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Good evening. West Midlands candidates contesting Thursday's
European elections have clashed over the prospect of a referendum on
membership of the EU. The Prime Minister is promising to give the
public a say in 2017 if the Conservatives win the next General
Election. But voters in the Midlands are seeing a major split between
parties over whether Britain should be in or out of Europe. Ben Godfrey
reports. Every five years, voters in the West Midlands get a say in what
happens here ` Brussels, the home of the European Parliament. The
campaign leaflets have been sent out and in seven days, seven MEPs will
be elected to represent our diverse region. On the BBC Sunday Politics
programme, candidates from the four main parties joined a special live
debate and focused on one thorny issue: a referendum on EU
membership. The Lib Dems and Labour peers are locked a referendum just
recently. So it is clear that we cannot have a Conservative
Government. Let us negotiate, that is get the best deal possible and
UKIP wants the UK to leave the EU as soon as possible. Then have a
referendum. We have clout with the people. They know we are the party
and we have tapped a fair amount of people in the European Parliament to
make them listen. But the Liberal Democrats say EU membership is good
for business. Our view is that outside the EU we will not have full
access to the single market and it will cost us jobs. Labour has said
an EU referendum is unlikely if the party wins the next general
election. It is not a clear, clarion call that the other parties can
offer. If we see more transfer of powers, that is when we will have a
referendum. It is not in the interest of others, here in the West
Midlands, to have a referendum right now. Eleven parties are vying for
your vote on Thursday. The results will be declared in Birmingham on
Sunday after polls across the EU have closed. Ben Godfrey, BBC
Midlands Today. Prayers have been said at churches in Staffordshire
for the teenager Stephen Sutton who died on Wednesday.The 19`year`old
became famous around the world for the positive attitude he displayed
after finding out he had terminal cancer. Tonight, the fundraising
page he set up in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust is on the brink of
reaching the ?4 million mark. It currently stands at 3.9 million.
Meanwhile, hundreds have turned out for a charity football match
organised in memory of Birmingham youngster Harry Moseley.
Eleven`year`old Harry made bracelets after falling ill and raised almost
?1 million for Cancer Research before his death from a brain tumour
in 2011. His legacy, the charity Help Harry Help Others, has
continued fundraising and organised this afternoon's celebrity match at
St Andrews. Families who've lost children because they were born with
only half a heart have gathered for the unveiling of a memorial at the
National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The dedication was
organised by the Birmingham`based charity Little Hearts Matter, which
is marking its 20th anniversary. Liz Copper has this report. A brass band
accompanied the ceremony as bereaved families gathered to remember their
children. Among the musicians, Peter Groves, who lost his daughter
Stephanie 20 years ago. They are always with us, but having a
permanent place that has a national recognition. We had children that
were here and deserve to be remembered. There were prayers and
poems, and this contribution from Sophie Williamson from Nuneaton. We
never met them, but we know them. We cannot see them, but we feel them.
When we are sad we talk to them and have a heart full of love for them.
Her reading was in memory of her brother, Jacob, and sister, Megan,
who she never met. It was a poignant ceremony ` a chance to share
memories and gain comfort from other families whose children suffered
from this rare heart condition. So what did today's ceremony mean?
Everything. We are able to say their names out loud, because people do
not say their names when they are gone. We are able to remember them.
We are able to come together as a unit and we are all bereaved
families and we are all together in this. It is really important. It
gives them that voice, that we were here. And we were helped in going
forward. There were special children. This is the only national
charity dedicated to providing support for those affected when a
child is diagnosed as having half a heart. But the hope is this will
become a place of quiet reflection and solace. Liz Copper, BBC Midlands
Today at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. I'm sure
you'll agree we've had some superb weather ` but for how much longer?
Kaye Forster has the forecast. Good evening.
We have had some glorious weather through the weekend and it's not
over yet. If you have the day off tomorrow, there is more of the same
to come. Lots of lovely warm sunshine, and, again, the
temperatures will be soaring. And for the rest of the day we stay dry.
The clouds will increase later in the night and we will see cloudier
skies towards morning time, but we are staying really quite mild, with
lows of around 11 or 12 Celsius. Tomorrow morning, a little bit more
in the way of cloud, but equally, some decent sunshine breaking
through as we head on into the afternoon. That will allow the
temperatures to soar once again up to around 23 Celsius. A bit more
unsettled from Tuesday onwards and cooling down slowly towards the end
of the week. That's all from us. I'll be back with our late news at
10.20pm tonight. And tomorrow on Midlands Today, we'll have a special
report on the Midlands' entrants in this year's Chelsea Flower Show.
Have a good evening. Bye bye. St James Park and Sheffield both hit
25 Celsius this afternoon. That gives us our warmest day in nearly
nine months, since 5th September 2013. It goes without saying that it
is going to be a warm night. Look out for some showers clipping into
eastern Scotland. Some of those could be heavy. Still some patchy
rain for western Scotland. More persistent