Media Watch – September 22 (pm)

By on 22/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Young white boys 'at risk' to far right (Birmingham Mail) Karamat Iqbal, school effectiveness adviser for BCC, speaking at a conference to discuss the academic underachievement of white working class boys, claims they are potentially at risk of being recruited by far right organisations.

Power 50 still like to be powered by a car (Birmingham Mail) BCC Leader Mike Whitby cites a list of commitments to explain why he couldn't take part in Friends of the Earth In Town Without My Car Day. Coun Mullaney pictured as taking up the challenge.

Protestors step up fight to save pool (Birmingham Mail) Campaigners hold public protest to save Sparkhill Pool and Fitness centre, a week before cabinet decide whether to finance £104m package for the refurbishment of community pools and a new Olympic standard facility in Ladywood. Coun Mullaney quoted.

Critics round on schools rebuild (Birmingham Mail) Initial plans to knock down and rebuild Four Dwellings Primary and High schools in Quinton as part of £2.4m Building Schools for the Future programme greeted with dismay at Quinton Ward Committee. Coun Len Clark quoted.

Letters (Birmingham Mail) Topics include; letter from Coun Reg Corns criticising comments made on quality of inner city apartments by Coun John Lines, swimming pool closures, and ArtsFest.

Opposition “kept in dark” over debt (The Stirrer) “Opposition councillors are being kept in the dark about the scale of the city's debt mountain according to Labour group leader Sir Albert Bore. He's complained that there's no update planned for next Monday's Cabinet meeting, despite reports that the annual deficit is projected at £26 million”.

Pool sinks out of sight (The Stirrer) “Ambitious plans for a new 50 metre pool in Ladywood have mysteriously failed to appear on the agenda for Birmingham Council's Cabinet meeting next week – prompting speculation that it might be the latest victim of the local authority's spiralling debt problem”.

Dodgy postal votes “must be made public” (The Stirrer) Respect Party leader Salma Yaqoob has called for the details of postal votes cast in last Thursday's controversial Sparkbrook by-election to be made public. The poll is being investigated by West Midlands police following allegations of fraud.

“Don't sack the workers” call (The Stirrer) “Unions representing more than 10,000 Birmingham Council workers are calling on the local authority to avoid redundancies as they seek to head off a projected deficit of £40million in the current financial year. They claim members are being asked to identify savings by shedding staff.

Regional Headlines:

Police hunt suspect fans after Blues - Villa derby trouble.

Wolverhampton recruitment fair for seasonal Christmas jobs attracts hundreds of unemployed people.

A man uses a cloned fuel card to steal £3,000 worth of petrol for himself and other motorists in the West Midlands.

National Headlines:

Magna looking to cut 1,830 jobs from Vauxhall operations in UK.

Gordon Brown has defied the opposition parties, some of his own side and much of the press to keep Baroness Scotland in her job.

Home Secretary Alan Johnson has welcomed a “decisive” French raid on a makeshift camp in Calais known as the “jungle,” used as a base for illegal migrants.

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