31/12/2013 Midlands Today


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on the BBC News Channel. I'm back with the News at Ten. Now it's time

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Good evening. Two women who led the fight against failings at Stafford

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Hospital have been recognised in the New Year Honours list. Julie Bailey,

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who set up the campaign group Cure the NHS after witnessing her

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mother's treatment, was made a CBE. Helenee Donnelly, a nurse who became

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a whistle`blower, was made an OBE. Here's our health correspondent

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Michele Paduano. It was personal: the death of a mother that inspired

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Julie Bailey to confront not only poor care at Stafford Hospital, but

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one of the largest organisations in the world ` the NHS. In 2007,

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86``year`old Bella, left without oxygen, collapsed in hospital. For

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the next eight weeks Miss Bailey stayed by her bedside, witnessing

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atrocious care on the ward. I haven't accepted mum's gone yet. I

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just haven't accepted it. From her cafe in Stafford, she formed "Cure

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the NHS" which exposed the failings in elderly care. She campaigned for

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a public inquiry, confronting the politicians in her way. We want

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every person who died in that hospital examined. Her campaign cost

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her her livelihood and her home. She was blamed for the break up of

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Stafford Hospital. Speaking from Abu Dhabi, she felt her mum would have

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been proud. I'm overwhelmed. It's fantastic. It will keep our cause in

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the limelight. It's recognition of how society feels about the care of

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older people. Also honoured with a seasonal gift, nurse Helene Donnelly

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OBE who worked in Accident and Emergency. She raised nearly 100

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complaints at Stafford Hospital and spoke out at the public inquiry. I

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feel priveleged and obviously honoured. But not just for myself `

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for all of those who have blown the whistle and raised concerns. It's

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very difficult. People have had to deal with terrible consequences.

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Between them, they laid the foundations for changing the culture

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of the NHS. Nearly 1,200 people have received

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New Year Honours, including more than sixty here in the Midlands.

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They include two women with football a dominant feature in their lives.

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Here's Cath Mackie. Alison O'Connell has spent years on cold, windy

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touchlines ` spurring on generations of youngsters in Birmingham. She's

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raised thousands of pounds for sports projects and life skills

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courses. Her reward, an MBE for services to the voluntary sector.

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It's great for the local people. It's not just an award for me. It's

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a credit to the people involved over the years. From the touchline to the

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boardroom, Karren Brady ` the former Birmingham City Managing Director `

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said she was proud to become a CBE. Very priveleged and very proud,

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particularly to be recognised for the work I've done for other women

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in business. Ann Jones the 1969 Wimbledon Champion from birmingham

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also becomes a CBE for services to tennis. `` Birmingham. Elsewhere,

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the Mid Worcestershire Conservative MP Peter Luff gets a knighthood for

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political and public service. It was, he said, an honour he shared

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with his constituents. For the man dubbed "Mr Coventry", Joe Elliott,

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it's an MBE for services to museums. And it's an OBE for the leader of

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Coventry City Council Ann Lucas. Like many recipients, Carol

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Pemberton ` the music director for Black Voices ` said her MBE for

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services to music was humbling. Totally unexpected but greatfully

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received. With honours for more than 60 people across the West Midlands,

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the New Year celebrations will be extra special for many families. And

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you'll find more details on the Honours recipients from the West

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Midlands on our Facebook page. Football, and 2013 has been a year

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to forget for the Midlands' three Premier League teams. Two of them

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sacked a manager and not one of them is safe from the relegation battle.

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So is there any cause for optimism? Nick Clitheroe reports. There have

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been many more downs than ups for the supporters of Aston Villa, Stoke

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City and West Bromwich Albion in 2013. All three will see in the New

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Year in the bottom half of the Premier League and will be

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desperately hoping for a better 2014. Statistics show that both

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Stoke and Albion were among the worst performing league clubs in

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England in the last 12 months ` winning less than a point per game

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in 2013. That cost Tony Pulis his job at Stoke and Steve Clarke his

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post at the Hawthorns ` where they're still searching for a

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permanent replacement. For me it's been a tough two weeks. A real

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examination. We've come through a difficult period. The players have

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responded positively. Aston Villa fans can hardly be complacent. They

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only won just over a point per game in 2013 and that figure drops

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significantly for home matches. Manager Paul Lambert says he's only

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18 months into a project to rebuild the club on a sustainable basis, but

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how long will that project take? How long I'm given. That's the bottom

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line. I don't think you need to be... Nothing's certain in football.

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But in football, hope always springs eternal and fans of all three clubs

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will turn up again tomorrow believing 2014 will finally be their

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year. The weather forecast now with

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Shefali Oza, and Shefali I guess it's more rain again? It's not

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looking good. Shefali Oza, and Shefali I guess

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it's more rain again? It's not We're being battered and bruised by rain.

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Low pressure developing in the Atlantic. The two days to take note

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of are tomorrow and Friday. Tonight it will be wet and windy. Quiet now,

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but winds whipping up later. The north of the region may get off

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lightly. Heaviest showers at the stroke of midnight unfortunately!

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Winds picking up and a vile start to the new year. We've got warnings out

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for an inch of rain. Gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour. The rain is still

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going through tomorrow evening. The whole lot will clear by Thursday. A

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few showers then. Friday wet and windy. Thanks. Goodbye for now.

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Good evening. It looks like mother nature may provide her own

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pyrotechnics in the run-up to bid night tonight. We have some heavy

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showers in western parts, starting to ease a bit across Scotland and

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Northern Ireland. But the showers further south are heavier, with some

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flashes of lightning as they move eastwards. They do get a bit more

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hit and miss as we head towards midnight, but a greater chance of

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getting wet in the south as we move into 2014. Cardiff and London could

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see heavy downpours. Further north, you could be greeting the New Year

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