23/10/2016 Midlands Today


23/10/2016

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Good evening. stay with us on BBC1 -

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The Liberal Democrat candid`te for West Midlands Mayor is calling

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on the government to make Birmingham Airport the prefdrred

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Today the Transport Secretary confirmed a decision will bd made

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over airport expansion this coming week with Heathrow and Gatwhck seen

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Conversations about adding `nother runway to Heathrow or Gatwick have

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been flying around for a long time, but what about abandoning plans

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for expansion in London and looking to Birmingham instead?

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So would a second runway here at Birmingham Airport

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mean that London wouldn't need another one at all?

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Managers here say it'll be Britain's first HS2 airport

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They've expanded the terminal already,

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with another ?100 million of improvements coming soon.

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Now, they say, they have to fill it up.

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It could handle twice the current 11 million

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So talk of a second, short runway for

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regional airliners is a plan the Liberal Democrats are kden on.

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If we heap everything onto Heathrow, they are already breaching the noise

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So I think we spread the wealth opportunity,

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we spread the opportunity for this region, which has been starved

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Green campaigners think plans for a second runway

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The Liberal Democrats are aligning themselves with big business,

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so I don't think the consulting communities of this.

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We are not in favour of HS2, which any airport expansion here,

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any second runway, would be dependent upon.

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Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, has told the BBC that

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a decision on airport expansion will be taken on Tuesday.

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Ludlow's maternity unit, which was suspended last wedk

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amid concerns over the structural condition of the building,

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will be back in full use early next month.

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The Shrewsbury Telford Hospitals Trust says cracks

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and mould in the building forced the closure.

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The problems were spotted following a visit by the Head of Midwhfery.

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The trust has apologised for any disruption caused.

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An association honouring veterans who fought in Burm`

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during the Second World War, is to close.

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The Birmingham branch of the Burma Star Association

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was formed in 1952 and originally had 200 membdrs.

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The 14th Army fights against the forces of Japan.

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It was a battle that lasted nearly four years.

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More than a million British troops fighting the Japanese

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Today in Birmingham, veterans who fought in the campaign

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gathered at St Martin's church to mark the end of an era.

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It was terrifying, really. Ht was rather frightening because we were

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going down a major peninsul`, and to prevent the Japanese coming behind

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us, they blew up all the brhdges. I was 18, 19, 20 years of age. You

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have no fear. You have fellow servicemen, you won't let them down,

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and they won't let you down. The comradeship was tremendous.

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The Burma Star Association hs one of the the oldest World War Two

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veterans organisations in the country.

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But now, more than 70 years on from the end of the conflict

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for these veterans - this service will be their last

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My father was a Burma veter`n, and I just wish he could have been here

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today. But every time I havd carried it, he has been at my side.

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These soldiers are often described as the "forgotten army".

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This standard will now take a permanent place to ensure

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Well, after a bit of a cloudy and misty start this morning,

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As we move through this evening and overnight, though,

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We got a bit of patchy cloud around, and we will start to see sole cloud

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creeping into the early hours from the south.

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Temperatures overnight fallhng to a minimum of 7-9 Celsius.

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That cloud will push in on ` warm front through the morning tomorrow.

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Could be some patchy light rain on it and we will see a few brighter

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Temperatures tomorrow at a maximum of 12 Celsius

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Now, I will leave you with the outlook.

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It is quite a chilly start to the week as we begin tomorrow,

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but we will start to see those temperatures creeping up

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Midlands Today will be back tomorrow just after 6am.

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So far this month most of the rain has been near Eastern coasts. That's

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changing quite dramatically. All of this cloud coming in from

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