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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. all from the BBC News at Six -

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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight. A

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sale of Birmingham City Football club a step closer ` the parent

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company in advanced talks with a British consortium. The hidden river

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valley getting a multi`million pound make over, restoring habitats and

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reducing flooding. Join me at the Hay Festival where books and

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literature are being celebrated. But, there's much more to broaden

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your mind here. And the Bank Holiday weekend may have proved to be a huge

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disappointment and today didn't anything to raise hopes, but the

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start of June might. Find out more later.

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trust helps teenagers chase similar dreams. We promised ourselves that

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when we got better, and I say better because it's like suffering an

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Georgia wrote this bucket list of about.

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Georgia wrote this bucket list of things she wanted to do. Now, people

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are trying to fulfil them. There's even a scuba diving scholarship on

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offer for a suitable youngster. I had no idea that she'd written a

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bucket list. To be honest, I'm a little bit superstitious and I'd

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probably have said, don't be doing that. But, as it is, it was done.

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She must have done it, from the writing and the content, when she

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was about 15. Walking around in a chicken outfit for the day, raising

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money for charity. It shows what Georgia was like ` give blood, save

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a life. Dye your hair ginger. Georgia did dye her hair and like

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Steve's police colleague Nikki Burkitt, who fulfilled wish number

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nine with Steve's help, raising ?1,500. It's the next best thing for

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Georgia doing it, isn't it? Oh, yes. Everything on that list, she'd have

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definitely done. Three students received a trust grant to head to

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Morocco, building an irrigation channel to prevent flooding.

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Meanwhile 11`year`old Emma was given ?250 towards a wheelchair. Born with

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cerebral palsy, she needs it to get around more easily. Emma's

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wheelchair adapts to allow her to take part in sports and other

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activities such as this after`school cycling club here this primary

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school in Telford. If I keep using my bike I might get stronger muscles

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because I don't have to pedal with my legs. I use my arms instead.

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Georgia's impact has been positive. But the man who strangled her at his

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parents' home in Wellington wants to appeal against his whole life

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sentence. Last December Stafford Crown Court was told that Jamie

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Reynolds had the potential to become a serial killer. The Williams hope

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to attend the appeal court. I will be there for whatever for Georgia. I

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will stand up for her because there is nobody else that's going to do

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it. Joining me now is Chief Inspector

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Richard Langton, from West Mercia Police, who's the chairman of the

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Georgia Williams Trust. Good evening. When you created this

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charity, did you ever imagine you would top ?60,000? No expectations

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at all. If I'm honest 12 months ago we had no idea where this journey

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was going. I had no idea what we were doing. What we did understand

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was there was a real urgency to act and to capture the public feeling.

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To put some order and structure around a spontaneous fundraising

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that was happening. 12 months on to be talking about having raised

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?60,000, we've succeeded our wildest expectations. There was a real sense

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of just doing something to try and make a situation right. The more

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that we explore this idea, the more support and passion was coming out

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for it. We very quickly established a charitable trust. Since then the

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story has touched so many hearts and minds. Also, it has fired

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imaginations. We've had some extraordinary fundraising. George's

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list has really hit a note with people. There is lots more planned.

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We can see how the charity has made an impact. You were based in

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Wellington at the time of the murder and were a colleague of George's

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father. As a fellow officer, had that affect you and your colleagues?

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It had an extraordinary impact on everybody involved. It was so

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personal. We like to think the trust, even in those early days,

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gave an opportunity for colleagues to have something positive to focus

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on. I speak on behalf of colleagues, but also on the other

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organisations that meant a lot to Georgia such as the air cadets and

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the local football team. All those people whose lives she touched can

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look to the trust now and in the future for a positive memory and

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legacy. Is there an ultimate aim for the trust? To keep it going. To find

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new and exciting ways to raise awareness and funds so we can

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translate that money into grants to help young people. Thank you. You're

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watching Midlands Today, good to have you with us. Coming up later in

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the programme ` Life after Europe. I'll be asking what next for

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outgoing MEP Nikki Sinclair. And ahead of its first festival, the

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Black Country gets its own anthem. It may have been a bank holiday

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weekend here but over in the Far East it was very much business as

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usual stop for 24 hours share`trading in Birmingham

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International Holdings was suspended on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

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Why? So that the parent company of Birmingham city football club were

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able to confirm they'd received an offer from interested party a

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minority purchase of the football club. Earlier today we had this

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statement from the acting chairman. He said the IHL remains in advanced

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talks with the British consortium with a very strong North American

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investment fund. So is the light at the end of the tunnel? Steve McCabe

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is from the Birmingham city University business School. Is the

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light at the end of the tunnel? For blues fans I hope so. It depends

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what they get. That is the $94 million question isn't it? Surely

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any potential purchaser would want 100% control. This may be the first

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step to complete ownership. So that they are going to have to take a

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hit? Quite clearly. How important is it to retain their listing on the

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Hong Kong stock exchange `` they will want to keep hold of it. The

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club's owners thanked the fans for their patients. Is there any chance

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this deal would be concluded before the start of the season? The fans

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must be at the end of their tether. They need new players. Thank you

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very much indeed. Our Environment Correspondent David

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Gregory`Kumar joins us now from beside the banks of the

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River Tame in Warwickshire. Tonight we're roughly halfway

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between Tamworth and Birmingham. This is Kingsbury Water Park,

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the River Tame just over there. It's a site full of dog walkers,

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sailors and bike riders. Today we've seen woodpeckers, heron,

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sand martins and barn owls. And all of this is part

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of the massive new This valley is getting a

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multi`million pound make over. You will spot 20 of wildlife, which is

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amazing because the river is a hostile habitat these days. The

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whole river and many other rivers have seen a lot of man`made features

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putting `` put in. Ready to try it and get water from one place to the

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other. `` really. We are trying to slow the flow down to hold water

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back, and that will end up... Reduced flooding is one benefit of

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this new project, stretching from Birmingham to Tamworth, North

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Warwickshire to save the Staffordshire. At its heart is the

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River Tame, not about by people and industry but now being returned to a

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more natural state. `` knocked. It will be a huge task, but right

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across the Midlands all our waterways need a bit of love. Here

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in Worcestershire this man has seen plenty of extreme weather. We have

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had deeper nesting for the first time in over ten years. `` dipper.

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So we are seeing signs of improvement.

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The restoration of the Tame Valley were easily be the biggest project

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of its kind in the Midlands, and it is not just about flooding or even

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helping wildlife. There are also canals involved, and

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as part of all this is food rich will be restored by the canals and

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rivers trust. `` footbridge. Back on the banks of the River Tame,

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somewhat a lot football pitches are said to be radically transformed. We

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will let people explore wetlands in the flesh, and put in some viewing

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platforms. They are even aiming at creating jobs as part of the scheme,

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helping wildlife is not just for the birds.

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Earlier here we were lucky to see some of the newest arrivals, five

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adorable baby barn owl chicks. Stefan Bodner has ringed hundreds of

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chicks over the past decade, but last year was the worst year on

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record, hardly any chicks were born here. This year though, things are

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looking up. Five chicks, perhaps slightly small

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but looking healthy otherwise. The parents are probably in one of the

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other boxes. Once the chicks start growing it gets pretty crowded and

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smelly, and they shift of two another box and sit there and then

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come back and provision they done in the evening or the middle of the

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night. We find the parents in a nearby box,

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hopefully this year barn owl numbers will begin to recover.

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And we'll have more on barn owls later in the week.

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In the meantime, if you want to learn more about the Tame Valley

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project or even get involved there's more details and a link on my blog

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A year on from her murder, Georgia Williams' parents talk

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of their pride at the legacy created by their daughter.

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Your detailed weather forecast to come shortly.

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Also in tonight's programme ` not just about books, how the small

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border town has built a worldwide reputation for the Hay Festival.

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As the dust starts to settle after the European elections,

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the outgoing MEPs will be starting to think about their futures.

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One of them is Nikki Sinclaire, formerly

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of UKIP who stood this time for the We Demand A Referendum Now Party.

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You have five weeks left, what are you going to do after that? It is

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too early to say. I have been working for 20 years trying to force

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this issue, so I will probably keep the pressure on that. So staying in

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politics, because the amount of energy required for this type of job

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is immense, but then when you stop, what do you fill it with? It has

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been 80 hour weeks for five years, so what I am going to do now, that

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is a good question. I will always be working towards what I think this

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country needs. Will you see `` will you be standing at the General

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Election? I think that is extremely unlikely.

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I think it was Tony Benn that said he was going to retire to actively

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engage in politics! Everyone was predicting UKIP would

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do well, but did you think they would do quite so well, over 27% of

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the vote? I do congratulate them. I thought it became Nigel Farage

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versus politics, and I think the machine came in and people wanted to

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protest. He calls himself the fox in the Westminster henhouse. I call

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upon the main parties to be the farmer with the shot gun and shoot

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the Fox. I mean, not shoot Nigel Farage but shoot the issue. They

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need to call this in and out referendum. Nigel Farage is only

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representing the frustration of the British people, and the main parties

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have been ignoring that for far too long. It is about time they actually

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listened to the British people and gave us that referendum.

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Returning to you, a couple of years ago you were arrested on suspicion

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to defraud the European Parliament. You are still on bail. How has this

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affected you personally? It hasn't been helpful, and it is obviously

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not very nice, that our snake clear I refute all allegations. `` let us

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make clear. It has been absolutely awful. I haven't even answered

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questions on this for 18 months, it has just hanging over my head. You

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feel, well, I am innocent so it is absolutely frustrating. It is an

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anomaly in our legal system but I don't think should be allowed to

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carry on. `` that identifies that `` that I don't think. You will pick up

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?32,000 in severance pay. Will you take it? It was me who leaked this

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document. Unlike the BBC... Will you take it? I cannot get a job in

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another Parliament, most people get a redundancy payment, and unlike the

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BBC I am quite transparent. Thank you for joining us.

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around the world to a small town on the Herefordshire`Welsh border.

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The festival attracts thousands of literary fans each year `

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but Hay is not just about books, as our Arts Reporter Satnam Rana

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The Hay Festival, known for its celebration of books and literature.

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For 27 years people have been coming here to explore and challenge their

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minds. But this is the other side of the

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festival, hands`on experiences. For local businesses it is also a

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showcase. It is one thing to go for the intellectual element of reading

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books, but working with your hands is also really exciting, and

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thought`provoking. You can see the excitement we are generating here.

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This has become a festival which is looking to the future. Away from the

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main site, fashion students are making ethnically and

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environmentally sustainable garments. The festival's about

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culture, and I think fashion's are really important part of that. `` a

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really important part. This is a festival which has grown

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year`on`year, attendance is in fact up a 16% already with a quarter of a

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million people coming through the doors.

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And it is an integral part of the local economy as well, generating

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?60 million for Hay on Wye and they surrounding region.

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Thousands come here for the two week period. This year some locals may

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spot themselves on this, a film about rubble life which is

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premiering at the Festival tonight. `` rubble life. This footage was

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shot by a local businessman. It is all made up of countries shows, the

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Queen's visit, weddings and birthday parties, it is a beautiful

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collection. So away from books and literature, there is plenty to

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experience. You turn to somebody who is next to

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you in the queue and you've got stuff to talk about, and they are

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here because they are open`minded and they want to have a good time.

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The Hay Festival is a field full of fun for anyone who involved ``

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enjoys life, books, people and thinking.

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The Black Country is famous for its industrial heritage,

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the delicacy of faggots and peas, and of course the long`time debate

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over which towns north of Birmingham are actually within its boundary.

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And from today the Black Country has its own official anthem,

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composed ahead of the area's first ever festival next month.

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Performed with pride and passion for the Black Country past and present,

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the official anthem for an area steeped in history.

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This year it was time to celebrate ourselves again. We wanted to get

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out and celebrate the black complete, remind people we are still

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out to have a good time and enjoy ourselves. `` black country.

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The version of the patriotic classic I Vow To Thee My Country has been

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composed in honour of the region's first Black Country day in July.

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There have been small communities of people celebrating, but now we have

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the full council back in it. This also celebrates the invention

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of the world was Mac first steam engine.

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Aside from celebration, the song has a certain poignancy, dedicated to

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Steve Evans, magician and comedian he died in January following a two

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He shared his story on radio, television and online,

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touching the lives of people from all over the world.

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We are so proud to be able to get involved in an initiative like this

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and celebrate the diverse community of the whole of the black country,

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and use an anthem like this to raise much`needed funds for the hospice in

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memory of Steve Evans. Tip from Tipton, top of the charts.

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Any sun on the horizon? There is, but you will have to wait

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to the end of the week. Currently we are continuing where we left off

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which means more unsettled conditions to come. We start with

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some wet, cloudy conditions, but those temperatures begin to pick up

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as the week goes on and finally we end with some drier weather by

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Friday. But really it is this one occluded front that is proving to be

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the nuisance. It floats southwards, but it is the length it takes to do

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this that will mean rain with us for the next couple of days. But then

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the high pressure builds in behind us, bringing improvement by the

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weekend. Currently we have still got the debris of today's rain to get

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through, and it is still quite rain `` wet in parts of Stoke and

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Lichfield. But you can practically locked the part of this `` the path

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of this front. The rain is starting to intensify in quite a few places,

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but we will see some heavy outbreaks from time to time tonight.

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Temperatures will remain in double figures for most at around 10

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Celsius. As we head into the morning tomorrow, although it is still wet

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during that time, we will find the rain is and confine itself to

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northern parts of the region. If we get any breaks, I think the best we

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can hope for in terms of temperatures if `` is 15 Celsius.

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Otherwise it will be around 12 or 13. Further outbreaks of rain

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continuing through tomorrow night, but it will study drier up in a few

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places with patchy mist and temperatures around 11 Celsius.

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Drying up by Friday. European leaders gather in Brussels

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to work out how to respond to the shock

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of the anti`EU election results. Rolf Harris begins his defence

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against allegations of sexual abuse, A year on from her murder,

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Georgia Williams' parents talk of their pride at the legacy created

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by their daughter. And the sale of Birmingham City

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Football club a step closer `

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