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Welcome to Midlands Today. so it's goodbye from me,

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The headlines this lunchtime: As the Prime Minister pledges

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new support for industry across the region, we will be

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getting reaction from staff at a manufacturing firm.

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What's important for us is to make sure they have cross-bench support

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with Labour and it doesn't change every four years when we

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More than 1,000 miles across Antarctica.

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A group of army reservists from the Midlands finally

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Birmingham tennis player Dan Evans could be top 50

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As soon as I lost, thoughts turned to home and getting back.

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It's been a long time out here and I'm ready to go home now.

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The Prime Minister and her cabinet are meeting in Cheshire this

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lunchtime, discussing proposals for a new industrial

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strategy after Britain leaves the European Union.

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They want to tailor policies to suit different sectors of the economy,

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with a focus on boosting training in technical skills,

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The industrail stategy we will be committing to driving very hard,

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to spread the opportunities right across the country, and to drive not

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just jobs but really good, well-paying jobs in all part

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It's going to be a big part of our strategy.

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Our Business Correspondent Peter Plisner is at a company

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in Birmingham that has already expanded and is looking

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ahead to further growth under the new strategy.

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Here, they make warning lights and sirens. They have expanded taking on

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new workers and moving into a new factory. Will the strategy help or

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hinder? What do you think of the strategy we have seen? As far as it

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goes, it is great. We need crossbench support. 15 or 20 years,

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otherwise we can't plan on that. It allows us to invest long-term.

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Hundreds of thousands of pounds for plant and machinery. If we know very

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far in ten years' time, we will commit to it. Would you expect the

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industrial strategy to deliver grants for companies? It would be a

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great help. We are all a bit worried about Brexit and what happens after

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believe the European Union. Do you think an industrial strategy is the

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right way to go? Essential. It needs to include the whole country, all

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the nations and regions. Does the strategy help the country? It is

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planning for equipment, capacity, if we know when we are going to be in

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ten years, we can invest to sit at and hit those targets. Thank you.

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Many feel something like this is needed. And developing more skills

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to close that so-called skills gap. Tasers were used by police

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in the West Midlands more than anywhere outside

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of London in 2015. Official figures show that

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officers deployed the weapon The devices have been found to have

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played a part in the deaths of two men in England,

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with ongoing investigations Officers in Staffordshire

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and the West Midlands force now wear Rail services on a busy commuter

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line were badly affected this morning after an articulated lorry

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smashed into a bridge, The crash happened at around half

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past seven near Blake Street station, in the Sutton Coldfield

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area, disrupting services on the Cross City line,

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causing delays and some It has taken 66 days,

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crossing the most inhospitable Six army reservists

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from the Midlands have completed a 1,100 mile traverse of Antarctica,

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a feat only ever achieved This morning, one of the team

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managed to call his Facing temperatures of minus 50,

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a team from the Midlands has conquered the snowy splendour

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of the Antarctic. Among them, Doctor Jamie Facer-

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Childs based at Queen Elizabeth This morning, his sister

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in Selly Oak was able to congratulate her brother

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as she received a call How is your body feeling? It is

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holding up, that is the main thing. Not how I felt before we started. We

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have got something right in what we have got something right in what we

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have done. In just over two months,

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Jamie and his five fellow army reservists have crossed

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Antarctica on foot. Their team Spear 17 often having

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to endure whiteout conditions. What did you find the hardest? Just

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how cold it got sometimes. You're going along and your hands start to

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get freezing cold. You have your warmest gloves on and they are still

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called. Before going to Antarctica,

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Jamie and the team hoping their expedition

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will raise ?100,000 for ABF, Tennis, and Birmingham's Dan Evans

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will return home tomorrow from Australia heading for a place

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in the world's top 50. The 26-year-old achieved his first

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ever tour Final in Sydney. And then reached the fourth

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round of the Australian Open Evans' best ever run

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in the Grand Slam was ended in four sets by the Frenchman Jo Wilfried

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Tsonga. Can you please welcome,

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from Great Britain, Dan Evans. The rise of Birmingham's Dan Evans

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has been one of the stories of this His French opponent

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Jo Wilfried Tsonga is the 12th seed and regularly reaches the latter

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stages of Grand Slams. The first set went to

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a tiebreak and Evans won it. The opening game of

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the second set was an epic. But Tsonga finally broke

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the Evans serve and with it The Frenchman soon

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levelled the match, Although Evans continued

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to fight hard, he said That the efforts of the past

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fortnight were catching up with him. Evans just couldn't break

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the Frenchman's serve, and after nearly three hours

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of tennis, Tsonga was So Evans didn't quite reach

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the quarter-finals but he's enjoyed What's happened here has

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been a hell of a ride. As soon as I lost, thoughts turned

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to home and getting back. It's been a long time out

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here and I'm ready to go home now. Dan Evans has savoured his time

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in Australia, even taking in some big bash cricket with free tickets

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from Kevin Pieterson, He is still only 26 and he will now

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get invitations to the best Life may never be

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the same for Dan Evans. Plenty of cloud around as we make

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our way through the next few hours. That is kind of a theme

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for early on this week. Some fog thrown into the mix as well

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certainly as we make our way But generally dry and

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occasionally bright as well. So it's actually an

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improvement on last week. As far as this afternoon goes,

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you can see a lot of cloud around. At times, the cloud will

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thin and break to allow Temperatures, four or five,

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maybe 6 degrees at absolute best. Overnight tonight and into the early

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hours of Tuesday morning, an awful lot of fog building

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into the picture. First thing tomorrow morning,

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visibility on the roads Some freezing fog patches thrown

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into the mix as well. Keep across your local BBC radio

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stations for the latest on the travel situation

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in the morning. The fog could take a while to clear,

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but once it does we are in for a generally fine,

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dry and cloudy afternoon. Temperatures again around

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five or 6 degrees. That is very much the way

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on Wednesday as well. Albeit with probably more sunshine

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and blue sky thrown into the mix. There is all that nasty wet

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and windy stuff they are. There is all that nasty wet

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and windy stuff there. It looks like we will stay away

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from the wet stuff this week, Finally, do you fancy becoming

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a lock-keeper on the regions canals? If you do, you need to watch

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Midlands Today at 6:30pm on BBC One. Have a good afternoon

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and thanks for watching. a free five-a-side tournament

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that's for everyone. For more information,

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go to the Get Inspired website. If they have a fear of water,

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God help them. To break someone physically... Agh!

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..is not a problem.

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