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UKIP has emerged as the biggest party in the European elections,
gaining three of the seven seats contested in the West Midlands.
The Conservatives lost one seat, ending with two.
Labour gained a seat and now have two MEPs in the region.
But it was a miserable night for the Liberal Democrats,
As the piles of ballot papers rose, so too did the confidence
Very happy. Ecstatic. Confident? Very confident.
But for others it was a painful night at Birmingham's
I am not feeling confident but we fought a very hard campaign.
The Liberal Democrats left empty`handed as UKIP won three
seats, coming top in 20 of the West Midland's 30 local authorities.
We will not be swayed by money, political posturing, faceless
committees and quangos. Our only desire is to be made redundant by
She was heckled loudly by both Conservatives and Labour activists
We are happy to double the number of our MEPs in the West Midlands. It is
a good result. Of course we wanted to be first. An interesting figure
is if you look at the British National Party last time, they lost
100,000 votes. Those 100,000 went to UKIP. That saddens me greatly.
Two former UKIP MEPs who stood on their own independent anti`EU
Is your political career over or are you planning on coming around? It is
too early to say. I am 46 years old and in the second half of my life is
half as eventful as the first, have got a lot to!
More than four million people are eligible to vote in the
The political and media obsession with Europe isn't one that's shared,
But nothing dampened the celebrations, with UKIP describing
their victory as a turning point in British political history.
Cath Mackie, BBC Midlands Today, Birmingham.
I'm joined now by our political editor, Patrick Burns.
It could be. We will only know in a year's time, after the general
election. Five years ago, UKIP polled well enough to gain two seats
in the West Midlands in the European Parliament. One year later, in the
general election, the sheer shrank back to 4%. This time, it is
different. It is three seats and that makes them the undisputed
winners in the West Midlands. I was talking to a senior politician the
other day and he said he had been talking to people on the doorstep
and many of them say that they were pro`European and yet still on the
board UKIP because they are sick and tired of machine politics. Moving
away from UKIP and we have to say the other main parties, what will
they take away from last night? Labour gained a seat at the polled
strongly in the population centres. The Conservatives were not as far
behind the labour 's share of the vote as some observers have
suggested that both of the biggest parties will take something out of
these as the build`up to the general election. For the Liberal
Democrats, there is no disguising how serious the situation is, which
is why the Liberal Democrat MP for Yardley is taking soundings among
his activists about what the future support for Nick Clegg. At the local
level, news for a challenge in Birmingham City Council? Labour
Party rules allow challenge every year but he has lived for 15 years.
Two leading experience councillors think that is quite long enough.
They are challenging for a leadership and deputy leadership,
respectively, because they say that there are such big challenges that
you need fresh leadership. The owners of Birmingham City
Football club suspended An announcement was made by the
Hong Kong stock exchange. The Championship club has been
in talks with a number The suspension
of trading means confirmation Thousands of Burton Albion fans are
travelling back from Wembley The Brewers were beaten 1`0
by Fleetwood Town in the League Two Burton had
their chances didn't they? They certainly did. Winning
promotion through the play`offs is the best. It is like winning a cup
final and you get to go to a higher division. The flip side is what
Burton says this evening. The whole season boils down to one match and
it can be defined by one mistake. With 15 minutes to go, that is what
happened. The goalkeeper misjudged a free kick and that was the only goal
of the game. Burton did not respond. The goalkeeper was very upset at the
time but the manager defended him afterwards, saying he is the on and
has played well until man and that is football. It looks pretty wet and
miserable. Anything positive for plans to takeaway? You would be
surprised. He was miserable that it was miserable for the match and the
fans looked downbeat about the mood was upbeat. They said that they were
a small club and there was always next season.
But it was a shame we didn't get the win today.
It is just a silly goal but there you go.
They have been a great team, played well this season.
They played well and let's see what they do next year.
So the message is let's not be downbeat. Let's get promoted next
season and make sure we do it automatically so we do not need the
Birmingham City Council has signed a multimillion pound deal
to increase outdoor activities in the city's parks.
The new investment will help extend the Active Parks scheme
And not just fun but part of a multimillion pound scheme to
get more of us to get fit by using parks.
Coca Cola has chosen Birmingham as one of three cities in
We could all do with moving about more and having a bit more activity
in our lives. It is all about making it fun, more accessible. All of
these activities are free. Local also. It is literally right on the
It follows on from Birmingham's Active Parks scheme,
which began last year, from rowing at Edgbaston Reservoir or immaculate
and maintained paths for running in Handsworth Park, the new investment
Funding is very tight. We are having to look at different ways of working
in partnership and different ways of drawing money in and getting
The initiative will take in 50 parks in the city.
It is hoped the events planned will appeal to all ages and
New research shows that just a third of people in Birmingham get involved
in activities outside. 40% of the West Midlands is made up of green
and open spaces. I think it is a good thing they get some more money
for a park so that local people can enjoy it. If we get more plays for
playing football and playing with balls or cricket, that is good. It
is hoped that the event will appeal to all ages.
Thousands of people turned out in Gloucestershire today
for the annual cheese rolling competition.
This year, real cheese was back on the menu ` after it was banned last
Instead of a plastic substitute, the fearless runners from all over
the world chased some Dutch Gouda down the famous Coopers Hill.
The winner of the race does not like cheese. You could not make it up!
The band of rain stalls but nevertheless it is not going to get
any better as we head into tomorrow. It is a cold day with plenty of
cloud and unfortunately we have some rain. That is slowly working at the
way up from the side. It will clear away for a time tonight. Behind
that, we have more are waiting in the wings. That cloud and rain will
help to keep our temperatures relatively high. Quite a mild night.
We start tomorrow with the stream. There will be some heavy pulsars,
particularly in the North Midlands. That really sticks with us
throughout the day. Underneath that, winds are picking up and it will
feel rather chilly. Where we get some value spells we might do a
little better. That rain continues right through the night into
Wednesday morning. It is looking rather unsettled for the next few
days. As we head into the end of the week.
I'll be back with your next news at 10:30.
Good evening. If I were to conduct a straw poll about the weather events
today, I suspect we would get a split decision. There were
significant differences around, we have sunshine and some warmth, but
also this cloud and rain coming up through the Channel into the north
of England. On top of that, some showers in the north-west, some of
them thundery from Northern Ireland and Scotland, so a real eclectic
mix. This will drift away over the next few hours, we will keep the
cloud overnight, and we will see more significant rain pushing in off
the north sea. There is