06/07/2014 Midlands Today


06/07/2014

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The Shadow Housing Minister and Wolverhampton MP Emma Reynolds

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says the country is in a housing crisis, with just half the

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But the Government says house building is at its highest level

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since 2007, with more investment in affordable homes.

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Lizz Wright plays house with her young daughter.

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Affording a real home is something of a fairy tale.

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We saved as much as possible, but didn't seem to be getting anywhere.

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We were dipping into the savings with birthdays and

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Christmases, and we were sort of moving at a snail's pace, really.

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So Lizz and her family have given up renting, and moved back home

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with her parents in Birmingham to save for a deposit.

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Lizz wants to live here in the Kings Heath area of Birmingham, where

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a three`bedroom house can cost up to a quarter of a million pounds.

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Getting on the property ladder isn't cheap.

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In recent years house prices in the West Midlands have risen by 56%.

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According to the National Housing Federation,

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the average deposit needed is ?35,000, with the average house

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Speaking on the Sunday Politics, the Shadow Housing Minister said

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the country was in the midst of a housing crisis.

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We're not even building half the number of homes that we need to keep

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up with demand, and actually there's been decades now of under`supply

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of housing, but unfortunately under this Government they've presided

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over the lowest level of house building since the 1920s.

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We've had 450,000 new homes built in the last four years,

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If you talk to builders right now, they're operating flat out.

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The building of new homes and estates is often proving to be

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For the Wright family, the drive for more affordable homes

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Eight men have been bailed following a disturbance

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in Birmingham which ended with the death of a young father.

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28`year`old Ikram Elahi died from a stab wound in the Sparkbrook area

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Four men arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

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and violent disorder have been banned from entering the city.

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Two other men arrested on suspicion of murder have yet to be questioned,

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as they are receiving medical treatment.

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A man has died in a crash which closed part of the M6 motorway

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The accident involving a car and a lorry happened just

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The dead man was a passenger in the car.

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The drivers of both vehicles received hospital treatment,

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68 years ago today the very first tractor rolled off the production

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line at Massey Ferguson's Banner Lane factory in Coventry.

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The plant went on to produce nearly 3.5 million tractors,

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becoming the biggest in the western world, but until today there were no

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Today was about remembering what was once one of the Midlands if not UK's

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important factories ` Massey Ferguson's Banner Lane plant.

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This day in 1946 the first Little Grey Fergie, or TE20,

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It was all made possible by this man, Harry Ferguson,

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It signifies brilliant engineering, a British tradition

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And it all happened here, at Banner Lane in Coventry.

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The administration headquarters were razed to the ground two years ago,

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removing all traces of what was the western world's

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Today it's quite hard to believe that

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at one time nearly 10,000 people worked on this site, producing up to

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Ted Everett was an official photographer for

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Massey's, starting there in 1952, and behind him the last tractor to

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Sometimes when I did visits with people, showing them round

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the factory, if you did a full stint of walking it was just

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I always came out with a smile on my face,

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with the atmosphere and the little bit of bantering and good humour.

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These days Massey's is owned by AGCO, an American firm who

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shifted production to France ` although they do still employ 500

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A memorial to two Staffordshire police officers has been unveiled

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The window at the force's boxing gym in Cobridge honours PC David Beech,

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who died in a fire at his home in Tunstall earlier this year,

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and PC David Rathband, who was shot in the face and blinded

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by gunman Raoul Moat in 2010. sense of family and

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Tennis, and Halesowen's Jordanne Whiley has

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The 22`year`old partnered Yui Kamiji from Japan to victory

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in the wheelchair women's doubles final, beating their Dutch opponents

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It's their third Grand Slam victory this year, having also won the

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Let's get the weather forecast now, from Charlie Slater.

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A relatively bright end to the weekend, I'm pleased to say,

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with a decent sunny spell here and there and a few showers thrown

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As we go into the early hours you will see a few showers,

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particularly in these western parts of the West Midlands; otherwise it

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To start us off with on Monday then, a scattering of showers,

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then it's going to be mainly dry through the middle part of the day

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Having said that, though, there will be a few showers around every corner

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as we continue our way through Monday, and a showery and a sunshine

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theme is something that will continue through the working week.

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Hello again. Today's big event was certainly blessed by fine weather,

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but there has been some rain around here and there. Those showers will

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continue to drift further east over the next few hours, but by and

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large, they should become more confined to western

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