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Welcome to Midlands Today, with Suzanne Virdee and Nick Owen. The

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headlines tonight: What will the Chancellor's Autumn

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Statement mean for us? Tonight business leaders give their verdict.

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One thing we were looking for was some sort of help or some sort of

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move to controlling inflation a bit better.

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"We'll do it anyway", say defiant strikers told to stump up thousands

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or be banned from marching through a city centre. We've got teachers,

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social workers, dinner ladies, nurses who want to take part in a

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lawful, democratic protest and the council are putting obstacles in

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their way. A delicate operation to help

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thousands of salmon stranded because of the dry conditions.

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And what does it feel like to be a Paralympian? The children who got

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Good evening, welcome to Tuesday's Midlands Today, from the BBC.

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Tonight, what does the Chancellor's Autumn Statement mean for jobs and

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business in this region? One of the main headlines from George

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Osborne's speech was the boost for road-building projects. In this

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region, the busy Tollbar traffic island in Coventry will be rebuilt.

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There'll be a new bridge over the West Coast Main Line, to help

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improve roads around Birmingham Airport and the NEC. And a bridge

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at Evesham, in Worcestershire, will be rebuilt. Elsewhere, there was

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grimmer news, with a forecast that unemployment will continue to rise

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over the next 12 months in a region which already has a higher-than-

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average number of people out of work. Business leaders here

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welcomed the statement, saying they don't think there will be a return

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to recession in 2012. Our business correspondent, Peter Plisner, joins

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us now from the Heathcote Industrial Estate in Warwick, where

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we've been tracking the fortunes of companies there for Midlands Today.

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Are firms there confident about avoiding another recession, Peter?

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I think so. Certainly many have welcomed today's announcement.

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Tonight, we are at a haulage depot, where, as you can imagine, they

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will be pleased at the fact that they have scrapped the idea of

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increasing fuel duty next month. Today, I have spent the day gauging

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opinion on the Chancellor's statement.

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Surviving one of the toughest recessions in living memory. This

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firm and makes metal cases for balconies. It has thrown an

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incredible load on us, trying to basically stand still. Elsewhere,

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another firm which has weathered the economic storm. Dennis Eagle

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Ltd makes dustcarts and exports them all over the world. Although

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orders are up, long-serving workers like Tony Cowley are still

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concerned about the fragile state of the economy. Prices seem to be

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going up and up but our pay is not. Enter the Chancellor and his Autumn

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Statement. Something not to be missed for Dennis Eagle Ltd. Here,

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they have recently been recruiting but did the Chancellor to enough to

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persuade them to take on any more staff? We will be keen to help and

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participate in any way possible along those lines. We take on a

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regional number of apprentices now and we realise the importance of

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young people coming in, being trained up for the workforce of the

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future. With the state the economy is in at the moment, it is hardly

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surprising there are empty buildings here. We have been

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monitoring the system but it -- this estate for 12 months but here,

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it is not all doom and gloom. At this printing firm, they are busier

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than ever, with many orders coming from new businesses. There are a

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lot of people setting up new businesses, even in this

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environment, so with some other things I have heard today, they

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help to those who are setting up, it has got to be good for my

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business. But not everything announced today went down well.

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Plans to encourage the young unemployed back to work by

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threatening to remove benefits got a definite thumbs down. Would you

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want to employ somebody who has been forced to take a job? No, I do

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not think it is a good idea. It is like being a prisoner of war.

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most firms on the estate having business come to them, this did

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provide good news. But with economic growth will slow, the

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struggle for many firms is far from over. Joining me here at the depot

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are two people with views on the news heard today. You must be

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pleased that the fuel duty increase in January has been scrapped?

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We were very worried we were going to pass a psychological barrier

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because threepence would have meant the highest ever diesel price,

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which would have been dreadful for our industry. Did you think there

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was anything that could help you as a business? Not so much help but

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there was nothing that would hinder us. It means we will go ahead with

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plans in terms of some more recruitment, so another six jobs we

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will be putting out in January. Many thanks. Richard Butler, you

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are from the CBI. The Chamber of Commerce have said they feel what

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has been announced will stave off recession. Is that you're feeling?

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We hope so. It is a package for business that will help. There is

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some money for infrastructure project. The roads near the airport

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and the NEC. But they are hardly earth-shattering and they will

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hardly get the Midlands moving? many ways, they are not. The

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Government does not have much wriggle room. But there are some

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schemes, banking schemes for small businesses, which Rob very

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worthwhile. And also youth credit and encouragement to take on young

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people. What about unemployment blackspots? Is there anything in

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the announcements today to deal with those? I think there is. The

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enterprise zone mainly in Wolverhampton, there are some

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excellent tax credits that have been announced. Do you think we

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learned much today? Apart from how bad the economy is! As you say,

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there is much that has been leaked in the past couple of days. But

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there are some worthwhile things coming out. Thank you. Anything

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that helps deliver growth has to be a good thing, I suppose.

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There was some welcome news for motorists from the Chancellor today.

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Plans to increase fuel duty by 3p next month have been scrapped. The

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rise in rail fares will also be less than originally expected and

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pensions will also be going up. Our political reporter, Susana Mendonca,

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joins us now from the German Market in Birmingham. What have people

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there made of it? A lot of the people I have been speaking to

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around the bars here are very happy at the prospect of the fuel duty

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increase being delayed until the summer. But there is a lot of

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apprehension about what this will mean for growth and jobs here in

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Birmingham and across the West Midlands. We heard the Chancellor

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talking about how things could be far worse if the eurozone crisis is

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not solved, so we have come to our own little bit of Europe, here in

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Birmingham, to find out what people think. You cannot be overly

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optimistic at the moment. But you have always got to believe things

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are going to get better. Rather nervous. I don't know what is going

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to happen. Whatever they say, I am not sure what is going to happen so

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we have to wait and see. The price of bills and food are continually

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going up. I think it will be a struggle for a lot of people in the

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future if they don't do something about that.

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There we have a flavour of what people in the German market think

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of the Chancellor's announcement. I am joined by a couple of people

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with their own views. I have Allen, who runs the cider store, and also

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Michael Ward, who runs the Chamber of Commerce. There were a lot of

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announcements for small businesses. For you, what difference do you

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think today's announcement will make? A lot of things announced

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were good for us. The apprentice scheme, we will probably take

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advantage of that in the new year. The only cloud on by horizon for us

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is, if the Chancellor has reduced the tax take up on petrol, he is

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going to look for somewhere else to make it up, and I suspect we will

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be hit with some alcohol of duty, which happens every year. That is

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my only concern. I know the Chamber of Commerce says we will not have a

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recession. The OECD figures we had yesterday were not looking good. Do

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you think the West Midlands has what it takes to come out of this?

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All the figures are showing that we expect there to be growth in the

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economy, albeit less than 1%, so it will feel relatively flat but it is

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not a recession, it is growth. And in terms of the proposals from the

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Chancellor, he is addressing the issues around increasing finance.

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Thank you. We must leave it there. That is a flavour of how people in

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Birmingham city centre of feeling about the statement. Thank you. We

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will be joining Patrick Burns later to get the political take from

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Westminster. Good to have you with us this

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evening. Later in the programme, we'll be meeting a former Olympic

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marathon man who could become this year's Unsung Hero.

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A man's been killed after a car and lorry collided early this morning.

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It happened on the A49 near Preston Brockhurst, in Shropshire. The

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lorry jack-knifed and caught fire, blocking the road for several hours.

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The lorry driver wasn't injured. A march by thousands of striking

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public sector workers through the streets of Birmingham will go ahead

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tomorrow. Unions have accused the City Council of trying to erode

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democracy after they demanded thousands of pounds to pay for road

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closures. A senior councillor today accused the unions of acting

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irresponsibly, as Sarah Falkland reports.

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It's a fight to save pensions from government cuts. But unions in

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Birmingham have had another battle - with the City Council over a

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proposed march. The last time unions marched through the city,

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they paid just a few hundred pounds. They marched on a weekend. But the

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City Council said loss of revenue from on-street parking, combined

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with road closures, would mean tomorrow's march would cost them

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�8,000. Only a few weeks ago, we have the racist thugs of the EDL

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protesting in the city centre and they did not have to pay a penny.

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We have teachers, social workers, dinner ladies and nurses who want

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to take part in a lawful, democratic protest, and the council

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is putting obstacles in their wake. The council points out that none of

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the EDL actually marched and that the fees are standard practice. On

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the eve of the march, they are going ahead anyway, without paying

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the council is single penny. Tomorrow, this car park will be

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full with the cars of union members, going to the arena. They are acting

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irresponsibly, encouraging this to take place, having not followed the

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criteria. Unions say even without the council's co-operation, the

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march will be well-managed and safe. We will have hundreds of stewards

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said the demonstration will be absolutely safe. Whether there of

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road closures or not, it will be saved. A magnificent demonstration

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took place on 30th June and nobody was hurt whatsoever. Up to 5,000

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people could join in. One union leader has said

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tomorrow's strikes could be the biggest walk-out since the General

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Strike of 1926. Our reporter Giles Latcham joins us.

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What's the impact likely to be in this region, Giles? It's going to

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be big for employers, of course, and for those trying to run council

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services. It's going to be a testing day for many parents. By

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our reckoning, just over 1,270 schools, academies and colleges

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across the Midlands will close. That figure incorporates

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Gloucestershire and it's for complete closures. Others will be

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partially closed. In Birmingham alone, 160 are shutting, a third of

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the city's schools. We went to one in King's Heath this afternoon at

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picking-up time, to ask parents what they think of the strike.

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think they should have turned around and got everybody to vote

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first before they actually turned around and decided to go on strike.

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I've been some other public sector staff, if they were really aware of

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how the private sector staff got paid than their pension

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contributions, I think it is more similar than people realise. It is

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horrendous, what is going on in the public sector, and I think it is

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right they should stand up and strike. It just means I get to

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spend an extra day with him! How well supported do they think

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the strike will be? It's difficult to predict, but according to the

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public sector unions taking part, they have about 10,000 members in

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the Birmingham area. In Staffordshire, the council is

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expecting just under 3,500 to strike. That's out of a workforce

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of 28,000. Interestingly, there are professions taking part who haven't

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gone on strike before. Headteachers, for example, and some health

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specialists. So appointments will be cancelled and hospitals like

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Warwick and Stratford expect to run limited services. In Shropshire,

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they're likening it to what you'd expect on a bank holiday.

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And you can keep in touch with all the details about what the strikes

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mean where you live on your BBC A race is on to try to save

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hundreds of salmon trapped in the River Teme because of low water.

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It's been the driest year in the region since records began. The

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Environment Agency have been working to help the fish reach

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their spawning grounds. Joanne Writtle has been watching rescue

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operation. These fish are facing a crisis

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brought on by nature. The Atlantic salmon need to work their way 50

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kilometres north of here in Ludlow to spawn. But they now barely have

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the energy to leap upstream. The River Teme is too low for them to

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make their journey. If they don't get upstream of here, they will not

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be able to lay their eggs, and if they can't do that, that is the

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future progeny of this would have gone. They will lose their eggs and

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dive. There is not enough spawning in the River here for them. -- and

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die. We used an underwater camera under the supervision of

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Environment Agency experts, to avoid disturbing the fish. Some

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weigh up to 30lbs and may have travelled from Greenland. Some of

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the females are carrying up to 10,000 eggs. The Environment Agency

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has made temporary modifications to two weirs to try and help the fish

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through. The salmon crisis has attracted many onlookers. We have

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been watching them nearly get up but then falling back. They have

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wanted to get up into the upper reaches of the river. I have never

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seen the river as low as it is now. This was the River Teme on the

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Herefordshire-Shropshire border in May, looking more like a farm track.

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It dried out earlier this year than in the hot summer of 1976. This

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weir in Ludlow was restored by a charity. The Teme Weirs Trust is

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backing the temporary work being carried out to two other weirs by

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the Environment Agency. It is a huge crisis for the future of

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salmon in this river. And it really needed to be seen to straight away

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and we have done everything we can to help the Environment Agency

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progress with the alteration of the weirs. Along with work to help them

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continue their journeys, the salmon are under 24-hour surveillance, to

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avoid illegal fishing, though they are unsuitable for eating at this

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stage in their life-cycle. But there is a twist in detail. It

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might be raining now but the temporary modern -- modifications

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can only work if there is significant rainfall to allow the

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fish to get through. That is an incredible rescue

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operation. A miserable day, but for the salmon

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there was some of that much-needed rain. Shefali, what's in store for

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tomorrow? Unlike today, it's a much drier picture, but that's not to

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say there isn't more rain on the way. A lot more in fact. I'll tell

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you when later. 200 school children in Birmingham

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enjoyed a games lesson with a difference today. They all got the

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chance to have a go at a Paralympic sport. It's hoped that one of the

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lasting legacies of 2012 will be to encourage more youngsters to play

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sport. Ian Winter has been to the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham

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to find out more. Warming up for a new sporting

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experience. 200 children from 16 special schools across the region,

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all set for a big surprise. They'd come together to have a go some

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Paralympic sports. And everywhere you looked, the youngsters were

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having fun, encouraged by some exceptional role models. Gymnasts

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like Sarah Whitehouse, from Wolverhampton, who won gold and

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silver medals at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in

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Athens just a couple of months ago. This really means a lot. My mum

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nominated me to go there. I get to carry the Olympic Flame. When do

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you find out? Next month. Spend a couple of minutes in Sarah's

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company and her passion for sport comes shining through. And the same

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applies to Paul Jacobs. Two years ago, Rifleman Paul was left blinded

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by a bomb whilst on patrol in Afghanistan. He won a George Medal

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for bravery. And now, he's become a big fan of goalball, a popular

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Paralympic sport for the visually impaired. Sport for me has been on

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top of my agenda. As a soldier, you have routine, and once you have

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been thrown out of that, it is difficult. For me, going into sport,

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swimming, whatever it may be, it has been a top, top thing. You just

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look at them and see the joy on their faces as they experience

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something new. As they carry on, that could do a lot of good and

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take them to new places. You will feel proud you are part of that.

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Mickey Bushell is one of Britain's best medal hopes at London 2012.

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The wheelchair racer from Telford is off to Australia in the New Year.

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There's a lot of hard work ahead if he's to go one better than the

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silver medal he won at the 100 metres in the Beijing Paralympics

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three years ago. The ultimate goal is gold. I guess it is for

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everybody. I have to make sure I am the one that is there. Only the

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chosen few will win medals at London 2012. But today everyone

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enjoyed their first taste of the Paralympics in Birmingham.

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That was inspirational! 1.5 million tickets are still

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available for London 2012 Olympic football matches. They include the

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12 games being staged at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, which is being

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re-named for the Olympics as the City of Coventry Stadium. Coventry

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is understood to be the second most popular venue outside London.

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They've sold more than 80,000 of their 250,000 allocation.

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All this week, we'll be revealing who our five finalists are for this

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year's BBC Midlands Sports Unsung Hero Award. It recognises those

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unpaid individuals who devote countless hours and energy to

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helping others take part in sport. And first up is former Olympic

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marathon runner Bill Adcocks. Since injury forced him to retire from

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competition, he's spent more than 50 years as a coach and

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administrator with Coventry's Godiva Harriers. Kevin Reide's been

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to meet him. It's hard to quantify Bill Adcocks'

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contribution to grass-roots sport. But when you consider he's been

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helping to run Coventry's Godiva Harriers since the age of 18, you

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start to get the picture. Even so, his response to be nominated is

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humbled. You have these schemes and you look at what people have put in,

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you think, well, obviously somebody thinks that of me, and it is very

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gratifying. It is amazing to think that Bill has been active here for

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more than 50 years, and in that time, he has literally helped

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thousands of athletes. He likes things to be done right and he

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knows people are putting a lot of effort in, and so does he, so he is

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a great person to have in your corner. A marathon runner himself,

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for 35 years he held the record time racing from Marathon to Athens,

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and came second in the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Jamaica.

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Harriers friend and colleague is David Moorcroft. He is one of the

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most outstanding marathon runners Britain has ever produced. He left

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no stone unturned, and as a young athlete, it was wonderful to have

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somebody like him to look up to. Back at the track, the night may be

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over for those training, but for Bill, work is just beginning. First

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there are meetings to attend. Then at home, more dedication, as he

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spends hours keeping the website up-to-date with literally thousands

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of race results. I have to sort of call him if I want him! Or and

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looks through the hatch when it is time for coffee. He is always on

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there. -- or I look through the hatch. I want to be involved in

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trying to create an environment where people do things to help, and

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if they do that, that is payment enough.

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Now back to our main news tonight, and major road construction

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projects across our region are set to benefit from the national

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infrastructure plan unveiled today by George Osborne. There's also a

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significant tax break for new businesses setting up in the Black

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Country enterprise zone. Our political editor, Patrick Burns,

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has been watching developments at Westminster. How well have we done

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here in the Midlands out of this mini Budget? To judge by the number

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of times the Chancellor mentioned the West Midlands, you would think

:23:11.:23:17.

we had done rather well. He pointed out that, incidentally, employment,

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and that should have been going down during the boom years with

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this strategy and the road building projects. But the problem is, where

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is the money coming from? The �5 billion the Government is putting

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into it is coming from elsewhere in their current spending plans. I am

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joined by Shabana Mahmood, the Labour MP, and Sajid Javid, the

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Conservative MP. You are just storing up yet more paint in years

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to come for the sake of these road- building schemes and other

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projects? That is not right atoll. We are bringing forward capital

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spending projects that were already there and finding savings elsewhere

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and using it for these projects, both in the West Midlands and

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elsewhere. At a time like this when we are facing an economic challenge

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and the rest of the world is facing an even bigger one, it is important

:24:20.:24:24.

we do what we can to boost growth. Infrastructure projects is

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something we can do. We also have local enterprise partnerships and

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local enterprise zones. You have got a welcome all this. The schemes

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just mentioned, it gives 100% capital allowances for firms to

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locate into the zone. That is good news? And of course bringing

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forward long-term investment projects, that is part of our plan,

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so I am glad to hear this. But it does not go to any way to say this

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is a reckless economic policy and is having a devastating impact on

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hard-working families up and down the country. Briefly, talking to

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some bankers, they say business does have a lot of money in their

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accounts. It just lacks the confidence to release it into new

:25:17.:25:22.

opportunities and job creation. What can you do about that? We need

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to boost confidence. We have a lot more in Britain than in any other

:25:25.:25:33.

country in Europe. The Government needs to focus on growth. OK, more

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about that roll-out of high-speed broadband in rural areas tomorrow.

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Thank you, Patrick. It's been a really dank, dark day.

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Shefali, what's in store for After today's rain, we will see

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further rain later this week. The wind is quite prominent and the

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temperature will start to drop as we head into December. More

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particularly, Thursday night into fried it will be quite a busy

:26:04.:26:14.
:26:14.:26:15.

picture. -- in to Friday. You can see the cloud is already breaking

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up and we are seeing a cluster of showers to the north of the region.

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Later, they will move south. Not an entirely dry picture and there will

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be bricks in the cloud, so temperatures will fall down to four

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or five degrees Celsius. Tomorrow, a chilly start to the day, or a

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chillier start than today. A lot drier than today and sunny as well,

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with a few showers just dotted around, but they will fade away,

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leaving it much drier in the afternoon. A colder day than today.

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Slightly less of a breeze as well. It is through tomorrow night that

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we see this heavy band of rain spilling out from the South and it

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will become patchier as it moves north. But a few hours of heavy

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rain, with things feeling quite breezy. On Thursday night, we get a

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A look at tonight's main headlines: More years of pain. Britain's debt

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is bigger, its growth lower. A grim warning to families across the UK

:27:27.:27:29.

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