midlands Police would benefit from more senior officers from ethnic minorities.

National Headlines:

Universal credit: Flagship welfare reform ‘poor value’ says watchdog    The government’s flagship welfare reform has been badly managed, is “overambitious” and poor value for money, the spending watchdog has said.

Syria rifts loom over G20 summit   World leaders from the G20 group of nations are set to meet in Russia amid sharp differences over military action against Syria’s government.

Heating bills concern 38% of UK population, survey suggests    More than a third of people in the UK say they are concerned about paying for their heating bills this winter, a BBC Radio 5 live survey has suggested.

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