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Tonight the verdict on the Prime Minister's exit Strang. Join me now

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on BBC Two. Tributes have been pouring

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in to Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint, She was Vice President

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of Wolverhampton Wanderers - and captained England Women's

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cricket team, helping them to win In a tribute on their website,

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Wolves said "Rachael's contribution to the world of sport,

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the local community, and in later years politics,

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cannot be measured - and neither can her seemingly

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never-ending kindness She was a supreme sportswoman and

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she took her cricket very seriously I shall just have to go off and see

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the physio, is that all right? Arguably the most famous

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female ever to play the game, her exploits

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were In 1991 she struck a blow

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against chauvinism persuading the very male

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bastions of the game the MCC I hope I won't have antagonised

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any people and it will make the MCC realise

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that there are thousands of women A battle and a victory

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she recalled speaking to This member is asking

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for a screen to go across because I can still

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see a woman there! Now it is great because I aways know

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who voted against me because they turn their back on me

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when I go into the Long room. will point them in

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the right direction. Playing days are over,

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her love for the game flowered in the community and community and

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schools and tireless charity work. She was awarded an OBE in 2007

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and later became Baroness Flint. But her passion for sport

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embraced football. A big fan of her hometown club,

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she served for many years as vice I have lived with Wolverhampton

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Wanderers in my heart for all those years and to work

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there is just wonderful. She passed away early

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this morning after a short illness and leaves behind

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husband Derrick, their son and three A pioneer of women's sport

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she achieved so much and meant so much to her fellow cricketers,

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footballers and to the city of Wolverhampton she was

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proud to call home. Our reporter Ben Godfrey is outside

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Molineux in Wolverhampton for us tonight, where flags have been

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flying at half-mast. Ben, Rachael was a real ambassador

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for Wolves, wasn't she? Rachael Heyhoe Flint

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was a lifelong Wolves fan The club has sent its condolences

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to her husband Derrick In the 1990s, she was invited onto

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the board by a close friend. Working in PR, widening the appeal of

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Wolverhampton Wanderers, often seen as a guiding hand around the young

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players, hoping to forge their careers, sporting success avoiding

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the glare of publicity. The current crop of players we were an armband

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as they take on Norwich at the weekend. A book of condolence has

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opened here. Tonight, I spoke to John Richards, who paid this

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tribute. She had everything. She was

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tireless, she was talented, she was very loyal to people. She was full

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of energy, always helping other people and of course she was

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Wolverhampton surrendering. She was a screw Wilf. She had time for

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everybody and I just cannot believe the amount of work that she did.

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The impact will be felt we beyond Molineaux, will it not?

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She grew up in Wolverhampton, she was the teachers, she went to the

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girls' high school. Her legacy will live on. She got freedom of the city

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of overactive in 2011. The city council leader paid tribute to her

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today. She is a fantastic ambassador. Her son, Ben, said she

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had a profound influence in many fields, government, cricket,

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politics, food bowl. Her tenacity broken glass ceilings.

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It certainly did. Thank you very much.

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A leading property developer has told the BBC that Chinese investors

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are increasingly choosing to buy in Birmingham, rather than more

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glamorous locations such as Sydney and New York.

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The weak pound and the prospect of High Speed Rail is making

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Britain's second city an increasingly safe bet.

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With growing demand for housing, many Chinese investors are focusing

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on residential projects in run down parts of the city.

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Here's our Business Correspondent Peter Plisner.

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Birmingham's skyline is changing fast, and where there are cranes

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there's often millions of pounds spent on the ground, and a clear

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This site could be next - they're selling cars here now,

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but soon they'll be selling luxury apartments.

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And these are the Chinese investors who are backing

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the latest development at Digbeth in Birmingham.

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Spending around ?150 million, the property developer who's

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brokered the deal says the area is becoming an investor hotspot.

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The city is growing southwards, and as a result of that the wider

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area of Digbeth is really receptive to big dense schemes like this one.

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And part of the reason is the proposed HS2 station

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There are also plans for a Metro line.

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In Birmingham's jewellery quarter, have Chinese have already

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Almost 80 apartments are going up and the delegation

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is eager to invest in more projects like this.

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This is the second largest city in the UK, most promising land here.

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And also your leader, Theresa May, will be heavily putting her focus

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You've got lots of cranes here, lots of development.

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The latest figures suggest that 54 major projects across the whole

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of the West Midlands have been funded by the Chinese

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over the last ten years, and that 23 of those have happened

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And it is not just Chinese money coming to the region.

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We have Canadian money invested into Paradise,

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Middle Eastern money invested into the Colmore building.

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And recently we did a transaction when we had South African

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money being invested into an industrial property.

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Birmingham civic leaders have just returned from the crown state

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of Qatar and meetings with potential investors for several

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A man's appeared in court charged with the murders

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Eight-year-old Saros and his six-year-old sister

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Leanor Endris died in hospital, following a fire at their home in

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Their father, Endris Mohammed, was led into the dock today

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in bandages, still recovering from the burn injuries

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The 46-year-old is also accused of attempting to murder his wife.

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A car has crashed into a 12-tonne pile of rubble left dumped

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The driver was left shocked, but uninjured, after hitting

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the mound of soil, stone, bricks and kerbs which completely

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Telford and Wrekin Council says it appears to have been fly-tipped -

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Two months after one of Birmingham's major water mains burst,

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residents nearby are still coping with the impact.

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Hundreds of gallons of water escaped last November when a three foot lead

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pipe collapsed and some homeowners in Selly Oak are effectively

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Every morning, Terry Josephs fears the worst.

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How deep will the small lake that's appeared under his home be?

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Which is 11 inches, nearly a foot of water.

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The water arrived after the mains burst at the top of his road

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I shouldn't have to suffer this every

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So far, Severn Trent have sent in contractors to pump out

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Pumping all day, it just comes back in again.

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There is something wrong outside that is wrong.

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It shouldn't be going back in the house.

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Severn Trent have been working around the clock on the sinkhole

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created by the burst pipe and say they'll be ready to start the actual

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It is taking so long because we have had to start to move water around

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Or primary reason is to keep the supply on to all of the customers

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while we make this repair and we have

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done over 500 checks in the

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area and 500 inspections to be able to prepare us to do that.

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It can't come too early for this student who

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We are passing the road, the supermarket is

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just beyond the squalor but because of the road

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Just beyond this corner but because of the road closure, we have had to

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drive about 15 minutes to get here. Severn Trent say as

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other homes have dried out this suspect Terry's what is

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you may be a pre-existing problem. Under the circumstances

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they will continue In football Birmingham City

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were in action tonight in their FA Cup third

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round replay against Newcastle. Match of the Day follows this

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programme so if you don't want to know the score,

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look away now! That's all from me,

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have a good night. I'll leave you with

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the weather from Rebecca. Thank you

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Thank you very much. The weather has next few days, no great changes over

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the next few days, more sunshine on the way.

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Despite high-pressure sitting across the country so only slow changes in

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the weather, we have had a variety of different weathers, for example

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this beautiful sunset in Southampton which was shared by

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