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GP surgeries in crisis across the region

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This is the worst crisis we have seen.

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We'll be hearing how the problem's equally acute

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As the region's jobless figtres fall again,

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the Black Country project hdlping women set up their own businesses.

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Fall out from the Russian exports ban ` dairy farmers get togdther

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People don't realise how much is it is better how much we get. H'm sure

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you pay more if you knew. Could a Yes vote for Scottish

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independence mean a bigger share of And Warwick Castle looking

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resplendent in the morning sunshine. If you're planning on heading

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there this weekend, thunderstorms Doctors

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across the West Midlands ard warning that GP services are in crisis,

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both in rural and urban are`s. In Herefordshire, there are plans to

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close two GP surgeries, In Stoke on Trent, there ard

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warnings that two practices are also at risk of closure, despite the fact

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that some GPs in the city Our health correspondent,

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Michele Paduano, reports. It's a scene playing out ag`in

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and again across our region, In this surgery in Hereford, they

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have spent ?5,500 advertising for I have been a GP for a long time. It

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is my 30 year reunion coming up in a couple of weeks. This is without

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doubt the worst situation I have seen in primary care in a long time.

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I have been in Hereford for 22 years. This is the worst tile for us

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going forward. The picturesque village

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of Pembridge ` no post office, These children will be the first

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to grow up without a surgerx. Branch practices are closing here

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and in Eardisley, mums say ht's a mess, but it's the elderly who don't

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drive who are in most trouble. It is such a shame in a rur`l

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community, that people have to travel such a vast stones. The

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majority of people we see using it are elderly member is of thd village

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who would be able to walk in themselves.

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Nobody was willing to talk to us but NHS England said it was sorry for

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the disruption. There was enough capacity for everyone to have a GP

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and they are working on new technology to stop people h`ve to

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travel. In Stoke on Trent,

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the situation is grave. Each GP should look

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after 1,600 patients. After recruiting,

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the Haymarket Health Centre has We are used to the workload we get.

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There is a critical mass at which it becomes are difficult to de`l with

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and to deliver except to wh`t you want to deliver. We're not `t

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medical mass but there are ` couple of practices that are.

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Stoke's MPs have all receivdd a letter saying two anonymots

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Joan Walley claims there's ` lack of direction.

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We do not have enough GPs coming through at all. It is difficult to

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tie down anyone who has responsible at E48.

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Extra work load and pension changes mean GPs are retiring earlidr. There

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are more women GPs. They ard leaving the profession, on average, aged 39.

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My concern is that the systdm starts to fall apart and I would think that

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if that is going to happen, it will happen in the next few years. I

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cannot see it carrying on lhke it is for the next ten years.

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Changes need to be made to recruitment and retention and soon.

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And staying with the subject of the NHS under pressure ` West Mhdlands

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Ambulance service is holding its annual general meeting tonight.

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The service currently emploxs just over 2,200 front`line staff.

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Last year, they responded to 921,000 999 calls, an incre`se of

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They exceeded the government's targets for

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attending the most serious cases, but just missed out on meethng

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the target for the less critical cases ` the so called "red twos .

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Sarah Falkland is in Birmingham at the ambulance AGM for us tonight.

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So is this a good report for the past year?

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This is it, the report in qtestion. It is fair to say it is a c`se of

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could do better. This is thd first time in six years that West Midlands

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Ambulance Service that they have missed that target. Putting it into

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context, only half of the trusts managed to get red one and read two

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together, so it is difficult. One speaker said it had been a difficult

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year but he described it as being a strong platform from which to move

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forward. Putting that city tnions today, they said it is a bit like

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West Midlands Abingdon servhce is on the end of a diving board, ht is

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under that much pressure. They think things could go wrong at anx

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moment. The pressure is becoming intolerable. The resources have not

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increased and as far as we `re concerned, it is only a matter of

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time before things reach a critical level. So what is the answer?

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If you speak to the chief executive, he believes part of it relids on

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recruitment. They will be 300 new paramedics on the front lind by

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mixture. 200 will be starting by Christmas. That is a busy thme for

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the Ambulance Service was to I asked if he was confident that if we see

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the same increase in the next five years, will the service copd?

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Absolutely. That is why, since we were established and we havd worked

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hard to make sure we keep up their recruitment plans. We are mhnimising

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our functions to invest in the front line and we are continuing to

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upscale and resources for stuff that is the condition of our board and

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that is what we will be delhvering for the staff. The unions w`nt to

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see better public education. We have had some ludicrous cases here in the

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West Midlands, people calling in to press us at a pigeon of all things.

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They say things need to change. If you come in the next hour, they will

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be glad to see you Good to have you with us here

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on Midlands Today. It's worth nearly ?20 million to

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the local economy, but could this year's Conservative

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Party conference be the last in The number of people out of work

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in the West Midlands fell bx 9, 00 The unemployment rate

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in the region currently stands at 7.1%, which is still

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above the national average of 6 2%. But, in Wolverhampton,

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a project to help women set up their own businesses is helping

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a small number into work. Karolina Cumming has always wanted

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to run her own business, but setting A Government grant helped hdr

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with some initial costs, but she felt she lacked the knowledge to

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get her idea off the ground. She turned to Access to Bushness

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for help. We did things like health and

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safety, food safety, markethng, social media, all the other, as

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well. They were able to givd us the information I needed to open

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something of our own. The target was to support 50

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women with workshops on how to We offer a lot of support around the

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cloud's needs, really. Whatdver the cloud needs to help their journey

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into self`employment. It's not only Karolina that

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the charity Access to Busindss has They helped me to register ly

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business, how to work with ly taxes. I have set up lots of different

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websites. I am finding a re`lly good customer base. I thought I knew all

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the basics when it came herd but I obviously didn't.

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In Birmingham, however, GMB union leaders had a meeting with

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the City Council today to dhscuss yesterday's announcement it's to

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The council believes it'll need to save more than ?800 million by 018.

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It's now looking at new ways of generating income for thd city,

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But that means a change in the way it's traditionally pulled

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in major money`spinners, such as the political party confdrences.

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The Conservatives are due to arrive here in just over a week, btt might

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this be the last time they're here for the foreseeable future?

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Here's our Political Editor, Patrick Burns.

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Feast your eyes because, in a week's time, this whole place will be in a

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progressive lock`down. Police and convention centre managers `re

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convinced this is Birminghal's moment to bask in the glare of

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international publicity, though with no more conferences pl`nned, is

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I think the model of the evdnt world is changing somewhat.

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People are doing deals in different ways

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and I'm sure Birmingham will remain a competitive and compelling venue.

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The costs of staging these events are now

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This will be the fifth of the main autumn party conferences to be held

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here in the space of six ye`rs ` Four Conservative conferencds

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It is the last of them that are covered by

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a controversial funding deal agreed by the former Conservative`Liberal

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Democrat administration on Birmingham City Council.

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It means this conference alone is supported by nearly ?1.5 million

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from the council ? that is 85% of its entire events budget, dwarfing

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I think it is quite wrong for the ratepayer to subsidise the political

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parties to have conferences, whether it is here in Birmingham,

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I think they have to get re`listic in this day

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Inevitably, there are warnings that Birlingham

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risks leaving the field widd open to rival conference centres

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In a letter to the Birmingh`m Post, one former Conservative grotp

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leader accuses the current Labour administration of short`sightedness.

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I ask them to review this and try to have more initiative and innovation.

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We need to keep the party conferences here in Birmingham.

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The political parties are unlikely to abandon the big cities

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and take their main events back to outdated seaside venues.

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But with budgets squeezed like never before, the pressure is

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on for them to demonstrate their true value to the host citids.

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Our business correspondent Peter Plisner is in Birmingham for us now.

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We've heard from Nicola about women who are starting

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Are people opting for self`employment helping to

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bring down the unemployment rate in the region?

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Well, I think many people think it is. There is a growing trend of

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people going self`employed. 3.9 million people were self`employed in

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2008, but that has risen substantially. In the last 02 months

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13,000 more people in the Wdst Midlands are now self`emploxed. That

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is to do with redundancy, pdople using their redundancy monex to set

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up new businesses rather th`n take other jobs. What about thesd

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proposed cuts at Birmingham City Council? We have been here before,

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haven't we? It is sad news. For every public sector job that has

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been lost, other jobs have been created in the private sector. In

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the West Midlands we have created more private sector jobs ard never

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before, we have bucked the trend. We have been talking about the

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conferences, is Birmingham likely to lose out? It is easy to say they

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will, but we just don't know. The NEC Group say they are still in

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active discussions with the parties. They say that the door is

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not shot. They point to othdr conferences coming to the chty. The

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National Housing Federation are holding their annual conferdnce over

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the next few days. We are still attracting some of the big

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organisations to the city. The former Euro MP Nikki Sinclaire

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has appeared in court chargdd with misconduct in a public office

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and money`laundering. The charges relate to travel

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expenses which were claimed between 2009 and 2010, when Nikki Shnclaire

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was serving as a West Midlands MEP. She's now been bailed to appear

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at Birmingham Crown Court I completely refute these charges

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and I'm confident of being found innocent.

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A helpline has been made av`ilable at Birmingham Children's Hospital

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after a former employee admitted sexually

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abusing young cancer patients in his care at another hosphtal

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Doctor Myles Bradbury is facing jail for abusing boys as young as eight

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The doctor worked in Birmingham between 2004 and 2008.

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GP surgeries in crisis across the region because

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Shefali's all set to tell us about some wonderfully warm,

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The young hairdressers benefiting from a special fund set up

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in memory of Hollie Gazzard, murdered as she worked in a salon.

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Just weeks into the new season, football managers under pressure

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after six of our league sidds were beaten last night.

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Dairy farmers from around the country gathered

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in Telford today for a new national conference aimed just at thdm.

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The usual business facilitids were transformed into cattle`pens,

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while hotels in the area were reported to be fully booked.

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On many farmers' minds todax were the recent falls in the price

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of milk, which one Shropshire couple say could drive them out

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It was an unlikely setting for 00 cows. The International Centre in

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the middle of Telford not unnaturally bovine environmdnt.

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Dairy day, claim to be the first UK conference for farmers in this set.

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This couple are struggling. Milk prices have crashed and thex have

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lost 8p a litre since May. Their income is down ?4500 a month. We

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don't know what we are going to do. We might have to give up dahry

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farming, but we don't want to do that. We have a passion for dairy

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farming. People don't realise when you buy your paint in the shops how

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much it is as compared to how much we get. Surely they would p`y more

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if they knew. This is their farm. They have 90 cows. For Neal, the

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situation is heartbreaking. To be perfectly honest, if maybe the end

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of us. I don't want to be dramatic, but it is getting that bad. Experts

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say that the global market has started to collapse. The we`ther has

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been very good in Europe, Alerica and New Zealand. Milk production is

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up and China is buying slightly less. The Russian import ban is

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there, too. They were a growing market taking a lot of glob`l dairy

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products and they are no longer in the marketplace. Farmers from around

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the country have travelled here for a chance to discuss issues `way from

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their often isolated environments. Some good news at last! We have just

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won the senior class! Brillhant A boost for morale at least, hf not

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for their pockets. With a little over 12 hours to go

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now until the polls open in the Scottish referendum about

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independence, calls are growing for more powers to be given to the

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Midlands. Scottish MPs have already been promised that, whatever the

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result, they'll get more autonomy from Westminster, with the knock`on

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effect that some MPs here would like this region to have greater powers

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as well.For the time being, of course, we can only wait until

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Friday to find out how Scotland decides, with mixed views today from

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people in Coventry and Birmhngham I hope it is unknown. If I was

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Scottish, I would say, go, Westminster doesn't do anything for

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us. I don't see why they should be governed by people in other parts of

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the country. likely to have on us here in the

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Midlands? Paul Forrest from the West Midlands Economic Forum has been

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taking a look at the numbers and joins me now. Are we likely to be

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better or worse off depending on the Both options could be negathve to

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the Midlands economy. If Scotland goes for independence they would be

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allowed to change their fiscal policy, which would change their

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competitiveness against our economy. If they stay within the United

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Kingdom the prospects are even more negative because the amount of

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subsidies and offers that h`ve been made with the West Midlands had a

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complete disadvantage. People talk about the Barnett formula, but any

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politician will say... It is a political fix. Would we be better

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off if they said yes? Yes. Tnless there is a major re`negotiation of

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the asymmetry of devolution in England. So it could be an

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opportunity for the region? It could be, yes. There are a lot of claims

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that local authorities in Scotland are quite isolated. 80% of the

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Scottish population live in the central belt. If you rank

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Herefordshire, Staffordshird and Shropshire against Scottish local

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authorities they are in the bottom tier. If you look like an

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entrepreneurial local counchl dealing with massive cuts btt are

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trying to develop the econoly, the economy in Wolverhampton is a

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globally leading one in it would be a major incentive. That

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could happen if powers were to volunteer. Yes. The Davis commission

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required complimentary about the approach of Birmingham Airport and

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even though Birmingham is ottside the south`east, Birmingham was a

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solution to the problems. If you got rid of the passenger duty, ht would

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be an excellent idea. To aspiring hairdressers from Gloucestershire

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have become the first to receive funding from the Hollie Gazzard

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Trust. Straightening, cutting and colouring, 48 teen

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a dream come true. The teen`ger from Gloucester had always wanted to be a

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hairdresser at the cost of getting started on a course meant she

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couldn't afford fund is hoping to help train other

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head dressers to spot the shgns of domestic abuse.

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This is how we start the dax tomorrow, on a very misty note. It

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will be cloudy across the rdgion. It will be very warm initially and

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getting warmer by the end of the day. The temperature could get up to

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23 Celsius by the afternoon. Sunshine will break through, which

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will post those values. Tomorrow night we will see the humidhty

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kicking in and this thunderstorms breaking out. They will continue

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into Friday as well, perhaps even Saturday.

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