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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today, with Nick Owen and Suzanne Virdee.

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The headlines: As the Lib Dem conference reaches

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its climax in Birmingham, leader Nick Clegg urges council workers

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not to strike tomorrow. Of course I don't think as a general rule,

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striking generally helps. A premium on skills, as firms fear

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they could lose workers to the new Jaguar engine plant. There is

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always a worry and concern that possibly staff may feel they would

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like to go and work there. Security in cyber space. The

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teenagers being used to protect government and businesses from

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hackers. You put yourself into the mindset of a hacker to see what

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they would do to get into a system. And can Shrewsbury cause an upset

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against crisis club Arsenal in tonight's David and Goliath clash

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Good evening and welcome to Midlands Today from the BBC. First

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this Tuesday evening, a strike won't help, says the Liberal

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Democrat leader, Nick Clegg. Thousands of council workers are

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expected to walk out tomorrow as Mr Clegg gives his keynote speech at

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the party conference in Birmingham. Services across the city are likely

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to be affected. Mr Clegg said he understood the anger of many in the

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public sector but striking wasn't a solution. He was talking to our

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political editor Patrick Burns, who began by asking what he would say

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to any potential strikers watching tonight. Of course I don't think as

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a general rule, striking generally helps. It disrupts the public. It

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creates an immense amount of disruption for many, many other

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people. Do we understand the strength of feeling? Yes. Do I wish,

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as the council would wish, that somehow I could find pots of gold

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so I could say, at there, it is all OK. I cannot. It is a time at where

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we need to take difficult decisions in this country for Birmingham.

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are sitting in one of the constituencies with the highest

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employment rate in the UK and we know of growth forecasts have been

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reduced further today. Has the time not come for the Government to say,

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in changing economic circumstances, we do have to adjust our policies

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accordingly? Of course we need to do more, and that is why we have

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been talking to us today about plans on how empty homes can be

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converted into places people can live in. That will create jobs and

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homes for young families in the future. It is why we have announced

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a half a billion pound investment fund for investment. I am talking

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about transport, housing, a renewable energy, super-fast

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broadband. But what is not possible is to some house say, we will tear

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up our plans and somehow, hey presto, growth will materialise.

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What would happen is that you would have even worse instability, as we

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have seen in other countries, which creates even worse unemployment.

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Let me put a question to you from one of our viewers. It is from a

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careers adviser with very concerned about cuts to those services, and

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his question is, does the Government believe that this vital

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role can be delivered by a website? Your pure would accept that

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connections did not work in a satisfactory way and did not

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provide guidance to youngsters who needed it. So we need to change the

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system. But he is right to say that we need to make sure that

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youngsters are given proper, face- to-face help where they need it,

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and we are working on ideas as to how we can best provide that at the

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moment. And Patrick joins us now. An

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interesting message about tomorrow's strike is that it

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wouldn't help? Yes. He did not go into anything that could be a real

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criticism. But I think she was trying to get across the message

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that he understands how they feel and it is very regrettable.

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comment about, I feel your pain but no changed of course, tough talk?

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Yes. No second plan and no not getting on top of this debt. But

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when he talked about the infrastructure, there was a very

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interesting discussion taking place about doing more and creating jobs

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in transport and housing, and about broadband internet. So what can we

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expect tomorrow? He will take on those arguments that they are going

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to be slaughtered on this. People remind his audience why they are

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doing this. The extreme economic darkness of the environment we are

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in and why they are taking on the responsibility.

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So how much disruption is there likely to be to council-run

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services in Birmingham tomorrow? UNISON is the union involved and

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members are angry about new terms and conditions. Giles Latcham is at

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the Council House tonight. Any chance that Nick Clegg's call will

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be heeded, Giles? I don't think so, but let's ask. Graeme Horn is from

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the Birmingham branch of UNISON. Nick Clegg says, call off the

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strike, we need to take difficult decisions now or else we'll saddle

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our children with our debts. How do you respond to that? Our members

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are some of the lowest paid in public services and they will pay

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it -- are facing huge pay cut. These cuts are being focused on

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some of the lowest paid in the council. Let's hear from the

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Conservative-Lib Dem alliance running the council. They want to

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change conditions and reduce pay to help slash their budget, and they

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say the choice is stark. The choice is that people will be made

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redundant. I think it is better to have a job with some reduction than

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no job at all. It is not ideal but we are in a difficult situation

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produced by a whole decade of wasting money. The whole country it

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has this problem. If this is resolved, it will be by compromise.

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Will you accept reduced pay on a smaller scale? We are looking at

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consultation. The council has had no talks with us about this since

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the last strike. The bottom line is that our members, on very low pay,

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cannot afford these very high pay cuts. We are hearing tonight that

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there is movement in a separate dispute in Shropshire involving

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council staff there. The strike on Thursday is now in some doubt.

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Watch this space. And later in the programme, we go

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beyond the conference proper, to find out what Hugh Grant and many

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others have been saying at scores of fringe meetings.

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An estimated 150 supply companies stand to benefit from Jaguar Land

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Rover's decision to build its new engine plant near Wolverhampton.

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But despite the promise of lucrative contracts, some firms are

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concerned they might not be able to find and retain the skilled staff

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they need. Our business correspondent, Peter Plisner,

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reports. Helping Jaguar Land Rover power

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ahead. This Black Country firm already makes engine parts for both

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brands, and following yesterday's announcement its chairman is

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certainly hoping for more. I am confident that we are competitive

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and we are still going to be here, and we hope to be making some of

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those parts. Here they make thousands of parts for the

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automotive industry every year for a variety of manufacturers. But

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even before yesterday's if --'s announcement, finding the right

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workers with the right skills was the problem. And here's some of the

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evidence. The average age of skilled workers is rising fast.

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Geoff Lear's 58 and he's concerned about who will take his place when

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he retires. You don't see any youngsters any more. Once the

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skills go, that is it. Recruiting people with the skills is an issue

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and it is partly an issue because for years we have not been training

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enough people. But there's more. This Whitchurch firm has already

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lost skilled staff to JLR and is worried about a further exodus to

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the new engine plant. As it is only an hour down the road from where we

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are, there is always a worry or concerned that staff might possibly

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feel they would like to go and work there. That is something we have

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all have to deal with. Training specialists admit that it's a

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worrying time and say it's also time to take decisive action.

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really do believe those skills will come through apprenticeship

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programmes and the recruitment of apprentices. A challenge we do have

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is that only 17% of the Midlands manufacturing engineering companies

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recruit apprentices and we need to increase that. With around two

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years to go before the new engine plant opens, the advice to

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components firms is that more training, skills and apprentices

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must be given a high priority. And Peter's with us now. Jaguar

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Land Rover have got to build the factory before they start

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recruiting, so is there time for the right number of potential

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recruits to be trained in the right kind of skills? Most admit that

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it'll be challenging. It takes more than two years to train an

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apprentice. There are staff available already, including from

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JLR's existing factories, workers from other companies and even those

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who are unemployed. But finding so many people in one go won't be easy,

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so it's right for people to start thinking about it now. We're also

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hearing news today of the possible return of a bit of a legend in

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sports cars? A real blast from the past. Remember the old Jensen

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Intercepter? I think we have some pictures of what it looked like. It

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was built in Coventry in the 1960s and '70s. Well, now a modern

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version of this iconic car will be made again in the city. It follows

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a decision by CPP Global Holdings. They'll build the car on the site

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of the old Browns Lane factory, where Jaguar used to be. It's yet

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more welcome news for the Midlands motor industry.

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A plan to replace fire control rooms with new regional centres,

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including one in the Black Country, ended in complete failure, costing

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the taxpayer almost half a billion pounds. The Public Accounts

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Committee said it was one of the worst cases of project failure it

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had seen for years and was flawed from the outset. The regional

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centre for the West Midlands was built in Wolverhampton but it's

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never been used. A 22-year-old woman arrested

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yesterday in Birmingham on suspicion of withholding

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information about suspected terrorism has been released on bail.

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Police raided six addresses in the city yesterday in what was

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described as the most significant anti-terrorism operation in the

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country this year. Six men, aged between 25 and 32, arrested on

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suspicion of plotting a terrorist act in the UK remain in custody.

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Plans for a controversial mosque in Dudley have been rejected. The

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Dudley Muslim Association has accused councillors of Islamaphobia

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after the proposals for a mosque in Hall Street were rejected a second

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time. The council says its decision was made solely on the grounds of

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the scale and design of the building.

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Part of Coventry's historic cathedral ruins are in danger of

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collapse unless a �250,000 can be found for urgent repairs. The bomb-

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ravaged cathedral has come to symbolise the devastation of the

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city in the Blitz but the ruins are suffering from decades of exposure

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to the elements, as Andy Newman reports.

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Battered by the German bombers, now time is taking its toll on the

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ruins of Coventry's ancient cathedral. Cracks have appeared on

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an exterior wall and there's concern that this whole section is

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in danger of collapsing. Obviously we need to start repairs today

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because this crack has opened up. It is now being supported by the

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scaffolding which is preventing it falling into the street, but it is

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a challenge which needs to be fixed today. I think it would be

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devastating. I bring children here from school and without it, we are

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losing their heritage of our local cities. It is something to show

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future generations what was here and what it was like. November 1940,

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the aftermath of the Blitz. As much of Coventry is devastated, the

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city's catherdral becomes a ruin. What was left of the building has

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stood as a symbol of Coventry's endurance. Historians says it's a

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symbol worth preserving. What we see today is a very evocative

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result of the bombing on 14th November 1940, when the intense

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heat of an century bombs told the steel girders and collapse the

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arcades in on themselves, and we have a show of St Michael's. But

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that in itself is a building of great cultural set -- importance.

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He The cathedral ruins attract tourists from across the world.

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Next year marks 50 years since the consecration of the new cathedral.

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The concern is that unless funds can be raised quickly, future

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visitors may arrive to see rather less of a ruin than the one that

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stands today. It is actually a very special place,

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that. But it has a real solemnity about it.

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Still ahead this Tuesday evening, about an hour to kick-off at the

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Emirates. Why Lenny the Lion's confident he can roar Shrewsbury

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Town to victory against Arsenal. And when it rains it pours, or at

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least it will for some tonight. When will it stop and will it

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return? More details later. Teenagers are being employed to

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combat cyber criminals who hack into the computers of businesses.

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The youngsters are on the same wavelength as the hackers, who are

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often teenagers themselves. South Worcestershire has become a centre

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for many of the security companies operating in the field. Here's Cath

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Mackie. Mike Schooling works in a non-

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descript office in Malvern but his job is the stuff of Hollywood

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movies. Sitting at his computer, this 19-year-old fights cyber

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criminals. You put yourself in the mindset of a hacker to try to think

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what they would do to get into a system. So you would literally be

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doing what a hacker would do legitimately to test it, so that

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they cannot get in. Teenager Chris Walker has also been recruited by

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Malvern-based 3SDL, who are experts in cyber security. It's a tough job.

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The hackers are costing businesses millions like the technology giant

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Sony which had data stolen from 100 million customer accounts earlier

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this year. For the 3SDL chairman taking on youngsters has

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considerable benefits. The people who are often trying to attack us

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probably learned their skills when they win youngsters in a back

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bedroom, maybe in their early teens. They looked to stay ahead of

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technology and so you need to fight fire with fire. They bring a

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fearless approach to technology with them. And they work for one of

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16 small cyber security companies in this town who are now fighting

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for recognition of their work. The Government has said it ranks cyber

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security as a top priority and has earmarked �650 million to fight

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cyber crime in the UK. And now these small cyber security firms

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here in Malvern are lobbying for a share of that investment. It is not

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just the big contract as that candidates -- delivers solutions,

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but in this space you need to be nimble, says smaller businesses

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could be more responsive than the bigger ones. We are competing in a

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global market so we have a pretty good reputation in this country for

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doing this sort of thing, so we need to leverage off that as much

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as possible. Getting help from government is very important.

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hope now is any future government investment in Malvern will be

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enough to retain the brains that are helping to make the online

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world a safer place. Elsewhere in Worcestershire, though,

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a centre which is credited with getting hundreds of teenagers off

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the streets is facing imminent closure. The Bewdley Youth Cafe was

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set up because of concerns the town had little to offer young people.

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But financial pressures have seen sponsors pull out and grants dry up,

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as Ben Godfrey reports. It's 8am and the Bewdley Youth Cafe

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is doing a brisk breakfast trade. If it looks busy, that's because

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500 teenagers have signed up. It's not just free food drawing them in.

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Some come to search for jobs online, others just come for a chat or a

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game of pool. It stops me from being out there and doing bad stuff

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like drugs or getting involved with bad people. After school you can

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come in and chill out for a bit. The charity says the cafe costs

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�70,000 a year to run. Lottery funding has ended and there's been

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little interest from local companies. It could close within

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months. We do have a problem in this town with under-aged drinking

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and if this cafe was not here, I really do think that a lot of the

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young children would slip into anti-social behaviour. We have got

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a centre down there but they hardly had anything on. Sean Haywood's 15

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and was excluded from five schools because of his behaviour but he's

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leading a campaign to ensure others don't head the same way. Some of

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the people I used to hang around with used to drink and I would be

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stuck around that kind of activity. So I have got my head down and

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started to work more, and started getting the qualifications I need,

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hoping I can get the job I want in the future. This is the only other

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youth centre in a town with a population of 10,000. It's run by

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the local authority. It was shut when we visited. Some facilities

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for young people could disappear within three years. The council is

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looking at trimming 1.1 �4 million from its activities budget. Clearly

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Bewdley isn't Birmingham. It didn't suffer at the hands of rioters and

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will never see the kind of budgets charities there can muster at a

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time of indignation. But here, these youngsters say their needs

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are just as important. Back to the Liberal Democrat party

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conference in Birmingham now, and events on the conference fringe

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have assumed a new importance with the Lib Dems, now in a position to

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influence policy as part of the coalition government. More than 500

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fringe meetings are being held throughout the city. Our political

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reporter, Susana Mendonca, has been checking them out.

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It's home to the Liberal Democrats for one more day but beyond the

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confines of Birmingham's International Convention Centre,

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there's a lot more going on - on the fringes. And you have to get up

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pretty early in the morning for these kinds of events. This is the

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Birmingham Chamber of Commerce fringe event. It's 7am and all

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these business people are gathered here to discuss jobs and growth in

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the city. There's all sorts of benefits. One is picking up the

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atmosphere, what's going one, what's the prevailing thoughts of

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the day, which, as a business person, you've got to be sensitive

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to, and that may determine how I plan a strategy for UK marketing or

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develop equipment. A chance to meet people who can be influential.

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a former government minister. Or perhaps a Hollywood actor? Oh, I

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only ever play one role. Don't be ridiculous! Hugh Grant, playing the

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role of fringe celebrity, here to put phonehacking on the agenda at

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one of more than 500 of these meetings. Not quite so glamorous

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was Birmingham City Council's fringe on growing the green economy.

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But what's the point in them? exchanging, it's networking, it's

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finding out what's happening. And it's so important in any political

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party to understand what progress is being made. And in between all

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those fringe events and conference speeches, Lib Dems can pop in here

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to pick up a few goodies. There are around 400 exhibitors inside the

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ICC hoping to bend the ears of politicians and activists. And BBC

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WM listeners have got in on the act too, when former Lib Dem Party

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leader Paddy Ashdown got a grilling at our very own fringe event.

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people these days are going to university because they don't know

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what else to do. You simply cannot go on funding student fees on the

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same basis as you did 40 years ago, 30 years ago. It's impossible to do

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that. So the debate doesn't just go on on the conference hall floor.

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Well, Susana's at the ICC now. This is the latest in a series of party

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conferences hosted by Birmingham. How does this one compare? It feels

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a lot smaller than the Conservative Party conference, which was held

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here last year. That attracted around 14,000 delegates and

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attracted millions of pounds for the local economy. The Lib Dem

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Conference has only attracted around 8,000 people in comparison.

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A lot of the usual suspects are exhibiting. Charities and teaching

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unions. One thing I have noticed is that last year, Marks & Spencer's

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and Harvey Nichols had stalls where you could pick up food but this

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year they are not here. Instead you can go to the ASDA store!

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fringe meetings. What's the most unusual one you've heard of? It has

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to be the Glee Club, which happens tonight. This is not the American

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television programme. This is where the Lib Dems get together and they

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have a bit of a sing-song and basing from hymn sheets. The Lib

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Dem MP for Birmingham Yardley plays the piano. I have seen it before

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and it really does have to be seen to be believed! It does sound

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interesting. Thank you so much. Tuesday night in downtown

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Shrewsbury should be rather quieter than normal this evening. That's

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because 5,000 excited Shrewsbury Town football fans have travelled

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to London for a rather special match. It's the first time the

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Shrews have ever played Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, and a shock

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result could just be on the cards in the Carling Cup, as Ian Winter

:22:43.:22:53.
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reports. Recognise this face? He is off to

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London and he is getting dressed up for the Cup. But Arsenal must be

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wary of the Shrews presenting gifts. These are the injured Shrewsbury

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players who have been forced to miss the club's big night in London.

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But first, let's pause and reflect on Arsenal's recent defensive

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blunders. Four at Blackburn, aid at man United. What is going through

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your mind? -- 8. Their manager has had an outstanding career and will

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continue to do so. He will put it right but we hope he doesn't do

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night! In Shrewsbury, they were buzzing with excitement tonight. At

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�10 a ticket is a rare chance to see how the other half lives and

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possibly even upset Arsenal's expensive array of multi-million-

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pound superstars. You have certainly dress the part, Julie,

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for tonight? Somebody has to do it! I won't be alone. Destination,

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North London. Arsenal, beware, because 5,000 Shrewsbury fans

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believe a Carling Cup shop is on the cards tonight. Back at the

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ground, as the kit men loaded up the team bus, one question was on

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the lips of everybody. How well the Gunners prevent Marvin Morgan from

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repeating his wonder goal against Port Vale at the weekend?

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disrespect, but that defence looks a bit rocky. You must fancy your

:24:27.:24:31.

chances of getting a goal? I did see some mistakes at the back on

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Match Of The Day at the weekend. Hopefully we can capitalise on that.

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With that, he was off to cause more mayhem in the Arsenal defence, and

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with a little help from Lady Luck and Lenny the Lion, who knows what

:24:45.:24:54.

surprises lie in store? Hopefully he will bring them luck.

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So much counts on confidence. Marvin Morgan seemed really

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confident. Lots and lots for Shrewsbury Town tonight. Had it

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goes well. -- hope it goes well. Let's hope they fare better than

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Coventry City last night. They lost 3-0 to Ipswich in the Championship.

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The first was this own goal from defender Martin Cranie. And they

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were two down inside 15 minutes when former Wolves midfielder Keith

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Andrews scored. Coventry's miserable night was completed by

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Jason Scotland in the second half. The Sky Blues remain 21st in the

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table. You probably don't want to see any

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more of that if you are a fan! It has been a damp and dreary day

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and it is still raining out there. It will be well after midnight

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until we see the rain clearing, and before it does it will turn heavy

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as well. The rain is running from south-west to north-east. A ripple

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of darker blue shows you it is data show that will be affected. By the

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early hours, it should be well out of the way. -- it is Gloucester

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shirt that will be affected. The clearers bells will give way to

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cooler temperatures and we are down to 9, 10 degrees. We are greeted by

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a much better day tomorrow than today. There will be blue skies,

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sunshine and some showers, mainly affecting the northern parts in the

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afternoon. They are just coming in from Wales. Temperatures are rising

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to 16, 17 degrees, which is similar to today's values, but with the

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added wind coming in from the south-west at around 20 miles an

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hour, quite gusty over the hilltops. It will feel cooler. Thursday looks

:26:53.:26:57.

similar but essentially, it isn't, because the wind will be easing and

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temperatures are a couple of degrees lower. Again feeling fairly

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cool and the further south you go, probably the odd spot of rain as

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well. Essentially dry, though. Friday, a similar day with more

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cloud, and then on Saturday, some rain.

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A look at tonight's main headlines: The world economy is at risk of a

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double-dip recession warned the experts at the International

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Monetary Fund. And as the Lib Dem conference which

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