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Journalists attending the 2014 Conservative party conference in Birmingham (28 September to 1 October) are to be handed an ‘all you need to know about us’ pack that paints the city as vibrant and booming.

[Tory conference journalists to be given Birmingham’s ‘good news’ story, Paul Dale, The Chamberlain Files, 25 Sep 2014]

With international media camped at the ICC from this Sunday to Wednesday, council bosses are taking the opportunity to present the city as “one of the most attractive places in the world to do business.”
[…]
The pack, perhaps wisely, does not dwell on the other side of Birmingham away from the glitzy ICC and Brindleyplace – chronic unemployment, a below average skills base, and some of the worst social deprivation in the country.

On 25 September, the Birmingham Mail reported the launch of Operation Engage, a West Midlands Police crackdown on begging in the city centre “to remove the problem from the streets and help the offenders”.

[“Begging crackdown in Birmingham city centre ‘to help offenders'”, Brett Gibbons, Sep 25, 2014]

Officers in plain-clothes are carrying out dedicated patrols to identify offenders who are then referred to the Swanswell charity for help to change their lifestyle.

“We want to help people,” said PC Alex Franks. “The aim is always to provide them with the support they need, with a view to aiding them back into a perceived ‘normal’ lifestyle.

What a coincidence.

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Written by beleben

September 27, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Posted in Birmingham

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