09/06/2013 Sunday Politics West


Andrew Neil and David Garmston are joined by Labour's Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, with all the latest political news, interviews and debate.

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Olympic legacy is on a knife edge. Teachers say youngsters like these


are not getting the sporting chances they deserve because of cuts to


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the programme here in the West. Some teachers have claimed that the


legacy of the Olympic Games is on a life-support machine. Our young


people like these being shortchanged by sports provision at school?


We have to good sports as guests who are on the opposite debate -- the


opposite side of the debate. Looking at the reaction to the


Public Accounts Committee about the spending cuts, Adi squeezing it dry?


There is inevitably going to be a squeeze on the budgets and we are


going to find ways of helping them transform the way they deliver their


services. We have got examples already the country of councils who


have worked more efficiently by sharing back offices and linking


health services with adult social care. They are being able to deliver


better services for less money so there are ways of dealing with the


problem but it is tough. Do you buy into that? Of course making things


more efficient is but on the front line, things like teaching English


as a foreign language, are the things that are being cut. It isn't


just cuts, isn't it, local authorities are also going to the


wall. Some local councils are in every guilty and we provide


additional support to them. But it is worth reflecting that there is �2


million worth of council tax that is currently not collected. At the


councils could just collect the tax that they are entitled to, things


would improve. But I do not want to deny that things are tough. Tanks


for the moment. Everybody agrees we should tackle world hunger but how?


Campaigners demanding change have been out in London as well as pistol


and stride. They say that what happens here matters.


It is not the sort of classroom she is used to. This bar schoolteacher


has recently been to Tanzania and was shocked that so many have so


little to each. To eat. Some of them are surviving on a bowl


of rice a day. They are not growing properly. It is time that we said


that the world can provide enough food and wine in eight people should


not go to bed hungry. Among the concerns is the land being diverted


to promote biofuels. They are growing this plant which can be used


to fuel engines. What happens here will give an


indication of the government's stands. This site is lined up to


become a big biofuels plant. Bringing in crops imported from the


developing world. It was approved on appeal after initially being


rejected by Bristol City Council. The government subsidy which


biofuels get is more significant. Something that is wrong. It is a


great shame that we have got this development is taking place in


Avonmouth but in terms of government policy, we ought to make it


financially unattractive to any energy producer in Britain to source


biofuels. The attended this briefing for MPs. Britain contrasts with


countries like Holland and Germany which have cut money for biofuels.


The government subsidises things which seem rain on a piece of paper


but on further inspection isn't as rain as it first seems. It destroys


communities and contributes to deforestation. That is not what you


want to be supporting. Lindsay Atkin has taken her campaign to Downing


Street. If we really want to feed the world, they say, the government


must change its attitude to biofuels. It seems that it has


turned into a bit of a shambles. This is something that looks like


and sounds like it should be a good idea but when you look into it it is


not. I am behind the campaign that is for supporting starving children.


One in eight people will go to bed hungry tonight. It is too late


though, isn't it? How a back the clock on the biofuels industry?


think we will have to but let's remember that not all biofuel is


bad. Last year there was 50,000 tonnes of biofuel was Burns and only


250 tonnes was from virgin oil and not palm oil and the majority was


from waste oil. Unless we have got a mechanism that shows that we have


truly sustainable crops, in other words that you're not denying people


food, that you replace what has been taken away in terms of wetland, that


we are not using palm oil that destroys the rainforest, then it


should be getting the various support that is on offer. The local


council rejected the proposal and was overruled by the government but


it seems they were right all along. The issue is what fuel is used. If


they were using waste fuel nobody would say the planning was wrong.


The EU are already working on a more sustainable policy for what is


acceptable and what is not and our government is working hard on that.


We have got the irony of the big companies actually lecturing the


government. I know and I think it is as strawberry -- it is extraordinary


that government overruled the local council. This fuel is going to take


away land for cute -- for food for hungry children. The issue as the


type of fuel that is being used. us look to the future. F so much


money has been invested in this, weather we from here? -- where do we


go from here? It can be done and the other thing we should take into


account as the cost of transportation and the greenhouse


gases. But your own colleagues both said they were against it. The three


of us are in agreement and it is extraordinary that this has been


allied to happen and I hope that the G8 are going to take a stand.


planning application is a separate matter. We will leave it there.


The Olympic legacy is on a life-support machine according to


teachers who claim that the government has failed to deliver on


the promises. Cuts in funding will mean schools can provide good


physical education opportunities. The Games captured the imagination


of a generation, at the time at least. But London 2012 wasn't all


about winning medals. The politicians said the Games were also


about this. Inspiring young people to take part in sport. Here at


Springfield School, many of the children have been excluded from


other mainstream schools. They use sport to teach the children and the


children love it. But the principal says the Olympic legacy is hanging


in the balance. 2012 was a special year but because there is no


national framework, I am concerned that there will be pockets where the


legacy is happening but it would take place elsewhere. The thing I am


really fighting to get recognised is that sport is at solidly fundamental


to a old's development. government cut funding for sports


development. Nothing has really come from that brilliant atmosphere that


we had last summer and it is really dependent on the schools themselves.


That is a view shared by this sailing regatta in Bristol. State


educated children sailing competitively but the first time in


the South West. But that's no thanks to the government, according to its


organiser. And fortunately they have failed our children in terms of


billing the purse strings at the wrong time. The Education Secretary


Michael Gove has also promised more money for primary schools to improve


sport. What does the legacy have to be driven by money and central


government? Here they know a thing or two about


sporting success. They have Olympic gold medallists as former pupils.


They say that the success is down to teachers being prepared to go the


extra mile. It is about finding opportunities to train and play.


Olympic rings are still proudly on display as the youngsters gather


ahead of the Games. I think my most important focus is that people are


enjoying it. If in a few years time the situation is the same then that


is a problem. We may not know what it any legacy has been left until


the Games in Brazil in 2016. It has all gone terribly flat


according to those teachers. Where as the legacy? First of all, the


legacy is not just about sports, it is about business and so on. If you


link sports clubs with schools, you give young children and opportunity


to find a sport that they are really interested in. That is having a real


benefit. We have invested �150 million more in schools sports.


There is fabulous work being done locally and we are putting in �70


million to give additional training for primary school teachers. And yet


people are saying that nothing is happening here and we have to do it


for ourselves. I know someone who got new equipment for the school and


that helped people get into sport but now it is not being replaced.


She has to get on a bus to go to a playing field because playing fields


are no longer available. The money is actually not there and that means


that I Jessica Ennis of the future is having to get on a bus to go and


play somewhere. We have a medal winning Paralympians with us. What


can you tell us about the legacy? is amazing the kind of reception


people like me get in schools. What I relies is that if we can inspire


these people know, if we can get them involved now, they are more


likely to stick with it. When I was a student, the school was what got


me involved in sport. If it wasn't for my teacher, I wouldn't be here


now. What about this great promise from the government of all the money


being spent, I use saying anything come from that? I think it is early


days and we cannot tell what is happening. It does seem to me that


we have done not a bad job. If you look at previous cities that hosted


the Games, some of them like Beijing are still not utilising their


stadiums. That is not the case in London. And they had gets four years


to come. -- they had debt for many years. They have been given a stash


of extra money and a clear requirement that they have to work


with young people. We are saying that enthusiasm in the sports


clubs. I was one of the first to criticise the government and they


have reversed the decision and funding is no there. The Labour


government, who got the Olympics to Britain, showed the value and the


benefit of the government investing. The government investing in the


Olympics meant that we had thousands of new jobs. They were all over the


country. You are listening to politicians talking away. We hear


all these figures being bandied about about how much it cost. Was it


worth it? Absolutely. Maybe I'm biased! I was one of the people


benefiting most from that expenditure but it was an amazing


experience. The Paralympics were almost more for a full because


people weren't expecting it to be so good. In many ways what happened was


that people just couldn't turn off their televisions. It was powerful


memories as well as a lot of money spent.


Let us have a look at the other political stories happening around


the West. Just 143 Labour activists have


chosen who could be the Bristol South MP for decades to come. Karin


Smyth will contest the safest seat in the West and Dawn Primarolo will


stand down after the next election. 25,000 more jobs are to be created


in the south-west after lobbying from energy firms. Plans to call up


to 100,000 badgers have been shelved.


The policy to tackle bovine TB hasn't been backed by scientists.


The ayes to the left - 250, the noes to the right - 299. Jack Lopresti


has announced he is battling bowel cancer. He is having chemotherapy


and doctors are aiming for a complete cure by the autumn.


I would suggest you are probably a great exponent of the women- only


shortlist. Is it fair? Is it fair that we have a minority of women and


the House of Commons? That is not something I want to see. And all


women shortlist is the thing that we need to get more women in politics.


There are only 127 MPs -- women MPs and that is a disgrace and there are


not enough ethnic minorities. The Liberal Democrats have a scheme to


bring in different people and to the constituency shortlists. I am not in


favour of all women shortlists but I am in favour of positive


discrimination. There are plenty of open shortlists and for centuries


women have been kept out of the House of Commons for many reasons.


There are many good women candidates. I was proud to be


selected and I don't think anybody said it wasn't there that I want.


am not going to say good luck but I think it is really important that we


have more women, disabled, black and ethnic minorities candidates. But


I'm not sure as single restricted shortlist is the way to do it.


is all we have time for so thank you for joining us.


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