Media Watch – September 18

By on 18/09/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Rugby World Cup fanzone opens (Extensive local media coverage) Cllr Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of the city council, interviewed and quoted ahead of today’s fanzone opening, encouraging families to attend to soak up the tournament’s atmosphere.

Brum MP’s apology for swearing during dust-up in Commons (Birmingham Mail, page 2 lead) Yardley MP and city councillor Jess Phillips has expressed regret after an argument with fellow MP Diane Abbot over the distribution of shadow Cabinet roles.

Radical plans for transport in city on show to public (Birmingham Mail, page 23 lead) A 20-year blueprint drawn up by the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority have gone on show to the public. The proposals for Birmingham include extending the Metro tram system, fast limited-stop sprint bus services, suburban rail lines and links to a West Midlands-wide cycle network.

Green light for Chamberlain Square and Paradise buildings (Birmingham Post website) Construction work can now begin on the new office complexes in Birmingham city centre once Central Library and Paradise Forum demolition work completes after planning permission was granted yesterday.

Carillion’s energy partnership with Birmingham switched off ( Further coverage of the news the city Council is set to end its Birmingham Energy Savers project, delivered in partnership with Carillion Energy Services after changes to government funding for green initiatives.

Norman Lamb to chair Midlands mental health commission (Health Service Journal, page 12 lead) More coverage of the announcement that former Liberal Democrat Minister Norman Lamb is set to head up a commission created by the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Power to shape economies tops devolution demands (LGC, page 1 lead) Feature looking at the requests being put forward to government by the various emerging combined authorities include the one for the West Midlands.

Village bloomin’ brilliant after landing a top award (Solihull News, page 34 lead) Acocks Green has won a gold award in the Britain in Bloom contest, with organisers putting the success down to a number of factors including the hard work of local elected members.

Racist thug banned from his own street (The Voice, page 17) A man has been banned from his own Quinton street for a second time following a case put together by the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership. Cllr James McKay quoted.

Largest town council set to be created (LGC, page 6) Further coverage of the evolving plans for a Sutton Coldfield Town Council.

Regional Headlines

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has announced current Deputy Chief Constable David Thompson is his preferred candidate to become the next Chief Constable.

A Birmingham company has paid £600,000 for the website address – the biggest ever fee for a UK web address.

Nuneaton and Bedworth councillors have voted in favour of joining the new West Midlands Combined Authority.

National Headlines

Croatia has closed seven of its eight road border crossings with Serbia after an influx of migrants in recent days.

Scotland’s first minister is expected to argue Prime Minister David Cameron is “living on borrowed time” as he seeks to prevent Scotland leaving the UK. Nicola Sturgeon is due to make the claim in a speech to mark the first anniversary of the independence referendum.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has apologised for comments he made in 2003 that IRA members should be “honoured”.



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