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parents leading the campaign for research into childhood cancers.
There is not a lot of research from the pharmaceutical companies because
it is not profitable. As the East Midlands really a hotbed of
antimonarchist 's? This sets us apart. My guests are Health Minister
Anna Soubry and labour MP Chris Leslie. How was the Spending
Review? What was there specifically for us in East Midlands? We have got
investment in a tram route. We have got the electrification of the
Midland mainline. It is about restoring our economy so it is
better for all of us. Many people are finding life difficult and
tough. We have had to reduce public expenditure. I and elated that we
have continued to protect our health budget and our schools budget will
stop -- budget. There has been 2 billion set aside more for the
region. Anna was trying to put the best gloss on it she could. The
Chancellor is not doing enough to help the economy. He is focusing on
more cuts. He is not reducing the deficit. The deficit is going up. If
you do not get growth in the economy you will not repair the public
finances. What does that mean for us here? When the Chancellor said two
years ago he had taken all the cats he needed, that was obviously false
will stop -- cuts. We have already lost children's centres. We have
lost 160 police officers. You have chopped 230 nurses from the East
Midlands. How many more nurses are going to go? There are lots of
figures thrown in there. Can you answer? If everybody stops
interrupting angle Ansa. The country was nearly bankrupt in 2010.
Bankrupt? You have lost the credit rating. We had to make big cuts in
public expenditure. In doing that we tried to protect as many things as
we could. We have seen 1 million new jobs in the private sector. There
are more doctors now. We have detected that budget, something that
Labour would not have done. It is well and good to see what Chris has
said, but Labour would spend more money. Can you and to the question
on how many nurses we will lose Western Mac -- lose? A surgeon is
leading a campaign into research on childhood cancer. Here is our
political reporter. There is no doubting the levels of
care they receive here but could we be doing more for children suffering
from cancer. Dr David Walker is leading a campaign to relax rules
designed to protect patients from and tried drugs. Not all trials are
such high risk. Many trials are testing well-known drugs in new
combinations. That is the most commentators of trial. It is a
problem that is all too common for this family. 16-year-old Sam has
been to Belgium for treatment which has not been licensed in the UK.
Because children's cancers are classed as rare there is not a lot
of research from the pharmaceutical companies because it is not
profitable. There are not enough children to make a drug. That means
that fewer children are able to access new treatments. New
treatments are what I needed. has also been to Brussels to lobby
for a change in the law. This is not just for cancer patients like
myself, but also for patients that have not been so lucky, to support
them as well. The case has been taken up by MP Glenis Willmott. She
wants to make the new legislation work more effectively. These
children need these drugs now. Campaigners here want to make sure
that any new European regulations on children's cancer drugs are safe and
fair will stop at us and tried for change across the whole of Europe.
We will not quite change the world, but we will give it a good try.
is a campaign that is aimed mostly at Europe, but can the Government to
do more to lobby on this? It is a cross-party campaign. Can we do more
here to help? This is a decision by the European Parliament on a
particular directive. You can have a clinical trial in Belgium and the
results will not be relevant and other countries. It is the European
Parliament that makes the decision will stop -- decision. We are
providing �110 million in Cancer Research. There are also many
charities that raise money. Some cancers become more attractive, if
you like, to the public. We have made huge advances in breast cancer
and prostate cancer because they have resonated with the public.
the rare cancers. This is a real problem. Being in the European Union
EU can pool assets. But it is harder to raise money than it is to fight
the cancer, one of the families has said. There is a brilliant charity
in my constituency. There are so many brain cancers it is an
incredibly difficult subject. But there are people doing the most
amazing research. The charity in my constituency is funding research.
Glenis Willmott is taking a leading role in looking at this legislation
in Europe. We asked what are the chances of getting the rules
changed. The legislation needs revision. I have been working with
Dr David Walker from Nottingham. I have got unanimous support in the
committee. I am now negotiating with member States. We want to make these
trials easier and safer to run. We want access to all of the
information from all of the trials. I am delighted that we have had such
a success. Some real hope they our campaigners. Let us take a wider
look at health. Places like Nottingham and Leicester have a bad
record for life expectancy. We have put public health back where it
should be. It is back with local authorities. In Leicester they have
made obesity one of their targets. They are also doing fantastic work
of diabetes. That is all part of the public health agenda. Some of the
worst outcomes in health are linked to deprivation stop -- deprivation.
There is now a statutory duty on the NHS. In principle we agree that we
want local decisions. We do not want to see national governments pushing
this down to local councils and then pulling the rug from underneath them
will stop -- underneath them. If they do not have money for their
better housing that is needed and the projects to help young people
with healthy eating, and the funding formula was not very helpful, then
it is very worrying that we will not be making progress. We have given a
10% increase in the night of money that local councils get. It is a
two-year deal. It is ring fenced money. It enables councils to look
at transport policies. But 10% has been chopped off the local authority
budget. Council funding has been emasculated. We have to leave that
they are. The monarchy has had a difficult
time in this region in the past. Charles I surrendered here. Edward
VIII met Lady Simpson at Harlaxton. Campaign group Republic is holding a
meeting year this weekend. Leicester, restingplace of Richard
III will stop a great place to ask people what they think of the
monarchy. What is your idea on the monarchy? I get very now static. To
think of the Queen gives you a sense of national pride. It gives me some
identity. If I had a choice I would be anti-monarchy. Simple as that.
prefer to have the monarchy. I quite like the monarchy. I do not see the
argument about cost. I am quite proud. They never say how much money
she brings into the country. All the tourist come. They want to see
Buckingham Palace and the Royal palaces. The Queen is the Queen. I
was brought up knowing about the Queen. Without the Queen there is no
history in the country. What I you a spot on the monarchy? -- what are
your thoughts? It isn't hast extra tourism in this country. We are next
main selling a bad time financially, but we really need them at the
moment. They work very hard. A lot of fans there. Joining us now is
Graham Smith, the chief executive of Republic. How can you have said that
the East Midlands is a hotbed of anti-monarchism. There are lots of
people in the whole country that support our camp Lane. Articulately
here in East Midlands? -- support our campaign. Our campaign has grown
enormously. We are moving our annual conference out of London into the
Midlands. It is a reflection on the growth of our campaign. Opinion
polls show overwhelming support for the Royal family. We should qualify
that. It shows an overwhelming view that we can keep it as it is. There
is a constituency that loves the monarchy, and there are a group of
people that want to get rid of it. Our job is to show what the problem
is. It is difficult to make a serious judgement about what sort of
head of state we should have. you a royalist? Of course I am. You
do not have to be. We have to get this into perspective. I many
members have you got the East Midlands? The Queen has never been
so pillar. -- never been so popular. The alternative, a presidency...
That is not the alternative being proposed. In the Republic of Ireland
they elect ahead of state similar to the Queen. Every member of
Parliament takes allegiance to the Queen. In two years time we have the
800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. It was the first time they
taught about restraining the powers of the monarchy. They bring a lot of
money this country. They do not. The issue does not get debated on
serious grounds very often. How much money do they bring in? An
assessment was made. That was a PR stunt at the time of the Jubilee. I
said there was no evidence that tourism would go down if we got rid
of the monarchy. What are all these tourist this doing around Buckingham
Palace? They go to CDs things. -- say these things. At the time of
Diana's death, that must've been one of the all-time lows of Royal
family. I remember when they had a documentary on the Royal family.
They have changed their public relations. They have had a lot of
help from the BBC. We have two leave it there.
Time for a round-up of the other political stories.
MPs are turning their thoughts to holidays. One MP is urging
holiday-makers to take out an insurance policy.
Alan Meale wants The Sun newspaper removed from Parliament until it
removes its page the then up. -- H three.
Leicestershire MP claims the cost of the high-speed line will eventually
double. It is only a matter of how much money we waste on the way.
he had something to smile about. like it when John moves to the
right. For the record, John adopts a
neutral position will stop Alan Meale wants The Sun newspaper to be
and from sale at Westminster until the train moves page three. I would
not have it. I wish it would grow up. It is 2013. It is pathetic. I
wish they would stop doing it. The way to stop this by people making
that choice. It is an activist at. The idea is the on its sell by
date. Even Rupert Murdoch has been tweeting that he might stop it.