Media Watch – Sept 10 (am)

By on 10/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Tories criticised for petitions avalanche (Birmingham Post) Two Birmingham Conservative councillors have been accused of landing taxpayers with a £100,000 bill by bombarding the city council with futile petitions. Robert Alden and Matt Bennett presented a record breaking 54 petitions from residents at this week’s full council.
There is also a comment article: Young Tories lodge a petition too far

City council given more power (Birmingham Post) Civic leaders in the region joined government ministers yesterday to sign an agreement to give councils new freedoms and powers to work together to improve employment, skills, housing and transport. Cllr Whitby quoted.

New Colmore BID strengthened as leading councillors join board (Birmingham Post) The former leader of Birmingham City Council (Sir Albert Bore) and the man in charge of the city’s transport system (Cllr Len Gregory) have thrown their weight behind the Colmore Business Improvement District.

Birmingham joins rivals in talks over City of Culture bid (Birmingham Post) Birmingham faces competition from 28 rivals to become Britain’s first ‘City of Culture’ in 2013.

Whitehall chaos threat to Ministry of Justice move (Birmingham Post) The possibility of the Ministry of Justice relocating from London to Birmingham is in danger of being thrown off course by Whitehall confusion.

Council planning to tap into Ashes fever (Birmingham Post) A Birmingham-wide review of grassroots cricket is being launched in a bid to build on the huge enthusiasm for the game following England’s Ashes success this summer. Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.

Private cash should save council-run golf courses (Birmingham Post) The £600,000 per year losses on Birmingham’s seven municipal golf courses are only likely to be slashed by lifting them to private club standards, the city’s sport and leisure chief has claimed.

Physics prepares for lift-off (Independent – Education and Careers) Feature looking at the Physics Factory – a collaborative initiative involving King Edward VI Five Ways School and BCC.

Regional Headlines

Ex-presenter in jail term appeal 
A former BBC television presenter who hit a teenager with a 3ft pole in a fight at the West Midlands bar he owned is to appeal against his jail sentence.

Super jumbo comes to Birmingham 
The world’s largest commercial airliner has touched down at Birmingham International Airport. It was the first time an Airbus A380 has landed in passenger service anywhere in the UK, other than London’s Heathrow Airport.

Trains disrupted by city incident 
Trains between parts of Warwickshire and Birmingham were severely disrupted by a suspicious incident. Trains from both Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon were disrupted for several hours.

National Headlines

Freed journalist thanks rescuers 
A journalist whose rescue in Afghanistan left a British paratrooper dead has thanked the soldiers who saved him, saying “it will never be enough”.

Bank set to hold interest rates 
The Bank of England is widely expected to hold interest rates at 0.5% for the sixth month in a row, when it announces its decision later.

Reverse VAT cut now, says Clegg 
The temporary VAT cut should be ended immediately to pay for up to 800,000 young people to do work internships, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg says.

Hundreds due to honour fallen men 
The bodies of two UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan’s Helmand province last week are to be repatriated later today.



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