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transformation of the NHS in England. That

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Today welcome to Midlands today. The headlines...

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They did not die in thing, the words of the Health Secretary on those who

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lost their lives at Mid Staffs hospital. The terrible tragedy has

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led to the most fundamental changes in NHS culture in 65 years.

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Jeremy Hunt also said the NHS had listened and learned after the

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scandal at Stafford. Also tonight, a further ?20 million

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worth of savings to make by Stoke city council, but where will they

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make the cuts? It is a bit cold, but when you are

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enjoying yourself you seem to forget about it and have a great time.

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How 100`year`old documents about life on the home front in the First

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World War are being brought to life by modern technology.

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And if you think it's cold now, wait until tonight when temperatures

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reach new depths. But to find out what that will mean

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both for tonight and tomorrow, keep watching.

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Good evening. The Health Secretary admitted today that "cruelty had

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become the norm" in the NHS at the time of the Stafford Hospital

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scandal. It is six years since Julie Bailey started the Cure the NHS

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campaign following the death of her mother in the town's hospital. In

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March 2009, the health care Commission found that at least 400

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more patients died between 2005 and 2008 than would normally have been

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expected. In February, the Francis report made 290 recommendations to

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change the culture within the NHS. Today, the government has introduced

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a series of measures which, it says, should prevent another Stafford from

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ever happening again. Joanne Writtle reports.

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Today, staff at the hospital that micro`Stafford Hospital is looking

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forward. But the spotlight on it's past won't fade. Staff shortages

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still forcing the closure of accident and emergency at night.

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People marched to save a and e and other services like maternity. But

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firm decisions over their future aren't expected until early next

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year. One of the most chilling accounts in

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the Francis Report came from Mid Staffs employees who considered the

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care they saw to be normal. Cruelty became normal in our NHS, and no one

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noticed. A raft of recommendations including

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staff being encouraged to report problems, though with no legal

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obligation to do so. Watching the Health Secretary react to the report

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which came out of the Stafford Hospital scandal, Julie Bailey,

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founder of Cure the NHS, and her supporters.

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We have to rely on the culture changing within the NHS to ensure

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that these recommendations are successful. Without that

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legislation, we have to really keep our fingers crossed that we are not

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here in a few years asking for another public inquiry for some of

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the loved ones that have suffered. Elsewhere, founding members of

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Support Stafford Hospital fighting for the hospital's future were also

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watching. Let us hope the finances are there

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to back this all up. Nurses come at a cost, but yes, I think it is very

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encouraging. We have to see this report in more detail, this is just

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the start. In Stafford, everyone has a view on

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the town's hospital and the future of its acute services.

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I have got no complaints about it, because of my family, they were

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being treated wonderfully. Everyone has an opinion, they need to many

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mistakes in my eyes. I cannot understand the thinking

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behind taking something away that is so vital to a county town.

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No one from Stafford Hospital would appear on Canberra, but the trust

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was Michael Chief Executive issued a statement saying we know there is

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always room for improvement but we are determined to remain focused on

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providing compassionate at and safe care.

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Behind closed doors, hospital business was going on as usual, as

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politicians focused on the future of hospital care nationwide all because

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of what happened here. A short time ago I spoke to the

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and asked him how could he guarantee

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that another Stafford Hospital scandal wouldn't happen again.

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Well, the best way to make sure that never happens again is to make sure

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there is so much transparency that when a problem like this starts it

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gets identified really quickly. We had a very tough year in the NHS,

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but actually I think we can turn this into something positive,

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because the changes I have announced today will turn the NHS into the

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most transparent health care system in the world. Every hospital in the

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country will be publishing nursing ratios by Ward and shift on a

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monthly basis. The public will be able to see the proper staffing. We

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believe that publishing staff numbers online will help improve

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patient care? There are lots of different issues

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and we have to crack everyone of them, but the way to do it is to

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sure that if there is a problem we as the public find out really

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quickly. What happened with Mid Staffs was

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these problems went on between 2005 and 2009 and nothing was done about

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them. Just talking about nursing numbers, it is sent by the Royal

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College nursing that there are 20,000 vacancies to be filled, how

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will you get more nurses? We recruited an extra 1300 nurses

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this year, but as a result in the big change of mood in the NHS this

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year, hospitals know to recruit 4000 more nurses than they did one year

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ago. It will be different in different

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bands of the country but we will be looking to help everyone find the

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nurses they need. How do you recruit nurses to hospital such as

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Stafford, that is now has such a damaged reputation two it is

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interesting, `` such a damaged reputation?

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We have discovered that hospitals in special measures are facing

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challenging circumstances, if staff feel things are being sorted out my

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morale goes up. I spoke to representatives that

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George Eliot, another hospital near you in special measures, and since

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that there has been a moral interests `` increase because people

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feel the problems are being addressed. You have said that the

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NHS has listened and learned, but sadly this has come too late for

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hundreds of families in the Midlands, has it not?

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It really has. There is nothing I can say today that will take away

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the sadness of the losses they have faced. Only one thing I can say is

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that they were not in vain, because the terrible trash and `` tragedy at

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Mid Staffs has led to the most fundamental changes in NHS culture

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in 65 years and everything we have been doing has been designed to

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ensure that those changes are built to last.

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Coming up later in the programme... She lost her confidence when she

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lost her hearing, but she's back and determined to make her mark in the

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music business. Stoke on Trent City Council's

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announced plans to save a further ?20 million from its budget for next

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year. It will mean jobs are lost and some fees and charges will increase.

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It is predicting it will have to find ?100 million of savings over

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the next four years. Our Staffordshire reporter, Liz Copper,

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is outside their offices now. Liz, what details have the council given

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about these cuts? Well, all of the details are

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contained in this large, hefty document that was handed to

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councillors and journalist earlier today. It goes through point by

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point how the council plans to save this sum of ?20 million. There were

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some job losses, around 150 jobs will go, and around 80 of those

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posts are currently vacant. Some things will increase, so charges,

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for example car parking, they are expected to go up by 3.8% over the

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city in the next year or so. Also cremation fees will go up by ?35.

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Some things will be reduced, for example grass cutting on the

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council's grass verges, will be scaled back. They will also be

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changes, for example, to library services in some parts of the city.

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In addition, the council currently has plans to sell off some of its

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buildings and thinks there will be more savings once those buildings

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are disposed of. As for council tax, the council says it will be freezing

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council tax next year. Has there been any reaction so far?

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As you can imagine with a hefty document like this, people are now

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going through it in detail and die jesting what it means.

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The Labour city council meeting `` and digester what it means, the

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Labour city council leader says the cuts are sustainable. The opposition

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parties say they want more clarity on the detail of what these plans

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actually mean. Voters will have the chance to have their say at the

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public consultation starting tomorrow running until Christmas.

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Export growth in the West Midlands is amongst the highest anywhere in

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the country. The value of overseas exports from this region has risen

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by 30% over the past two years, and was worth more than ?6.5 billion to

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the regional economy in the last quarter. Earlier this year, China

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overtook the United States as our biggest export market. More and more

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companies are now heading down the export route, as our business

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correspondent, Peter Plisner, has been finding out.

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Knit one, purl one, export one. Well, more than one, actually.

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Exports at this small Malvern`based knitwear specialist are booming.

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With the recession affecting domestic sales, developing new

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exports markets has been crucial. Having gone into the Japanese

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market, I have found that market to be growing, and growing well. It has

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completely changed the way my business could have been if I had

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just stayed with the UK market. They have been marketing my label

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with flyers... And Nicky's keen to find more

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countries to snap up her knitwear. So where better to find them than at

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this recent event offering speed`dating for exporters?

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It is an opportunity for companies to come and what the world. They can

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speak to 65 different countries and talk to them about what

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opportunities may look like for their businesses in those countries.

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One area that has attracted a lot of interest is Mongolia. Delegates have

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been finding out about a variety of export opportunities in a country

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that is seeing double`digit growth. Last year, the economy grew by more

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than 12% there. What sort of opportunities are out

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there for companies in the UK? Generally, mining. But this mining

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sector supplies new opportunities for every other sector, such as

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construction, infrastructure, as well as services.

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Perhaps not a market for Nickies knitwear, but there are plenty of

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others places that need to wrap up warm.

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It is fantastic because you can come to one place, spend the day and get

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lots of information and speak to the people from all the different

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embassies that may be relevant to you.

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With domestic sales still depressed, exports are vital in keeping

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economic growth going and helping create more new jobs.

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Campaigners have dismissed the idea that Birmingham could offer an

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alternative to increased airport capacity in London and the South

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East. The Let Britain Fly campaign was launched this morning and is

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supported by politicans and leading businesses like Dixons, John Lewis

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and KPMG. They say expansion is vital, but that regional airports

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like Birmingham aren't the answer, even if the HS2 railway plans go

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ahead. High two will bring more

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connectivity, but it doesn't replace the need for a hub airport and

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currently airlines go to the south`east, if they cannot get there

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they go to other European destinations or outside Europe.

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The Greater Birmingham area is to receive ?4 million in government

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funding to help young people get into work and training. More than

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14,000 people between the ages of 18 and 24 are unemployed in the area

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covered by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise

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Partnership. Some of the money will be spent on a new Apprenticeship

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Training Agency. A government inquiry got under way

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today into controversial plans for a waste incinerator in

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Gloucestershire. The County Council refused permission for the ?500

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million project at Haresfield just south of Gloucester due to its

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visual impact. But the company behind the proposals appealed, and a

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final decision is now due next summer.

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A deaf actress, dancer and now singersongwriter from the Black

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Country says it's become her ambition to break into the music

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industry. Rebecca Anne Withey worked on the BBC teenage drama Grange

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Hill. When she lost most of her hearing, she says, she also lost her

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confidence. But now she's determined to make her musical mark, as our

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Arts Reporter, Satnam Rana, has been finding out. Rebecca Anne Withey

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from Walsall is severely deaf. She lost most of her hearing by the time

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she was 18. But she uses her memories of music to write songs

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now. See You In The Sky, filmed here at

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Elvaston Castle in Derby, is the first song she has recorded with

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composer Stephen who's also deaf and works for charity Music and the

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Deaf. There is definately a stereotype

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that people believe if you are deaf you can't hear anything and you

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never have and you never will. That's not the case, especially with

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the technology and the equipment we have now. I'd like to think this

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project is demonstrating that actually deaf people can be very

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talented in the music field. One in seven people have hearing

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difficulties in the UK. In Birmingham, Bid Services connect

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many of them with the arts here at the Deaf Cultural Centre.

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What do they think about Rebecca's venture? That is a fantastic

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achievement for Rebecca and it is so important the deaf communities are

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aware that Rebecca has created her own song in that way and it means

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the deaf community hopefully will become inspired to make their own

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songs, as well. This is just the start for Rebecca.

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She wants to become the first deaf artsist in the UK to be signed up by

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a label. Our top story tonight...

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They did not die in vain, the words of the Health Secretary on the

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hundreds of patients who lost their lives at Stafford Hospital. We have

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a detailed weather forecast to come shortly, also tonight...

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How Aston Villa are a being encouraged to do diversify into

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tennis and golf. And he was officially named a rock

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legend last week, today he became a doctor.

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Thousands of documents telling of life on the home front during World

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War I are being preserved as part of a major Heritage project in

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Herefordshire. Newspapers, letters and school logs, some of them too

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fragile to be handled by the public, are among the material being made

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available online so they can be saved for future generations.

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Almost 100 years ago, teenagers not that Michael not much older than

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these walked this impact. Then they were coming to work at a munitions

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factory in Herefordshire. The site opened in 1915. It was mainly women

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who worked here, the canary girls they were called because the

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material used to make shells turned here yellow.

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I don't think the appreciated quite how dangerous it was when they

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started, and wouldn't add my two women were handling explosives

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without masks to begin with. Then people started dying.

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These youngsters from Hereford Academy are learning what went on

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here as part of a First World War centenary budget.

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I have not heard of it, but I have heard some rumours. It is really

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interesting. We have learned that there was loads

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of shelves here, and with one sparked the whole place would grow

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up. I heard about it once in primary

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school, it is very interesting coming here and amazing to learn

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about what happened. Thousands of documents like

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newspapers, diaries and letters from 1914`18 are being digitised.

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There is less known about what the First World War meant for people in

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Britain at that time, particularly in rural areas like Hereford, what

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it meant for farming, for women, for the children.

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Volunteers have the painstaking job of sifting through.

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It is fascinating, especially looking at the old newspapers and

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thinking this is how life was and finding out about the language used

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then. A lot of this material shows the impact of the war was felt in

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the most remote places. This is a school logbook from a

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small village just outside this area. From March the 22nd, 1918,

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Miss Simmons visited and asked scholars to collect sheep 's wool

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for the making of soldiers' blankets.

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The result of the project should be the most competitive story ever told

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of Herefordshire in the First World War.

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And now to sport, news of Aston Villa investing in other sports away

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from football. Yes, it is all because of the

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Olympics, really. It was hardly ideal weather for damning ice tennis

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and golf but that did not stop Birmingham schoolchildren in joining

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themselves today. `` it was hardly ideal weather for tennis and golf.

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Dan Evans, a tennis player, playing tennis. Felicity Johnson, a golfer

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playing golf. But aren't these two both

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footballers? Not this afternoon ` they were braving the cold to get

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children into sport. It has been a good afternoon. It is

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freezing but it is nice to come down and see what the kids are doing and

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get involved. It is one of the initiatives from

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the Premier League to come down and help the kids out. See them having

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fun, it is a bit cold, but when you are enjoying yourself you see them,

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they forget about it and have a good time. This is Premier League for

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sport. It is an Olympic legacy project with

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extra funding from sport England. Tennis and golf are on the menu

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today, but Aston Villa promote a total of eight sports, including

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hockey, basketball and judo. Football clubs are often accused of

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being detached from the community, but here within the shadow of Villa

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Park, Aston Villa are getting involved.

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These excellent youth facilities opened only last month. They are

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helping golf and tennis shrug off the tag of being elitist.

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There are quite a few people coming through who are not from that

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so`called elitist background. They are from working`class backgrounds,

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and that can only be good for the sport.

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I think golf has that perception, but it is really not any more. A lot

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of schools have golf as part of the EE programme from a very young age

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until the least let 16. `` as part of the PE programme. The challenge

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after London 2012 was to build on the success of the Olympics, and

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today that legacy was very much alive.

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Now for football itself. And a great win for Walsall in League One last

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night. Manager Dean Smith says his side are

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a match for any team in that division after beating thirdplaced

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Peterborough 2nil last night. `` the beat third placed Peterborough 2`0.

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Milan Lalkovic, who's on loan from Chelsea scored their first last

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night at the Banks's Stadium. The second was another good goal.

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Romaine Sawyers scored that one. And the Saddlers could have won by

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more but Ashley Hemming's penalty was saved. But the result lifts

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Walsall up to seventh and just a point outside the playoffs.

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Excellent goals. Yes, and Wolves are top of the table

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but they're involved in the FA Cup this evening. They're at home to

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Oldham in a first round replay. It's live on BBC WM. The winners are at

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home to Mansfield in round two. Now, to a remarkable little girl who's

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reaching new heights in her sport. Ellie Harvey from Staffordshire is a

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two times world champion in kick boxing and she's only eight! She's

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been competing internationally for just a year, so she's now also a

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contender for newcomer of the year at the West Midlands Community

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Sports Awards. Laura May McMullan went to meet her.

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A little girl with big ambitions. Dedicated Ellie Harvey trains five

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nights a week at the Rugeley martial art centre in Staffordshire. At

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eight years old, she is already a two times world champion.

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It makes me a champion in my age category, and I feel really proud of

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myself. I put in 100% and it is mostly hard work.

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It clicked from the first time she tried, she fell in love with it. It

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is just considered `` constant, you cannot talk to her without her

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having her leg in the air. Despite her young age, she also

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helps to coach the Ninja class. She is confident for her age, which

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has developed massively over the short period of time she has been in

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training. Almost from day one we got her a really big tournament to

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compete in front of thousands of people and she was not fazed by it

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at all. Kick boxing is a male dominated sport, but that does not

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stop him three competing and winning against the boys.

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Extract `` that does not stop Ellie. Extract remission from her brother,

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three times champion, has helped. `` extra tuition. I do not go easy on

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her, but I do not go any harder on her.

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Ellie has a wealth of medals under her belt.

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She will represent England and says in the future she wants to be at the

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top of her sport. Don't argue with Ellie. The winner

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of the Newcomer of the Year will be revealed at an awards ceremony in

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Birmingham next month. One of the founding members of legendary

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Birmingham rock band Black Sabbath has been awarded an honorary degree

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today. Guitarist Tony Iommi received the honour from Coventry University

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for services to the Arts. He stopped off this morning at the city's

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cathedral and he's now on his way to rejoin the rest of the band who are

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on tour in Finland. I got a letter from the University

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and, yes, they were saying that because of the invention of heavy

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metal and all of the years and things I have done, it was

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brilliant. Great. I couldn't believe it. Straightaway from here we go to

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the airport off to Helsinki. We rehearsed tonight, supposedly, then

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do the show tomorrow and start the European tour.

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I bet it will be called in Helsinki. It certainly is here!

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Yes, even colder here than in Helsinki, would you believe? I will

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put you on the spot tonight, because a little birdie told it is not just

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Tony Iommi who has cause to celebrate, but also you.

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Congratulations are in order because earlier today you received an

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honorary degree from the University of Worcester. I believe we have a

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photograph behind me. You are looking rather nice with Professor

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David Green of the University. Very well done, thoroughly, thoroughly

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deserved. Back to those temperatures from

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Helsinki, they are down to three or five Celsius tonight, but put a

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minus in front of that and you have the values for the Midlands. It is

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much colder, largely down to the sunshine and clear skies during the

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day. We will not see clear skies for long because we have an area of low

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pressure coming from the north`west later tonight, bringing rain, cloud

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and some strengthening winds. That will be out of the way by tomorrow,

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but the high pressure will then take over, keeping things settled from

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Thursday through the weekend. That translates into clear skies tonight

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to start off with and now we will see a rapid drop in temperature down

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to minus for Celsius in the countryside, leading to widespread

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frost. `` four Celsius. Temperatures later will be to 23

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Celsius. `` two to three Celsius. Rain later could be heaviest on the

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highest grounds and could be producing a wintry element in sleet

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or snow. That is more likely during tomorrow as the rain spreads

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Southeast. It will be heaviest across the highest ground,

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particularly in the north, then later in the day to the south

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eastern corner, containing hailstones, sleet or snow over the

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highest peaks. Temperatures will rise to around six or eight Celsius

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in towns and cities. With the strong wind in the morning it will feel

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colder than that. Winds will ease during the afternoon as the rain

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moves out of the way and it is a much drier end to the day with a lot

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of cloud and the odd shower. We will see more showers through tomorrow

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night, some heavy and again containing a wintry element, but

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with the damp surfaces and temperatures falling to around two

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or three Celsius in towns and cities, lower in the countryside, we

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could see icy stretches on some untreated services `` services. ``

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surfaces. By Friday a bit of cloud coming in

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off the North Sea, but some sunshine, as well.

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You gave me quite a funny turn, I am not used to seeing myself on

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television! Connect's headlines...

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Hospitals will have to publish figures on staffing levels and

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doctors and nurses will have a statutory duty of candour to the

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patients in a raft of measures announced today.

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And here on Midlands today Jeremy Hunt said the hundreds who lost

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their lives at Stafford hospital did not die in vain.

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That was the Midlands today. Join us again at 10pm when we will

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be talking live to the Stafford MP about today's response to the

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Stafford hospital scandal. Goodbye.

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