11/05/2014 Midlands Today


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Good evening. We are back

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Good evening. European election candidates from

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the Midlands have clashed in a special live debate on the BBC's

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Sunday Politics. Representatives of the four main parties gathered to

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discuss a range of subjects ahead of the elections on May the 22nd. But,

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as Kevin Reide reports, the debate was dominated by the issue of

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whether Britain should withdraw from the EU.

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In a united Europe a lot can be achieved, some would say ` take

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Eurovision for example. OK, not everybody's cup of tea, but like

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politics there are unexpected winners. So could that be so for

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prospective MEPs in the forthcoming European elections. Today on the

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Sunday's Politics show the West Midlands candidates set out their

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stalls, starting with the Tories. We are confident we have a good

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message. We believe our message is popular, the British people buy into

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what we are saying. There is still ten days to go. The Lib Dems are the

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most pro`European of the main parties, but the polls show they

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could end up with no West Midlands MEPs.

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ten days to go. The Lib Dems are the The polls are suggesting that we are

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concentrating in areas where will we believe the vote will come out for

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us. This is a region that depends on Europe for jobs, prosperity and

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economic. UKIP were set up to take Britain out

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of the EU altogether, and they're expecting major gains. 92% of this

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country cannot name their MEP. If I am elected, I will be elected to a

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chamber. The only parliament in Western Europe where we will not be

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a will to instigate legislation. Labour want to fight for jobs and

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growth within Europe, but their main West Midlands candidate believes

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focus on the real issues is being lost.

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People treat this election as Nigel Farage wants them to treat it, a

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referendum on the EU. This is a real election about real issues and that

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is what we should be concentrating on.

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So a week on Thursday voters in the West Midlands will be asked to put

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their X in one of these boxes next to one of the eleven parties

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standing and if you want to know more about the parties or the

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candidates you can find out on the bbc website where there's a special

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section. The results will be announced three days later on Sunday

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25th, but it's unlikely to be quite such a glitzy affair as last night's

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Euro vote. There will be more debate on the

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European elections tomorrow morning on BBC local radio. Adrian Goldberg

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will be the host as candidates talk about immigration, the economy and

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whether we should be in or out of Europe. That's between 11.00am and

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12.00pm on BBC WM, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire and BBC Shropshire.

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A 19`year`old man who was arrested after a man and woman were stabbed

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to death in Walsall has been released without charge. The woman

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and her former partner were found dead at a house in Hollemeadow

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Avenue yesterday morning. The 19`year`old, who is believed to have

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been known to them, was arrested at the scene. A police spokesman said

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the man would not face any further action and that he had provided

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"invaluable information." A family of four had a lucky escape

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when a car ploughed into their Coventry home, demolishing the front

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door and ending up in the hallway. The car was stuck three`quarters of

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the way through the hall area after the crash in Earlsdon Avenue South.

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A woman passenger was taken to hospital but the man driving was not

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hurt. The ambulance service said two adults and two children inside the

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house were "extremely fortunate" to escape injury.

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Campaigners against the closure of a historic swimming baths in

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Birmingham have been rallying support at a special Open Day. The

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pool at Moseley Road Baths is due to close next year as part of council

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cutbacks. The listed building is one of over 240 around the region which

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are on the English Heritage "At Risk" register. Protesters say it's

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vital the baths are kept in public use. The argument is always there is

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no money for this. We must find the money because it is an important

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asset. It is the swimming that is under threat because under the

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council's sliming strategy, it is one of the community. Vocals. ``

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swimming. Onto football, and on the final day of the Premier League

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season, Aston Villa were beaten 3`0 down at Spurs, with all the goals

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coming in the first half. Meanwhile, Charlie Adam got the

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winner in Stoke City's 2`1 win at West Bromwich Albion.

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In League Two, Burton Albion will take a slender lead into the second

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leg of their play`off semifinal against Southend, despite playing

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for half an hour with ten men. Adam McGurk scored the only goal of the

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game just before half`time after latching onto Billy McKee's pass.

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The home side were reduced to ten men after an hour when Ian Sharps

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was sent off for a second bookable offence, but managed to hold on for

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a 1`0 win. Time for a look at the weather now

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with Sara Blizzard. Good evening. It has been a windy

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day today and we have some seen some heavy showers as well. We will see

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those heavy showers through the early part of next week. Much warmer

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conditions arriving towards the end of the week, we have showers

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filtering end. A minimum temperature of seven Celsius. Throughout

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tomorrow the strong winds will die down through Monday. The showers

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become heavily into the afternoon. With the wind being lighter, they

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will be slow moving as well. Daytime temperatures at a maximum of 15

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Celsius. That is it for now. I will Good evening. We have still got some

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very heavy showers out there. For ors we are finishing the day on a

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more positive note. Clearer skies to the south indicating sunshine but

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the cloud still streaming in further north. Tomorrow's forecast brings a

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similar mixture, sunshine and showers although the winds will

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start to be lighter. That process begins through the night tonight. A

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shattering of showers still possible. Clearer skies across

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northern Scotland probably our lowest temperatures here. For many

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temperatures will begin Monday morning at around 8 or 9 degrees

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already with a few showers around. I think be drier spells in between, as

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with the nature of showers, they are not everywhere all of the time.

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Cloudy with brighter spells mixed in across parts of northern England and

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southern Scotland already with the potential of one or two to be heavy.

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On northern Scotland on balance through the day on Monday while

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there could be a few showers, a slight improvement here. But they

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will start to develop throughout the afternoon and with lighter winds we

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are more likely to

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