15/04/2012 Sunday Politics North East and Cumbria


15/04/2012

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In the North East and Cumbria: Steelmaking returns to Teesside and

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there's more investment at Nissan. Are they pointers to the region's

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 1745 seconds

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Will it be a yes or or ran off. We invite the campaigners to make

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their case. As well as the latest good news for steelmaking, good

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news for Nissan. My guest Sark Ian Mearns, and Mary Trevelyan and Neil

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Bradbury. This week, Cumbria County Council

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closed one care home or while keeping two Coppin. The majority of

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councils have stopped running care homes.

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A partial victory for campaigners from west Cumbria. 10,000 people

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signed petitions to close three care homes. Cumbria County Council

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changed tack and voted to keep two or pin. She is 96 and deserves that

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right to live where she chooses. She will be pleased. The news

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delighted staff at Richmond Park which has also staying open. I am

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extremely disappointed that would Lyons is closing. It does fantastic

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work. We are devastated. I am delighted that Richmond Park will

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stay open. The reprieve goes against a pattern of closing public

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sector homes. No us has never been about saving money, it is about

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Updating care for the elderly. have pleased some residents and

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their families by keeping two homes Open. Have they ducked the

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important questions? You went through this prop -- process. Has

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Cumbria abduct a decision? That is the duty of local government. Every

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council must decide what is right for them. They have made the right

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decision for them. In Northumberland, we made the right

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decision on care homes. Then we ticks the decision on day-care. We

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are moving care provision and to the voluntary sector. We are able

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to provide more care for more people. It has been a great success.

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The problem is that you get a lot of flak. It is a traumatic

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experience potentially far older people. Is a resolution. You do not

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get awards for making these decisions. It was a hard process.

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There was a lot of vigorous debate but that is good. Looking back,

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from my experience, people are happy with the change. There were

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fears and concerns, understandably, from people who had used the

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facilities for a long time. It is understandable and easy to support

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can make -- campaigners. Is that always the right decision? In the

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case of what has happened in Cumbria, the two homes that have

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been reprieved are popular. I hope that it is the right decision for

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those people and for their families. I think that other models need to

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be explored. The council in Gateshead, the voluntary sector and

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what we produced was a better example. I think it is worth

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investigating what else is available. Is there a danger that

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when councils get out of this sector, it is the private sector

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that takes over? The there is always a danger. It is the

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responsibility of the Care Quality Commission to make sure what is

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there is of good quality. We have seen in the early part of this year

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problems with capacity because of decisions taken by the Secretary of

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State. You campaigned and were you not wrong in the end? I think the

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issue that is difficult is that the people we are talking about who

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need protection by councils are the very elderly, those with dementia a

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book is people are living longer. At 70, I hop to be fit and healthy.

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When I and 85, there will still be a need for people who do not have

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family. They need to be protected. Keren the warm is fine to a point.

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For councils to make sure that the people who are most vulnerable are

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protected. We neglect people latter peril. Can the private sector can

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be trusted to look after old people? The operators are keeping

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on top of what is going on. Northumberland has a very good

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provision in South -- in place. That is something that the part of

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the Social Care Bill really needs to look at. We pay more are in

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Northumberland than another places. He it is pointing out -- worth

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pointing out that almost 600 Care Commission inspections were

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cancelled. In two weeks time, voters in Newcastle will choose

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whether they want an elected mayor in the city. Campaigning has been

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low-key. To hear both sides of the argument, I went on a journey

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across the city with two campaigners, one each from the Yes

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and No camp. The corridors of power, this is where Newcastle is governed.

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Voters will decide next month whether they want an elected mayor.

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Time for the campaigners to make their cases. Most people are more

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concerned about their pavements and bins. I wonder whether electing a

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mayor will make a difference. There will be a focus on whether people

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are more concerned with bigger issues. 25 % of people can name

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their council leader. Leaders are picked from smoke-filled rooms. 57

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% of people who have an elected mayor can mean that Meir. --

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elected mayor. One difference could an elected mayor make? Could an

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elected mayor be the answer? having elected mayor in place,

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there will be the power to take for word he regeneration areas which

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will be important to our economic future. The problem is that it is

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in private ownership. If that -- if elected mayor has millions in his

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back pocket, he can pit that into the city. We need more private

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money in place for more regeneration. This area struggles

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to get regeneration off the ground. I question the record of elected

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mayors making a difference. Next stop, the bus station. London's

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make a -- elected mayor has a great power over travel. I cannot imagine

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how an elected mayor would make the buses run on time. If we got told

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Bruce on the time, that would be bad. Greater powers over charging

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policies to reduce charges on public transport in order to get

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more people on them. At the moment, I cannot see how an elected mayor

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in Newcastle could help. We need greater levels of public

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transportation. That voice is not being heard because there is no

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voice. The quayside next. Many of's juice diction will stop here. A if

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we missed the autonomous, if people decide not to bought foreign

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elected mayor, we will have no civic voice making a big argument

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to government. In terms of politics, there is parochialism and I wonder

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whether there will be support. is clear our campaigners will never

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agree. Voters need to decide what a think by May 3rd.

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Ian Mearns, which we would you vote? I would be against the idea

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of having an elected mayor. When the Cabinet system came into power,

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there was a lot of discussion about the transparency of the decision

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making process. How do you make it transpired when one person is

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deliberating on their own. Frankly, the power in London can supply to

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places like Newcastle. There is a better model. I would vote Yes in

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favour of unelected mayor. If you want to speak to the City, who do

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you fawned? My casting notice for know. We have gridlock between the

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Conservatives elected mayor under cover -- a Labour elected council.

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-- Labour council. Without a lot more powers, I am not convinced of

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this argument. Another part of the North East, I would vote to know.

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It means nothing. Newcastle has the final vote.

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David Cameron's visit to Nissan in Japan gave us a good present. This

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week, up more at a news. SSI on Teesside.

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The region's David Cameron was that the Japanese headquarters to hear a

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hatchback will be built at its North East factory. The news that

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Nissan will be making a new hatchback and Sunderland will

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create thousands of jobs. We can encourage investment in Britain.

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But first I run for conversion into steel is due to be produced by the

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Redcar blast furnace of next week. SSI was described by local MP as

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the birth of a new industrial you This former Sunderland MP has died

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at the age of 87. Ian Mearns, we are overwhelmed with

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good economic news. I wish you were right. The news is very good, but

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it does not offset the significant job losses we have had. In the last

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two years, we have lost 60,000 public sector at jobs. Really?

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is really the figure. We have seen significant job losses in the

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private sector as well. The local economy is having money sucked out

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of it. We are delighted about the other things. Hasn't the Government

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putting its money where its mouth is? The gate fund money to SSI. --

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gave. Any money of that nature is welcome, but it is nowhere near

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what was available from the development agencies. The transport

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infrastructure development is still needed. No one wants to be churlish.

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We talked that anyone in the office Cook -- everyone in the office

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could end up working for Nissan. is a valid point. I do not think

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that is the case. There is huge growth on Teesside. There is

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enormous development. What if it is not enough? We can always ask for

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more. We need to continue lobbying for money to help invest in our

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small and growing companies. Let us be honest, the package that George

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Osborne is bringing together is to make sure corporation tax rates are

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the lowest they have ever been. We're still �4... One don't want to

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get into that today. We're seeing investment and it isn't --

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fantastic. Is there a danger some parts will be left behind? We do

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not want to fool ourselves that it is all good news. There is bad news.

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I am convinced that with Alcan, the Government did all it could. It

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wasn't to be. That is the case sometimes. I am encouraged that we

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have seen from the regional growth fund, job-creating industries.

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Mearns, what does the reopening of the blast furnace mean? It is

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recognition that we have a ready made steel workforce. There is a

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problem with investment. I am afraid to say that the British

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economy has a lack of confidence. The private sector in Britain today

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are sitting on three-quarters of the training that it used to have.

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I think we see that again. The Government is trying to draw that

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investment. In housing, there is a lot of change in policy. Thank you..

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