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Hello, and welcome to Look East, with Stewart and me.
The headlines tonight, from Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.
The Labour leader comes to this region with the party's message
We find out what it means for workers and employers here.
Can we, and should we wean our agriculture industry off subsidies
Cabbies protest in Essex as Uber drivers with a criminal
And Reginald James Watson, an old soldier with no
surviving relatives, gets a fitting sendoff
The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn came to this region today
to make his most important speech of the New Year.
He told supporters in Peterborough that, under Labour, EU
migrants who are already here would have their
And he said he would not bow to pressure to support
Mr Corbyn's defence of migrant workers will have gone down well
in many areas of multicultural Peterborough.
But he also reassured Brexit-supporting parts of this
region that he will lobby for schemes to prevent
cheap migrant labour from undercutting local workers.
Let's get more now from our political
More than 55% of our region voted to leave the EU last year in the
referendum. 61% of them here in Peterborough. Jeremy Corbyn and most
of labour were on the Remainer side, in a region by labour has always
struggled. A lot of interest in the speech from the Labour leader, one
which will play a large part in determining the fortunes of labour
in this region for some time to come.
Labour are under growing a New Year beer brand, the speech was billed as
Jeremy Corbyn's big response to Brexit.
Labour accepts those challenges that the voters have given.
Among his ideas, more money for the NHS, a crackdown on high levels of
pay, and a new policy on immigration. The advance briefing
was he would back a restriction on the numbers coming to Britain but he
did not say that. He spoke about the importance of migrants to our
economy and said improving local services was the answer.
The question of underfunding of services is crucial in this city,
Peterborough for example, this council seems more interested in
selling council housing to private sector rather than housing the
people who are homeless. You say if there was more funding,
people would be so concerned about immigration?
Sometimes there are issues surrounding shortages of services
where people are unfairly blamed. It is generally accepted theories
about the pressures caused by immigration were the reason for the
large Brexit boat. The Leave campaign say the solution is to
limit numbers, Jeremy Corbyn believes more support for local
councils is the answer. It is reassuring voters we are
listening. There was a vote in June and people have had their say.
We need to make sure we as a party of the people are listening to what
they are saying. The thoughts of people in
Peterborough? I think we should put a cap on it.
But some are hard workers. There are a lot of jobs that perhaps
we don't want to do that people do. You will have two cap numbers, there
is no other way. Why come to a probe Brexit meeting
to deliver an anti-Brexit message. Jeremy Corbyn is hoping to win new
supporters. Of course, the other big issue
for this region as far as Brexit And there's a lot of uncertainty
about what will happen Our environment reporter
Richard Daniel says many farmers May last year, the then Environment
Secretary is handed a pig. By her side supporting the remaining
campaign, the Suffolk pig farmer Jimmy Butler. Seven months on the
now supports Brexit. The weaker pound has boosted sales of his free
range pork. He doesn't qualify for EU subsidies but he thinks they
should be phased out. Subsidies don't do us any favour
with the public, they see us as a protected species. All it it is
saving on the cost of production. The money comes from the taxpayer to
be handed back to the farmer. British farmers receive ?3 billion a
year in subsidy, 55% of total UK farm income. Scrapping the payments
would have a huge impact on the way our countryside is managed. The
current system of subsidies has plenty of critics. Conservationists
say it has failed to protect biodiversity. Others say the
wealthiest land owners take the lions share of payment.
Johnson's 1800 acres near Cambridge. Last year his business received
?155,000 in subsidies. The uncertainty of the future is
worrying. We received ?90 an acre on our cat
payments. As far as income or profitability,
without that support, we wouldn't make a profit. We read quite a lot
of land as well. We will have to look carefully to see how we can
structure the farm so they can remain viable in this new climate.
His uncertainty hitting confidence? This magazine in Ipswich has
reported farm machinery sales are holding up but there is no denying
the challenge. The Government has admitted they
were not prepared for Brexit. They are coming from behind, needing to
get the best trade deals. They are trying. But we are hopelessly
unprepared. As Jimmy's optimism shows, there are
others who see the current situation as an opportunity.
We touched on farming and immigration, the major issues come
Brexit? Ten days into January and these
issues are being talked about not just by us but in a lot of
conversations taking place around office tables and businesses. Not
surprising, farming and fishing, very important industries in the
region. Immigration the main driver for the leave vote last year. A
third important issue, the future of education, science and research post
Brexit which will be addressed tomorrow by a House Of Commons
committee looking into the impact of Brexit on that sector.
How significant was it Jeremy Corbyn came to Peterborough today?
The first reason is he was coming to a major city in a major area where
many voted leave. The other is, to form a Government, Labour needs to
win sites -- Needs to win seats in places like Harlow, Basildon,
Charmouth, to win over Labour supporters again.
An inquest has been told that police charged a mentally ill man
with attempted murder so that he could be remanded
Weeks later, Dean Saunders was found dead in his cell
One police officer said they felt they were being
pushed into the decision because a psychiatrist refused
Robby West is outside the Coroner's Court in Chelmsford now.
Yesterday we heard how this father and brother were injured when they
stopped him cutting his own throat. Today focused on the event after he
was taken to Basildon police station. These suicide events had
been recorded on the police system. There was also read out on his
throat from an attempt to take his own life according to the Sergeant.
When a psychiatrist from the mental health partnership trust assessed
him, she was not aware of his intention to kill himself. The
doctor said she had not seen the police log or risk assessments, she
had not seen any red marks on his throat either. She did not section
Dean said he could be placed in a secure hospital unit because he had
not been charged. The court heard he was charged later with attempted
murder in order to get him remanded to protect him.
A man from Norwich has been charged with murdering
32-year-old Kerri McAuley was found dead at a flat
A post mortem examination was inconclusive but police believe
Joe Storey, who's 26, will appear at Norwich
A crowdfunding page has been set up to pay for her funeral.
It's already exceeded its ?5,000 target and currently
Several bunches of flowers have been left close to the block
This region has lost out to Lincolnshire in the battle
to get the headquarters of a major new windfarm.
The Racebank field is a just a short distance from the port
But the company behind it has opted to base its operations in Grimsby
The race is on to build a string of wind farms off our coast.
This is work underway to lay cables for the Galloper field off Suffolk.
Once they are completed, each wind farm needs a port
where its operations can be based for the long-term.
These operations and maintenance bases as they are called are highly
prized because they offer jobs to engineers and maintenance
The Racebank field off north Norfolk considered Grimsby,
It has come down in favour of Grimsby.
Wells felt it was in a good position to win the work as the closest
We'd like to have seen some benefits to the north Norfolk coast.
Racebank is only 14 miles from here, 40 miles from Grimsby.
I'm a little bit surprised but I'm sure they did their business plan.
They already have a base in Grimsby, I'm guessing
Wells is already the operations base for the Sheringham Shell field.
Having Racebank would have helped diversify its economy
There are currently seven operations bases on our coast either working
or waiting for their wind farms to be built.
Racebank's decision has also disappointed Yarmouth.
Though it has a strong chance of being chosen as the base
for future wind farms which are still at
There's been more news from the energy sector today.
The Government has started the process for approving
a Chinese nuclear reactor at Bradwell in Essex.
The Chinese want to build this reactor based on their own design.
It would be close to the old Bridewell station. To do this they
need the approval of UK regulators which is the process which kicked
off today, which typically takes four years, to establish the design
is safe and secure. If the UK regulators were to approve
this Chinese design, then it would be the first foothold of Chinese
nuclear technology in a major western economy, a very important
issue. Cabbies in Southend say drivers
stripped of their licences because they broke the law are back
on the streets. The resort's taxi drivers'
association claim the drivers are being used by the phone-app service
Uber. Mark Jennings is chairman of the
taxi drivers' association here, he said members were angry when another
to drivers who committed motoring offences and banned from operating
by the council was spotted back on the streets picking up fares.
For this to happen, you can imagine the level of frustration and anger
not just by the drivers but by residents, customers, people wonder
how this has happened. Drivers need a private hire vehicle
licence issued by the local authority.
The band drivers got around it by applying for another license from
Transport for London. They are now driving for Uber even
though the company has no devices to operate in Southend. Southend
Council told me how unhappy they are with the situation.
Two individuals who we know about have had their licences revoked in
Southend and have been licensed by TfL and are working for Uber.
What do you think about that? It is a scandal of epidemic
proportions, it cannot be right back one licensing authority finds them
not fit to hold a licence, yet TfL have seen fit to give them a
license. TfL told us these were serious
issues which were under investigation. A spokesperson for
Uber said they would welcome more transparent data sharing between
licensing authorities. What they are doing, there is no
point having a local licensing you might as well go to the cheapest
area then drive you like. The cabbies here say they are
worried the fact drivers previously banned are now back in the resort
could put passengers in danger and are calling on the London Mayor to
take action. You're watching Look East,
with Stewart and me. Stay with us for action
from last night's Cup tie Alex will tell us about
a freezing end to the week. Local people make sure a war veteran
gets a fitting sendoff. The Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates
is giving $9 million to a medical company in Cambridge which is trying
to find cures for The grant is coming from the Bill
and Melinda Gates Foundation. The cash is going to a Cambridge lab
called Kymab which is researching vaccines for diseases such
as HIV and malaria. The Gates' involvement will ensure
that any treatments are shared among Scientists working in this Cambridge
laboratory are taking the first steps to create vaccines that
could prevent some of the world's Work is expensive and can take years
which is why bosses at Kymab are overwhelmed after being awarded
$9 million by Bill I think it is very special
because the foundation doesn't It wants to know it is going to get
high-quality science. So it is an indictment
how good the quality And how what we do at Kymab can
really contribute to the mission of the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation. The company has developed
its own way of producing and testing antibodies,
the proteins that help ward off infections, by creating
genetically-engineered mice. The mice mimic the production
of antibodies in humans which helps Vaccine that could cure
whooping cough normally It's now being seen
in adults and experts say that is because current
cures aren't working. We think that is because the vaccine
received as a child is waning. What we are trying to do is generate
some antibodies that can be given as a therapy,
but also as a way of looking at vaccine design against the bacteria
that causes whooping cough. There is a certain cachet and allure
about attracting big-dollar The billionaire philanthropist is
widely considered to be the world's Money from the Microsoft founder has
enabled Kymab to grow rapidly. An initial $20 million investment
has seen the company grow from a handful
of scientists to more than 120 employees using state-of-the-art
lab equipment. Researchers here say that money
will enable them to be the first to discover vaccines,
and be the best. Mousumi Bakshi, BBC
Look East, Cambridge. Let's get the thoughts
of Martyn Postle who runs a biotech This deal is about philanthropy but
also business because the company will be able to commercialise those
axioms in developed countries? That is true. It doesn't matter how
philanthropic the founder is, the people who invest are generally not
philanthropic but financial investors.
All investment in our biotech sector is to be welcomed. How worried are
cos it might be harder to attract because of Brexit?
For companies like this, at least in the medium term, it probably won't
have any affect. Cambridge is still the Centre for European biotech and
still very successful in attracting overseas investment. But there are
risks, probably the most is the retention of scientists, about 40%
of the science base in Cambridge are non-UK nationals, not all from the
EU. I have heard stories about difficulties in attracting
scientists from overseas to work in Cambridge because of the uncertainty
as to whether their spouse will be able to get a job.
On the other side of the coin, what about the weakness of the pound? Is
that having any effect on the sector?
It is, it is good news for me, the service companies like consultancies
and contract research, we find we are even more connected than before.
Good news for the service sector. Like so many industries we hear
about post Brexit, you are suffering from the Institute of not knowing
when and what is going to happen. What would help the sector, what
would you like to hear from the Government?
First, exactly what the Government position will be in terms of
overseas scientists not having to jump through hoops to get visas.
Secondly, when it comes to start up companies, the spin offs from
university, who until now have relied on investment from the EU
investment fund, how exactly the Government will make up the money
they can no longer access. And our two teams left in the FA
Cup this year now know Norwich will be at home
to Arsenal if they can beat Ipswich will be at home to Brighton
if they can beat Lincoln. Last night, Cambridge
United threatened But ultimately the League Two
side came up just short. For fans of Cambridge United, a game
they would not miss for the world. For some top clubs, the FA Cup has
lost a little of its magic. But at this level, it
still means everything. Fingers crossed, we have
good league form. Hold to half-time, get ten minutes
then, bang, start again. League Two side to knock out
the Championship side? Leeds made eight changes
to their starting line-up, Possibly not if the first half
was anything to go by. Cambridge United looked more
determined, in truth, they dominated and thoroughly
deserved to go in front. A goal neither nor
the fans will ever forget. But if the first period
was one-sided so was the second. They drew level and the winning goal
followed shortly after. A rousing Cup tie for half
the game, it looked Leeds showed their Championship
class in the second half The first 20, 30 minutes it was all
Cambridge, it was brilliant. We did well for ages and then
there were lots of gaps. Two years ago, Cambridge made more
than ?1 million from their Cup run. A third-round exit this
year but another boost Financially it was huge and it
came after nine years The club is in a good
way and financially This allows us to maybe make one
or two signings in January And accelerate the continued
growth of the club. We want more of this,
and to put ourselves We want to make sure that at the end
of the month we are stronger for it. The focus now is
on winning promotion. That means, for the 8,000
inside last night, they have another 200 mourners packed a village church
in Norfolk today to pay Reginald Watson lived
in Ormesby St Margaret. He was 90 years old when
he died in hospital. But today, after a campaign
on social media, he was given So different from how
it might have been. He'd put aside funds for his funeral
but there were no relatives A public health burial in
an unmarked grave was a possibility. But hanks to detective work
by the Reverend Mandy Bishop, support from funeral directors,
the Royal British Legion and social media, the former rifleman
in the King's Royal Rifle Corps Amongst the 200 mourners,
some who knew Reginald, others as the vicar put it who had
come to give something back for his service
to his community and country. As a former serviceman,
I served in the Royal Air Force, the thought of someone dying alone,
being committed alone As a former serviceman,
Reginald had a lot of family. It is a brotherhood regardless
of what capacity we may have served, Because of him, we have
the freedoms we have today. Hugh Taylor, whose father also
served in the King's Rifle Corps, was wearing his blazer,
KRC badge, and war medal I walked into this church together
with some colleagues from the Royal British Legion,
thinking that we were The funeral director
with Reginal's prized possession, We have all rallied together,
along with the support of social gentleman's funeral,
to ensure release of his own funds and ensure he had the
sendoff he deserved. A rare photograph, Reginald
at the age of four with a neighbour Celebrated today, a quiet man,
a hard worker, a perfect gentleman, Some fine weather across the region,
this is a beautiful photograph showing blue sky. And a lovely
coastal scene as well. A relatively mild night with this weather front
from the west but cold weather is on the way. This is introducing more
cloud. A cloudy but mainly dry evening. Through the night there
could be spots of patchy rain as the weather front moves through. For
most of us, no lower than 5 degrees. But it may be lower than these
alleys where there are breaks in the cloud. Patchy rain first thing and
strengthening winds, this weather system brings a change. Behind it
much colder air is tucked in. The main feature will be that
strengthening north-westerly wind which will make it feel cold. But it
is a mild start with highs of 11 degrees. The weather front moves
through briskly. Brighter skies with sunshine. Mainly dry. Certainly the
strength of the wind will be a feature through the day. 10 degrees
through the morning. By the afternoon, that cold air digs in,
more like 7 degrees, feeling cold, and a cold night with a frost
likely. That will continue for a few days. Looking ahead to Thursday,
some interesting weather. This weather system comes in from the
south bringing us some rain essentially. It may turn to sleet or
snow. Some uncertainty what will happen. Mainly a brain event at the
moment but the potential is there. Collection -- Rain. A dry day on
Thursday. Long spells of hazy sunshine and high-level cloud.
Later, the rainbow push through with the potential to turn to sleet or
snow. I will give you an update tomorrow. Looking perish in the cold
by the end of the week. Fine weather on Friday and Saturday but a strong
north-westerly wind on Friday with gales on the coast. Some sharp
frosts. A colder theme on the way. Join us again after the Ten O'Clock
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