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Good evening. We are back
Good evening. European election candidates from
the Midlands have clashed in a special live debate on the BBC's
Sunday Politics. Representatives of the four main parties gathered to
discuss a range of subjects ahead of the elections on May the 22nd. But,
as Kevin Reide reports, the debate was dominated by the issue of
whether Britain should withdraw from the EU.
In a united Europe a lot can be achieved, some would say ` take
Eurovision for example. OK, not everybody's cup of tea, but like
politics there are unexpected winners. So could that be so for
prospective MEPs in the forthcoming European elections. Today on the
Sunday's Politics show the West Midlands candidates set out their
stalls, starting with the Tories. We are confident we have a good
message. We believe our message is popular, the British people buy into
what we are saying. There is still ten days to go. The Lib Dems are the
most pro`European of the main parties, but the polls show they
could end up with no West Midlands MEPs.
ten days to go. The Lib Dems are the The polls are suggesting that we are
concentrating in areas where will we believe the vote will come out for
us. This is a region that depends on Europe for jobs, prosperity and
economic. UKIP were set up to take Britain out
of the EU altogether, and they're expecting major gains. 92% of this
country cannot name their MEP. If I am elected, I will be elected to a
chamber. The only parliament in Western Europe where we will not be
a will to instigate legislation. Labour want to fight for jobs and
growth within Europe, but their main West Midlands candidate believes
focus on the real issues is being lost.
People treat this election as Nigel Farage wants them to treat it, a
referendum on the EU. This is a real election about real issues and that
is what we should be concentrating on.
So a week on Thursday voters in the West Midlands will be asked to put
their X in one of these boxes next to one of the eleven parties
standing and if you want to know more about the parties or the
candidates you can find out on the bbc website where there's a special
section. The results will be announced three days later on Sunday
25th, but it's unlikely to be quite such a glitzy affair as last night's
Euro vote. There will be more debate on the
European elections tomorrow morning on BBC local radio. Adrian Goldberg
will be the host as candidates talk about immigration, the economy and
whether we should be in or out of Europe. That's between 11.00am and
12.00pm on BBC WM, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire and BBC Shropshire.
A 19`year`old man who was arrested after a man and woman were stabbed
to death in Walsall has been released without charge. The woman
and her former partner were found dead at a house in Hollemeadow
Avenue yesterday morning. The 19`year`old, who is believed to have
been known to them, was arrested at the scene. A police spokesman said
the man would not face any further action and that he had provided
"invaluable information." A family of four had a lucky escape
when a car ploughed into their Coventry home, demolishing the front
door and ending up in the hallway. The car was stuck three`quarters of
the way through the hall area after the crash in Earlsdon Avenue South.
A woman passenger was taken to hospital but the man driving was not
hurt. The ambulance service said two adults and two children inside the
house were "extremely fortunate" to escape injury.
Campaigners against the closure of a historic swimming baths in
Birmingham have been rallying support at a special Open Day. The
pool at Moseley Road Baths is due to close next year as part of council
cutbacks. The listed building is one of over 240 around the region which
are on the English Heritage "At Risk" register. Protesters say it's
vital the baths are kept in public use. The argument is always there is
no money for this. We must find the money because it is an important
asset. It is the swimming that is under threat because under the
council's sliming strategy, it is one of the community. Vocals. ``
swimming. Onto football, and on the final day of the Premier League
season, Aston Villa were beaten 3`0 down at Spurs, with all the goals
coming in the first half. Meanwhile, Charlie Adam got the
winner in Stoke City's 2`1 win at West Bromwich Albion.
In League Two, Burton Albion will take a slender lead into the second
leg of their play`off semifinal against Southend, despite playing
for half an hour with ten men. Adam McGurk scored the only goal of the
game just before half`time after latching onto Billy McKee's pass.
The home side were reduced to ten men after an hour when Ian Sharps
was sent off for a second bookable offence, but managed to hold on for
a 1`0 win. Time for a look at the weather now
with Sara Blizzard. Good evening. It has been a windy
day today and we have some seen some heavy showers as well. We will see
those heavy showers through the early part of next week. Much warmer
conditions arriving towards the end of the week, we have showers
filtering end. A minimum temperature of seven Celsius. Throughout
tomorrow the strong winds will die down through Monday. The showers
become heavily into the afternoon. With the wind being lighter, they
will be slow moving as well. Daytime temperatures at a maximum of 15
Celsius. That is it for now. I will Good evening. We have still got some
very heavy showers out there. For ors we are finishing the day on a
more positive note. Clearer skies to the south indicating sunshine but
the cloud still streaming in further north. Tomorrow's forecast brings a
similar mixture, sunshine and showers although the winds will
start to be lighter. That process begins through the night tonight. A
shattering of showers still possible. Clearer skies across
northern Scotland probably our lowest temperatures here. For many
temperatures will begin Monday morning at around 8 or 9 degrees
already with a few showers around. I think be drier spells in between, as
with the nature of showers, they are not everywhere all of the time.
Cloudy with brighter spells mixed in across parts of northern England and
southern Scotland already with the potential of one or two to be heavy.
On northern Scotland on balance through the day on Monday while
there could be a few showers, a slight improvement here. But they
will start to develop throughout the afternoon and with lighter winds we
are more likely to