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Prime Minister: Steven Emerson is 'clearly an idiot'

The Prime Minister has told ITV News that Steven Emerson is "clearly an idiot".

The Fox News commentator claimed Birmingham is "a totally Muslim city where non-Muslims simply don't go in".

David Cameron said he "choked on his porridge" when he heard Emerson's comments. The Prime Minister added that the Fox News commentator should look to Birmingham as "a fantastic example" of a city that brings people of different faiths together.

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Birmingham City Council responds to Fox News comments

Birmingham City Council has responded to comments made about the city on Fox News Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Birmingham City Council has responded to comments made about the city by a 'terrorism expert' on Fox News.

“These curious comments clearly have no foundation, and it’s good to see an apology has been issued.

“Birmingham’s an incredible place, rightly held up as an example of how communities can and do live and thrive together.

“We are amazingly diverse, and that’s one of the things that makes us brilliant. All this fuss is a reminder of how it’s always best to check your facts before getting into a debate.

“Maybe Fox News could come and visit sometime, and see for themselves what a great city we have here?”

– Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for Social Cohesion, Equalities and Community Safety

Gathering in Leicester for victims of Paris shootings

A gathering will be held at Leicester's Clock Tower this afternoon to remember victims of terrorist attacks in France earlier this week.

17 people died in two separate attacks, on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and a Jewish supermarket.

"We must stand for our right to free expression or we will lose that right."

– Gush Bhumbra, president of Leicester Secular Society

The gathering will begin at two o'clock - an hour after the start of a march in Paris in which up to a million people are expected to take part, and which will be attended by Prime Minister David Cameron and many other world leaders.

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March organised in Birmingham for Paris shooting victims

The French community in Birmingham are holding a march in the city to coincide with a march in their native country.

It is to show support to France and its citizens following the Paris shootings.

More than 25,000 people demonstrated on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice yesterday in support of Charlie Hebdo and the other victims of the terrorist attacks in France Credit: ShootPix/ABACAPRESS.COM/PA

It will take place at around 2pm from the Library of Birmingham, before the march heads towards Victoria Square and New Street.

Earlier this week French citizens held a vigil in the city centre to remember the victims of the terrorist shootings.

Lincolnshire Police hold minute's silence for Paris victims

Lincolnshire Police were among the forces across the Midlands that held a minute's silence earlier in memory of those killed in the Paris shootings.

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