Media Watch – September 13

By on 13/09/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Violent parents fooled me, admits judge (Daily Telegraph, The Sun, Daily Mail) A leading family judge has admitted he was duped by a lying couple who painted themselves as good parents despite harming their children through their violent way of life. Last summer Mr Justice Mostyn criticised Birmingham City Council for subjecting the family to ‘intrusive surveillance’ and twice removing the children from their parents. The children are now back in care after the father reported his wife’s domestic abuse.

Cameron praise for city school success (Birmingham Mail) A secondary school (St Alban’s Academy) which was once lagging behind in the league tables has won praise from the Prime Minister.

A feast for the senses (Birmingham Mail) More than 200,000 people enjoyed everything from clog tapping to break dancing at Birmingham’s artsfest.

Ex-councillor gets £122K payout (BBC) A former Birmingham councillor is awarded £122,000 after claiming he was deselected by the Labour party because he is Asian.

Birmingham City Council lands NHS panel spot (The Lawyer) Birmingham City Council’s legal department has become the latest public sector team to boost its income with external work after landing places on at least three panels of a new NHS legal framework.

The European Showcase for Brands of China Appears in Birmingham ( The European Showcase for Brands of China has once again made its way to the Autumn Fair in the British city of Birmingham this week. Wang Shouwen, a senior official of China’s Ministry of Commerce, which is sponsoring the showcase, says the exhibition will promote the bilateral trade. The City Council Leader of Birmingham city, Mike Whitby, also expresses that the economical relationship among Birmingham, UK and China has gradually become much closer.

EZ does it for local economy (Chamberlink) Birmingham and Solihull’s planned Enterprise Zone will be the region’s biggest economic boost for many years.

Youth Centre on Longbridge site (Chamberlink) A new £5m youth centre is to be built as part of the regeneration project that is breathing new life into the former MG Rover car plant at Longbridge.

Workshop reflects on findings of major urban climatology project (Planning) Article looking at urban planning references BUCCANEER – a planning tool created by Birmingham City Council and the University of Birmingham.

Regional Headlines

Boy, 14, hit by car is identified
Police name a 14-year-old boy who died in a collision with a car in the West Midlands on Friday night.

More than 500 nursing and care course places cut in West Midlands – claim
MORE than 500 places for studying on nursing, midwifery and clinical health care university courses in the West Midlands have been cut, the Labour party claimed.

National Headlines

Top MPs at risk in Commons cull
Some of the most high-profile MPs in Parliament face seeing their seats disappear as part of a far-reaching shake-up of Britain’s electoral map.

Soldiers help Briton kidnap hunt
Extra police and soldiers are sent to the area in Kenya where a British holidaymaker was shot and killed and his wife kidnapped.

Men in court on slavery charges
Four men are due in court later charged with slavery offences relating to people found at a travellers’ site in Bedfordshire.

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