02/12/2012 Sunday Politics North East and Cumbria


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Here in the North East and Cumbria...

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An emphatic win for Labour in the Middlesbrough by-election, but it

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is UKIP again making the headlines. How far can the party go in the

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 2136 seconds

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Hello and a warm welcome to your local part of the show just for the

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North East and Cumbria. My guests this week are the Labour

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MP for Houghton & Sunderland South, Bridget Phillipson.

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And hot from the Palace, where he received a CBE this week,

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Conservative Jeremy Middleton. In a moment, as new figures show

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the South continues to get the lion's share of transport spending,

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we ask if the region's ambitions to dual the A1 or build a Tees Valley

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Metro will ever be met? But our top story this week is

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Labour's victory in the Middlesbrough by-election. Andy

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MacDonald was elected to the seat with a majority of more than 8.000,

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taking 60% of the vote. He said is was a message from the voters of

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Teesside to the coalition government. We sent a message to

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David Cameron any government. You do not understand us. You do not

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speak for us and you are a government that does not care about

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The Liberal Democrats and Conservatives were not expected to

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win in what is, after all, safe Labour territory, but they could

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hardly have been happy being shunted into third and fourth place

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by UKIP. Their candidate took second place, the party's best ever

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result in the North East. I think that UK Independence Party is

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pouring even better in the north and it is in the south. And it

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makes it a light that we are any sudden, was the Conservative Party.

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I hope we will be sending a member of the European Parliament back in

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2014. This was a very poor result for you, wasn't it? Yes, I stood in

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the Hartlepool by election and duly finished 4th, despite been a

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marvellous candidate! But we came back and effectively won the

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general election. The last by- election in this part of the world

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was in Sedgefield and we were third in that one, but when it came to

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the general election, we were in second place. These are mid-term

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effects. By it are you going backwards? I know Middlesbrough is

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a Labour seat, but you found be a late 1,000 people wanting to vote

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for you. In mid-term by-election, the Conservatives did not do very

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well in Middlesbrough. The Liberal Democrats did slightly better. I in

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the past, when there was a mid-term by-election, used to rally round

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the liberals of the wanted to make a protest vote. Now, because the

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Liberal Democrats are in the coalition, the are looking for

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another party to do that and in this case, it appeared to be UK

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Independence Party. It was a fantastic result for us. It was a

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low turnout, but we actually increased or share of the vote. It

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is a great vote for Labour. By but it was a sea you were going to win.

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It does not saying much of the message out? I thing it is

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important that in Andy McDonald, we have a lot lumpy -- n p 8 there

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will be speaking out on local issues on behalf of local people.

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Up and down the country, whether it is Middlesbrough or Croydon or

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Corby, we are doing very well. People are so angry about cuts,

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which the election was largely fought on. Is it very disappointing

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that the turnout was just over one quarter? He is, turnout is always

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an issue on a cold and wet November day. By-election turnouts are

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notoriously low. It was not as bad as some of those we have seen

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recently. This was the good result for Labour and I am delighted that

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I have a new colleague in Andy McDonald joining me in Parliament.

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But this could actually lead to a threat to you're Euro seats in the

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North East, Germany? When people come to the main issue, they are

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going to see the difference between the Labour and Conservative Party,

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come the general election, they will see that the economy is

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improving. A but a one point, the Liberal Democrats over to the

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Conservative Party into second place in the North East. Is there

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not a worry that UK Independence Party may now take the place of

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both of your party's in that respect? The problem we have at the

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moment is too much debt, but they do not want to vote in the Labour

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Party, who will make that debt higher. That will be the main issue

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which will decide to the want to be Prime Minister - David Cameron or

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Ed Miliband. Thank you both very much for now.

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Now, MPs on the Transport Select Committee have this week heard

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claims that the North East is falling well behind when it comes

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to spending on roads and railways. According to Treasury figures, the

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region will have less money spent on transport infrastructure over

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the next five years than anywhere else in England. The A1 in north

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Northumberland. For decades, the police from businesses and drivers

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to the government, please give us the money for at dual carriageway.

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While London is getting millions of pounds of shiny new transport

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projects, what can we expect in the North East? According to one

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transport expert in Parliament, we can expect one of these. Lunn did

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well received 84 % of transport spending, compared to six % in the

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North East. It is only amounting to �5 per head for the North East. Be

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even if we spent all were transport finance on the A1 this year, we

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would only be able to put a dual carriageway on one mile of the road.

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It would take another 36 years for the job to be finished. It has led

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to a lack of investment for many decades. It takes a long time to

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build a road and for that investment to come or not come.

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government has made the A1 he writ of strategic importance, but the

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coalition partners are frustrated by the lack of funding. He it is

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very frustrating. That is why I am keeping on battling forwards. We

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need a clear economic voice to speak to the government with. And

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to here is another transport project for the future. These

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parties's pictures are for E �220 billion Tees Valley Metro. It would

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like Teesside to Darlington. Six years on, we have new artist's

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impressions because the Tees Valley Metro is still not here. There will

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be a new station at the James Cook hospital and other train stations.

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It is not exactly great progress, but officially, at Maine 10 mmac --

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Tees Valley Metro is officially up and running. The way will have the

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station at the hospital up and running shortly and the art of this

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are looking at fees to. It would be lovely if it was done as the Big

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Bang, but it cannot be done. We will see improvements to the rich

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and improvements to stations in the next few years. Improvements are

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promised for the stations, but commuters say that is not what they

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were promised. We are of a lovely hanging baskets and the stations,

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but that is not what we are promised. B E D Tees Valley Metro.

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Vital improvements are still awaited. But his transport money

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better spent in the prosperous south or where it is needed most,

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in the less prosperous north? Transport is one of the key issues

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identified in a report into the economic future of the North,

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published this week by the IPPR think-tank. But how sound is the

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economic case for more transport spending? With me Ross Smith from

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the North East Chamber of Commerce. We would like the money to be spent

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in the north, but there are insane traffic problems in the south and

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given the prosperous nature of that part of the country, is the money

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not better spent there? If we do not have the infrastructure

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investment in the north, we will be fighting with one arm tied behind

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our back. Why does the company's not put their hands in their

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pockets? If it is so advantageous to them, why did they not get

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involved? Infrastructure Investment has to be delivered by the United

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Kingdom government. By if private business was to put the money in,

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we did not encourage the government to be the match that sort of sum or

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encourage them to get involved more? The amount of money pales

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into insignificance compared to what the United Kingdom needs to

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pretend to pretend to the port in terms of investment. If you could

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persuade the government to do one thing, what would it be? Ironically

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enough, or project has not include any infrastructure spending. We

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need to have flights direct from the North East to the United States

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of America. Labour did not pretty dual carriageway on the A1 or build

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the Tees Valley Metro. Are the guilty of failing to invest in the

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infrastructure? I do not think we got everything right. We should

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have done more to bring down the disparity in spending between the

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south and the North East. There is a strong case for the dual

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carriageway of the A1. But in my constituency, there are problems.

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Be do not have the real like in my constituency in that is holding

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back investment. I accept that times are tough, but we need to use

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the money we have more wisely, which is why I have been

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campaigning for a better bus service. We do not even have the

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decent bus service denied constituency, never mind a train

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link. Is the big increase in infrastructure spending require?

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agree completely that there is an investment problem. The Treasury

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report also points out that it only takes into account spending in the

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region, but does not take into account spending between regions.

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It does not take into account, for instance, improvements to the north

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coast east coast line, where they ate a lot of money has been

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invested. A use that is why but then with the situation? -- argues

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satisfied? Non, not at all. We need to get more spent here. We have got

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the Investment on the East Coast line and electrification of the

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Trans Pennine writ. You have got hundreds of millions coming in.

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the north the scene still have done worse than the north-west and

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Yorkshire. Is it because we have less conservative voters here?

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think you have to ask why some Conservative Party's parts of the

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country are doing better than in Labour controlled council parts of

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the country and vice versa. It is keen to see investment in

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infrastructure. What you have to do is make a great business case for

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it. If you look at the likes of Manchester, they are coming

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together and putting forward the good case. That is the argument.

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The North East has failed to put its case forward. It is one of a

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number of areas that we have to look at. I think it is the question

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of finding which will deliver the best benefits for the region. It is

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true that the North East is suffering in comparison to other

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areas. We have so far more so than other areas, whether it is cuts to

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council services, we have seen disproportionate cuts in the North

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East and it is hampering investment and jobs in this part of the world.

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And tomorrow evening the BBC's Inside Out programme looks at how

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much congestion on the A1 is costing the region's economy and

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how it impacts on our health. That is at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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Now, budget restrictions in our local councils are affecting

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everybody, but are young people in particular losing out?

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In Newcastle, the council says it soon will not be able to offer

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youth services, while in Cumbria, a �1 million cut in the budget will

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mean that many unemployed teenagers will no longer get access to

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careers advice. Choosing the right job, one that all awful in the you

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happy and pay the bills. It is easier said than done. I am corner,

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I am 16 and I want to be a teacher. Lock of options, but how do you get

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to where you want to be? They ADB career advice and put me through a

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number of interviews. I am now doing a Certificate in catering.

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This scheme is paid for in part by Cumbria County Council. But they

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have �1.1 million cut in spending next year and this will have the

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serious impact. It is highly likely we will have to cut our services

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and schools in the future. It is really important that we can work

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with young people in the early years, because the best way to stop

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youth unemployment is to stop young people becoming unemployed in the

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first place. The cow so needs to save �18 million over the next here.

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They say the most vulnerable people will still receive help to get into

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work. But outside the classroom, the worry is that will be left to

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charities to provide the guidance, charities where budgets are already

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stretched. It just gives you the chance to have a future and move on

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in life. Taylor and his friends are hoping that the skills they learn

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here will stand them in good stead for the future jobs market. But cut

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like, at 8011 to 18 year-olds are in danger of not either been in

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unemployment when they leave school or not been in any sort of training

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or education. We can plug some of the gaps, but only in places where

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we get that funding. Young people need direction and advice, even

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when the reach their twenties. We get great advice in school, but we

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need it elsewhere as well. They county council is consulting on the

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budget plans until January, but people are hoping hear that it will

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not threaten the job foundation courses in the future. Councils

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have no duty to provide this advice, which is probably why it has been

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cut, but you see how much of a difference it makes when it is such

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a struggle to get a job. Here is, as used on there, the most

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important thing is to create the jobs. One of the top priorities of

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the government is to create more youth jobs. You have got the work

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experience six scheme, which hundreds of thousands of young

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people are getting involved with. Young people say the biggest hurdle

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to getting a job is not having experience. That is addressing that.

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We have over �1 billion in subsidy going to employees to take on young

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people. It is underpinned by the biggest ever apprenticeship

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programme in the country. New jobs are getting created and the are

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getting created here in the north. Took councils have to take some of

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the blame here? Why are they putting such a fundamental service?

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They're facing great difficulties. They are having to cut across the

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board. The but they do have a choice. They are opting to cut

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services to young people. We have seen some great success is in job

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creation programmes, in comparison to the current ones being run. But

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youth unemployment is at absolute crisis point it might constituency.

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The government is not acting to put that right. The figures from the

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work programme short that, despite what you're saying, you have not

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got to grips with getting young people back to work. Due there are

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a great number of prop programmes. The figures were pretty

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catastrophic. Youth unemployment in this country than the European

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Union average. It is lower than the average in the United States and

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lower than the likes of Spain, which have huge youth unemployment.

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The irony catastrophic position because they spent too much money.

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It is going in the right direction here. Youth unemployment is going

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down. You have to have the right economic policy for this to happen.

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I do very much. It has been a week of torrential

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rain and flooding, not to mention some severe frost, but it takes

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more than that to deter our intrepid reporter Megan. She has

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donned her wellies and thermals to wade right into the middle of this

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week's political news. Mind you, she only managed it for 60 seconds.

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A project to generate energy from waste on Teesside is the first to

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benefit from the government's Green Investment Bank. It will receive �8

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million. An open cast mine would blight the local community,

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according to the local MP. Another is to close to houses. Election

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should be hell for those who run a national parks, such as North

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Yorkshire and Cumbria. We want thriving businesses and thriving

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communities and we need to make sure that they are undertaken by

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people chosen by the people. They will respond to them an answer to

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them in the decisions they make. A Teesside MP faced the 600 pound

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repair bill from a car hire company, even though he said the car was not

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damaged. He has golden for tighter rules to protect customers. --

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called for. And that is about it from us. It is

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the Autumn Statement on Wednesday and BBC local radio and Look North

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will be assessing what it means for this region.

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And I dare say I will have something to say too, if you would

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