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The headlines tonight: continues. The dream shall never

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After the promise of more powers for Scotland, calls for the same

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They need to be given greatdr freedom over their own abilhty to

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raise their own tax, council tax, and also business taxes.

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We'll be asking a Black Country MP, who's also a Scot, what changes he

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thinks should be made to thd way things are run in the West Lidlands.

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Also tonight: More than 600 jobs to go at the Staffordshire

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The closest thing I can rel`te it to is sudden shock and bereavelent

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that was the reaction that H personally felt myself.

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A blow for Warwickshire ahe`d of their one day final at Lord's ` star

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And we've been a little spoilt with the we`ther

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recently, things a will be lore lively in the sky tonight ` but

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Good evening, the promise of more powers for Scotland

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in the wake of the referendtm is triggering renewed demands for extra

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devolution in English regions ` including here in the Midlands.

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There's a population of around 5.3 million people

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in Scotland ` over 5.5 millhon live in the West Midlands.

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In terms of public spending by the UK government, Scotl`nd

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In the West Midlands, it's lower at ?8,500.

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However Scotland contributes just over ?20,000 per person to the UK

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economy, compared with around ?17,500 per head in the Midlands.

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Nicola Beckford has been gathering reaction to the historic vote.

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Her report contains flashing images from the beginning.

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The Scottish referendum may be over ` but its impact will be felt

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In this truck stop in Cannock diners were taking

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If they'd all voted yes thex would have been sat there stumped thinking

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` what is the next step and I don't think they would have

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We got married up in Scotland ` it's part of our lives as we know it

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we're just glad they are staying part of the UK.

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The 300`year`old union between Scotland and England may

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have been preserved but the political consequences for the

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The Prime Minister said new reforms would deliver

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"English votes for English laws ` and hinted at greater powers

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It is important we have widdr civic engagement about how to improve

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governance throughout the United Kingdom including how to

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We will say more about this in the coming days.

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The news was welcomed by thd Local Government Association.

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They're demanding greater powers for local authorities across England

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They need to be given greatdr freedom over

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their own ability to raise their own tax council tax and also biz taxes.

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And they also need to be given greater freedom to raise money

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independently via arrangements with the city

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and other financial institutions because only by that will they be

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It's a theme that's echoed by the business community.

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Our cities are not able to invest nimbly.

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We're not able to spot opportunities and take them

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because we've got this Westlinster machine that takes forever to grind

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out authority and they have no sense of what really works locallx.

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There's just this national view of how things should be run.

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So the Prime Minister has promised a new and fair devolution

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The question is now ` how will the government delhver

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Earlier I spoke to Pat McFadden the Labour MP for Wolverhampton South

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East and a Scotsman. I began by asking him whether the promhse of

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more devolved powers for Scotland means the government should now be

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focused on devolved powers for cities or regions in England?

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Well I think what we have sden overnight is the end of somdthing

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We have seen the end of a decades`long campaign

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for Scottish independence and I am very relieved and thankful

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that Scotland last night voted to remain in the United Kingdol.

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That is the most important thing to say first of all.

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But I also think that while that debate has been going

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on people in England have bden watching it and thinking wh`t about

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So I think it is healthy th`t we have a debate now, here in Dngland,

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And we have already had a lot of options thrown out in the l`st 4

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hours, and I think it is a healthy debate and one that we should have.

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There are actually more people living in the west Midlands than

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That may well be true and even in the few hours since the restlt was

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finalised this morning we'vd heard people talking about more ddvolution

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to other cities, more devolttion to regions, some ideas about England

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wide solutions so we have a lot of ideas out there but you do not

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change the constitution in ` rush and so I think it is import`nt that

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we have a proper debate abott this and importantly, maybe this is also

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a lesson from north of the border, not one that just involves

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politicians locked away in a room but one that involves

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There does not seem to be a lot of appetite

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for local government here in this region, bearing in mind Birlingham

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They didn't and mayoprs werd rejected in most cities when they

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I wonder if the impact of last night's vote is going to

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One of the mistakes that we made when Labour was

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in government was proposing regional assemblies in the North of Dngland

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only to find that they were rejected by the voters so I think yot got to

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And not think that the solution that looks good in Whitehall will

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That is why I think it is rdally important that we have this debate

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but that it is one that is ` proper dialogue between politicians

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and local communities because you do not want to get this wrong.

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Well, our Political Editor Patrick Burns is in

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Birmingham tonight, so the Dnglish question has really been aw`kened,

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This is at least part of it, according to the Prime Minister

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David Cameron wants to "re`empower the great cities".

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To which the counties promptly expressed

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their disappointment that hd didn't mention them in the same brdath

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Many people can agree England needs a new deal ` polls

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suggest more than 80% of people think that.

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The problems start when yoy try to decide what exactly

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that means and how you should go about achieving it.

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And Patrick will be back with Sunday Politics on on BBC1, 11: 0pm

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Thanks for joining us at the start of the weekend here

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Muslims across the region pray for the two British hostages being

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628 staff at the Staffordshhre Head Quarters of Phones4U h`ve been

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The adminstrators, who were appointed on Mondax,

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made the announcement to workers late this afternoon.

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Phones 4U collapsed at the weekend after network operators

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Here's our Staffordshire reporter, Liz Copper.

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On Monday, some staff were `lready bidding farewell at the

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Staffordshire Headquarters of Phones 4U. As they departed, many were

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resigned to the reality ` they wouldn't be returning to work here.

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And tonight ` confirmation that 628 jobs are going.

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This recruitment agency in Newcastle's taken calls

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from hundreds of Phones 4U staff since thd firm's

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Already some workers have bdgun the process of securing new jobs.

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Something like this happens it is nevdr easy

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but you have got to look at it as a positive, and look out there

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It is not nice but you get on with it

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and you have to move forward and we will remain as positive as we can.

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You can't dwell on it and the thing is for me personally

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I've seen it as a chance to change and actually create a career.

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The directors of this agency were also both former

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Their new business has maintained strong links with the company.

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But they hadn't forecast the speed at which it found itself

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The closest thing I can acttally related to his sudden shock

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That was the reaction that H personally felt myself

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but also that was definitelx what the staff were conveying.

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What we're talking about is getting a sledgehalmer

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The founder of Phones 4U ` Staffordshire`based billion`ire

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John Caudwell ` was renowned for his straight

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talking when he ran the bushness, before he sold it eight years ago.

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And he's been equally forthright this week,

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My experience was one of growth and always good t`lented

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people in the organisation laking profits so I think you know

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it was a shock that it happdned so quickly.

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Vodaphone will be taking on 140 Phones 4U shops,

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But that deal's subject to court approval.

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the administrators are in t`lks with three different parties so that the

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next few days will be critical in determining how many jobs c`n be

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saved. A Birmingham man's been arrdsted

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on suspicion of theft after police released CCTV footage

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of a man trying to hide a phece It happened last month

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at a gallery in the city centre West Midlands Police say officers

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arrested The footage attracted more than

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204,000 hits in 48 hours after the police uploaded it to

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their Youtube site. A fundraising appeal to keep the

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Wedgwood Collection in Staffordshire The collection at the

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Wedgwood Museum in Barlaston is being sold because of a pension fund

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debt that arose when Waterford Public donations of ?1 millhon have

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now been matched by major donors, trusts and foundations,

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leaving the appeal ?750,000 short The words of religious leaddrs in

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a national day of prayer as muslims condemned the actions of extremists

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holding British hostages. In the clearest language evdr used

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packed mosques were told th`t the Islamic State do not represent

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Islam. Alan Henning and John Cantlhe are

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being held in Syria Our Special correspondent, Peter

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Wilson has this exclusive rdport. This Birmingham mosque was one

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of dozens around the countrx, 10,000 worshippers hearing

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in the same message that thd Islamic State are terrorists and condemning

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the kidnapping of aid worker Alan Henning and photojournalist

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John Cantlie. The imams appdaled directly to those threatening to

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kill Mr Henning. We ask you, please show compassion,

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justice and mercy to Mr Henning Alan Henning was part

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of a Worcester`based charitx convoy Known as Gadget to his friends, he

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simply wanted to help those in need. It is worthwhile

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when you see what is needed actually Today's appeal and prayers were

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broadcast on the Internet, designed to place maximum pressure on those

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holding the British hostages. Muslims around the world fedl that

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the so`called Islamic State which we are calling the un`Islamic

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state does not represent Islam or We want to make it crystal clear

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what Islam feels about the terrible atrocities that are being committed

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in the name of the Islamic State. The organiser of this national event

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which continues over Alan was a humanitarian, he went

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with a Muslim organisation to help He was a humanitarian

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and today the mosques are praying for all humanitarians `

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for their safety and securhty. These sermons

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and messages are being repe`ted The message unequivocal

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and the prayers for the safdt return After a promise of more powdrs

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devolved to Scotland, a call After a dank and dismal Friday,

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Rebecca will be here with a brighter With West Brom perilously close to

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the bottom of the Premier Ldague, manager Alan Irvine

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on the way ahead. And a film premiere underne`th

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the arches to celebrate Covdntry's The West Midlands is home to one

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of the largest Kashmiri ex`pat In the last two weeks, they've seen

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their homeland devastated bx the Kashmiris here struggling to contact

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their relatives are calling for more As Bob Hockenhull reports,

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they're also raising funds to help Nearly 300 have died.

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Three quarters of a million people have lost their homes after floods

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devastated Kashmir. It's distressing for Eram Rather from Shirlex in

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Solihull ` she tries to keep in daily contact with her parents who

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live in the capitol Shrinig`r. But When you know that

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your parents are there and xou don't know that they are fine and you

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are not able to contact thel. Some

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of Eram's relatives were tr`pped But all of her and her husb`nd's

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family have now been accounted for: All the main hospitals,

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all the speciality hospitals are underwater. There are some places

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over 30 feet of water. The West Midlands is home to

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an estimated 90,000 people The Birmingham based Islamic Help

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charity has already raised thousands of pounds to help `

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its volunteers are distributing food We have had a tremendous response

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from our volunteers here in the UK who have heard about the problems

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and have wanted to come forward Individuals are also doing

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their bit to help. This Kashmiri curry house

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in Sparkbrook will donate 40 per cent of its takings over fotr days

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next week. People there have got no food,

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they have got no homes, thex are homeless so it is our opportunity to

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help those people there. With officials describing

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the Kashmiri flooding as unprecedented in living lemory,

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the fundraising will be needed Ian's here with the sport

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and a blow for Warwickshire ahead Yes, the Bears will be without

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their England batsman Ian Bdll for tomorrow's One`Day Cup final

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against Durham. He's suffering from a broken toe

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and tonsilitis. Warwickshire's Director of Cricket

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Dougie Brown says he's disappointed. Bell says he's gutted to miss

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the game, but he'll be watching It was very warm and very htmid

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at Lord's this afternoon. Nevertheless, the Bears camd out to

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play in the nets, knowing that Ian Bell ` one of their key potdntial

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match`winners had been ruled out Earlier this week as they g`thered

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for a round of golf on the famous Brabazon course the Warwickshire

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players were still hopeful that Bell would be fit in time for tolorrow's

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big match at cricket HQ. This they are all hoping to complete

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the double which would be a fitting finale for this talented sqtad. If

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you were not playing in this final you would be there? 100%. You want a

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Warwickshire to do well with you are playing or not and there is a good

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chance I will be playing. That is just great and I am excited as much

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as any of the other lads. Hhs team`mate has rediscovered his

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form. He is available for England and would love to sign of the season

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with victory. The same applhes to this pace bowler from Yorkshire How

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much are you looking forward to the experience? Massively. To go back

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and play in the final in front of a big crowd is going to be fantastic.

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20 years since what we showdd the treble. It has been thought about.

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The championship has slipped away from us but certainly we want a

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double as well so we want to push on for second in the championship and I

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cannot think of a better se`son It may have been lacking in little

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consistency but cricket has been outstanding Arab season. Thdir

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opponents will be a tough ntt to crack but Bush `` all season. `` but

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Warwickshire. They travel to Spurs,

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still looking for their first win. These are tough times

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at the Hawthorns. Yes, just one win in

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their last 10 Premier Leagud games. So far this season,

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they've drawn two, and lost two since Alan Irvhne took

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over as Head Coach in the stmmer. He says he can understand the fans

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frustration at Albion's slow start. Anybody who is down towards

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the bottom end of the table is going to be in that position wherd they

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are under pressure. It is four games in, it can change

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very very quickly, I have too say It is four games in, it can change

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very very quickly, I have to say that Paul Lambert has just been

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given a new contract and if I remember rightly he was unddr a

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great deal of pressure last season. But at the other end of the table,

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Aston Villa could go top? Villa are just two points

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behind the leaders Chelsea who take their 100 per cent record to

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Man City on Sunday. Tomorrow,

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Villa are at home to Arsenal. When they last met in January,

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Villa lost 2`1. Christian Benteke scored

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and the good news is that hd's now But if Villa win, then they would

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go top ` for 24 hours at le`st. And you can follow all your teams

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this weekend by listening to your Big celebrations

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in Coventry tonight to mark the 40th There's a drive`in film scrdening

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underneath the famous carri`geway. We'll be live

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there in a moment ` but I w`nt to the "trailer" ` which is thd world

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premiere of the video for "Let's Go Round Again" ` that's the cleverly

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remade Ska version of the Average White Band's hit

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and it's the brainchild of the team Well, we think it's great `

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but see what you think. #Maybe we'll turn back the hands

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of time #One more time

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#Watching all the people go round. Well, that's the trailer

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for tonight's drive`in. Sarah Falkland is at the Whhte

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Street car park for us, what is it? Well, no prizes for this ond,

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but here's a clue. " I only told you to blow the bloody

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doors off!" Had to be the original Italhan Job

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because as everyone in Coventry knows there's the connection with

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the city's sewers. Sewers in Turin were too puny and

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small ` they needed big impressive sewers to speed those Longbridge

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built minis through so came to Coventry to use the ones behng built

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to link up with the the finham sewage plant ` in fact they're

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now underneath Stoke Aldermoor. How the child are you with the

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result? `` how chuffed. We `re excited. If you are one of the

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people who came out thank you so much. It is amazing. The rahlroad

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was never expected to reach its 40th birthday, it surprised everxone

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It was in 1960 that work first started on Coventry's ring road

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The two and a quarter mile circular carriageway

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was the icing on the cake of the city's post`war regener`tion.

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Father and son George and Mhchael both worked on it.

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We saw the concrete and reinforcing for the flyovers and slip roads I

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used to work two shifts somd weeks just to get the work done on time.

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Michael was just 16 and a trainee apprentice.

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I was put on a tractor on d`y two of my apprenticeship

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Loaded up to the gunnels it was with materials, and I said to

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the foreman, I could not drhve that, he said just get on it `

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I managed to get it stuck down Union Street and bring Coventry to a halt

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and the traffic was backed tp and my name was mud for about four hours.

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Once completed the road was praised by motorists for its efficidncy and

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these days there are rarely traffic jams but it is not so welcoling to

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pedestrians with a labyrinth of unwelcoming subways and unddrpasses.

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But on at least one of the junctions that is set to ch`nge

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They are creating a huge walkway so pedestrians will be able to

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cross the ring road without even knowing it's there.

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Ten of these 50 tonne steel beams have been hoisted over the top

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of the road and there are a further 22 to follow later in the ydar.

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What you see here is only a third of the bridge at the moment.

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In late November we will install the rest of it.

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You will be able to see str`ight into town and walk direct

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into town whereas you have puite a torturous route at the molent

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through various walkways and subways so it will be a lot more opdn, a lot

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The ring road was only designed to last for 20 years.

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But there are parts now looking past their sell by date

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and planners are working on other ideas to improve its overall image.

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Celebrations carry on into the weekend.

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These are the lucky people `llowed into night. What is happening on

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Sunday? We have a sky vied taking place. `` right. We have a bike

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race. We have many people shgned up for it and we expect between 50 0

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and 6000. A chance of a lifdtime? There will be no traffic at all We

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have lost the signal. I hopd they have decent weather for it this

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evening because the sunshind seems to have disappeared.

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Yes Nick it's been covered by a blanket of cloud today ` the

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good news is that the weekend isn't a total washout ` we have still got

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some storms to come tonight and tomorrow ` but they will cldar, the

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cloud will break up too ` and by Sunday we'll have more

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sparkling sunshine, but with cooler air over the top of us `

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Now we do still have a Met Office yellow weather warning in place

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for heavy rain ` it's with ts until tomorrow morning and it's bdcause

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some of the showers we're gdtting overnight could be heavy catsing

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some flash flooding, some hail and thunder in thdre too.

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It's been one of those days where it started off rather grey and it

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hasn't got any better ` we still have that blanket of cloud over us

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this evening it has broken tp a little ` but is with us tonight.

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We also still have some heavy showers to come `

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The cloud and the rain is going to help to

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keep temperatures up ` so a muggy night on the way with temperatures

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That means it'll be a rather dull and damp start to tomorrow ` still

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some showers hanging about ` we have a cold front sinking southw`rds `

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once that clears the air behind it will be fresher and clearer and

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Our temperatures starting to drop a little ` but still 21C is possible.

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For the cricket at Lord's at the moment it's looking rather dull `but

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it should start largely dry which is good news for Warwickshire.

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Overnight into Sunday we sthll have a few showers kicking around `

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but then as skies clear temperatures will fall away `

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a cooler night than we've sden recently ` temperatures arotnd 0C.

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So it's a fresher start to things on Sunday ` and for those

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of you doing the Worcester 00K it's certainly looking like

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the best day of the weekend ` one of those pleasant autumn daxs with

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A fresher feel though with our temperatures back to

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where we'd expect them to bd for the time of year.

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And it stays settled into next week too.

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Alex Salmond is standing down as Scotland's First Minister

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and leader of the SNP after the decisive vote against indepdndence.

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And, after promises of further powers to be devolved to Scotland,

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there are calls for the samd to happen in the West Midlands.

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And more than six hundred jobs are to go at the Staffordshire

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Elizabeth Glinka will be back at 10:00pm

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