23/09/2012 Sunday Politics East Midlands


23/09/2012

Andrew Neil and Marie Ashby with the latest political news, debate and interviews, including chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and communities secretary Eric Pickles.


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Canon Nick Clegg Bristol the furniture inspired a Liberal

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Democrats? And had get don't for the summer's

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 2022 seconds

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contributions for keeping this I was outside does have a jolt

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Armando. There is a cross country campaign and this first step deeper

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came from Cambridge to come over. It is important that people are

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coming together, acquiring for a review of this decision. Our

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review of this decision. Our survival rates for some of the best

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survival rates for a step it is really important that MPs by

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booking together with this. Will it make any difference? Are we are

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hoping that this new evidence will be looked at. We are hoping Jeremy

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Hunt will agree there will be a wider review. It is really

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important that everybody books together - the clinicians, a

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patient groups MPs. The decision to close the unit is a wrong one.

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Mickey, you hosted a meeting, looking at keeping this unit. What

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looking at keeping this unit. What came up to that meeting. We have

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looked at additional evidence. Things like the expected numbers of

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patients, a mortality rate of the unit, the additional pressures on

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the beds already in Birmingham. The view is that the review team do not

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know the whole picture. Liz, John and I sat down with these people,

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representing other MPs, and we have spoken to Jeremy Hunt already.

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is the opposite case - you on this in your backyard, but your

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government is responsible for making these cuts. This is not

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making these cuts. This is not about cuts. This arises from the

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Bristol Heart scandal forced up it was all to do with having bigger

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and save the unit's. The argument we are making is we have at a

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world-leading, specialised service end Leicester. Doing really want to

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put in jeopardy? Can start as a same do not ruin it. This is not a

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party political issue. There are plenty up NHS policy areas I

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disagree with. This is not party political. That is what we are

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working together with this, trying to get this decision reviewed.

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What is that sound? That is the sound of the Liberal Democrats and

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the East Midlands! The party may be in government in Westminster, but

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right here, it has been losing power and seats. Nick Clegg came to

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the region ahead of this week's Lib Dem conference to raise support

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cost up they could all hear him, but what they are listening?

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Limp -- Nick Clegg knows that the message of them gets a sceptical

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hearing. The party faces a struggle. But Nick Clegg believes long-term

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decisions, taken by the Lib Dems in government, will win back voters.

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government, will win back voters. Whether it is the big tax changes,

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Whether it is the big tax changes, whereby you will not pay tax on

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your first �10,000, whether it is the fact pensioners have the

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largest tax increase in the state pension, where there it is the

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biggest number of new apprenticeships and the East

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Midlands and the last 20 years, the pupil premium, a lot of these

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things have taken up at a time to come through. That Deputy Prime

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Minister had been invited by the Nottingham poster face an audience

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of its readers. He took questions of the calf. He won prizes for

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honesty and been prepared to face voters. It was interesting, did not

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anything you. Was not overwhelmingly convinced. I got the

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feel of this is a government not listening well enough to the real

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people. It was really nice to hear from Nick Clegg himself, first hand,

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without the purse having third taken up. Not too keen on his

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opinion. There was an even more hostile reception from Nick Clegg

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at Trent Bridge, as the Deputy Prime Minister met Liberal

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Democrats inside, outside, unions staged a protest. It is to get the

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message across to Nick Clegg and his allies that it is about time

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they stopped backing this Government and stuttered to stand

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up to it. By now, he is used to the criticism. Where people want to

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criticise Liberal Democrats, we should take it on the chin, but we

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should also hold our heads up high for stepping up to the plate when

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the country was on the brink, back in 2010. We have done this

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painstaking, unpopular will go to prepare and reform the British

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economy. It has also boosted jobs and the Green economy, making sure

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children from poor backgrounds could do better start in life,

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giving pensioners a decent state pension. Nick Clegg was once an

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East Midlands MEP. He knows it could take time the Lib Dem for a

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chance to improve and the region. You were at that meeting at Trent

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Bridge with Nick Clegg. What did he say to you? He did not need to say

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too much, because we already have a love to have that morale. The

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members in the East Midlands are fairly positive and energetic. We

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have had a few setbacks and the local elections, but we still

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control two local authorities. he did not apologise? No, but we

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discussed a buzz of issues around the coalition and Hank will we need

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to cement are so put in the region. After the meeting, it did you say

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anything that prompted that pilot she? There was a discussion on a

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range of issues, and one of the was a student tuition fees. Nick Clegg

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has been up and down the country, and Martin was the last stop.

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During that time, he has been listening to members up and down

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the country. Surely, some of them are painting quite a gloomy picture.

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We do not have any Lib Dem MPs and the East Midlands. We don't, do we

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have an active MEP. We are the strongest opposition in two county

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councils. So, you are comfortable with the situation as it is? We are

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not comfortable. We want to do better. We are not completely

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complacent about the situation, but we are also not at a loss with

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morale. Are you worried that disaffected Lib Dem voters would be

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turning to Labour? It will be interesting to find out where the

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Lib Dem voters to go. Local by- election results tend to suggest

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they are split over the place. Some go to Labour, some come to us, and

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some will stay with the Lib Dems for a step in Loughborough, a lot

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of people went to the Lib Dems because of the Iraq war, and the

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question will be whether that will still be an issue. What about this

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took of a Lib Dems turning to Labour? There will be relations

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between all sorts of politicians. There will be Labour politicians,

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Lib Dems, Conservatives. I am not sure what the country will think of

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it for a stab at the moment, we would try to go for a majority

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government. Would you party work with the Lib Dems? We need to

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rebuild trust with the British people. If it but you back under

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government? And that all happen in the next election? With people who

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we have strong sympathies with, like Linda -- Vince Cable, or we

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will work with him. But let us be clear with Nick Clegg's apologies -

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he has apologised for making the pledge and the first place. It is a

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rather cynical manoeuvre, would you think back to the general election,

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they used this as a campaigning tool. This was not a casual pledge.

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This is what they campaigned on. could be said you are haemorrhaging

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support in the East Midlands. Is that the man at the top who is to

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blame? No. The apology he has made, we have to respect somebody who, in

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politics, feels that mistakes have been made. There are not many

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politicians to make apologies on public platforms. Tony Blair and

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never made an apology for the ruck or, and golden brown did not make

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any apologies for selling gold reserves at half-price. Patricia

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Hewitt never made any apologies over the commitment she later

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Lister Hospital. It takes a certain level of politician... A OK, but we

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have heard, on the doorstep, people are campaigning. When they go to

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the disturbed and say Nick Clegg's main, people do not want to know.

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knock and us every week. Things are getting progressively better. Since

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we lost our local councillors, we are not getting the service we used

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to have before from local Lib Dem councillors. That is where Labour

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had taken control. Labour take local communities for granted.

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tie your tactics for when East Midlands come back? We have to

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continue to work go have a strength - hour care ended up communities in

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the upper community politics for a step Liberal Democrats are the

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strongest under work at your local people for a step you're no putting

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anyone up for Police Commissioner - is that Pat of a plan for a step

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that a share it is do we feel that local people make a decision for a

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step numbers and the East Midlands felt that there was none needs for

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a step this is the first Sunday politics since the summer break, an

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older, they have for us is that we Has a back and the party

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conferences are a planners, it is time to prepare the garden for the

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return. It has been such a memorable summer. Now, back to a

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routine, and in the political undergrowth, it is not that

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difficult to find and uncovers some familiar political problems. You

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wheeze Minch was first of the block. Her surprise resignation gave ppm

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and early summer headache. The result? An unwelcome parliamentary

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by-election. She stated families being the prime reason, but she

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also felt she had not been rewarded for her media appearances and

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supporting government. What was the Prime Minister's reaction? They are

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upset. A clubby by-election and the election of the year police and

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crime commissioner as well give us an insight into the political mood

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of the East Midlands. Them and his disappointment. David Cameron came

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in to do with the deficit and promote growth, and growth is non-

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existent. Then there was David Cameron's reshuffle. The others, a

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case of a political pruning. Out winds Edward Garnier a, Ken Clarke

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was shunted a tough justice. Grantham and Stamford's MP is now

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planning minister. Prime Ministers are strongest in the first up to a

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three years of government. It would be hardest for him in the future to

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stamp his political will in the future. By at a time, a Sunday

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politics Dutch as Archbishop at the medals. So there goes to reach

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mention for his sprinting over the finishing line by resigning as

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clubby MP, to Madrid is into the job. And go to - Richards the third,

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who offered his kingdom for a close and produced a comeback of the

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summer. Arguing that just have unearthed to what they are

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convinced of the remains of the former King of England buried in a

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car park in Leicester for a step if it does turn out to be Richard the

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third, he would likely to have be state funeral?

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I would come and I would like him to be buried in Leicester Cathedral.

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We heard it there that Cameron is very upset at Louise's resignation.

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How do you feel about it? I think Louise had been a good MP, but I

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feel sad and. She tried very hard to juggle all the different bits of

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her life, and being an MP is so hard if you have young children.

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it too much for her? The difficulty was she met and married somebody

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last year, who was based in the States. What I have heard is the

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Prime Minister did everything he could to try to make it possible

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for her to juggle things, and it did not work. It is not good to

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lose a fellow woman MP. Absolutely. She made such a remark in

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Parliament. She was changing the perceptions are politics. Louise

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engaged with the public. To lose someone like that is a great shame.

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It has been an inch a stink reshuffle. We now have a health

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minister here. Nicky has been made a blip, and I am delighted for her.

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I do not understand why Edward Garnier got the sack. But I have

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got to say, he was decent. He go to a knighthood. Were though, it there

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was nothing for the women. We have been hearing this week about the ex

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MP for Gedling, the new Chief Whip, cooling the police plebs! It has

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grossed a behaviour. And as soon brie is already making the

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headlines are disturbed by a big part of your new job to rain

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colleagues in? I am not sure whether that is possible. That

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interview was just an hour through him through. People want to see

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personalities in politics. There were undersea ministers to listen

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to what people are telling them. I know she will be doing that. It is

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a massive task. There are lots and lots of changes. The whip's Gerber

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is a mixture of administration, planning what goes through

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Parliament and dealing with MPs. And listening and working with all

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sorts of personalities. Will that take you away from the constituency

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and constituents? We spend more time with Westminster paperwork?

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The good thing about being a wet is that there as though a little

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paperwork. My PHI does come a week hence, of the assessors are here to

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be spent in Loughborough. When I was elected, I wanted to put the

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leftovers in the heart of Westminster. That will make that

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two Job harder? Representing Loughborough? But then goes back to

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Women in politics - and we did it multi-tasking and juggling? You can

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I put a minister. And that is how a good to speak to Jeremy Hunt. The

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links will continue. Joan, what is at the top of you to do list?

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same issue is has been for the last 12 months - economy and

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unemployment. Although, actually, unemployment came down by 13 in my

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constituency. Youth unemployment is still too high. We need a problem -

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- proper government scheme. What about you, Nicky? Journeys write

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about jobs and skills. The my other great passion is mental health.

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all happened about that? I let the debate in June. Last week, we saw

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the men to hurt discrimination book at his second reading in Parliament.

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We have got to go further. I hope that I am other colleagues can work

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with our local health services and see how they are looking after

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people for a step let us catch up on the other name Stowers of them

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In a 19% Swing Glenn that Labour has won a County Council election

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for a step or 2000 jobs could be crude a day and had business

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package bed Baker ended up to 50 companies are attracted by the City

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does my Bignell a manufacturer's first step Nigel says much for us

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and the East Midlands have shown to spare tape since the defection of

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Conservative MEP for a stab Rach -- road show left at the Conservative

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Party for a step closer our plans anything over a government decision

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not to do it protected status to a PCSO chip!

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A 19% swing to Labour. Is this a sign of things to come? It is a

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sign that results are all over the place. There were always local

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factors at play. It is a big swing. It was an independent who died in

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caused the by-election. There all sorts of factors. People are voting

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on local candidates, local factors. It is very hard to discern any kind

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of overall movement. You should be picking up votes. A spectacular

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