The Fire Brigade Union's (FBU) Brigade Secretary for the West Midlands, Paul Cockburn, is in London with other members of the Fire Service from across the Midlands who are lobbying MPs today over their concerns regarding funding cuts.
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A cloudy and wet start with rain, persistent and heavy at times, continuing through the day with hill fog over Derbyshire Peaks.
A dull and wet day for many, the heaviest bursts in the east with some sheltered western parts escaping most of the rain.