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If colada and the today. The headlines tonight. UKIP make gains

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across a series of councils in our region and there is an increase in

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support for the Green party. We knew that people were behind us, you can

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never take that for granted, but we are excited, thrilled and grant ``

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delighted. Children are left at risk for two young too long. Ofsted 's

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damning report into child protection services. I will be asking the chief

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executive of Birmingham City Council what they are going to do to put it

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right. Also tonight. Preparing for the big day out. 10,000 Burton

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Albion fans expected to make the trip to Wembley for the play`off

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final. Seven long`distance races in seven months. A novel way of

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Celbridge in a 70th birthday. And what a difference a week makes. Last

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weekend we were talking about climbing temperatures and the sun

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was out. This weekend it is a different picture and it is a bank

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holiday. How is it looking? I will have the details later.

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Good evening, UKIP and the Green Party have increased the number of

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their councillors at the expense of the three main parties here in the

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Midlands. UKIP have made significant gains, and the Green Party are now

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the major opposition party at Solihull council.

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The final results mean that Labour held on to Birmingham, Cannock

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Chase, Coventry, Dudley, Newcastle under Lyme, Nuneaton and Bedworth,

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Redditch, Sandwell and Wolverhampton. The Conservatives

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remain in control in Rugby, Solihull, Stratford`on`Avon and

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Tamworth. The Liberal Democrats have held Cheltenham and there's 'No

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Overall Control' in Gloucester, Walsall, Worcester and the Wyre

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Forest. Our Political Editor, Patrick Burns is in Dudley tonight,

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a significant result there Patrick ` UKIP's results in the Black Country

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have to be among their best ever, anywhere.

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Certainly do. Dudley Castle have is quite a history and 11 UKIP gains

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right across the Black Country certainly sends a powerful message

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to the biggest parties. So Phil is this area of parliamentary

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constituencies, Dudley North, for example, as a whispered then Labour

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majority. Dudley South is a Conservative marginal seat, and now

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we know that UKIP can pick up seats in Conservative and Labour areas

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alike. They predicted they'd do well. But

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in Dudley UKIP's gains surpassed their own expectations. The smiles

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and cheers said it all. We knew that our share of the vote

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would go. We knew that people were behind us. You can never take

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anything for granted, but we are delighted, we are excited, we are

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thrilled and we are honoured. Labour retain control in Dudley, but the

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UKIP surge has unsettled the main Westminster parties.

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I think, quite frankly, I was shocked at the size of the their

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vote. I think we knew that they would take votes from all the other

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parties but the magnitude of those votes is a surprise, to say the

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least. And there was a surprise in Solihull at the expense of the three

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mainstream parties. Here it was the Greens doing well. They now have ten

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councillors here and are the main opposition to the Convervatives.

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People want something fresh, something different, and for the way

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we present ourselves and not just our positive policies, people are

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choosing the Green party. Any predictions of a Lib Dem collapse in

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Solihull were unfounded. Where we have got Liberal Democrat

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MPs, where we work the seats, we tend to be more successful. There

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are honourable exceptions, of course. People who have worked

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exceptionally hard. But never the less, that has been the general

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principle. And in Cheltenham, the only council in the Midlands run by

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the Lib Dems, they held onto control there too ` the party successfully

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kept all the seats it was defending. In Staffordshire, as the ballot

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boxes arrived, the weight of expectation was heavy. Voting in

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Tamworth is always watched closely by commentators ` this is seen as

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bellwether town ` indicating electoral trends. In the event, the

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Conservatives held onto control. We were led to believe it was the

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year the Conservatives were going to be taken out. I never believed

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that. We fought hard. We focused on the right issues. And we lead a very

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honest campaign about all the issues. It was a disappointing night

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for Labour in the West Midlands, the party failed to make ground in

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Walsall, Worcester and Gloucester. And the Labour leader of Newcastle

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Borough Council lost his seat to UKIP. But in Wolverhampton, Labour

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did increase its majority. All eyes now will be on the results of the

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Euro elections ` counting's on Sunday. And of course, in England,

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this is the last major test of opinion before the General Election.

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Liz Copper, BBC Midlands Today. And with European election results

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due on Sunday, have the council elections answered the question of

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which if the bigger parties suffers most from the UKIP effect?

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If you simply way the vote themselves then clearly the

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Conservatives supper at the bigger hit, but if you actually apply those

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numbers to real council areas and real parliamentary constituencies,

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you can see why certainly here in the Midlands it is Labour who are

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being held back from making these sorts of strides into places like

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Tamworth, where the Conservatives remain in overall control, Labour

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failed to get overall majorities in Walsall, in Worcester and in

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Gloucester, not getting the sort of momentum that they need. So very

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serious issues for Labour, the UKIP effect. This man is number three on

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UKIP's ticket for the European elections. These figures, this

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extraordinary level of support, is it suggesting that as number three

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candidate you can start to bridge a plane ticket to Brussels.

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I would like to think so, we don't like to take anything for granted,

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but it is looking very positive. Is it anything more than a and when we

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talk the talk the same line which. `` this in language. What was your

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campaign for those European elections in terms of local

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government? Here in Dudley, the main part of our campaign was that we

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wanted to get more free parking spaces in the shopping areas. We

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also want to get into this council area and look at the spending, not

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to look at cuts but to make sure the money is spent more wisely and more

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efficiently. There is a lot of waste going on and we want a common`sense

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approach to this. What is your message that the bigger parties

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should take from what you have achieved here? The message they

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should understand is that smears and understands that Iraq attacks on as

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an impersonal bases do not work on us, and people are ready for a

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change. Thank you very much. Thank you, Patrick.

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And Patrick will be back with Sunday Politics, ahead of the Euro Election

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count live at the ICC in Birmingham, at the usual time of 11 o'clock on

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Sunday. You're watching Midlands Today,

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coming up later in the programme: A new national song commissioned to

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commemorate the centenary of World War One, we give you a sneak

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preview. Inadequate: Birmingham Children's

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services has once again been rated inadequate by Ofsted. The government

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watchdog found that as of April this year, more than 400 children thought

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to be 'in need' had still not had their cases looked at by a social

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worker. The council department has been failing for more than ten

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years. Giles Latcham reports. Their names are a litany, their

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faces a gallery that shames Birmingham. Khyra Ishaq and Keanu

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Williams just two of the vulnerable children the city's

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Services failed to protect, killed by members of their own family. For

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the sixth year running Ofsted have rated the department inadequate. The

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council concedes, yes it's still failing but says it won't be forced

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into a kneejerk reaction. What we don't want to be dragged back into

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is another change of management, and other restructuring of the service,

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because for years and years that is what we focus on rather than

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focusing on the basics of what our social workers do day in, day out

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with the children. Key findings include that as of last month, more

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than 400 children referred to the department still hadn't had their

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case looked at by a social worker. Because of a shortage of social

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workers more than 140 children without assessing them for risk And

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after years of reorganisations and restructuring, the work of managers

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overseeing front line staff is said to be "generally poor" . In March

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the government appointed Lord Norman Warner as an Independent

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Commissioner to oversee a three year improvement plan and in a letter to

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the Education Secretary Michael Gove has been made on the difficult task

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of turning round Birmingham's Children's

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coming into Birmingham. This former Birmingham social worker accepts

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improvements are being made but says too few staff are still trying to

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juggle too many cases. Social workers and their managers and

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senior people know that there are still too many children and families

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being left without the necessary support. That gives a lot of us

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nights. The council's put an extra ?10 million pounds into the

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department this year. But in one of the youngest cities in Europe, with

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high levels of children living in poverty the battle to put things

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right is all uphill. sufficiently robust and whether

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there were other things that we might do even if children didn't

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move into the child protection arena. Councillor Jones is right to

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say what she said, but we have a say what she said, but we have a

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answer is that there was. There is a IT question in there and the

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workforce question, and some of the procedural arrangements weren't

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bold. The report also says, and this is significant, that children are

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left at risk of significant harm for too long. Do you accept that? Yes we

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do. We know that in Birmingham we have a long history of failure.

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Although it grieves me to see it, there are children out there for

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whom we should be acting pastor. That remains the case. We have

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spoken to social workers who didn't want to go on record for fear of

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losing their job. They have said that their caseload is unacceptable

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and the cases aren't been allocated quickly enough. What are you going

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to do to address the situation quickly? We are continuing to

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recruit quality staff. The week to get cases down is to have a

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workforce that is capable at its job and wants to stay and work for

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Birmingham City Council. That is the bottom line. The government stepped

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in and stripped Doncaster of its responsibility. Would that be the

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right way to go in Birmingham. You would expect me to say no, but I

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don't think it is. But it has been failing and it is inadequate for the

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sixth year running. Indeed. I have recently joined the council, and I

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think that is between the leader and the councillors. The city council

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now has the team, if it is given a good run. A good run. That is the

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point, isn't it? What does that mean? Let me be honest. That means

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we need to take up to three years to get everything right. It is a very

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difficult message and I don't like to have to give it. The truth of the

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matter is that so many things need to be addressed that if you try and

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bite them all off in one go, we will not succeed, so we need to do the

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most important things first and that will take time. Thank you.

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Detectives in Staffordshire are appealing for help to trace a man

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wanted in connection with an attempted murder in Shelton.They've

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released a poster showing twenty four year old Akeem Thames from

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Blurton, who they want to question about an incident outside a takeaway

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on College Road on Monday. A legal challenge against plans to

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downgrade Stafford Hospital has been launched today. Labour's

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Parliamentary Candidate for the town, Kate Godfrey, lodged papers at

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Birmingham High Court calling for a judicial review. She's hoping to

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overturn plans to reduce the paediatric and critical care units

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at the hospital, as well permanently shutting A overnight.

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We have one chance to say that the process isn't good enough at

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Stafford Hospital. We know that the administrators have made a number of

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serious errors, and people in Stafford really value the services

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at hospital. The deadline applies today at 4pm.

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The company which operates the car hire scheme 'Car`2`Go' in Birmingham

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has announced it's pulling out of the city. Members had access to any

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one of 250 cars parked in the centre for short journeys. The company says

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it's withdrawing because the idea hasn't caught on in the UK.

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Thousands of visitors are expected in Birmingham this weekend for the

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city's annual gay pride festival. The event will focus on freedom and

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equality in countries across the world that criminalise

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homosexuality.There will be over fifty floats and the parade and will

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begin in Victoria square from noon. Dan's here with the sport and part

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of Staffordshire is preparing for a big weekend.Burton Albion on their

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way to Wembley. A grand day out indeed. Around 10,000 Burton Albion

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fans are expected to make the trip to Wembley on Monday, to watch the

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leap to final. The victory will mean promotion to league one for the

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first time in their history. It's the biggest game of their lives

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` but they won't kick a ball. Yes don't be fooled by the kit. This is

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Burton Albion Supporters Football Club. They play Saturday mornings

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and watch the team Saturday afternoons. We have all got tickets

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for Monday. I don't think there is a word for it. It is huge. It is

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Burton Albion at Wembley, it is something you dream of. I have a

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friend who refuse to go to Wembley until they made it there. For former

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player Aaron Webster ` there's a sense of relief. 12 months ago while

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still a player he had this t`shirt made after the semifinal first leg.

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But Burton didn't make it to Wembley ` and the t`shirt has been stored

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away for 12 months. Until now. Unfortunately they didn't go for us

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on the day, and I wasn't able to show it off after the game, and I

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suppose it has been on top of my wardrobe electing cobwebs for 12

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months and obviously last week, they have finally got to Wembley and it

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is good that I have got the chance to win it again. The busiest place

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in Burton this week has been the club shop. With fans buying tickets

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and souvenirs. It's also been quite a week for the players. The players

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will only enjoy it if they are Wembley winners. It is not going to

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be a great day, it is not going to be a great occasion. It will be for

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the fans, but for the players it is a great opportunity, and I think it

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is really important that they are ready to embrace that. Could striker

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Adam McGurk be the match winner? He scored in both legs of the

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semifinal. And he's not bothered about Burton being the underdogs. It

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is going to be a tight game, but I don't know if you could call anyone

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favourites. I think it is who handles it best on the day. I think

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who produces that little bit of quality. So the class of 2014 are

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Wembley bound. And determined to make history. And BBC Radio Derby

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will have all the build up to Burton's trip to Wembley, as well as

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full match commentary. West Brom fans, prick up your ears. We have

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been hearing from this man today. Basically, it is in response to

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Albion's for a season. He put out a statement on the website, because

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they had finished just one point above the relegation zone. He says

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the buck stops with him. He says the appointment of former first`team

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coach Terry Burton will help in finding a new coach and better

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players for next season. I think most fans would say that should be

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his priority is finding a new head coach. What is his priority? He says

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it is simple, it is simply saying in the Premier League. He says that for

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a club of their size it will always be their number one objective, and

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they hope they can achieve it. Although we are talking football, it

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is supposed to be the cricket season. Rain I am afraid. Delayed

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start. Now if you think at the age of 70,

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you should be taking things a little easier, then you've not met Kathy

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Ling. Because she decided to celebrate her 70th birthday by

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running 70 long distance races ` a feat she completed in just seven

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months. In the process, she's also raised hundreds of pounds ` in

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memory of a close friend who died from cancer.

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Kathy Ling is used to surprising people, not least Graham Norton. It

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is better than watching television. I have two days off before running

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When she's turned 70, she was only interested in one thing. A big race.

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Getting her trainers on. Kathy, who once competed for Great Britain at

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Judo, began with mile runs, and progressed to half marathons. My

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husband is 100% supportive and behind me, for which I thank him

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very much, and my daughter thinks I am a first`class nutter, but is very

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proud of me. Kathy's a member of the Wrekin Road Runners club. She is a

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legend, everybody loves her. ` and she's raised seven hundred pounds

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for charity after her friend Pat Adams died from Cancer. We used to

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go to a lot of races together, and get lost together, but she always

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waited for me. She was a good friend and I miss her dearly. Every day,

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Kathy runs from Broseley to Ironbridge. A three mile run where

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she's constantly stopped by admiring motorists. Kathy's competed all over

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the World. Here she is crossing the line in Berlin, and here in Norway.

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But her first marathon in Wolverhampton was pretty memorable.

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I ended up at the racecourse, eventually doing 29 miles. And Kathy

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has a few tips for novice runners. A very good pair of trainers, and

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ladies, you must wear a very strong sports bra. So Cathy has completed

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and 70 races to hit her 70th birthday, but she is not content

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with that. Ben Godfrey, BBC Midlands Today, Ironbridge.

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A new national song has been created in Birmingham to commemorate the

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centenary of the First World War. It's the work of the city's Bach

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choir, who were approached by the Royal British legion. It's also led

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to the creation of a new Midlands Military choir. Lindsay Doyle has

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been to rehearsals. For many the country's national song

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written in 1916. Fade to new one Now a new national song written for the

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multi cultural age.to be performed at the Birmingham Symphony Hall in

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September to celebrate the centenary of the first world war. The nation

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has changed so much in the last 100 years. It is not know about wiring

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should boundaries be set, it is about a national song very very

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diverse nation. The Birmingham Bach Choir will be performing a specially

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commissioned symphony Unfinished Remembering at the September

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concert. The national song came from a request from a fledgling choir,

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the brainchild of the British legion. I was very conscious that we

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don't have a garrison in Birmingham. There is no central base

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were everybody meets, so we don't have the lives that they have in

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other places. I was very keen to see if we could perhaps start a military

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community choir that involves people from all walks of life. Members who

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completed their national service. We used to go on route marches and sing

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well we were marching, and then we would sing along with other people

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when the day was over, forming a community, so I have always been a

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singer. A military nurse who served in Afganistan in 2012. It is the

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real unity to get everybody singing together, and it is very exciting

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and it is a fantastic opportunity. The aim of the new choir is to

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teacher 's members musical skills and reach out to the civilian

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population of the West Midlands. They believe that music Blacks cut

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`` relaxes, rewards, and affirms. This whole idea has burgeoned into a

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huge project, it will be an extraordinary evening, I think. And

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of course the new choir will be joining the professionals for the

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new national song in September. Dare I even mention it's a bank holiday

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weekend ` the weather's not looking too clever Rebecca.

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This time last week, I was talking about it being the warmest day of

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the year so far, and today we were 10 degrees below that. It has

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certainly not been a very good day for our weather. As we head into

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tomorrow, we keep that heavy rain. It will get better as we head

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through the bank holiday weekend. We have this deep area of low pressure

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sitting over us at the moment, spiralling around throughout the

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day. As we head through this evening, though, they will

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eventually clear away. Still some heavy showers to come, and the odd

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rumble of thunder behind that. Then it will start to clear away. Then we

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started the cloud filling in as we head into the early hours of

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tomorrow morning and some drizzle as well. All that cloud cover will keep

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it a mild night tonight. We start off tomorrow and we do have heavy

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rain on the way, we have a yellow warning for that rain, 20 to 30

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millilitres possible. It could cause some disruption to travel. Be aware

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of that. We see this heavy band of rain working its way through, the

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odd rumble of thunder possible. Once that is clear, we keep some heavy

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showers. The best of any brightness will be to the east, but with all

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that cloud and rain are temperatures will struggle. Only 15 Celsius.

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Those showers will not clear away on Saturday night. They are never too

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far away. It does mean it will be mild, though. This band of rain

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starts to work its way northwards into Sunday, and once that has

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cleared we will get some spells of sunshine and cabbage start to

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recover, up to 17 Celsius. Sunday is better. By Monday, we start off OK,

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but cloud service to fill in. We will then see some heavy showers

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again, and it doesn't improve as we head through the working week.

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Staying unsettled, hopefully better by the end of it.

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Now the headlines. UKIP and Labour are still great gains in the local

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elections in England. Children are left at risk of significant harm for

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too long. Ofsted's damning report into Birmingham 's children

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services. I will be back at 10pm. Goodbye for now.

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Let's look at the history of BBC TWO with me, Simon Schama.

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'Harry And Paul's Story Of The 2s - part of

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'the Big Bumper Bank Holiday Comedy 50th Birthday Weekend.'

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Ted, I wondered if... I'm not interested

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part of the big bumper bank holiday comedy 50th birthday weekend.

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