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The headlines tonight: So

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The campaign to change "frustrating and puzzling rules" by

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the parents of a baby who died waiting for an organ transplant.

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Babies under two months can't become organ donors in the UK, although

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He could be here today if we didn't have this law,

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because there are that many babies that have passed away.

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frustration and anger from parents in Redditch over proposals

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It is a short`term, ill`thought`out plan that could jeopardise

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Recreating a life`threatening tower block fire ` preparing crews

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Have you seen the cost of faggots these days?

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?120,000 ` but you get the shop for free.

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I love them. They are top`notch. Top`notch.

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And it's been a much better day across the Midlands, with more

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It's looking a little stormy as we head into the weekend though.

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Good evening and welcome to the programme.

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A young couple from Wolverhampton whose baby son died while waiting

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for a new heart are stepping up their campaign for a change

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Ryan Brookhouse, who was eight months`old,

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spent his life on the waiting list before he died last month.

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Babies under the age of two months aren't allowed to be

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donors in the UK, although that's not the case elsewhere in Europe.

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We tried not to wonder, is today going to be a day he?ll get a heart?

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Gary Brookhouse describes an exhausting wait for a tiny heart

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But last month time ran out and doctors had to say this:

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That is it, we cannot do any more. We got all the family to come up the

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next day and they said I needed to tell them when I was ready. It was

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the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life. But I take comfort

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that he is no longer in pain. I miss him so much. I'm a

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The family's now back at home in Wolverhampton with

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They spent five months in Newcastle`upon`Tyne,

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at one of only two heart transplant centres in the country.

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Doctors here have been following guidelines for more than 20 years.

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They prevent babies under two months old being organ donors.

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That's because, at that age, they can't officially be declared

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So doctors can only import organs for transplant.

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chrome he went through so much. He didn't deserve that. If this law was

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changed he could have had a heart. Two 250,000 people have supported

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an online petition for a change A doctor at Freeman Hospital

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in Newcastle described the difference in rules here and abroad

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as "frustrating and puzzling". The Royal College of Paediatrics and

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Child Health says it's currently reviewing scientific evidence to see

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if new guidelines are appropriate. Their findings should

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be ready this summer. But they're pushing for a change

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in procedures. He was a little treasure. That is

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why we want to do something positive because he is a little fight and we

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need to fight to get this law changed.

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It's good to have you with us this evening.

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Plenty more to come including A Song for Stephen.

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We meet the friends of Stephen Sutton who have recorded

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a top five tribute to the inspirational teenager

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Two of the Birmingham schools at the centre of allegations of a Muslim

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plot to takeover state schools have been placed in special measures.

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The BBC has obtained a copy of the full Ofsted report for Golden

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Hillock School in Sparkhil, which is run by Park View Educational Trust.

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Details have also emerged about the report into Saltley School

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Our reporter Ben Godfrey is at Golden Hillock school `

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How has the school be judged to fail?

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As Ofsted reports go, this is critically bad. Golden Hill Academy

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is failing in every way. In teaching, pupil safety, leadership

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and management. This is an academy and is run by the Parkview

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educational trust. 90% of the pupils here who have English as a second

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language. One of the things Ofsted picked out in their inspection is a

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risk of cultural isolation. One of the things they did say was that

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students could be left vulnerable to the risk of marginalisation from

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wider British society and the associated risks which could include

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radicalisation. It will now go into special measures. Interestingly, the

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pupils don't agree. They were praised for their eagerness to

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learn. And within

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the last hour details have emerged What more can you tell us

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about that report? We are just learning about this.

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This school is in baldly Green and has been rated as inadequate in

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every area. Previously, it was a good school believe it or not. This

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report we have seen tonight portrays the school in disarray at the time

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of the inspection. A complete breakdown between governors and the

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leadership of the school. One quote said governors do not seem any need

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to engage with external agencies to ensure student at Rutgers students

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are safe from the risks of radicalisation and extremism.

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Has there been a response from either school?

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One response on golden hillock. They dispute of inadequate rating

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completely and could take legal action. They say it makes absolute

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that I've absolutely no suggestion, nor do they find any evidence that

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golden hillock either promotes or tolerates extremism or

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radicalisation. In the last three years West

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Midlands fire fighters have tackled 1,200 fires in tower blocks ` four

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people died and 200 were injured. Today, a new training facility `

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believed to be one of the first in the world `

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was opened to ensure crews are fully Although it can be one

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of the most dangerous and complex incidents West Midlands fire crews

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face, until now they've haven't been In a West Midlands we have over a

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thousand high`rise building so it is absolutely correct that we have this

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facility to replicate the type of incidents as we get in those

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buildings. And it'll keep our firefighters safe. Here, the wind is

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so much more unpredictable than it is on the ground. Until now, nowhere

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in the world did firefighters have a permanent building to recreate that

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problem. It is now hoped that this one will not only help save the

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lives of people in high`rise buildings, but also the firefighters

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tackling the blazers. The six`storey tower,

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made from metal containers, was the idea of one West Midlands

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Fire's training instructors. In 2010, two fire fighters died

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tackling this blaze This is massively important for our

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firefighters' 's safety. They need to understand about smoke and how it

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travels around buildings and how we can stop that from happening.

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In 2010, two fire fighters died tackling this blaze

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The year before, six people lost their lives

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It is realistic, because you train just as if you are in a concrete

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building. This is more like actual laid out it is more realistic.

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The hope is fire fighters from across the Midlands `

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and eventually the whole of the UK ` will be able to train here.

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Parents are campaigning against proposals to change

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the education system in a north Worcestershire town.

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Schools in Redditch currently operate under a three`tier system

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But the new leaders of Tudor Grange Academy in Redditch want to change

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the age range from the current 13`18 to a secondary school age range

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Critics claim it will lead to other schools in the town being

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It's got the teachers, it's got the classrooms.

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But at Tudor Grange Academy in Redditch they believe there's

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We are currently a high school, 13 to 18. We want a change to an 11 to

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18 school. So they want to open the doors for

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children in years seven and eight. In many parts of the country those

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children already go to high school. But Redditch, like

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a few other towns, is different. In Redditch those children

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currently go to middle schools. We would have them for five years

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prior to taking their exams and therefore would be able to better

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prepare them for their examination results and get even better

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results. Then they can prepare themselves for their future

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careers, the sixth form, college or the world of work.

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It sounds a simple argument, but there's a lot of concern

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among parents like those who met this lunchtime

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They all wore a blue ribbon as a sign of solidarity.

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The changes could be implemented as soon as September 2015,

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I have a sun who would be starting here when all these changes take

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effect. So obviously, I don't know what will happen to him now or where

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he will be going. I don't know if his school will be kept open or not.

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we have a system here that works and works very well. So a thorough good

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educational outcomes of our children so why change it?

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leaving middle schools like Walkwood pondering their future.

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This school is very proud of its success ` not least it's

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But the fear is this kind of success could be jeopardised if the

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It is about all the schools in the area. If this goes ahead all the

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other schools have to assess their situation and they might have the

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change. It will cost a lot of money. I want people to think about who

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will pay for that and where the children will go to school and what

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sort of school they will go to. Tudor Grange insist it's not

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a done deal and The final decision rests with

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the secretary of state. Cath Mackie, BBC Midlands Today,

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Redditch. A little earlier, I spoke to

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Redditch MP Karen Lumley. I asked

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whether she supports the proposal As it stands, no. I think it is too

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rushed, needs to be thought out and it needs to involve other parts of

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the community. That is what I have written to the Trust yesterday. I

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said they need to rethink it and have a bigger consultation and the

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timescale is far too short. Did you know about this proposal

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ahead of the consultation? I found out at the same time as

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everybody else. I had a letter, and some of the schools who were

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affected had a visit, but I did not. Did that surprise you? I'm concerned

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that as a member of Parliament for Redditch that I was not informed

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along side other interested parties, yes. I put that in my letter. I

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think that was not the right thing to do. Is it a weakness in the

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academy system? They do operate independently outside local

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authority control. Did they think they didn't need to ask you? There

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have to consult everybody. The whole point of this is that there is a

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consultation and then the results go to the secretary of state. It is up

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to him then to look at it. This consultation is important and it is

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important to everybody who has an interest, whichever side of the

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fence they are wrong. I'm in favour of the two tier education system,

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but I think, this is not the right way to go about it. So it is the

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time frame? I was educated in the two tier system. I have no problem

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with it. I think, nationally, the system performs better across the

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country than a three tier system. But, the point of this, is that we

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have a three tier system in Redditch. Some parents like it, some

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parents do not. I have parents on both sides coming to me sharing

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their concerns and it is my job as their MP to share those concerns

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with the secretary of state. I'm looking forward to meeting with him

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soon. I want to share with him my concerns about what is happening and

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for him to make what will be the right decision.

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A charity single inspired by teenage fundraiser Stephen Sutton has made

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'Hope Ain't a Bad Thing' by The Neon Brotherhood sold thousands

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of copies in less than 48 hours after it was released.

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The single currently sits at number five ` and here's a flavour.

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Money raised will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust, which has already

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received more than ?4 million thanks to Stephen's incredible fundraising,

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and here in the studio is the songwriter Martin Stanyer.

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When you recorded this track in Stephen's hometown of Burntwood, did

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It is a complete surprise but what a victory for Stephen. What inspires

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you to write this? We met Stephen last year and basically, he made

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such an impact upon us that we wanted to do the best we could for

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him. How did you first meeting? He came to the studio when he was 14

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with his band to rehearse. We got to know him then, but, obviously, in

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the last two years we got to know him a lot more. He was a talented

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drummer wasn't he? Yes he was. Which is why, on the single, we have many

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drums as part of the production of the song. What has been a reaction?

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People obviously love it, what about those closest to him including his

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mum? She loves it. And his brother Chris. They have given us their

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endorsements. They are very happy with it. They know every word!

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Wedded the title come from? Basically how Stephen has given hope

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to everybody on how to live their life. It is a really inspirational

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thing he has done. I think Stephen showed us all the hope is a good

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thing. It could go to number one? eight already has on the Amazon

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charts. It is at number five in the official UK charts which is

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unbelievable. Number one in the Amazon charts and number two in the

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iTunes charts. Another number one to Stephen. Maybe a video to go with

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it? We are working,! By it. It is all going to Teenage Cancer Trust.

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Thank you. How much would you pay for the

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Black Country delicacy of faggots? That will actually get you

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the secret recipe, You also get a shop thrown in

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for free. Kevin Reide is in Old Hill

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for us now. Well America, this is the shopping

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question. That had shops like this here the last one to five years. The

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first one was opened by Eve Belling, this is a picture of her. She was

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famous for a very special recipe and we can see today, these fighters are

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still on sale in the shop. This shop is run by her great`grandson Nigel,

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who has been here himself since 1965. Let us go and meet Nigel. Let

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us see how they make them. Tell us what the main ingredients is. Fresh

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onions, brusque with herbs and our own seasoning. We wrapped them in

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this and put them into the tin ready for cooking. Are you retiring? I

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need time to busy my sons and my grandchildren. Are you sad?

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emotional. It is an emotional roller`coaster ride. You have some

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very appreciative customers who really enjoy these fighters. We

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spoke to some earlier on. I like them with chips. Allied with mash

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and peas. I love them. no. They do not appeal to me. Here are some

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finished ones. Over the last one to five years, this business has

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produced approximately 2 million of those. Nigel tells me you have

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produced about 800,000. Is that right? Will you not stay around for

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a million. no. That must be by somebody else.

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He came from an illustrious family, the bravery he showed was common

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The Reverend Maurice Peel, grandson of the

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Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, earned the love of the troops but

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He went over the top on the Western Front armed with nothing

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Giles Latcham took Maurice's great grandson, himself a clergyman,

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on a journey in search of his courageous ancestor.

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At St Editha's, Tamworth's historic mediaeval church, David Longe is

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I feel quite humbled to be in the same place where he was, because

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He's treading in the footsteps of his great grandfather, another

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clergyman, the Reverend Maurice Peel, a vicar here during World War

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He was shot going over the top carrying a walking stick

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He describes it dramatically ` a tremendous thwack

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Maurice came from an illustrious family ` his grandfather, the Prime

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Minister Sir Robert Peel, helped create the Metropolitan Police.

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In his short time in Tamworth, Maurice became part

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He was regarded as a very warm human being who

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So in two years he made a great impact.

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With extraordinary courage, once he'd recovered from his wounds,

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In May 1917 near Bullcourt, he tried to reach a wounded soldier in

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No Man's Land, but was shot through the stomach and bled to death.

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I think it is extraordinary he returned a second time.

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There are two columns here devoted to him. It says he rests in France

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in the company of sons and brothers who have died as he has in the

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glorious cause of saving the liberties of humanity.

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Devoted to the troops then as well as to God ` not though, says

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The idea of standing with the very poorest

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members of society and ministering to them was a principal, a goal and

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an ideal which he would not have neglected in the context of war.

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Maurice Berkeley Peel was awarded the Military Cross, one of 179 army

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And if you're interested in learning more about World War I, the BBC has

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created a special website which you'll find at bbc.co.uk/ww1.

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Neil Baldwin likes to think of himself as an ordinary man.

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But he has an extraordinary story to tell about his life.

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His simple down to earth approachable demeanour

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has won him the friendship of politicians, sports stars

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Now he's to be the subject of a 90 minute film drama.

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In the Staffordshire countryside near Keele University, Neil Baldwin

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He's watching the making of a major BBC film ` and it's all about him.

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Everybody says I get everywhere, and I do. It has been a great life.

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Born in Newcastle`under`Lyme, he's worked as a clown, a kit manager

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for Stoke City and he's spent most of his life helping organise events

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Last year, he was given an honorary degree for his efforts.

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Neal first came here with his mother who was a cleaner on campus. Who

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could have predicted that more than 50 years later he would be such a

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part of the fabric of this university. I would say the more

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improbable and bizarre the story, the more likely it is to be true.

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Neal has done amazing things. He knows no limits.

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In the film ` called Marvellous, ` Neil is played

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by distinguished actor Toby Jones whose previous roles have included

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It was an article in a national newspaper that

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inspired the writer Peter Bowker to make his film about Neil.

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It is his attitude to life and his attitude to meeting new people.

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There is with the assumption that people are going to say yes. And

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then they generally do! Neil's innocent, almost childlike

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character has seen him mixing with many famous faces such as World

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Cup`winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks. I would say Prince Edward. Because I

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met him when he was a student at Cambridge. And I knocked on his

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door! I thought there would be a policeman on duty but there wasn't.

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He invited me in for a sherry. The filmmakers have endeavoured to

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include the people of Stoke This choir is rehearsing a number

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which they'll perform in a scene Celebrities like Gary Lineker also

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have cameo roles ` but there's no doubt who the true star of this

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life`affirming movie will be. Some welcome sunshine around today `

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but will it last Rebecca? We will have another day of it that

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things may take a more stormy turn towards the weekend. But tomorrow,

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plenty of dry and bright weather. Tomorrow, we may feel some warm air

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from the continent and things may turn muddy as we head through the

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afternoon. This time yesterday we had been sitting under a blanket of

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cloud and rain for the whole day. Today, it has broken up rather

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nicely. We still have some clear spells to, commerce and late

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afternoon sunshine to enjoy and those skies staying clear for most

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of us. Temperatures will fall away as a result of that and it will be a

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chilly nights. We are into single figures, in the countryside even

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lower. There is some cloud filling up from the south as we head into

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tomorrow morning. That will help lift temperatures a little. The

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cloud will not stick around long animal break`up. Again, we will get

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some good spells of sunshine. There will be some high cloud about and

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the sunshine will be hazy. But as we will get some good spells of

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sunshine. There will be some high cloud about and the sunshine will be

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hazy. But as people in that warm air our temperatures rocket bike up into

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the 20s. Back up to 22 Celsius tomorrow and murky as we head

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through the afternoon. However, as the skies clear it does mean

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temperatures will not fall away overnight. It will be a close night

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with temperatures between 13 and 17 Celsius, those are the lows. That is

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a hint of what is to come on Saturday. We have a Yellow Weather

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Warning in place from the Met Office for heavy rain through Saturday. We

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will have some quite lively thunderstorms and it could lead to

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some localised flooding and this is why: As this weather system starts

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to come up against the mild, unstable air, it may trigger lively

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thunderstorms. The good news is that they will eventually clear away and

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things will become a little fresher. Sunday looks like a pleasant today

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with as good spells of sunshine. We have get through Saturday at first.

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Our headlines again. Two schools have been placed in special measures

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in the Midlands. I'll be back at ten o'clock with

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more on that story with Just to let you know tomorrow

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evening we will be on half It's a weekly selection

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