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Hello, and welcome to Midlands Today. The government says yes to

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the NHS to line up, to the delight of many business leaders. I am live

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in Water Orton in Warwickshire, where villagers say HS2 will wreck

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lives, and the economic argument is badly flawed.

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The government said the country needed HS2 for long-term economic

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growth. It will cement what was envisaged

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at 10 years ago when Eastside was created. Because of the recession,

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it stalled, as the announcement will really make it happen.

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But the No campaign say they will fight it. They say the country

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cannot afford it. It means that my home of 27 years

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is going to be demolished. For what?

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I am in a helicopter flying above the Midlands and looking at the

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impact of the new, revised route. How this region is one of the worst

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in the land for child poverty. We have to ration what we eat,

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because I have to wait until I get my next set of money.

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Plus he has had thousands of winners in a glorious career, and

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he is still going strong. The oldest racehorse trainer in the

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Good evening, and welcome to a special edition of Midlands Today,

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on the day the government said yesterday controversial �17 billion

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high-speed rail link between Birmingham and London. I am in

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Water Orton in Warwickshire, wearing number of homes will be

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demolished to make way for the rail line. Let's tell you a bit more

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about this village. If it is home to 3500 people. It has shops, a

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primary school and two pubs. Life will change dramatically. Anti HS2

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campaigners say the line will damage some of the country's most

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beautiful countryside. But the government says it is vital.

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It will deliver a �6.2 million more of benefit to the country. -- �6.2

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billion. So by slashing journey times as well as providing the

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changing capacity that we need, it will give a return on the

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additional investment of more than it four to one. Of a modern,

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reliable service between hour major cities befitting the 21st century

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will transform the way we travel and promote Britain's economic and

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social prosperity. The issue of high-speed rail has

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really hit the headlines in the past few years. But people in

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France and Germany have been able to use them since the early 1980s.

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But it was only in 2007 when High Speed One that began operating

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between London and the Channel Tunnel in the UK. Three years later,

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the then Labour government unveiled plans for High Speed Two between

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London and Birmingham. In December that year, the new government

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published its preferred route. A public consultation took place

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between February and July last year. Now, the government has approved

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the route, and are hoping construction will start in 2018.

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And by 2026, high-speed rail travel between London and Birmingham could

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be a reality. Many businesses in the region have

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welcomed today's announcement approving the high-speed rail route.

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It is claimed HS2 will create thousands of new jobs and lead to

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greater levels of investment in the region. There is also the potential

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for extensive regeneration in Birmingham's Eastside. It is

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already happening at King's Cross in London, where the arrival of

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High Speed One resulted in a huge redevelopment project.

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Once derelict and run down, now the largest city centre development in

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Western Europe. 4 million square feet of offices, 2000 new homes and

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the promise of 30,000 jobs. It really is urban regeneration on a

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massive scale here at King's Cross. Over the next decade, as the work

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continues, it is estimated they will be spending more than �1

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million every day. And it is all happening just yards from St

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Pancras International station, terminus for High Speed One, the

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line that goes to the Channel Tunnel. For developers, being close

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to the high-speed rail has made a big difference.

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It is a big factor. It is not the deciding factor, but possibly

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without it, 50% of the deals we have done would not have happened.

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Deals may carry on having a bit slower, but not everyone wants to

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go to London or Paris or stood guard. Some people do, and they are

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the decision-makers. He was another run-down area,

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Birmingham's Eastside. Part of this will become the station for HS2.

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Regeneration has been slow, but like at King's Cross, experts are

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now predicting rapid development. A it will make a huge difference.

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It wasn't meant what was envisaged some 10 years ago when Eastside was

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created. Because of the recession, it stalled, and the announcement of

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HS2 will really make that happen. Development here could bring in

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more than �500 million of investment and help generate in

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excess of 15,000 jobs. Some of those could be created here.

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This is the site of an old factory which has now been largely

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demolished. Part of this site could be used as a train maintenance

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depot. But in other parts of the region,

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the effect will not be so great. In places like Telford, business

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leaders are not so keen on a project.

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Shropshire is the only county in the UK without a direct links to --

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direct link to London. So what Direct Line to Telford is critical

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for me. -- so a direct line. As far as the government is

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concerned, the regeneration impact of a just to appear to have been

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seen as much more important than any environmental factors.

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Patrick Burns has spent a day at Westminster, where there was a

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demonstration supporting the HS2 rail link outside Parliament.

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Another of our MPs, including the Conservative MP for Redditch, Karen

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Lumley, and John Hemming from Birmingham Yardley, who is a Lib

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Dem, took part. Patrick, not all of Our MPs support HS2, do they?

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That is true. Two of Coventry's three Labour MPs have come out

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against it. A lot of Conservatives are also opposed to it, as their

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constituencies are along the ridge. This is a project which commands

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the official support or all three main political parties. I am joined

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by Gisela Stuart, the Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston. Dan Byles,

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the Conservative MP for Warwickshire North is also here. We

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have just been hearing about the regenerative potential, job

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creation in areas that desperately need a boost in the West Midlands.

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You are booking -- you are putting brooch or considerations ahead of

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the greater good. I disagree with that. Coventry City

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Council are against this. I am hearing a lot of hope about

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regeneration and not much evidence. What do you say about -- to Dan's

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constituents? They are deeply upset about the damage to their homes and

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environment. It was going again it -- through my

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backyard I would ask that it was minimised. But we have to look at

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the Horn of the country and the infrastructure which will provide

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jobs for the West Midlands. We always keep talking about

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Birmingham and London. It is about connecting Birmingham then on to

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Leeds and Manchester and Scotland. At we need to improve that national

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infrastructure, but also hour regional network. I would give you

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one example. In Birmingham, one third of people over 25 do not have

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a job. We need to provide jobs. Dan, this commands a very powerful

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parliamentary force. Are you backing a loser?

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I agree that with all three parties favouring it, it is an uphill

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struggle. But I still think it is the wrong thing to do. I need to

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make that case. The Transport Select Committee did a very good

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report highlighting a number of questions which have not been

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answered. Will it happen? Yes or no?

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Yes, it will. The Transport Secretary told the

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Commons deceiving that she will be visiting Birmingham tomorrow, where

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even the Labour MPs say she is guaranteed a warm welcome.

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Thank you very much. Thousands of people across the

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Midlands have campaigned against the proposed rail link. Farmers,

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environmentalists, homeowners and some business people joined forces

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to lobby the government against the proposals. They argue it is too

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costly, and the environmental and economic arguments do not stand up.

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We have spent today speaking to residents of what autumn, just one

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of a number of areas that will be affected by the. -- Water Orton.

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Today's announcement came with neighbours gathering together for

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support. I am absolutely devastated. It

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means that my home of 27 years is going to be demolished. For what?

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Faure trainer. It is a big worry.

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If this goes ahead, it went to just be us living close to where railway,

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it means that we just went have a home.

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Householders living in the path of HS2 say they have not been

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contacted by the company behind the scheme or the government. They have

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years of uncertainty ahead. It will run straight through these

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houses. Literally straight through? Yes, straight through.

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There has been a school in this village since the 18 Nineties.

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Trees have been planted and an outside classroom created. That

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will now run parallel to the new rail line.

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I do not want it because it will run in the atmosphere around here.

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It looks really nice at the moment, and it will make it look horrible.

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I would rather go on a train that is lower than have one next to a

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school. It will be years before a train

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comes through this field. But in the meantime, local communities say

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generations will be blighted by the desire to give Jenny times reduced

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from Birmingham to London. -- journey times.

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Let's talk about to Susan Willis, who lives here in the village, and

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to Linda Davis, who helps to run at the Campaign Group against HS2. We

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saw you, Susan, a very emotional today?

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Yes, it has been a very trying day. I will lose my home which I have

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lived in for 27 years and built from nothing to what I have now.

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Many people say you will get compensation. While I use are

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worried about losing your house? The conversation being offered is

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nowhere near the market value of our house. If not only do I lose my

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house, I will also be financially challenged as well.

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The financial situation at the moment, houses right here are cut

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by 25% because it HS2. The so you're worried you will not be able

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to find a home? And the compensation? It is only

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You've been running the campaign group, isn't it all over? We hope

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not. There are grounds for a legal challenge. It was decided months

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ago it would go ahead, before the consultation. It would be a

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disaster for the whole country, not just us. It would stop investment

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in local transport infrastructure. They are to be passe you have to

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look at the big picture -- a lot of people are saying you have to look

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at the big picture. High Speed One hasn't worked, a lot of money will

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go from the local infrastructure. No one will get more money for the

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next 15 years. We have run out of time. Thank you very much. You can

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read more about the decision on our website. I'll be back later with a

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look at the environmental impact that HS2 would have on the local

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region. In other news, the campaign group

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End Child Poverty says that in Birmingham won a third of children

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are living below the poverty line. In Sandwell and Wolverhampton have,

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31% of children are in poverty. There are 29% of children in Stoke

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and Warsaw. We look at one mother's attempts to help her children.

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Marsha Edwards is spending just �1 on sweets Farhad two boys. She is a

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single mother, she lost her job last year. Her temporary property

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is so bad it is infested with mice. They have to play games because

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mice overran the flat. The children used to walk down the path, they

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clapped their hands, and stamped their feet, and said that they were

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back. The mouse went from there to be covered. They would scurry back

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off to where they were. They were homeless last year just before

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Christmas, they moved back to their council flat in Birmingham. This is

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the children's room. This is practically all the staff we our

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own. -- staff her. The flat was an empty shell. Some people give up

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good homes because of their lack of money. They have no way of

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preparing a meal, they have to get takeaways, they are cold, so they

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will go and sit in the pub to keep warm. They have nothing to sleep on,

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so very quickly the lovely flat feels like a prison. The children

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are well clothed, they have computer games, but at times she

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says she hasn't had the bus fares to send them to school. I would

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rather feed them. He does his homework, his numbers, his colours,

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he does everything he does at school, I still teach him. It has

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been suggested that half a million children were slipping to the

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poverty trap by 2013. Marsha Edwards is a trained a nursery

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nurse, she hopes to get a new job, and a brighter future for herself

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and her sons. Police in Manchester have confirmed

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that they have found the body at a student from West Bromwich who had

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been missing for more than one week. Gurdeep Hayer was last seen getting

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out of a taxi in Manchester last Monday. He had been celebrating the

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New Year with friends. Officers say his body was found in a weather

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yesterday, and was formally identified yesterday. -- in a river.

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Staffordshire Police have saved more money than expected. They had

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�8 million to spend, after more people left the band were planned.

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They will not be recruiting new staff, but saved the money will be

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reinvested. Plans to build a �60 million waste

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incinerator in Shrewsbury have been Shropshire Council there really

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turned it down, but they are planning inspector has approved the

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scheme. The Coventry explorer, Mark Wood,

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has reached the South Pole. He completed the first leg of a

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challenge to trek to both Poles unsupportive. It took him the 30

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days to complete, in at temperatures as low as -50 degrees.

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He will fly to Chile, and up to the Arctic Circle to complete his

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journey. I feel on top of the world, that I am on the bottom! -- but I

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am on the bottom! It has drained everything out to me. I'm

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completely exhausted. The last couple of miles felt like I was

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pulling a big truck behind me. It is incredible.

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Well done. We have talked about endurance, how

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about this for staying power. At the age of 88, Reg Hollinshead is

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the oldest racing trainer in the country. He has nurtured champion

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horses and jockeys along the way. His son does the day-to-day running

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these days, our reporter found out Reg is just about ready to hand

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over the reins. This is the grass gallops for the

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Hollinshead racing team. We have the first group. It is a family

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effort. He wheelchair pin. -- we all pidgin.

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Back in the yard, we found his dad, Reg was born here, and his life is

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spent the racing horses. How his life? -- how his life? Can't

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complain. Six out of ten. Reg does not venture to the races any more,

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but he does not miss them if one -- on television. He is proud that the

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Hollinshead name lives on. It is nice to see it carrying on.

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fondest memory is Remainder Man, who finished third in the Derby in

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1978. It is not all about the past, they are sending a three horses to

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race in the south of France. It is hoped that the team can keep the

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Hollinshead team in the racing headlines.

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Back to our top storey, the controversial high-speed rail link

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that will go ahead. We are in one are the villages affected. Back to

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them now. Thank you very much. To appreciate

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the scale are HS2, you need to see it from the air. We explore the

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road by helicopter, Warwickshire in particular.

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We are starting out above Water Orton, where we are broadcasting

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from, above the east of Birmingham. We are going east just part 42 --

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past the M42. HS2 will slice past this, and then into Birmingham.

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This village will end up sliced apart split between road and rail.

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We are now above Stoneleigh in Warwickshire, this is the location

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of the Royal Show. It is also home to the National Farmers' Union, and

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they say the key fact is the impact on bursars are farmland, and food

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production. -- on a versatile farm land. This is one of the key parts

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of the HS2 roots. They are spending �500 million on a new tunnel. From

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up here, you can see the Midlands is a remarkably green and pleasant

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land. The many, what is going to be lost is just too important.

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Birmingham Airport says it's good news, our Transport Correspondent

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is there for us right now. The airport has been a big supporter of

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HS2? Yes, potentially it is a big winner. 38 minutes from central

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London. That is quicker than central London to Stansted or

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Gatwick. They will be more destinations from here. You have

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been a big supporter of the high- speed rail, you must be pleased?

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is great news for the people of the region. It is going to create jobs.

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How will the appal benefit? It is going to spread our reach, we will

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have most of the major cities in England within 50 minutes of this

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airport. We see a role for the airport are taking pressure out of

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the south-east. We were keen to do that before HS2, it is another

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string in our bio. Our calculations suggest it will be two-and-a-half

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minutes away from the terminal, we have talked to the government about

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relocating a terminal over there. You will enter the airport at the

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station. Could potentially Birmingham become a a large airport,

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the fourth-biggest? We have permission to guard the 27 million

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passengers, we are part of that solution. If it brings jobs to the

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Midlands, we make no apology for that. Let's do it. HS2 is still a

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long way off. There is a lot of work to do between now and then. It

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is not going to happen overnight. is not going to happen overnight.

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Thank you very much. Time for the weather.

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Another day spent soaking up the unseasonally mild temperatures. The

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comforting and yellow colours are going to drain away. It will become

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colder by Friday onwards. You will see a return of the night frost.

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Maybe some snow in the hills on Sunday. As far as the night goes,

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resemblances to last night. A cloudy picture, some spots of rain

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in the West. Slightly milder than last night, temperatures of 7-9

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degrees. Not cold tomorrow morning, but a dull and damp start to the

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day. We will start to see that cloud a thinning in the afternoon.

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Because of the good head start because of those temperatures, they

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will be up to 11-12 degrees. Above average. Thursday and Friday, a

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shift in the winds. That will drag temperatures down on Thursday night.

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We are looking at a double figures, but a cloudy day. Patchy rain

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spreading southwards. Thursday spreading southwards. Thursday

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night, the cloud clears. Friday, a lovely sunny day.

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A only one main story tonight, nationally and in the Midlands. The

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government has approved the High Speed Two rail link. We have been

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in Water Orton, one of the villagers affected.

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An emotional day here. HS2 is controversial, whether you think it

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