Media Watch – Sept 8 (am)

By on 08/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Ministry location ‘could become political pawn’ (Birmingham Post) A city business leader has voiced concerns that the potential Ministry of Justice relocation, which Birmingham is vying for, could become a ‘political pawn’ ahead of the general election.

City centre violence handled well, insists councillor (Birmingham Post) Violent scenes involving political extremists on the streets of Birmingham at the weekend caused ‘minimal disruption’ to shoppers and were not as bad as the average football match, a senior city councillor has insisted. Cllr Alan Rudge quoted and also interviewed by BBC WM.

Achieving more with less money (Birmingham Post) Jerry Blackett, CEO of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry writes about the current challenge facing the Be Birmingham partnership: to improve public services with public spending cuts widely predicted to be savage.

Birmingham’s World Cup bid (Birmingham Post) Rivalries were put to one side as Aston Villa and Birmingham City players stood shoulder to shoulder  to support Birmingham’s bid to host the World Cup in 2018.

‘Scurrilous’ councillor to face hearing (Birmingham Post) Leading Birmingham Liberal Democrat Ayoub Khan will have to answer unprofessional conduct allegations following claims that he misled a court.

Regional Headlines

Ads highlight repossession risks 
Residents of England are more likely to have their homes repossessed if they live in the North West or the West Midlands, the government suggests.

More arrests pledge after protest 
Police have said they expect to make more arrests after violence flared in Birmingham city centre at the weekend.

Cadbury snubs £10.2bn Kraft move 
Cadbury shares rose almost 40% after it rejected a £10.2bn approach from Kraft Foods, sparking talk of a bidding war.

Pedestrian dies day after crash 
A 36-year-old man who was hit by a car in Birmingham has died in hospital.

National Headlines

Jet plot ‘vindicates’ UK security
The courage of British authorities in persisting with the prosecution of the airline bomb plotters has been praised.The BBC understands that the key contact for the plotters was a British man, Rashid Rauf from Birmingham, who is now thought to be dead.

Fear over UK Supreme Court impact 
Lord Neuberger believes the change will have unintended consequences
Britain’s Supreme Court could become more powerful than the House of Lords committee it replaces next month, a leading judge has told the BBC.

We’ll have to cut costs – Darling 
The government will have to start “cutting costs” as it deals with the effects of the recession, Chancellor Alistair Darling is expected to say.

Migrants to UK ‘returning home’ 
Many economic migrants from eastern Europe who came to work in the UK are returning home because of the recession, a report suggests.



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