26/05/2014 Midlands Today


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to change? Will they? Can they? Thank you. That is all from us for

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Good evening. this evening. It

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UKIP has emerged as the biggest party in the European elections,

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gaining three of the seven seats contested in the West Midlands.

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The Conservatives lost one seat, ending with two.

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Labour gained a seat and now have two MEPs in the region.

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But it was a miserable night for the Liberal Democrats,

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As the piles of ballot papers rose, so too did the confidence

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Very happy. Ecstatic. Confident? Very confident.

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But for others it was a painful night at Birmingham's

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I am not feeling confident but we fought a very hard campaign.

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The Liberal Democrats left empty`handed as UKIP won three

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seats, coming top in 20 of the West Midland's 30 local authorities.

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We will not be swayed by money, political posturing, faceless

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committees and quangos. Our only desire is to be made redundant by

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She was heckled loudly by both Conservatives and Labour activists

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We are happy to double the number of our MEPs in the West Midlands. It is

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a good result. Of course we wanted to be first. An interesting figure

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is if you look at the British National Party last time, they lost

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100,000 votes. Those 100,000 went to UKIP. That saddens me greatly.

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Two former UKIP MEPs who stood on their own independent anti`EU

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Is your political career over or are you planning on coming around? It is

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too early to say. I am 46 years old and in the second half of my life is

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half as eventful as the first, have got a lot to!

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More than four million people are eligible to vote in the

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The political and media obsession with Europe isn't one that's shared,

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But nothing dampened the celebrations, with UKIP describing

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their victory as a turning point in British political history.

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Cath Mackie, BBC Midlands Today, Birmingham.

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I'm joined now by our political editor, Patrick Burns.

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It could be. We will only know in a year's time, after the general

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election. Five years ago, UKIP polled well enough to gain two seats

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in the West Midlands in the European Parliament. One year later, in the

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general election, the sheer shrank back to 4%. This time, it is

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different. It is three seats and that makes them the undisputed

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winners in the West Midlands. I was talking to a senior politician the

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other day and he said he had been talking to people on the doorstep

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and many of them say that they were pro`European and yet still on the

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board UKIP because they are sick and tired of machine politics. Moving

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away from UKIP and we have to say the other main parties, what will

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they take away from last night? Labour gained a seat at the polled

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strongly in the population centres. The Conservatives were not as far

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behind the labour 's share of the vote as some observers have

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suggested that both of the biggest parties will take something out of

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these as the build`up to the general election. For the Liberal

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Democrats, there is no disguising how serious the situation is, which

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is why the Liberal Democrat MP for Yardley is taking soundings among

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his activists about what the future support for Nick Clegg. At the local

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level, news for a challenge in Birmingham City Council? Labour

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Party rules allow challenge every year but he has lived for 15 years.

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Two leading experience councillors think that is quite long enough.

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They are challenging for a leadership and deputy leadership,

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respectively, because they say that there are such big challenges that

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you need fresh leadership. The owners of Birmingham City

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Football club suspended An announcement was made by the

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Hong Kong stock exchange. The Championship club has been

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in talks with a number The suspension

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of trading means confirmation Thousands of Burton Albion fans are

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travelling back from Wembley The Brewers were beaten 1`0

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by Fleetwood Town in the League Two Burton had

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their chances didn't they? They certainly did. Winning

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promotion through the play`offs is the best. It is like winning a cup

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final and you get to go to a higher division. The flip side is what

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Burton says this evening. The whole season boils down to one match and

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it can be defined by one mistake. With 15 minutes to go, that is what

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happened. The goalkeeper misjudged a free kick and that was the only goal

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of the game. Burton did not respond. The goalkeeper was very upset at the

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time but the manager defended him afterwards, saying he is the on and

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has played well until man and that is football. It looks pretty wet and

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miserable. Anything positive for plans to takeaway? You would be

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surprised. He was miserable that it was miserable for the match and the

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fans looked downbeat about the mood was upbeat. They said that they were

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a small club and there was always next season.

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But it was a shame we didn't get the win today.

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It is just a silly goal but there you go.

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They have been a great team, played well this season.

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They played well and let's see what they do next year.

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So the message is let's not be downbeat. Let's get promoted next

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season and make sure we do it automatically so we do not need the

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play`offs. Absolutely.

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Birmingham City Council has signed a multimillion pound deal

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to increase outdoor activities in the city's parks.

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The new investment will help extend the Active Parks scheme

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And not just fun but part of a multimillion pound scheme to

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get more of us to get fit by using parks.

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Coca Cola has chosen Birmingham as one of three cities in

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We could all do with moving about more and having a bit more activity

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in our lives. It is all about making it fun, more accessible. All of

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these activities are free. Local also. It is literally right on the

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It follows on from Birmingham's Active Parks scheme,

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which began last year, from rowing at Edgbaston Reservoir or immaculate

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and maintained paths for running in Handsworth Park, the new investment

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Funding is very tight. We are having to look at different ways of working

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in partnership and different ways of drawing money in and getting

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The initiative will take in 50 parks in the city.

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It is hoped the events planned will appeal to all ages and

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New research shows that just a third of people in Birmingham get involved

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in activities outside. 40% of the West Midlands is made up of green

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and open spaces. I think it is a good thing they get some more money

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for a park so that local people can enjoy it. If we get more plays for

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playing football and playing with balls or cricket, that is good. It

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is hoped that the event will appeal to all ages.

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Thousands of people turned out in Gloucestershire today

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for the annual cheese rolling competition.

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This year, real cheese was back on the menu ` after it was banned last

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Instead of a plastic substitute, the fearless runners from all over

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the world chased some Dutch Gouda down the famous Coopers Hill.

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The winner of the race does not like cheese. You could not make it up!

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The band of rain stalls but nevertheless it is not going to get

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any better as we head into tomorrow. It is a cold day with plenty of

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cloud and unfortunately we have some rain. That is slowly working at the

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way up from the side. It will clear away for a time tonight. Behind

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that, we have more are waiting in the wings. That cloud and rain will

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help to keep our temperatures relatively high. Quite a mild night.

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We start tomorrow with the stream. There will be some heavy pulsars,

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particularly in the North Midlands. That really sticks with us

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throughout the day. Underneath that, winds are picking up and it will

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feel rather chilly. Where we get some value spells we might do a

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little better. That rain continues right through the night into

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Wednesday morning. It is looking rather unsettled for the next few

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days. As we head into the end of the week.

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I'll be back with your next news at 10:30.

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Good evening. If I were to conduct a straw poll about the weather events

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today, I suspect we would get a split decision. There were

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significant differences around, we have sunshine and some warmth, but

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also this cloud and rain coming up through the Channel into the north

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of England. On top of that, some showers in the north-west, some of

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them thundery from Northern Ireland and Scotland, so a real eclectic

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mix. This will drift away over the next few hours, we will keep the

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cloud overnight, and we will see more significant rain pushing in off

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the north sea. There is

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