06/07/2014 Midlands Today


06/07/2014

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Good evening. Back to you.

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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 fairytale.

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We saved as much as possible. But didn't get anywhere. We were moving

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at a snail's pace. So Liz and her family have given up

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renting and moved back home with her parents in Birmingham to save

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for a deposit. Liz wants to live here in the

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Kings Heath area of Birmingham, where a three bedroom house can

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cost up to ?250,000. Getting

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on the property ladder isn't cheap. In recent years house prices in the

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West Midlands have risen by 56%. According to the

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National Housing Federation, the average deposit needed is

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?35,000, with the average house Speaking on the Sunday Politics,

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the shadow housing minister said the country was in the midst

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of a housing crisis. We're not building half of what we

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need. This government has presided over the lowest building since the

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1920s. Builders are 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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A man 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 before 5am.

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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 three and a half million tractors,

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but until today there were no signs it ever existed.

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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.

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On this day in 1946 the first little grey Fergie or T20

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

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It signifies brilliant engineering. It all happened here in Coventry.

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The administration headquarters were raised to the ground two years ago `

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removing all traces of what was the western world's

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It's hard to imagine that at one time nearly 10,000 people

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worked here, producing up to 100,000 tractors every year.

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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... The full stint of walking was under

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three miles. I was always smiling. Terrific.

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

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production to France, although they do still employ 500

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Tennis, and Halesowen's Jordanne Whiley has

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The 22`year`old partnered Yui Kamiji, from Japan,

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to victory in the Wheelchair Women's Doubles final, beating their Dutch

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It's their third Grand Slam victory this year after the Australian

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

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Largely clear. Still a few showers. Because of the clear skies,

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temperatures are falling. Lots of dry weather. Sunshine and showers

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continue. Hello. We are going to carry the

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weekend weather into the first part of

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