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Hello and welcome to Look East. so it's goodbye from me.

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In the programme tonight: Free-range egg farmers hit out

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at government plans to combat the bird flu outbreak.

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They say classifying some areas as "safe" will put their flocks

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They are just a bunch of idiots. It makes no sense whatsoever.

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Reaction in the constituency after the Labour MP Clive Lewis

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Exclusive access to the hospital teams who have to deal

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And I am inside shed one looking at the future of the airship industry.

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First tonight, a warning that free-range egg producers will go out

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of business because of bird flu, despite the lifting of restrictions

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which have kept their hens indoors since December.

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Today, the government said hens in the white areas on this map can

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be moved back outside when the current ban runs out

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They would then become free-range again.

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In the red areas, they will still be kept under cover to protect them

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from wild birds carrying the flu virus.

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But today, farmers told Look East that no area is completely safe.

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They claim there is no science behind the advice they are given

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Here is the high risk zone. Daniel is a free range egg producer in

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Suffolk. He is one of the lucky ones because his farm is outside the high

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risk areas designated by DEFRA. On March one, his birds will be allowed

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out again. But Daniel is still worried that those inside the high

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risk areas will suffer. How have DEFRA come up with these zones?

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Throwing paint at a map by the looks of it. It is a very random

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assortment of blue blobs on a map, mainly coastal areas but there are

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large gaps around the coast that are not covered. They say it is a

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risk-based response but they have not said what the risk is. Dave

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White is another free range producer. His farm is just a the

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fields away but is within a high risk area. His birds will have to

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stay in their sheds and he is furious. Just a bunch of idiots.

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They have taken a compass, put it on a map and done circles. It makes no

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sense whatsoever. There is no bird flu at the present moment in East

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Anglia, so why are we being punished. In those areas where they

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still have to house they will not be able to label their eggs as free

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range. I am hopeful people will recognise these are free range

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flocks, they are being housed for a good reason. On Monday we met

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Alistair Brice. He is a free range producer and Packer supplying three

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quarters of a million free range eggs to supermarkets across East

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Anglia. He says the DEFRA plans will put some producers out of business

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and may even extend the life of the bird flu virus.

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We saw Alaistaire Brice in that report and he's

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You have some farms inside the red zone and some which are not. Yes, we

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have three inside the zones and 13 outside. The government will be

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dammed if it did and damp if it doesn't say what is wrong with what

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they are doing? It is splitting the whole industry in half and it is

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making those almost a postcode lottery where if they fall inside

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the zones you will lose money and if you fall outside, you might make a

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living. There is no thought gone into this. What would you like them

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to do? I would like to continue the housing band and maintain the free

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range eggs if we could. If we cannot do that, downgrade the whole

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industry to Ban and we have a level playing field and we can move

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forward with a disease control management plan to try to eradicate

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this. You do think there is a threat to all of the birds? Unless those

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birds can read that map I think there is a severe risk to us all and

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I have two farms which are not in the zones but that does not mean I

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will be happy to let them out. I will think about the risk that

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associates my business and neighbours. What sort of difference

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does it make to the price you can charge for ex-? The difference is

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about 30p a dozen. It might not sound a lot but 30p over a palette

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of eggs is ?210. Many of these farms are small family farms and you will

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decimate their ability to make a livelihood. You think someone go out

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of business? No doubt about it because we have been given the

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zones, there is no timescale on them and if we have open areas where

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birds are free to roam and the birds that are migrating back from the

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West to the east back to their breeding grounds, they will stop off

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in places and I do think Mr Gibbins appreciates that they do not follow

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maps. The Labour MP Clive Lewis has

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kept a low profile today following his decision to stand down

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from the shadow cabinet. He resigned as shadow business

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secretary last night after deciding to vote in parliament

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against Article 50. Friends of the MP have

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praised him for speaking up but among voters the verdict

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has been more mixed. Across the whole of Norfolk, Suffolk

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and Essex just one place voted to remain in the European Union and it

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was he in Norwich South. That is why Clive Lewis decided to go against

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his party leader last night to vote against the Brexit bill and give up

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his job in the Shadow Cabinet. He went with his conscience and that is

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fair enough. It was the right thing to do because people in Norwich did

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not vote Brexit. He is sticking up for the people. Plenty of support

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for the MP today, but not from everyone. I sympathise to a degree

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but the majority of the country wanted to leave, so perhaps he

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should have done that. Sometimes you have to lump it, you cannot always

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have it your way. Mr Lewis has said nothing publicly today. His decision

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to stand down was revealed as MPs started to vote for Article 50 last

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night. He said he had made what he called the tough decision because, I

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cannot vote for something I believe ultimately harm the city.

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As a Labour MP, I will never apologise for my socialism. And MP

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for less than two years, Clive Lewis has found himself at the heart of

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Labour politics. He was one of those who persuaded Jeremy Corbyn to run

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for leader. He was briefly Shadow Defence Secretary which got him into

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a row over Trident before getting the business brief. He has had a

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roller-coaster time since he was elected and in lots of ways, the

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period of time which was to be about getting your feet under the table,

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doing the work as a constituency MP, starting to build up experience, he

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was catapulted into two big positions. He has negotiated and

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done well in those rows. I do not think it will be too long before he

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is back on the front bench. But it is the backbench which now beckons

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and a promising career has now stalled. How long will he be on the

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backbenches for? This is Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party and what is

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interesting is how nice everyone is being about him today. John McDonald

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says he has a major contribution to make and hopes he will be back in

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due course. The talk at Westminster last night was that all those who

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reside will be back by the end of the year. It is interesting that

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Clive Lewis is not giving interviews. He is hoping the story

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will go away and if he does not give interviews, people will forget about

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Labour's divisions. Will he go for the leadership? It is inevitable

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that you will be seen as a future leader. The odds have been cut, he

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is now 5-1 favourite. It will not happen in the foreseeable future.

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Both are France, I cannot see Mr Lewis running against him. If Jeremy

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Corbyn stands down, that might be different but it will not happen

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soon. Council tax in Suffolk

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is going up by 3% and the budget for services will be

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cut by more than ?30 million. The budget for the coming year

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was signed off at a full council Let's go live to the political

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reporter for BBC Radio Suffolk, It is a chilly evening here at

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Suffolk County Council, but earlier this afternoon, the debate got

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heated. It centred around the ?30 million worth of budget cuts they

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have to find. One area where the grants to charities. Age UK suffix

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say their grant is a third less than it was three years ago. Earlier

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today I met up with Gillian Ellis from Lowestoft who told me about the

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impact these cuts were having. Shopping has to be ordered over

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the phone and delivered. The 79-year-old former secretary has

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carers coming in four times a day. Every Friday, Mary an Age UK Suffolk

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befriender came to see Gillian to cheer her up,

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but now there is no more money to support the service,

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so the visits have stopped. She popped in, brought the post,

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opened it up, that's rubbish, that's rubbish, that's rubbish,

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handed me what I wanted. It was nothing really,

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but important at the time. Age UK Suffolk had been running

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the befriending service, but they have had their budgets

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reduced from over ?800,000 in 2014 Just before Christmas we had to shut

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a couple of day services that we ran in Bury St Edmunds

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and we are at the moment in the process of reducing

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and combining the benefits service and the advice service

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so that it continues, but it will be smaller,

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have less capacity For Gillian, the loss of funds

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is a loss of friendship, which had helped her

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through a very difficult time. I just hope, if she is watching

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this, thank you, Mary, because from the bottom of my heart,

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she helped a lot. The labour opposition here at

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Suffolk County Council wanted to see the Conservatives dig deeper into

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the reserves, but they said that this would be financially dangerous.

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The big test will come in May, this is a county council election year

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and the measure will be did people like the budget, or did they not, or

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is it time for a change? Part of the A12 in Essex

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is still closed after a lorry The driver died in the

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accident near Witham. The lorry was carrying 26

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tonnes of batteries. The southbound carriageway is closed

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between junctions 25 and 20B. Specialist equipment is being used

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and fire crews are having to hose the wreckage to keep

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the batteries cool. Still to come tonight: More

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wintry weather on the way. And fighting the fines

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for taking children out We meet the couple who refused

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to pay and ended up in court. As new figures reveal that

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so-called bed blocking is the highest on record,

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we've been given exclusive access to one of the region's

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hospitals to see how The head of the NHS said today that

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delays in getting people out of hospital and into social care

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or back home have gone up by 90% Simon Dedman has been

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to Basildon Hospital to see how a team there is dealing

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with the problem. We have had a very

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challenging night. We are still on black

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alert currently. It is the first meeting

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at Basildon Hospital to work out I've got three potential

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discharges for today. We are in a position where we have

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no more beds in the hospital, so we have 28 patients placed

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in A, so at the moment, if we have any more ambulances arrive,

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we only have one trolley If you have more than one patient,

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what are you going to do? Then we will have

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ambulances queueing. We admitted more people than we were

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able to discharge yesterday. Basildon's managing director takes

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me through the latest situation. What we're hoping to do is move

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patients into our elective orthopaedic ward, which means

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we are not able to do joint surgery, Just coming round to see if there

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are any patients for hospital home? After the morning meeting,

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nurse Natalie Cook goes ward to ward to find patients who could be

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discharged from hospital and get their treatment

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from Basildon hospital nurses The consultant saw you yesterday and

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is happy for us to take you home. She has found one who will hopefully

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be discharged today. She heads now to find four other

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patients who can get But the real problem

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is being dealt with here. Sick elderly people

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who get stuck in hospital. This ward aims to treat

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the frail quickly and get That is what this team works

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on every day at nine. Some patients have been

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here for ten days though. But after two days on this

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ward, Eileen is looking I am on some tablets, I don't know

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exactly what they are for, other than having those

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in the mornings and apart from that, it's just being here

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and getting looked after. Some patients here are waiting

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for social care to kick in. The majority of the patients

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who come over here we treat The longer they stay,

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more complex problems arise, so having access to community

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services and talking to leads in community,

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we are able to get them out quicker. Every bed in Basildon Hospital

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is taken and it has pretty much been that way since the beginning

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of the year. So much so that if you needed

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something like a hip replacement, they would pay to send you private,

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none have taken place Basildon Hospital is trying

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but getting slack in the health This time of year, lots of families

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will be spending hours trying to find a decent summer holiday

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at a decent price. So do you take the children out

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of school during term time when everything is much cheaper,

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or do you wait for the school The government says children need

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to be in school and unauthorised absences attract a fine

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of ?60 per child. But when Matt and Kerry Thomas

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from Norwich were fined ?120 following a trip to Majorca,

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they decided to fight Wearing her uniform today but last

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summer, faith and her brother took a week out of school with their

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parents. They headed for the Spanish sun. It cost ?1800. In the summer

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holidays it would have cost 3000. I learned how to exchange the money

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and the exchange rate and I learned how big the world was. Their schools

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took a DM view. The local council took action. Matt and Ceri Thomas

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refused to pay the ?120 fine so it was doubled. They still refuse to

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pay and so today both sides faced each other in court. I know what is

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best for my children not someone sitting in a courthouse or behind a

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desk. I know what is best and the best thing for them was to have the

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experience of a foreign holiday. Matt is pinning his hopes on the

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case of another father who won his case at the High Court. He took his

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daughter to Florida and faced a fine. His local authority appealed

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and now Supreme Court judges will decide if he has to pay. I don't

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think there is an issue, as long as they catch up with their work and

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make sure that is not affected. Maybe when they were younger, maybe

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not so much when they are older because of exams. I don't agree with

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it. They are therefore education. The county council told us it is

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Headteachers themselves who decide whether or not to take action...

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Aside from the lower cost of holidays during term time, there are

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those like this family who thought their rights as parents are being

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undermined, but the government is clear, even a few days away from

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school can affect exam results and have a detrimental effect on a

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child's's education. That is the only holiday we have ever been on as

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a holiday. But we took it on term time which is against the law. The

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family will be back here for a full trial next month.

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I'm sure most of us remember the case of the wheelchair user

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who took his local bus company to the supreme court,

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after a dispute with a woman with a child in a buggy over

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He won the case, but now something similar has happened in Essex.

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Nicki Price has cerebral palsy and was waiting

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She says there were two pushchairs taking up the space for a wheelchair

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and the mothers refused to move them.

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Nicky Price on her way to the bus stop. She says using a bus must be a

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basic right. Unfortunately they are not very reliable. They are always

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missing buses out which makes the enough is bus overcrowded. And when

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Nicky try to get on a first bus recently, there were two pushchairs

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in the space for the wheelchair. The drivers ask the mother to fall they

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pushed us up, they both said no and Nicky could not get on. I was

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devastated. I was upset, angry. I was worried about my child which was

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my main thought at the time, which was I must get to my child, to pick

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her up. But I felt like a second class citizen. And it came despite

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Doug Pauley's recent victory in the Supreme Court. He could not get onto

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a bus when a mother with a pushchair refused to move. The judges ruled

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they should do more to accommodate wheelchair users. Nicky Price says

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the ruling has not made any difference. She dreads being left

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stranded at a bus stop. I am vulnerable, left out in the cold,

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alone. Where does it... What if something happens? I feel scared to

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use the buses. In a statement, first said:

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Nicky Price see the fore says she has received overwhelming support

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over what she feels is a continuing injustice against wheelchair users.

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You may well know that hidden away in a giant hangar in Bedfordshire

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is the longest aircraft in the world.

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It's called the Airlander and it's a cross between an airship

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and a conventional plane. Last summer, everybody got

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very excited when it made its maiden flight.

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Then, a few days later, there was a crash landing.

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Now after months of repair work, it could be back in the air very soon.

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Airlander in the skies above Cardington. One of many maiden

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flights. Its second test flight ended in this, and undignified

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nosedive on landing. The state of the cockpit shown it could have been

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worse. I have been given special access inside shed one. To find out

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how the air lender is recovering. The cockpit now being rebuilt, those

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at the controls that they are unharmed. There was a loud noise

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when we hit the ground. Pretty soon we realise that most of the damage

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was superficial. We were fine and a chilly got top and walked off the

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flight deck. Are you looking forward to going back up? We are all

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excited. There was frustration we had to stop flying to repair the

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aircraft, but we know we have made loads of changes to our training and

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we will come back much stronger. This shed is 100 years old, built

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for the original airships with its own climate, far colder than

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outside. A century ago, nearby shorts town was built to house the

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workers and now the apprentices once again being recruited from the same

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area. It is amazing to follow in their footsteps and a revolutionary

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aircraft like this is amazing. It's a great feeling, a great atmosphere,

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everyone grew up around here so knows the history. If it hadn't been

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for a heavy landing, the Airlander would have had extra flying time but

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backers remain optimistic. Details confidential but they include a high

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profile investor from the middle east and it is hoped Airlander will

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return to the skies very soon. Come March time, we should leave the hang

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out again for our 2017 flight test programme. Then we will work with

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customers, working up to some longer trips into Asia, North America. This

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is the latest chapter in airship history as the industry celebrates

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its 100th year here. Handsome. Very impressive. Now the

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weather. Colder firmly establish across the British Isles. Bitterly

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cold for at least 48 hours and there have been some snow flurries. These

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photographs define some. Evidence of snow on the windscreen. You can see

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a little bit of snow there on what looks like a table. Most of us saw

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leaden skies today and with the temperature and the bitterly cold

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wind, it has not felt pleasant. There will be the risk of further

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snow showers over the next 24 hours. High-pressure, huge area of high

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pressure across Scandinavia and that is blocking these Atlantic weather

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systems coming in. Colder air across us over the last 24 hours. These

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showers will continue this evening. Mainly for coastal parts, but as

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that north-easterly wind freshens, they could move further inland, so

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the chance you may wake up to a dusting of snow tomorrow morning,

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particularly if you live in eastern counties. A few degrees below

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freezing. Tomorrow's weather, not a lot changing but we have this

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feature coming in from the north sea and there will be more depth to the

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cloud tomorrow, so any showers will be heavier. The risk of those

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showers through the day, a lot of dry weather but no evidence of

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sunshine. Temperatures once more similar to today, two or three

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degrees. Factor in that north-easterly wind, it will be

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bitterly cold. Snow showers could move further west so as we go into

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Friday evening, a greater risk of getting a dusting of snow and

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further across western counties as well. Certainly looking very wintry

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over the next few days. There are changes into next week. Low pressure

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moving up from the south and that will change things. Slightly less

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cold air for the weekend, but we still have the north-easterly wind

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so it will feel the same temperature wise. But by mid week, more of a

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springlike feel as temperatures cover perhaps into the mid teens.

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Fantastic! That is all from us. Goodbye.

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OK, everyone, have you got your bamboo sticks?

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If you just paint what you want to paint,

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I've turned around, my painting washes away.

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..and take on The Big Painting Challenge.

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Remember, you're not painting a pond.

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Before I met you, I was a civilised woman.

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