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The regional pay row at our largest hospital. And the license for

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Somerset's badger cull trial is issued, but political controversy

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 2130 seconds

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Hello. Coming up on the Sunday Politics in the South West... The

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licence for Somerset's badger cull has been issued, Bobby controversy

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continues as councillors speak out against the plans. I am joined by

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Tudor Evans, Labour leader of Plymouth City Council, and Julie

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Girling, Conservative MEP. First up, health workers in Plymouth who have

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been drawing up plans to fight proposals for regional pay.

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Derriford Hospital says it needs to save �45 million over the next

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three years. It has joined with 19 other NHS trusts in the region to

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look at pay and conditions. Unions fear that could lead to workers

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facing pay cuts of up to 20%. You hear a lot of people saying we

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are all in this together, but it seems to be be people on the front

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line and those delivering the front care who seemed to be hit hardest.

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We asked the Prime Minister whether he approved of NHS trusts in the

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south-west looking at regional pay. It is an issue for them. NHS trusts

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have a choice of looking at the national framework are looking at

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local arrangements. We should allow them to manage the NHS as they see

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it effectively. Do we take it from that that he

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sees this as a good idea, and do you? The idea has been on the table

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for many years. I represent the South West, always the most

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expensive place to live. London and the south-east get regional Pate in

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effect already. The south-west is or was number two on that list. We

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need to look at where the South West might benefit from regional

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pride. Do you think networkers down here will benefit, and where will

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the extra money come from? -- do you think the workers. The idea is

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to save money. It does not mean there is going to be an extra �45

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million available. That is true. Doing that as part of the overall

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strategy for being more efficient and saving money is not a bad thing.

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It is wrong to assume... But there is a pay freeze across the board.

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Any savings must presumably come from pay cuts. The unions are

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suggesting we could be up to 20%. That is scaremongering, to said

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they could be up to 20%. When the pay freeze comes off, which it will,

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they will have to negotiate. The unions will be asking for more

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money. That is the context in which this should be seen. They will be

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looking for increases. This is not a bad thing to bring him to do next.

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Do you agree with that, it is actually a positive outcome? I went

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to that meeting bad you showed on your front. -- that you should. The

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motion was carried unanimously, because we know there any move to

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regionalised play is actually a race to the bottom. Do you think

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there will be pay increases? course not. They are private every

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-- privatising their health service. People coming in need to make a

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profit on reducing budgets. The only way they can do that is pay

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the staff less. You are against it? Of course. It would be disastrous

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for the health service, a race to the bottom for public sector pay.

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This idea that we need to cut the public sector to make a private

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sector competitive is nonsense. is an issue that is going to run.

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Labour do not think there will be unions asking for pay increases

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when the freeze ends, that is interesting.

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There are plans to privatise some of Cornwall's public services and

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they are proving unpopular. 5,000 people have signed a petition

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against the scheme which would see libraries among other things part

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run by a private company. The council leadership says it will

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save millions of pounds and create hundreds of jobs. Vital services

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could be cut, say sceptics. It is apparent -- plan considers

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believe will save millions a year and create 500 new jobs. BT and an

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American firm are in the running to form a partnership with the council

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to provide services such as libraries, Pedro and benefit

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payments, transferring council staff to the new partnership in the

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process. -- services such as library services and pay roll.

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would be against the majority of the council and a great swathe at

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the general public. They have not only ignored us but ignored the

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people. But is a dangerous thing to do for democracy. One couple from

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Perranporth to be petition to more than 1,000 people. They say the

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vast majority signed up. Were they surprised? No, they were not

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surprised but they were extremely surprised that the executive has

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the power were to do that, as was I. That is viewed with incredulity by

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almost anyone, once you spell out what has happened. The fact but it

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is legal is astonishing. It is not rocket science but if something

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goes into privatises hands, whether it is part shared or not, companies

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want to make a profit. If they do not make a profit, jobs will go,

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places will be closed, and we may not have as many libraries or a non

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stop shops or whatever they are going to take out to stare -- share

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services. In Somerset, a joint venture do not go quite to plan.

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This is a classic example of how not to do public procurement.

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South West MP directors' anger at a company, South West One. It led to

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a �2.1 million overspend this year alone. The they are not saving the

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money they said and it is becoming obvious but it is a tissue of

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fabrication. Cornwall Council says it is there were not all

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partnerships have been successful and they have learnt not to make

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that the mistakes. They are confident it will be a good deal

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for the county. The us is an exciting opportunity to create new

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business in Cornwall but is not seasonal, will create good jobs and

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it will be written into contract, we are expecting 500 new jobs to be

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created, as a minimum. The commitment will be written into the

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contract, with penalties attached if the jobs are not created.

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final decision to transfer council services to a new firm is due to be

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made next month. Thanks to the petition, the issue is likely to be

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debated before then. How much outsourcing does Plymouth

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City Council do, for example? Are people in Cornwall right to be

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scared? For gave me, they are next door neighbours and I should not

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comment on private grief. Everybody out sources, or council steerage to

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a lesser or greater extent. If you think about our. Social care, for

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example, we buy in care from a range of providers. -- adult social

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care. Outsourcing is not anything new. Were this is a departure is

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the scale. It is the size and range of services being put out all in

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one go. That is what has created the alarm for so many people in

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Cornwall and within Cornwall Council. You were in local

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government before you became an MEP. How is a bet these kinds of

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outsourcing can supposedly saved money while at the same time create

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500 jobs, how was it possible -- possible? It is economy of scale.

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You can get real productivity gains by joining up what is called back

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office function. Where it can lead to job growth in an area is that

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you can find, if Plymouth was doing it, they might in fact be employing

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people in Plymouth who are paying the benefit cheques in London. In

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many cases, but is very beneficial for regions like the south-west,

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where people want to live and work. The skill base, in many cases, is

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there or is being built. Does that happen in Plymouth? We work in

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partnership. There is an audit partnership between three

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neighbouring authorities. And the authorities provide services to

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each other to share costs and save money. This is different, because

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this is bringing a one provider to do a number of... You would not do

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it to this scale? The Cabinet are making this decision without

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reference to anybody else. They are saying but is because they must. It

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is not about mast, they could ask the council to participate and

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share the blame. My information is, and councillors are saying they

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have not seen figures, they have not been shown figures. How can

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councillors avoid problems like that in Somerset, such as we showed

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in the front, where the contract went wrong? -- in the film.

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Councillors are members of the community, they are not necessarily

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business people, they do not necessarily have the skills

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themselves. What it is imperative they do is make sure they get the

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advice. I do not have any detail on what is happening in Cornwall. I

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would be surprised if the Cabinet had made that decision without

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getting that level of advice. The Somerset issue is well known

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throughout the country as having been a problem. Lessons have been

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put known -- learnt. Lots and shared learning information has

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been sent out. It does not always work. In Cornwall, been collections

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have been heavily criticised, but was outsourced. Serco were

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criticised, railway services were criticised. Why did the Tories

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think privatisation is better? not think they do. It is not just

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Conservative councils who are at source at all. Some of the most

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vigorous councils who are at source are not conservative. It is a mixed

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bag and it is not a party political issue, it is about combatants and

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council level. Some councils are good, some are less good. We will

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come back to you after the next topic.

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The natural England has issued a licence to allow the culling of

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badgers in West Somerset. It means up to 70% of badgers in that area

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will be killed with the aim of preventing the spread of TB in

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cattle. Pilot,s are also due in Gloucestershire, were some farmers

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have voted to not allow becoming of badgers on their land. Some local

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farmers try to do the same thing. It has been a tough year for this

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former. He found out his herd had contracted TB at the worst possible

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time. My wife died on 16th April and I went down on 17th April,

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shattered. I did not have my best friend of 48 years with me, it was

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awful. Bovine TB is a foreigner problem, but to go early in the

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south-west, with 40% of heard tapping an instance of the disease

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in 2010. Eco-trials will involve laying bait and shooting badgers at

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night. -- the cull trials. There is debate as to whether this will stop

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me -- the disease. It could cut instances of bovine TB by 16% but

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there are questions about the scientific evidence. Trials are

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planned for Costa Show and Somerset. This time could fall into the pilot

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area and councillors are concerned. Were have had leaflets from

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organisations who were protest and spent every night for six weeks in

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the area with loudspeakers, musical instruments, trying to disrupt the

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cull. This week Stephen and his fellow independent councillor put

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forward a motion asking the council to ban Colling on its land, even

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though the council owns very little and in the, Derry, like this car

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park. -- very little land in the cull area. Badgers move about. The

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council ended up voting to remain neutral, because the Conservative

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leader argued there was not the expertise to make a judgment.

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is a lot of information made available to us. I am not

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sufficiently skilled to determine from that which is the best way to

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deal with bovine tuberculosis. councils in Gloucestershire's pilot

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area have voted against killing badgers on council owned land.

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Others are angry that their area has not done the same. They were

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not combatant? Are they confident to look at planning issues or

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economic regeneration issues? Taunton Deane Borough Council will

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write to the farming minister to Roger their concern. It will urge

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the government to devote resources to finding a humane solution to the

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programme -- problem of bovine TB. This cull is politically toxic,

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that is why we are still having pilates. No one wants to be the

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minister in charge of standing up in front of the TV cameras saying

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they are going to kill 70% of Britain's Burgess. Would you say

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this will run and run? It is a controversial issue. What we have

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got here is, let's be clear, but cull is aimed at discovering

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whether it is it reasonable to'-- 3 should. -- to shoot the badgers. It

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is to find out if it is a reasonable way to do that. Will

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protesters will be caught in crossfire? Protesters have done

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everything they can do to stop it. They have been to the High Court.

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They need to accept that all of the legal redress, all of the legal

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Brits are now closed, and if they are irresponsible enough to start

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banging drums and blowing whistles and lighting in darkness, when

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people are trying to shoot badgers, there could be a terrible accident.

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It has to be absolutely clear that it is the responsibility of those

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people to refrain from that behaviour. The idea of shooting

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badgers in car parks is totally wrong, isn't it? It is run anywhere,

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to be honest. At this week's Labour conference we heard that the

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science does not support this action anywhere. That is an opinion.

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The science clearly is mixed. point is that there is a lot of the

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farming community with the Conservative Party and they are

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struggling at a local level. The science is not equivocal about that.

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If we forget the science for the moment, I am interested in this

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subject Ahmed being politically toxic. Labour had various trials

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and never achieved anything. We did not kill the badgers and we are not

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going to either. You ploughed �50 million into killing by just over

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10 years but never did anything about it. A lot of people will find

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this whole thing distasteful, to be honest, when you know that the

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science is... They might also have said that Labour should not have

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ploughed �50 million into killing? Let's focus on what is about to

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happen rather than blaming us for what did not happen. Do you want

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people running around the south- west with a shot guns, blowing

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badgers up in car parks? I have to interrupt. To say that people will

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be running around the area with a shot guns, it is not a shot on

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trial. Nobody will be out with a shotgun. But would be unsuitable.

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Yes, they will be shot, but not with a shot guns. They will not be

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done roaming the area. The region - - the reason it is toxic is because

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the lack of attempting -- attention to detail, the emotive language, it

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is much more serious than that. Before we move on, an update from

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Ann Widdecombe, who last week told us better-off pensioners like her

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should not get the winter fuel allowance. One of our guests

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suggested she give the money back. It turns out she already does. She

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gives her an allowance to the Devon Community Foundation which last

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winter helped 250 people who could not afford to keep themselves warm.

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Now, 60 seconds. Overweight children should be given

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Free School moves to improve their eating habits said the Totnes MP.

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85% of children who are obese will become obese adults. It is time to

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address it. Train passengers were told they

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would have to wait even longer for improvements as the government's

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tendering process went off the rails.

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In Dorset, Virgin's plan to take over NHS services was questioned by

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the mayor of Lyme Regis. We need to know what this will do for us

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rather than for them. People living near a proposed

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incinerator outside Ivybridge were upset by the Environment Agency's

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support for the plans. The Devon parlays woman who was

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banned from Twitter for her comments about student drinking was

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backed by air can't serve her. -- backed by a counsellor.

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A busy week. Let's let's get this issue of

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giving obese children free school meals. This is something that

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Totnes MP NDP is pushing for. Is it something you would support? --

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Thomas MP and GP. For someone who has eaten all the pilots -- pies,

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we would be better restoring that sports schools partnerships. Have

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we to get proper p going again, that would be far more useful. -- P.

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There is a link between obesity and poverty, so this could be an

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educational programme? Be it sounds very top dance. -- it sounds very

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top down. I know she is a GP but I do not like her social programmes.

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In his this their nanny state? Ghosh, not often accused of that. I

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actually have great respect for Sarah. She has expertise and I'm

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listening to her. An idea around trying to help children make better

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choices with what they eat is no different than an idea around try

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to make the government -- trying to make adults more aware of food

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labelling. Why not help children? It is how you do it, the devil is

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in the detail. Surely children from wealthy families does not deserve

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three means? Maybe they deserved a free meal if that is going to make

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