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The Liberal Democrat candid`te for West Midlands Mayor is calling
on the government to make Birmingham Airport the prefdrred
Today the Transport Secretary confirmed a decision will bd made
over airport expansion this coming week with Heathrow and Gatwhck seen
Conversations about adding `nother runway to Heathrow or Gatwick have
been flying around for a long time, but what about abandoning plans
for expansion in London and looking to Birmingham instead?
So would a second runway here at Birmingham Airport
mean that London wouldn't need another one at all?
Managers here say it'll be Britain's first HS2 airport
They've expanded the terminal already,
with another ?100 million of improvements coming soon.
Now, they say, they have to fill it up.
It could handle twice the current 11 million
So talk of a second, short runway for
regional airliners is a plan the Liberal Democrats are kden on.
If we heap everything onto Heathrow, they are already breaching the noise
So I think we spread the wealth opportunity,
we spread the opportunity for this region, which has been starved
Green campaigners think plans for a second runway
The Liberal Democrats are aligning themselves with big business,
so I don't think the consulting communities of this.
We are not in favour of HS2, which any airport expansion here,
any second runway, would be dependent upon.
Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, has told the BBC that
a decision on airport expansion will be taken on Tuesday.
Ludlow's maternity unit, which was suspended last wedk
amid concerns over the structural condition of the building,
will be back in full use early next month.
The Shrewsbury Telford Hospitals Trust says cracks
and mould in the building forced the closure.
The problems were spotted following a visit by the Head of Midwhfery.
The trust has apologised for any disruption caused.
An association honouring veterans who fought in Burm`
during the Second World War, is to close.
The Birmingham branch of the Burma Star Association
was formed in 1952 and originally had 200 membdrs.
The 14th Army fights against the forces of Japan.
It was a battle that lasted nearly four years.
More than a million British troops fighting the Japanese
Today in Birmingham, veterans who fought in the campaign
gathered at St Martin's church to mark the end of an era.
It was terrifying, really. Ht was rather frightening because we were
going down a major peninsul`, and to prevent the Japanese coming behind
us, they blew up all the brhdges. I was 18, 19, 20 years of age. You
have no fear. You have fellow servicemen, you won't let them down,
and they won't let you down. The comradeship was tremendous.
The Burma Star Association hs one of the the oldest World War Two
veterans organisations in the country.
But now, more than 70 years on from the end of the conflict
for these veterans - this service will be their last
My father was a Burma veter`n, and I just wish he could have been here
today. But every time I havd carried it, he has been at my side.
These soldiers are often described as the "forgotten army".
This standard will now take a permanent place to ensure
Well, after a bit of a cloudy and misty start this morning,
As we move through this evening and overnight, though,
We got a bit of patchy cloud around, and we will start to see sole cloud
creeping into the early hours from the south.
Temperatures overnight fallhng to a minimum of 7-9 Celsius.
That cloud will push in on ` warm front through the morning tomorrow.
Could be some patchy light rain on it and we will see a few brighter
Temperatures tomorrow at a maximum of 12 Celsius
Now, I will leave you with the outlook.
It is quite a chilly start to the week as we begin tomorrow,
but we will start to see those temperatures creeping up
Midlands Today will be back tomorrow just after 6am.
So far this month most of the rain has been near Eastern coasts. That's
changing quite dramatically. All of this cloud coming in from