09/06/2013 Sunday Politics West


09/06/2013

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

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

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 2144 seconds

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

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

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people like these being shortchanged by sports provision at school?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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have worked more efficiently by sharing back offices and linking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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and stride. They say that what happens here matters.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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to fuel engines. What happens here will give an

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

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

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developing world. It was approved on appeal after initially being

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rejected by Bristol City Council. The government subsidy which

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

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

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

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financially unattractive to any energy producer in Britain to source

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

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

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

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

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communities and contributes to deforestation. That is not what you

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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council rejected the proposal and was overruled by the government but

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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account as the cost of transportation and the greenhouse

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

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

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

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

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

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teachers who claim that the government has failed to deliver on

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

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physical education opportunities. The Games captured the imagination

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

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about winning medals. The politicians said the Games were also

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

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Springfield School, many of the children have been excluded from

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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development. Nothing has really come from that brilliant atmosphere that

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

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

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educated children sailing competitively but the first time in

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

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

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

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

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

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government? Here they know a thing or two about

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

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

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

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Olympic rings are still proudly on display as the youngsters gather

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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benefit of the government investing. The government investing in the

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

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

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

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

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benefiting most from that expenditure but it was an amazing

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experience. The Paralympics were almost more for a full because

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

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

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memories as well as a lot of money spent.

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

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the West. Just 143 Labour activists have

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

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

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

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

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to 100,000 badgers have been shelved.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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discrimination. There are plenty of open shortlists and for centuries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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