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has fallen into the hands of militants.

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the six year old Birmingham boy who's been stranded in Syri`

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Also tonight, Unemployment falls by 19,000

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in the region ` its lowest level since before the financial crash.

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And we doing more than thred and we doing more than special day out

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And I has to be said, we got off to a fairly disappointing start today

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but we can do better ` more sunshine please ` will we get it ` fhnd out

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A six year old boy from Birlingham has reached safety

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after being trapped for thrde years by Syria's civil war.

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He was stuck in a rebel held town with his lother.

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Muadh Zain's father, who's back in Britain, has been

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Quentin Sommerville has this exclusive report.

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spent half his life trapped by war. Birmingham`born, he and his mother

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recently escaped from three years in Syria. It was hell, she tells me.

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His school was at the edge of the village. Barrel bombs were dropped

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from aeroplanes. They exploded near his schoolyard. He was inside but

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there was a girl outside. Hd knew her. She was wounded but thdn she

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died. Now he barely speaks, but he whispers a single word. It's the

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name of his dead classmate. He has a British passport but his mother

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whose side he rarely leaves, doesn't. She needs a visa. This is

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what they fled ` abandoned homes and daily bombing. They returned to

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Syria after his mother and father became separated. It was ne`r here

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on the border that he and hhs mother made their escape from Syria.

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It was dark, they were travdlling on foot and they were alone. It was

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also their third attempt, btt this time they were lucky. They lade it

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to Jordan. They are safe here but this isn't their home. In London,

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the boy's father has been campaigning for them to rettrn

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together to the UK. He needs his mother, he says. He?s seen things

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that adults would get traum`tised over. His uncle was killed right in

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front of him. Slowly, he is readjusting. The family are grateful

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to the Foreign Office for gdtting this far, but it's not far dnough.

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Parents who are angry at thhs week's Ofsted reports into the so`called

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Trojan Horse affair are holding a protest meeting tonight.

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They're starting a campaign to restore

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They've all been placed in special measures after criticism th`t not

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enough was being done to protect Muslim pupils from extremisl.

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Speaking today about events in Birmingham,

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the Prime Minister accused the city council of failing parents.

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Our reporter Giles Latcham hs in Small Heath.

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So there's a fight back unddrway, Giles?

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That's right. Denied's meethng has been organised by Hands Of Our

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Schools. They say this has been politically motivated. David Cameron

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raise the issue of the Ofstdd reports. He took the opporttnity to

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have a sideswipe at the citx council.

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It is worth making the point that Birmingham City Council failed

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And indeed when we look at what it was that caused action to h`ppen,

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it was only when the Departlent of Education was contacted that

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The city council would say that most of the schools under scrutiny are

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academies, and therefore out of their control. Was it shockhng

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reading for you to find that the academy school has broken down, but

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they are not preparing your daughter for a multi`faith life in Britain?

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Yes, it was shocking. It was more shocking when I heard the

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allegations in March. Mondax morning, I was expecting those

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results. I still have faith like everyone. The governing bodx is

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fantastic. What about the future must remark

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you funding is now under threat A new leadership team could bd imposed

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upon you. We have good parents. We have an

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association which I am readhng. We are going to challenge what is going

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on. We have four weeks to rdspond to the EFA funding. We must be`r in

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mind that the original allegations in March it will haven't bedn

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proved. Lots of doubts for use still.

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Another school who are constlting lawyers are preparing for a judicial

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review against Ofsted's findings. 7.5% of the population is

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unemployed. Dill above the national average. In Stoke`on`Trent, jobs are

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being created. We have been to one part of the city where work can

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still be hard to find. When it closed in 1976, the decline

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was rapid. It has been referred to as the

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sickest area. Today the community centre has been

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tasked with restoring pride to one of the hardest places in

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Stoke`on`Trent to find work. A lot of our volunteers strtggle

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because everyone wants experience. Meet Gemma, Simon and staff. Gemma

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is volunteering on reception. She's struggled to find paid work for six

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months. It is frustrating when you know you

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have done your hardest to apply and then no one bothers getting back to

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you. In the garden outside, Simon tends

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to the centre's plans. It's the closest he has come to a career in

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horticulture. I have been out of work for eight

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months. It places a big str`in because you want to provide for your

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children as best you can. Ghve them a better chance in life.

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At the local mums club, Steph wants a job that says employers don't

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recognise her needs as a single mother of top young act thex have

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always asked me to work weekends and because I haven't got the childcare,

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I have had to say no. People here are motivating dach

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other. After years out of work, bringing up a child, Hannah has

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finally found work in a crash. I love it. I can support my little

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girl better. I am also at college. I am going to be level two in

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childcare. I will be qualifhed by December. It has done me thd world

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of goods. Unemployment in Stoke on Trdnt is

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around the national average, but this is one area needing more

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support. The community centre almost closed this year because of a lack

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of funding. But they secured a last`minute lottery grants.

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In the shadow of the colliery, this is a centre where people just won't

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believe in rejection. And we're joined now by

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our Political Editor Patrick Burns. So some places often seen as

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areas of high unemployment But there are still towns and cities

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where the jobless figures rdmain Yes, Birmingham has 14%

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unemployment. That is twice the UK average. That puts it at thd wrong

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end of the unemployment table. The jobs market and skills base in our

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region is permanently being dumbed down. What are our leaders proposing

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to do about it? The government's work progr`mme

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offers as much as ?14,000 worth of assistance to the individuals they

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say need the most help. Labour is extending its jobs guaranted which

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offers six months tax funded employment for 18 to 24`year`olds.

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In the potteries, Port Vale Football Club has been the venue tod`y for a

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jobs fair organised by a major local employer. The ceramics firm Steelite

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have changed their employment policies to encourage up mobility

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among their workforce, which frees up opportunities for other people to

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join them. We have been talking to an electricity who is optimhstic

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about his prospects. I did a search this morning and

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found 150 jobs. Not all jobs that I can do but this seems to be plenty

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available. I constantly apply, probably two or three jobs per day.

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Most days, anyway. We have also been talking to another

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employee who has been with the firm for a quarter of the centurx. Only

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recently has she been rifling through the ranks.

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We have had a drastic culture change. Everyone is valued. They

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recognise that different people have different values. We all have

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something to contribute. It is a very good company to work for.

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What have the politicians h`d to say about the figures?

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Esther McVeigh is delighted with the figures and points out that we are

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cutting in `` unemployment twice as fast as the UK average.

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Thank you. In just two days

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the greatest footballing show England's first game in the

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World Cup is in Manaus, deep in the Brazilian jungle, where the climate

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will be seriously oppressivd. The players were prepared

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for the hot and humid conditions in Staffordshire, where Dan Pallett's

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been getting acclimatised too. On Saturday night in the

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Arena Da Amazonia England whll face This heat chamber at their St

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George's Park training base was the Today I had the dubious ple`sure

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of trying it out. 20 minutes cycling

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in conditions identical to Lanaus. 32 degrees Celsius and, crucially,

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70 per cent humidity. Seven minutes in and I'm getting

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sweaty. Once you get hard, you can't cool

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down. After 15 minutes my hands wdre

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so sweaty I could hardly hold The last 5 minutes were hard `

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very hard. I was told the humidity was

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the problem ` The only thing stopping me pouring

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this over my head is the eldctronics I was told the humidity was

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the problem ` The only thing stopping me pouring

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this over my head is the eldctronics it stops your sweat evaporating

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which means you can't cool down the body have to work reallx hard to

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control its core temperaturd. That puts strain on the hearts, the blood

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vessels and the internal organs Humidity chamber, things like that,

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really allow athletes to become acclimatised to those environments.

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The former Birmingham City captain Lee Carsley also took part today `

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and he's not worried about Dngland in the heat.

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I think they will cope fine. I think they are fit lads. He acclilatised

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it and that they have done will be enough. They have already bden out

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there a couple of weeks. I can see the heat being a problem. `` I

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cannot see. So if you're heading to the

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Amazon Jungle anytime soon ` you could do worse than spend some time

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in the Staffordshire countrxside. the six year old Birmingham boy

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who's been stranded in Syri` Shefali will be here shortlx with

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your detailed weather forec`st `` Music made in the Midlands `

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so which tracks would make And hardly the Himalayas

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but a challenge nonetheless ` one man's mission to scale everx hill

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in Staffordshire topping 1000 feet. Well back to our top story tonight

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and the continuing saga of the It's dominating the politic`l

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and media agenda in this cotntry, but it's also a story that's gone

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around the world. It's the story that's put

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the heart of this country, We live in the age of the internet,

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when news becomes global a quick search on google for

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"trojan horse and Birminghal" throws So no surprise then that it's

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been picked up around the world Since 911 and the perceived change

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of attitude towards Muslims, this story was very much important in the

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Arab media. Sometimes the complexity of this

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story is lost in translation. Whether it's food or schools is

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advancing in Britain. Islamhc wants to conquer the UK.

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For Birmingham, a city that's spent decades quite literally building

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itself an international repttation, it could be a PR disaster.

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There are no winners here, not the children of Birmingham. We `re

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trying to draw investment into the city, so this will really ilpact on

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us. Especially the way the story is being reported internationally.

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Perhaps it's just a case of riding the storm.

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Birmingham is much bigger than what is going on right now. Our

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communities are very cohesive will stop I am hoping that Team

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Birmingham will continue to be an international player.

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After all the city's most f`mous schoolgirl ` Malala Youfsezh `

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who came here ironically to escape the Islamist extremists who tried

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to kill her, is proud to be, as she calls herself, a Brulmie

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It is a great honour for me to be here in Birmingham, the beating

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heart of England's. It is vdry special to me.

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The world will move on from Trojan Horse.

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But the fallout here will be felt long

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And for more on the lessons of the Trojan Horse affair, do go online.

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Our political editor Patrick Burns has written a blog on the challenges

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facing a city that's been ddscribed as "the Britain of the Future".

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A day out is something we all love but, for children with poor health

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or other issues, a visit to somewhere such as

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The KidsOut charity has been organising trips for disadv`ntaged

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Its largest gathering took place today with three and

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a half thousand children invited to Drayton Manor Park near Tamworth.

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What rights are you hoping to go on?

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Lauren is looking forward to a day out she can't often enjoy. Her

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autism means busy being parks can be unsuitable.

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Children with autism find it hard with waiting in queues. It's

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something we don't do often, but when we take them out on a day like

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today, where they all have similar disabilities.

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I'm getting excited! Today Lauren went to Drayton Manor

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Park Park, with other children with similar needs and disabilithes. It

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was organised by the KidsOut charity.

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It can be as a result of disabilities, bereavement, learning

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difficulties. Everywhere you look, there hs a sea

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of yellow T`shirts. That was the favourite colour of the man who

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started this event is 25 ye`rs ago. George Brian opened the park with

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his wife Vera. The couple dhed within weeks of each other last

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year. They started posting this event a quarter of a centurx ago.

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Their son Colin `` for their son Colin, today was an emotion`l day.

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Today has been very emotion`l. I just meant another child who just

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can't believe his father is not here. It will go on.

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That's great news for youngsters like Lauren who we saw earlher.

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What is lovely about today hs that they are on the rides, having lots

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of fun and she's got friends with her.

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25,000 children have been enjoying days out like these across the

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country. Here was the biggest and one in which childhood memories are

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being made. The search is on to find 20 songs

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that represent Birmingham and the West Midlands ` tracks with

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their roots in this region. They'll form a 'virtual albtm'

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playlist to celebrate I'm sure just about everyond

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will have an opinion. The top 20 will be made avahlable

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as a download on music sharhng websites, as our Arts Reporter

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Satnam Rana's been finding out. From the past to the present,

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soul to ska, rock to reggae, our region's musical hertiage

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covers just about every genre. But which song would you sthck

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on an album to represent thd There's one called My Peopld. It's

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positive, not about guns or anything.

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Duran Duran I'll go for. I Ly Darling Clementine would go for a

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great bands called. Now we're being asked to nolinate

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tracks that could end up on B Side Birmingham ` a virtu`l album

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which is being championed Music is the most abstract of all

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art forms. If you want to fdel sad or happy or listless, it makes you

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feel any way you want to fedl. These are just some of

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the songs that've been suggdsted. The final 20 will be chosen

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by 12 panellists with music`l I will come to it from a vidwpoint

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of listening for certain chord progressions and how musically a

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song has been put together. But I think, more than anything, ht's just

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that feeling you get from a song. We want to at least instigate

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conversation and debate. I'l sure people will go mad asking, why is

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that on it? That's rubbish! But that's part of it.

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The campaign has been put together by Tourism group Visit Birmhngham.

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So from now until the end of June, we're being asked to put

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our suggestions forward by voting online.

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50% of all concerned visitors are music to risk. That's higher than

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the national average of 41%. Or

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if you're a tweeting music fan. you can do this ` nominate your

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favourite track by posting ` selfie. The final album playlist will be

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available online next month. We've had loads of suggestions

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on our Facebook page and can I stress we're talking about the

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West Midlands, not just Birlingham. So Slade are in there,

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a number of shouts for them, Black Sabbath, Ocean Colour Scene,

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MoD, Moody Blues, the Streets, Roy Wood with Wizzard and the Move,

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founder of ElO, of course...I No mention of Polly Brown

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of Pickettywitch or the Applejacks ` Nepal has the Himalayas,

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Switzerland the Alps. But outdoors enthusiast Jeff Kent

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looked closer to home While Staffordshire may be short

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on mountains, Jeff calculated that his native

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county has 65 hills over 1000 feet. And he's been telling Bob Hockenhull

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about becoming the first person to On the remote hills of Staffordshire

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you're a world away Jeff Kent grew up

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in industrial Stoke`on`Trent. But bus trips out

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into the countryside stayed with him and recently inspired

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a unique challenge. Everest has been, for `` conquered,

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but the hills of Staffordshhre happens.

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When walking, Jeff took me to one of his favourite

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The ninth highest in the cotnty at 1,512.14 feet.

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A landscape of weathered pinnacles shooting skywards.

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There is such a variety of landscapes here. Beautiful valleys

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as well as the peaks, so it's a wonderful place.

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Jeff had to endure heavy downpours on some of his climbs

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but completed all 65 in nind months ` now he's written a book about his

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All 65 of the peaks are in the northern county. We have picked a

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fairly clear day for filming, so you can see some of them here.

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Magnificent views enjoyed bx walkers from as far as the Canadian Rockies.

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Absolutely beautiful. It is different from the Rockies. It's a

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totally different landscape. During his many ascents, Jeff also

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met several wonderful characters including Doug Moller, the so called

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Lord of the Roaches, who was reputed Jeff's challenge may be dond

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but he says he'll go on clilbing all the hills he's discovered,

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never tiring of the stunning views And in case you're wondering

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the highest point in Staffordshire is Cheeks Point

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near the border with Derbyshire I am LOVING this weather

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at the moment. The prospects for the weekend are

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taking a slight turn for thd worse. It will be cloudy but it sedms like

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there will be more in the w`y of clouds holding those temper`tures

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back. They won't rise as high as we had expected. The high pressure is

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still above us at the moment. Either weekend, it starts to pull `way into

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the Atlantic. This will allow for that frontal system to pull down

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from the north, bringing thd odd shower. That will be by Sattrday and

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possibly Sunday. For this morning, we had quite a bit of clouds and a

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spot of rain, but that brokd nicely through the afternoon. Tonight,

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largely clear skies. Temper`tures down to about nine Celsius. It

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touched with other last night but I hardly think you can call that cold!

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Temperatures in some places could be still around 12. Tomorrow morning,

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we will hopefully get more hn the way of sunshine. Tomorrow should be

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the best day of the week. It certainly starts to develop widely

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during the afternoon and it is a dry day. The badgers will nudge up a

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degree or so higher to around 2 or possibly 23 Celsius. In the north of

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the region, it is getting qtite decent temperatures tomorrow. Light

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winds from the Southwest. Tomorrow night, cloud thickening as that high

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pressure starts to pull awax to the west. That will keep those

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temperatures higher tomorrow night. Slightly milder affect Frid`y it

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out. Friday is dull but dry. Continuing that way into thd

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weekend, but there could be the odd shower on Saturday and Sund`y.

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That's all from us. Goodbye.

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