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Lichfield MP Michael Fabric`nt apologises for saying he cotld punch
Hidden away for years ` the secret wine store that could be
Unseen by most of us, little known sights of Birmhngham
High pressure remains in ch`rge Whatever your plans this wedkend, it
will remain fine and dry and pleasantly warm.
A property developer says Britain needs to re`think how it buhlds
houses to deal with the growing shortage of homds.
His company uses pre`fabricated modules.
In fact, they have just built two semis in just three days.
They plan to create 500 jobs, building the modules at
Around five million people hn the UK are currently
Between 2012 and 13, just over 100,000 new homes were
built in England, but, according to the House Builders? Federathon,
we need to build more than double that to meet future demand.
We are bringing house buildhng into the 21st century.
Over the past three days, 30 workmen have added a brick skin
to the steel skeleton, at a former council waste depot in Wals`ll.
Inside, a two`bedroom home fresh from the factory.
Rain doesn't stop us, snow doesn't stop us, cold doesn't stop ts.
The firm says demand is such that it will build these houses
We will be actually producing one modular an hour.
We were going to employ probably up to 500 people over
So, are the sort of homes is the answer to a supply shortage
It is a little bit of a publicity gimmick saying that
With the building regulations, with finding the site,
legal due diligence, it takds you at least six months to actu`lly get
to a stage where you can get onto the ground and start to build.
May was the fifth consecutive month where housing supply has fallen
and it seems that confidencd has fallen somewhat too, becausd just
40% of West Midlands estate agents say there will be increased market
Post`war councils were building tens of thousands of homes
and the pre`fabs were loved and loathed in equal measurd.
Last year, though, excluding those under Housing Association
management, local authoritids built a mere 800 homes and they'rd under
Would you have to look at brownfield sites, that are contaminated,
We have to recycle and regenerate areas where traditionally pdople
In Wolverhampton, this vast factory site, where Sunbeam Motorcycles were
once made, has been derelict for almost 20 years, yet,
this week, permission was granted for more than 100 homes.
So, recovery is not just about a quick fix, but also
Michael Fabricant, the MP for Lichfield, has bdcome
embroiled in a social media storm after tweeting he "...might
end up punching a journalist in the throat", if he appeared
Mr Fabricant has since apologised for the relark
Our reporter Joanne Writtle is outside his constituency
To start this sorry tale, wd need to turn the clock back to Channel four
News last night between the journalist Rod Liddle and the
genderless Yasmin Alibhai`Brown This clearly got under the skin of
the Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant. This morning he tweeted that if he
had to have a discussion with her he would either have a brain
haemorrhage or punch her in the throat. He has since apologhsed He
has also posted a picture of themselves on twitter wearing a pink
feathered ower added demonstration against violence against wolen.
Yasmin Alibhai`Brown has told us that the party whip should be
withdrawn from him and that she will not accept his apology. This has
gone right to the top, with David Cameron condemning his commdnts come
and Maude locally the Tory LP from Redditch has had this to sax.
It is unacceptable to make those sorts of personal remarks
I do tweeting myself, but it wouldn't dream about making a
I think Michael has apologised now and
the Prime Minister has made it very clear that it is not accept`ble
What has been the reaction elsewhere? Many people have been
saying how appalling visitors. It is a bit out of order, isn't it? You
can't go around threatening that kind of behaviour. Any kind of abuse
is not acceptable. It is not something an MP should be s`ying. I
think it was very unwise to say what he said. You can't condone ht. No
direct word to us from Mich`el Fabricant. Earlier today he did
tweet that he had been to the dentist and he would be doing no
media today. Sunday Politics will be in hts usual
11,00am slot here on BBC Ond. The programme will be asking
whether or not hard`pressed councils should get involved in helphng
struggling football clubs. Sunday Politics will be in hts usual
11,00am slot here on BBC Ond. The programme will be asking
whether or not hard`pressed councils Good to have you with us thhs Friday
evening. It's a happy birthday to
the special house where milhtary families can stay close to their
wounded loved ones in hospital. You may think pubs are closhng
at an alarming rate, but thd number A residential home for the families
of injured servicemen and women who are being treated at the Quden
Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham is The Fisher House, which was funded
by a number of charities, It provides a home away
from home for families. She lives in the Falkland Islands,
but, for the past nine months, Fisher House in Birmingham has been
her home from home. Her husband, Norman,
who's an army veteran, is brain damaged and is being treated at the
nearby Queen Elizabeth Hosphtal Fisher House has been a God`send
because I hadn't got anywhere else Being so close to the hospital
and everything, Fisher House was built
as a charity`funded haven, where the families
of injured or sick, veteran and You walk through that door
and it is a comfort blanket. The network that they have,
they go above and beyond duty. They can see in your eyes that
you are not having a good d`y. Soldier Angela Kay was airlhfted to
the QE from Afghanistan last year ` not through injury, but
because she'd developed leukaemia. While I was in hospital, my Mum
and my boyfriend, Gary, staxed. That was one of my worries ` yes,
I was dealing with the dise`se, but We know that stress
and anxiety increase their pain management, incrdases
everything that they worry `bout. If we can take that out of ht,
it really does help This is one of the biggest family
rooms and there will be In all, there are 18 en`suite
bedrooms in Fisher House, and the past year they've provided
5,000 nights of accommodation for A proper first birthday party is
planned tomorrow, but with thousands of injured soldiers still ndeding
long term care, Fisher Housd will be The governors of a Birmingh`m school
placed in special measures in the wake of the so`called Trojan
Horse allegations have resigned Saltley School was one
of five downgraded The governors say they have little
faith in Ofsted and reject The City Council says they will be
replaced by a new interim board A rare collection of wine
and spirits is expected to lake tens of thousands of pounds at atction,
after being discovered hidddn away The bottles, some of them more than
100 years old, are part of a collection which is sahd to be
unlike any other in the world. They've been down here for decades,
bottle upon bottle, gathering dust and gaining value.
Do you want to try some Algdrian wine?
gathering dust and gaining value. The Evesham Hotel's wine
collection is unlike any other. Since owner John Jenkinson began
collecting in 1976, he has `massed wines from 73 countries, fe`turing
187 different grape varietids. In those days you could not get
Chilean wine anywhere, except that the Chilean embassy.
187 different grape varietids. But when a new general manager took
over a few months ago, he started delving deeper
and made some incredible finds. Slowly moving some bottles to
decide, I first found that 0914 Champagne Cognac. That got le
thinking. We started to go through more of the seller and came across
these lovely brandies behind me and made some incredible finds.
Today, one hundred of the bottles went up for `uction.
We expect some of the singld bottles to make up to ?3000. Cumulatively,
we expect ?40,000 to BR best expectation.
of the bottles went up for `uction. The finds have got wine connoisseurs
rushing for their corkscrews. It is really exciting stuff. There
is such a. There is stuff from all over the place. This wine comes from
Georgia, part of the world were thousands of years ago it is
believed the first`ever wind was produced.
rushing for their corkscrews. The auction runs for two wedks,
all the money raised will bd spent on renovating the hotel.
for England in their opening two World Cup matches means the inquest
Defeat for England in their opening two World Cup matches means
of the art technology, but could the answer be playing for fun?
Recognise that sinking feelhng? England have known World Cup
disappointments before, but losing both the first two games is a new
low. So, what can be done? Well part of the answer lies in
Staffordshire with the ?105 million St George's Park Training Complex.
It's influence will take tile, though.
Worcester author Chris Green thinks the answer is simpler.
He wrote a book called Everx Boy?s Dream and says football's academies
are stifling young talent. He suggests kids should just have a
kick around. But does it matter?
Well, this was the scene on There is too much organised the
door. We want disorganised but all! We want them to have a kick around.
But does it matter? Well, this was the scene on
Birmingham's Broad Street l`st night when Wayne Rooney's equalisdr went
in. A problem the FA acknowledgds is
that only a third of Premier League We have a good crop of Engl`nd
players who want to attack. We haven't got A* player. Engl`nd is
part of the UK, so I think ht would be great if there was a Teal GB
auditing UK. Dashboard team GB. A problem the FA acknowledgds is
that only a third of Premier League players are English. But wh`tever
the solutions, it's clear something must change if England are to
compete with the world's best. Ironically, I think we've played
quite well and there are a number of things that are quite encouraging.
At the moment we just don't have that killer touch in front of goal.
At least there is some conthnuity, Roy Hodgson is saying `` st`ying.
And some good news for Albion fans? Yes, they have signed former England
centre half Joleon Lescott. He has joined on a free transfer. Great
signing. What about Ian Bell today? He got 100 and got the blinding
catch! Absolutely. It's perhaps surprising that,
although pubs are closing at the rate of 28 a week, the numbdr of
breweries is actually incre`sing. Nearly 200 opened
in the last year alone. To build on the growing intdrest
in real ale, some small breweries in the Midlands have set up courses
so people can learn how to lake their own beer, as Bob Hockdnhull
has been finding out. In days gone by, brewing bedr was
often small scale ` family businesses helping quench the thirst
of the immediate neighbourhood. Such tiny enterprises once seemed
consigned to history, but the wheel is turning full circle, with
the renewed popularity of rdal ale. The Windsor Castle Inn, in Lye near
Stourbridge, is a pub and a brewery. Not only can the customers drink
the beer, they can help makd it These enthusiasts have paid
for a Brew a Beer Day. It is quite low tech, so it is
quite cool, quite appealing. As long as you know what to do
and make sure you follow the instructions,
what comes out is pretty good. This brewery was founded
by Nathaniel Sadler family hn 1 00. His great`great`grandson sthll runs
it and has no qualms about letting I think
the basics can be soon mastdred The science
behind it is very complex, but the day`to`day brewing can soon be quite
hands`on and enjoyable, so dveryone gets involved and, hopefullx,
everyone has a good time. The brewing industry hopes getting
the public involved like thhs They had started to improve last
summer, increasing by 5.2%, but in the first quarter of this
year they fell again by 3.1$. In a few weeks' time,
those on the course can comd back What would happen
if you drank it straight aw`y? Well, you would still get drunk
there is still alcohol in there but it is just not a finishdd beer
` it is very watery, thin, no body The beer students hope todax's
lesson will give them enough knowledge to brew their own ales
at home. First, at the bar, there's
a chance to find out what their So, Walter,
the beer that you brewed today, Yeah, from what I've tasted,
before it's fermented, Let's hope those who end
up drinking it agree! Now, do you have
a problem that's driving yot mad? Cowboy builders, ropey plumbers
dodgy car dealers, ruthless insurance salesmen,
slapdash electricians? You sound as if you need help from
the BBC's Rip Off Britain programme. Well, they're in the Black Country
this weekend at Merry Hill shopping centre and
one of the illustrious faces you'll see there will be Julia Somdrville,
once of BBC and ITV news. So,
do you get a big response when you We have been doing them for four
years and they are incredibly popular. We take over an shop and
set up our own pop`up shop `nd we have on our experts there, dealing
with everything from travel to finance and so one. Anybody can
come. In fact, we want anybody who thinks they might have a problem to
come, bring their problem whth them, come, bring their problem whth them,
and our experts will try to sort it out there and then. And people turn
up the numbers? Yes, people are queued up around the block. Even if
you don't have a problem, wd do these workshops just to givd general
advice. You must hear some breathtaking stories? Yes, we do.
Especially with the Internet now, the scammers really get thehr claws
into people. I just did a story about holiday lodges at Loch Ness,
and you didn't realise that they did not exist until you drove h`lfway up
the mountain. Do you read slall print? Not very often. I didn't
either. But they think people are wising up. I will be gullible as a
nation? I don't know about gullible. I think people have the
right to trust people. I thhnk that has been undermined by people
finding out that the small print may allow people off the hook, or things
just don't work out that wax and they lose money. So, we start at
10am on Saturday, open at 10am on Sunday. We really want people to
come. If you have got probldms, bring them. If you don't have
trouble is, come anyway. We also have a gripe block where people come
coming complain about anythhng. Lovely to see you, Julia.
Have you seen the film or stage version of War Horse?
They've been tremendously successful,
telling the story so poignantly of how horses went to the battlefields
Now, a Staffordshire riding school's launched a campaign
During World War One, more than a million horses were sent
Throughout history, horses have played
You are going to take a sitting trot, elbows in...
In the peaceful surroundings of this Staffordshire riding school, that
They've launched an appeal for a horse memorial.
Generals are listed, men ard listed, but there is nothing for thd horse.
Why can't there be something for the horse, that has givdn
Children from local schools are getting involved
They fought very valiantly and think it is very import`nt that
we commemorate the important contributions that
horses have actually made in both of our World Wars.
Without horses, you wouldn't have really won that war.
More horses died than men in the war, so I think it is a good thing
We remember the soldiers, btt we don't remember the horses as much.
I think we should, because they did just as much work as we did
This is a scale model of the sculpture.
The final version will be a life size.
And this is what the war horse monument will be built, herd
It'll sit alongside the other tributes,
statues and sculptures, honouring all those who have made sacrifices.
The film and stage adaptations of the War Horse story have
captured the emotional impact of the role horses played in w`r time.
Richard Davison is an Olymphan and a former British dressage team
He's supporting the appeal `nd believes there will be enthtsiasm
There's a special BBC World War One event at the King's Hall in Stoke
Imperial War Museum experts will be on hand to help people tracd
Birmingham's hidden architectural treasures often lie behind closed
But now they're being opened up through a photography exhibhtion.
It's all part of the annual Love Architecture Festival.
More now from our arts reporter Satnam Rana.
If you are a living in, working order visit Birmingham, there is
every chance you miss great architectural sites, either higher
up down below. Now we will be able to look at these sites throtgh
photography `` a footer graphic exhibition called hidden sp`ces The
grand Chamberlain clock towdr at the Council house. 159 steps to the top.
At the top, a viewing tower used during World War II to spot fires in
the city. Then there is this... A constant ticking, ensuring that time
does not stand still for us down below. It is quite surreal, when you
are actually walking past the clocktower and you can see people
looking at it saying I wonddr what it is like at the top. Hidddn spaces
has been put together by thd cities associated architect. Curtahn Street
station will hold the exhibhtion. It itself is architect Julian Porter,
the oldest railway terminus in the world. These photos tell us a lot
about the development of thd city and the city has a lot to bd proud
of, and I think these buildhngs are allowing us to see into bags `` into
that. So, from the sprawling underground tunnels of the Cold War
to the 10th century folly tower in Edgbaston, the exhibition brings
architectural treasures out of hiding.
Another warm day today and fingers crossed, it's looking
We have had a fine summers day today. It will be dry for S`turday
and Sunday. There will be some cloud around that time is, but thdre will
be plenty of sunny spells. Ht will be very pleasant and warm, with
apertures in low 20s. The pollen levels will be high across the
weekend. As the weather beghns to change next week, the pollen should
ease off a bit. For now, we have high pressure in charge of the
weekend. That is what is kedping us dry. A fine evening at the loment
with just a little bit of cloud around. It will stay settled for the
rest of the evening, dry ovdrnight tonight with clear spells at times.
It is with these clear skies that temperatures overnight might get
into single figures. It will be a fine, settled starkly Sundax and we
will see plenty of sunshine the day tomorrow. Again, there will be some
cloud around at times, but will not cause any problems. Another warm day
with highs of 21 degrees. Another settled day again on Sunday. More
cloud on Sunday, but it will break to give 20 of sunshine and ` high of
21 degrees. All change earlx next week, there is the increased risk of
a few showers on Monday and Tuesday, and more unsettled at the
middle of the week. For now, a fine, settled summer weekend ahead with
the temperature is not doing badly at all for this time of year.
I'll be back at 10.00pm with your latest update.
Have a good evening and a great weekend.
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