18/05/2014 Midlands Today


18/05/2014

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Good evening. West Midlands One it's time for

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Good evening. West Midlands candidates contesting Thursday's

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European elections have clashed over the prospect of a referendum on

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membership of the EU. The Prime Minister is promising to give the

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public a say in 2017 if the Conservatives win the next General

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Election. But voters in the Midlands are seeing a major split between

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parties over whether Britain should be in or out of Europe. Ben Godfrey

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reports. Every five years, voters in the West Midlands get a say in what

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happens here ` Brussels, the home of the European Parliament. The

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campaign leaflets have been sent out and in seven days, seven MEPs will

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be elected to represent our diverse region. On the BBC Sunday Politics

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programme, candidates from the four main parties joined a special live

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debate and focused on one thorny issue: a referendum on EU

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membership. The Lib Dems and Labour peers are locked a referendum just

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recently. So it is clear that we cannot have a Conservative

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Government. Let us negotiate, that is get the best deal possible and

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UKIP wants the UK to leave the EU as soon as possible. Then have a

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referendum. We have clout with the people. They know we are the party

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and we have tapped a fair amount of people in the European Parliament to

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make them listen. But the Liberal Democrats say EU membership is good

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for business. Our view is that outside the EU we will not have full

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access to the single market and it will cost us jobs. Labour has said

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an EU referendum is unlikely if the party wins the next general

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election. It is not a clear, clarion call that the other parties can

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offer. If we see more transfer of powers, that is when we will have a

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referendum. It is not in the interest of others, here in the West

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Midlands, to have a referendum right now. Eleven parties are vying for

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your vote on Thursday. The results will be declared in Birmingham on

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Sunday after polls across the EU have closed. Ben Godfrey, BBC

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Midlands Today. Prayers have been said at churches in Staffordshire

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for the teenager Stephen Sutton who died on Wednesday.The 19`year`old

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became famous around the world for the positive attitude he displayed

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after finding out he had terminal cancer. Tonight, the fundraising

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page he set up in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust is on the brink of

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reaching the ?4 million mark. It currently stands at 3.9 million.

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Meanwhile, hundreds have turned out for a charity football match

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organised in memory of Birmingham youngster Harry Moseley.

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Eleven`year`old Harry made bracelets after falling ill and raised almost

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?1 million for Cancer Research before his death from a brain tumour

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in 2011. His legacy, the charity Help Harry Help Others, has

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continued fundraising and organised this afternoon's celebrity match at

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St Andrews. Families who've lost children because they were born with

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only half a heart have gathered for the unveiling of a memorial at the

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National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The dedication was

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organised by the Birmingham`based charity Little Hearts Matter, which

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is marking its 20th anniversary. Liz Copper has this report. A brass band

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accompanied the ceremony as bereaved families gathered to remember their

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children. Among the musicians, Peter Groves, who lost his daughter

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Stephanie 20 years ago. They are always with us, but having a

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permanent place that has a national recognition. We had children that

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were here and deserve to be remembered. There were prayers and

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poems, and this contribution from Sophie Williamson from Nuneaton. We

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never met them, but we know them. We cannot see them, but we feel them.

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When we are sad we talk to them and have a heart full of love for them.

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Her reading was in memory of her brother, Jacob, and sister, Megan,

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who she never met. It was a poignant ceremony ` a chance to share

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memories and gain comfort from other families whose children suffered

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from this rare heart condition. So what did today's ceremony mean?

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Everything. We are able to say their names out loud, because people do

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not say their names when they are gone. We are able to remember them.

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We are able to come together as a unit and we are all bereaved

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families and we are all together in this. It is really important. It

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gives them that voice, that we were here. And we were helped in going

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forward. There were special children. This is the only national

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charity dedicated to providing support for those affected when a

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child is diagnosed as having half a heart. But the hope is this will

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become a place of quiet reflection and solace. Liz Copper, BBC Midlands

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Today at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. I'm sure

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you'll agree we've had some superb weather ` but for how much longer?

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Kaye Forster has the forecast. Good evening.

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We have had some glorious weather through the weekend and it's not

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over yet. If you have the day off tomorrow, there is more of the same

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to come. Lots of lovely warm sunshine, and, again, the

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temperatures will be soaring. And for the rest of the day we stay dry.

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The clouds will increase later in the night and we will see cloudier

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skies towards morning time, but we are staying really quite mild, with

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lows of around 11 or 12 Celsius. Tomorrow morning, a little bit more

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in the way of cloud, but equally, some decent sunshine breaking

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through as we head on into the afternoon. That will allow the

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temperatures to soar once again up to around 23 Celsius. A bit more

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unsettled from Tuesday onwards and cooling down slowly towards the end

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of the week. That's all from us. I'll be back with our late news at

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10.20pm tonight. And tomorrow on Midlands Today, we'll have a special

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report on the Midlands' entrants in this year's Chelsea Flower Show.

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Have a good evening. Bye bye. St James Park and Sheffield both hit

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25 Celsius this afternoon. That gives us our warmest day in nearly

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nine months, since 5th September 2013. It goes without saying that it

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is going to be a warm night. Look out for some showers clipping into

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eastern Scotland. Some of those could be heavy. Still some patchy

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rain for western Scotland. More persistent

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