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Preparations underway for Black Country Day

Black Country Flag which can be seen seen high above junction 10A of the M6/M54 Credit: Bryn Whitehouse

Celebrations ahead of the first ever Black Country Day are well underway this weekend.

Thousands are expected to attend the annual Wolverhampton and Black Country show organised by the council at West Park, ahead of the Black Country Day on Monday.

Black country flag on the Essington Beacon Credit: Bryn Whitehouse

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The Black Country Anthem charity single goes on sale

A charity single called The Black Country Anthem goes on sale today, celebrating the region and raising money for Compton Hospice.

The single is being released in memory of blogger Steve Evans Credit: Twitter: @SteveEvans51

Friends of Wolverhampton man Steve Evans, who died of cancer earlier this year, are trying to get the song into the charts to raise the profile of the charity in his memory.

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Ukip candidate quit by 'mutual agreement' over tweet

A Ukip council candidate who posted an offensive tweet about the comedian Lenny Henry resigned his membership of the party after it was "mutually agreed this would be the best course", a Ukip spokesman said.

William Henwood, who suggested Henry should emigrate to a "black country", was due to stand for the party in next month's election in Enfield, north London.

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Ukip candidate resigns over 'racist' Lenny Henry tweet

Henwood suggested comedian Lenny Henry should emigrate to a "black country". Credit: PA

Ukip council candidate William Henwood has resigned his membership of the party following a controversy over offensive comments about comedian Lenny Henry.

Lenny Henry thanks fans following UKIP race row tweet

Dudley's Lenny Henry has thanked his fans for their support, after a UKIP candidate tweeted that he should emigrate to a "black country".

William Henwood, who is standing in a council election, made the comment in response to a speech by the actor and comedian that said ethnic minorities were under-represented on British television.

Read: UKIP in row over candidate's Lenny Henry tweet

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Jeremy Hunt: Ukip candidate comments 'disgusting'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt criticises Ukip candidate's comments. Credit: PA

The Health Secretary has criticised a Ukip candidate for posting tweets that suggested comedian Lenny Henry should leave Britain to live in a “black country.”

Jeremy Hunt said the comments made by William Henwood, who is standing in a council election, were "absolutely disgusting".

Speaking to BBC radio programme Five Live, Mr Hunt said: "I think [Nigel Farage] needs to make it absolutely clear that it's not Ukip's view".

Asked if he thought the comments were racist, Mr Hunt replied: "Yes I do. I think it is and that's why I'd like to hear a very clear denunciation of that from Nigel Farage.

"I think it's totally unacceptable and (Lenny Henry) is as British as you and I are."

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Ukip: Any breach of rules will be investigated

A Ukip spokesman said that any breach of party rules would be investigated, but also criticised the exposure of candidate William Henwood's tweet by "the other parties."

A spokesman for the party told the BBC:

Any breach of our rules will be duly investigated and action will be taken.

However one has to question why the other parties are spending hours behaving like secret police and trawling through the social media of Ukip candidates who are everyday men and women, rather than actually doing politics.

Perhaps if they did they would be better able to tackle us on policy, rather than having to rely on smear campaigns to try to undermine Ukip's increasing popularity.

Were we to return the favour we would find an even greater wealth of embarrassment and disgrace in the other three parties' ranks to also spread across the media.

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