28/09/2014 Midlands Today


28/09/2014

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The arrival of the Prime Minister and the Conservative

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party conference in Birmingham has prompted a demonstration ag`inst the

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austerity cuts. Hundreds of people from across the region marched

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through the city to highlight what they call the cost of living crisis

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affecting ordinary working people. Here's Joan Cummins.

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We just want a decent life, a pay rise and to be able to live in our

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communities in a fair way. The unions say they are simply trying to

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persuade the government to rethink their austerity measures. Wd are

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asking for the ability to fded our kids, have a decent life. It's not a

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lot to ask for. This is the first of many demonstrations planned by the

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joint unions. They say they are determined that their voices will be

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heard. Austerity is not the answer. We need an alternative. I'm not

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interested in these million`ire guys. They know nothing abott our

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lives. We are poor here. Thdre are billions and billions in unpaid tax

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which would more than cover the deficit in a couple of years. It is

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ordinary people paying for the mistakes. David Cameron will use the

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Birmingham conference to galvanise the party faithful for the general

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election battle next year. Outside, with industrial action planned in

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public sector next month, there are growing signs that he may h`ve a

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fight on his hands. The delegates tend to be in their

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own little bubble. They havd lots of tea and coffee. The people H've been

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talking to, most of them didn't know what was happening. If you people

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had heard about this demonstration comedies and T austerity protests.

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They certainly don't agree with the sentiment of it. One gentlelan said

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's rights to voice their ophnion but they are committing the information,

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things like manufacturing exports are wrapped and that there `re more

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private`sector jobs in the Lidlands. There was a suggestion this could be

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the last major party conferdnce in Birmingham for some time but the

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stories seem to like it herd. `` the Tories.

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We had heard that these events had gone off the boil. But what we've

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heard from the Conservatives today is that they are coming back in

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2016, 2018 and 2020. That is a big deal for Birmingham.

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football, West Brom beat Burnley 4`0, Saido Berahino scored

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twice as Albion recorded thdir third victory of the week. In the

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Championship Wolves looked to have grabbed a late winner at Re`ding

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when Dave Edwards scored with just five minutes remaining. But the home

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side hit back to share the points in a 3`3 draw.

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One rugby result in the Championship, Moseley lost 29`1

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against the Cornish Pirates. 50 years ago today Midlands Today

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transmitted its very first programme. Since then we've been

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bringing you the news from `ll around the region, broadcasting to

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To celebrate our anniversary we've been

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trawling through the archivds. All this week, we're looking back

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over 50 years of Midlands Today From Veteran Broadcaster Tol Coyne.

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We've covered everything from acts of terrorism, 21 people werd killed

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in the Birmingham Pub bombings to protests, here there's outcry to

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We'll have all this and more at 6.30pm, evdry

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this week. And Mary will be joined by Nick Owen

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to bring you a very special edition of Midlands Today at 6.30pm

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tomorrow evening. Let's take a check on the wdather

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Tonight, it looks as though we are in for a mainly dry night. Puite a

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cloudy one. Very, very mild temperatures at around 12 or 13

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Celsius. As for tomorrow, there is some rain around and some qtite

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persistent times as well,

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