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  1. Updates for Thursday 23 April 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Friday

Live Reporting

By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Good evening

Jerry Chester

BBC News, North West

That's the end of the BBC WM debate from Solihull.

Local Live returns with news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Friday

Do you back HS2?

  • Mike Nattrass, from Independence from Europe says HS2 "isn't worth it".
  • The Conservative's Julian Knight says he's a strong supporter of HS2 as there is "too much focussed on the south east of England".
  • Howard Allen (pictured) from the Green's, says the money could be "better used elsewhere" on local infrastructure.
Howard Allen
  • Philip Henrick, from UKIP, calls it "the biggest white elephant you will ever see".
  • Labour's Nigel Knowles (below) said the people haven't been consulted, "only the MPs".

Are MPs 'fit for purpose?'

Philip Henrick (UKIP, pictured)- We have an opportunity in Solihull to set an example, and that whoever wins the seat should remember that the boss is the people of Solihull.


Julian Knight (Conservative)- says that going into politics should be a vocation, not a career.

The candidates respond


  • Lorely Burt (Lib Dem) says look at what your local politicians do rather than what they say.
  • Mike Nattrass (Independence from Europe, pictured) says many MPs are not fit for purpose.
mike nattrass

Are MP's 'fit for purpose'

Chris King

Political reporter BBC WM

There's applause from the audience as David Page from Solihull asks whether MPs are "fit for purpose".

What next for GP surgeries?

  • Conservative Julian Knight (left) says having a "one-stop shop" for patients in Solihull will not hit small GP practices.
  • Lib Dem Lorely Burt (right) also backed the "one-stop shop" in the town and says she doesn't think "we should lose our small practices".

Integrated NHS

The candidates are now talking about integrating health and social care.

  • Philip Henrick UKIP: We can better integrate by cutting the foreign aid budget.
  • Labour's Nigel Knowles says we do need a more integrated system.

Integrating health and social care services

Jerry Chester

BBC News, North West

The next question comes from Yvonne Washborne who is a member of the West Midlands Pensioners Convention.


"Does the panel support integrating health and social care services and if so how would it work, and how would you pay for it?"

Free social care

Howard Allen from the Greens says his party has promised free social care for the elderly.

Spend the right way

UKIP's Phil Henrick says NHS needs more money but it needs to be spent in the right way, not management's wages.

Europe savings

Mike Nattrass from Independence from Europe said withdrawal from the EU would save money it would then "pump into the NHS".

Economic growth

Conservative's Julian Knight said his party will continue to invest more in the NHS "paid for by economic growth".

Tobacco tax

Nigel Knowles says Labour will pump in more more paid for by a mansion tax, a tobacco tax and clamping down on tax evasion.

Solihull pound

Liberal Democrat Lorely Burt called for an integrated service, involving the NHS and the emergency service working together using a "Solihull pound".

NHS on the agenda

Adrian Goldberg

Presenter, BBC WM

This is me introducing the candidates.


Our first question this evening comes from Chloe Molyneux who is a Trainee Accountant from Solihull.

"Should we be pumping more money into the NHS or look at using the funding already in place and setting serious and achievable targets? "

Solihull debate: meet the candidates

Jerry Chester

BBC News, North West

Welcome to our coverage of the BBC WM debate taking place live in Solihull tonight.

There are seven people who want to be the next MP.


Matthew Ward is not taking part in tonight's debate.

Kelly's marathon 'good luck'

Kelly Sotherton

tweeted: Good luck to everyone doing
@LondonMarathon on Sunday! It's a going to be great day!

London marathon welcome gate

Election 2015: Solihull debate

Kath Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC WM

Are you undecided in Solihull? Listen to our live debate tonight on

BBC WM from 19:00.


All seven candidates will be ably marshalled by Adrian Goldberg.

You can follow developments on

Twitter with #wmdebate.

Chilly night

BBC Weather

There will be some warm evening sunshine and the weather will stay settled and dry.


Overnight it will turn chilly, with

lengthy clear spells for most.

Conmen on camera

Video of two

conmen who plundered the savings of a pensioner by tricking him into handing over his bank cards has been released by police.

Image from ATM camera
West Midlands Police

The pair talked the 80-year-old into divulging his PIN number and leaving debit cards in an envelope on the doorstep of his Walsgrave home.

They were caught on a pin-hole camera while withdrawing cash at an ATM.

Local Live tonight

Jerry Chester

BBC News, Local Live

Local Live updates for Thursday will continue until 18:30 tonight.

Our service will then switch to a live page covering the BBC WM debate for the Solihull constituency.


Listen here, and get involved on twitter using #wmdebate.

Election kick-up challenge

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

General election candidates in Birmingham have been attempting a kick-up challenge as part of the BBC's Brumvotes project to engage 18 to 30-year-olds in politics.

Election candidates showing their football skills

You can see some of their efforts here. More videos, including an attempt by the Liberal Democrat candidate John Hemming,

will be uploaded shortly.

Grealish warned by Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood

BBC Sport

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has

been warned about his off-field behaviour after he was photographed apparently taking nitrous oxide.

jack grealish

Year-old pictures of Grealish, 19, seeming to take the legal high - known as laughing gas - from a balloon were

printed in a newspaper today.

Grooming gang 'drugged and raped 15-year-old girl'

Birmingham Mail

A teenager has told how

she was raped at the age of 15 by three men at a Birmingham hotel after becoming victim of an Asian grooming gang.

The girl says she was drugged and then abused in a room after the predators spent more than a year befriending her and another schoolfriend.

Pensioners vote, young people don't.

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

My latest election blog is all about the challenges surrounding the engagement (or disengagement) of 18-24 year old voters.

BBC Newsbeat debate

Young voters joined BBC Newsbeat's debate in Birmingham this week, but fewer than half (47%) said they expected to vote at all.

Read my latest blog to find out why this matters, and how initiatives like
BBC WM's Brumvotes are reaching out.

News on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd


The number of murders in the West Midlands has fallen to its lowest level for 13 years.

Find out more in my

17:00 bulletin.

Boyle at V Festival

Comedians Frankie Boyle (pictured) and Russell Kane are to headline at the comedy acts at this year's

V Festival.

Fraknie Boyle

They'll both be appearing in the comedy tent at the festival, held in Weston Park on the 22 and 23 August.

Multi-million Black Country bus station overhaul underway

Express and Star

Work is gathering pace on a major £1.9 million overhaul of a Black Country bus station as shelters start to be installed at the site.

A sweeping roof showcasing the modern look for the

new Cradley Heath station has now been created on the shelters.

Bull Ring success

Birmingham Updates

tweets: Manager of the Bull Ring Markets Amanda Prosser-Davies named
Market Officer of the Year.

Amanda Prosser gets her Market Officer of the Year award

Aston Villa: Senderos return

BBC Sport

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has revealed that Philippe Senderos is in his squad to face Manchester City on Saturday.

Philippe Senderos
Getty Images

The defender has played just two minutes of football since October because of a recurring calf problem. It is a timely boost for Villa, who'll be without fellow centre-back Ciaran Clark for the remainder of the season.

More details on the

BBC Sportday Live page

Heads on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd


Crime figures out today show sexual offences and domestic abuse crimes went up significantly over the past year.

Find out more in my

16:00 bulletin.

Drugs seized at schools


as young as eight have been caught with cannabis at school in the West Midlands, according to new figures.

During the past four years police in this region dealt with 271 drugs incidents in the classroom.

John Haygans, a nurse consultant in addiction who runs a rehab centre in Birmingham called Livingstone House, said: "It's not just about being in the classroom. Drugs pervade every aspect of family life and also society."

Sunny afternoon to laze on

BBC Weather

There will be

prolonged spells of sunshine this afternoon and the light winds mean it will fell warm.

Weather graph

It will be dry overnight, but it will turn chilly.

Booby-trapped door

Footage showing

officers breaking down a booby-trapped door at the home of a suspected drug dealer has been released by police.

Police breaking down a door
West Midlands Police

A metal plate with a live electrical current going through it from the mains supply had been put near the door, West Midlands Police say.

WBA Carter tribute

West Bromwich Albion

#wba extends its respects to the family of Sir Philip Carter and
@Everton on the sad news of his passing. A gentleman of football.

News on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd


Two men accused of murdering 18-year-old Nicola Payne have appeared in court.

Find out more in my

15:00 bulletin.

Wolverhampton-born professional wrestler and pub landlord dies aged 64

Express and Star

A former professional wrestler and

well-known pub landlord has died.

Ian Stenner was 64.

Tributes were today paid to Mr Stenner, who was originally from Wolverhampton but lived in Cannock for much of his life and adopted the name Pat Patton when he turned pro-wrestler in 1977.

Election debate

Kath Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC WM

BBC WM holds its third and final live election debate in Solihull this evening with a focus on health.

The NHS has already gone through some big changes - people I've been speaking to say its future is certainly one of the biggest considerations when it comes to how to vote.

All seven candidates in Solihull will be quizzed by our public audience tonight on how they'd tackle its future, and it's certain to be a lively debate.

Join us from 19:00 on

BBC 95.6FM.