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This is East Midlands Today. I am Anne Davies. Tonight, I billion-

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pound blow for bombard J. As the company fails to win a huge order,

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its 3,000 workers fear for their futures. It is the contract that

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kept the site open. Now that has gone, it does not look good. A good

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evening from me. By M Quentin Rayner. Also in the

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East Midlands: The NHS Trust running out of cash and having to

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cut 400 post to plug the gap. Plus the families of Mansfield

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fallen heroes may plaques attain new memorial in the town.

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In sport, we are at the City Ground Good evening. Welcome to Thursday's

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programme, live from the bombarding a factory here. The factory is

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behind me. It is a huge site. About 3,000 people worked there and it

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was today they got the awful news they have failed to win a �1.4

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billion contract. We had a call from a worker today who wanted to

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remain anonymous. He said the workforce were devastated, shocked

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and upset. We will be talking to the Transport Secretary. I will

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also speak to Margaret Beckett. She is the MP for Derby South. This is

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her constituency. The loss of this contract casts a dark shadow in

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deed over the future of this factory. The implications are far

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greater. There is a huge supply chain for bomb bayadere. Hundreds

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of companies will be affected. -- There is a huge supply chain for

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Bombardier. This is a taste of what some of the workers and people on

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the street felt when they heard the bad news. It's is basically a

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contract that kept the site open, in my opinion. It does not look

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good. It will have a massive impact. I do not know what the future holds.

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If it is pretty bad. The country needs the work. Why should it go to

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a foreign firm when we need it in this country? We are in recession

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still. People say we are out of recession. We are not. It is not

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good. I think it will have a terrible impact. I do not know why

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we cannot keep contracts like this in the country.

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As I said, this was a government contract. The preferred bidder,

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Siemens, was announced today by transport minister, Theresa

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Villiers. She spoke to as LEA and this is how she defended the

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decision. A we had no choice. We had to

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appoint Siemens as the preferred bidder because the rules require us

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to focus on value for money for the taxpayer. We are not allowed to

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give preference to domestic suppliers or manufacturers. We have

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to judge bids impartially, regardless of where the work would

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be carried out. Theresa Villiers speaking to Wes

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earlier. Let's cross to Westminster. Margaret Beckett is there. A great

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deal of surprise here. Are you surprised?

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Not as surprised as I would like to be. I have been increasingly

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suspicious as this announcement kept been delayed and delayed that

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it was going to be the wrong judgment.

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To be fair, some would say it was the wrong judgment under your

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government when they lost out to a Japanese factory.

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I do not dispute that. I was equally angry, to be frank, but

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that decision. Part of what was said then was that the Thames

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League order is coming along. That is what Theresa Villiers is saying

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now. She is saying, there will be another order now coming along. She

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says we are bound by rules. Yes, we are, but other countries manage to

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work within those rules and still get orders for their countries.

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Here, we do not seem to manage that. In your opinion, will there be any

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other orders? Do you think this could be the death-knell for

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Bombardier here? They could be other orders. The

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question is when. Bombardier has shown great loyalty to Derby. They

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have just taken on apprentices. For how long they will go on doing that,

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if the orders do not come here but go to foreign firms. The government

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says they want to rebalance the economy towards manufacturing, they

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want higher skilled jobs, jobs in the private sector. Barbie is doing

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all of that. Margaret Beckett, we will have to

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leave it there. Thank you very much indeed. Barbie is at the heart of

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Gabriel business that is worth billions to the economy. -- Derby

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is that their heart of the rail business. Mike O'Sullivan reports

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on repercussions. The railway is the lifeblood of

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this company at Alfreton. They make rail signalling equipment. Meshwork

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-- they are shocked at the news about Bombardier.

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They should be protecting our jobs within Derby, with in England.

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We seem to have lost an awful lot of jobs. A we are astounded.

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The Department of Transport appears adamant that UK manufacturing

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should be given much of a chance -- should not be given much of a

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chance. This is part of the Derby and

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Derbyshire Rail Forum, set up to promote the rail industry in our

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The East Midlands probably has the largest cluster of rail businesses

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in the world. Bombardier is at the heart of all that. There are

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concerns the company could pull out altogether, leading to thousands of

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job losses. Could Bombardier pull out of Derby?

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It is not for me to answer back. We should not speculate. It must be a

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question that is being asked. Rail industry insiders say people

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at Bombardier ashore shot. It is the second time in 18 months there

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have lost out on a big contract. -- rail industry insiders say people

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at Bombardier are shocked. We will talk to the chief executive

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from the Chamber of Commerce and later. For now, back to the studio.

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Onto the rest of the news. One of our hospital trusts could run out

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of money by September. That is the news from the University Hospitals

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of Leicester. The trust has significant the overspend, and over

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400 posts will have to go. At university hospitals of last NHS

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Trust is one of the biggest in the East Midlands. In a statement today,

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the chief executive has admitted that it is facing the toughest

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financial challenge in its ten-year history. Why? It has been a tough

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winter. More people visited accident and emergency. Extra staff

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were employed and extra wards were opened. That cost an extra �6

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million, and put quite simply, the trust could not afford it.

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It is a massive problem. Back in 2007, 2008, �50 million by taking

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away from this trust. Whatever reserved cash is hospital had three

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years ago, it lost it all. They have been running on a shoestring

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since then. That is why we are having a prop Os. It cost around �2

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million a day to run a hospital's here. What is the trust going to do

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about this overspend? The bosses want to make hospitals run more

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efficiently. They want to drive out waste. Significantly, post will go,

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around for a hundred and 20. Some of those will be compulsory

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redundancies. The chief executives is what matters most is the

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patients. Two more important stories on their

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way. If anyone can, McLaren can. Patients and parent power. The

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fight goes on to save Leicester's children had surgeries.

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-- the fight goes on to save Leicester's children heart surgery

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The Conservative MP arrested last week for an alleged sexual assault

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has been told all charges have been dropped. Andrew Bridgen has always

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denied claims that he sexually assaulted the 29-year-old woman.

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Geoff Maskell has been following this story. What have the police

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said? Tonight, the news that Andrew

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Bridgen has waited a long week to hear. A Metropolitan Police

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spokesman said a 46-year-old man has been released on bail with no

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further action. He was questioned a week ago about allegations of

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sexual assault after a complaint from a 29-year-old woman. He has

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always denied the allegations. light of this, as he said anything

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today? Him the last few minutes, he has made a statement saying he was

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confident he would be cleared by police. He talked about the her to

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be incident has caused his family. The allegation was unfair and

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hurtful. Not just to myself, but to my wife and children, who bore the

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brunt of future and unwanted media intrusion. It was worrying for my

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friends and constituents, and disruptive to my work. Andrew

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Bridgen speaking a few moments ago. He has also said he is considering

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legal action. Thank-you. The families of seven men from

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Mansfield who were killed in action have laid plaques on a new memorial

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dedicated to them. The emotional ceremony was held this morning. The

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community raised to �70,000. They came a family at the time to

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lay their individual plaque. Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers,

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honouring their loved one who died in conflict. Each plaque engraved

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with the name of the serviceman who lost his life. Seven in all, each

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one carefully positioned on this new memorial. This private ceremony

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it was emotional. The family's United in agreement that this is a

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fitting tribute to their loved ones. It means so much. This is not just

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for May. This is for all my family. It is for my grandson, and future

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generations that will come after that. Very emotional. We are proud

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of David. This memorial is amazing. At the centrepiece of this memorial

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at these three black granite tear drops, representing each of the

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armed forces. A heavy chains around the perimeter, representing the

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Merchant Navy. An official ceremony to open and bless the memorial

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takes place later this month. The Prime Minister David Cameron

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has been in the East Midlands Today. He what inspecting officers

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graduating from Cromwell. He told cadets that changes to the armed

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forces would stand and then for the future. It has emerged that one in

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10 of the cadets graduating today do not have jobs to go to. They

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were would-be pilots whose jobs were scrapped under the defence

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review. The police have issued a picture of

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a woman they want to question in connection with an attempted

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abduction of a young child in Nottingham this afternoon. The

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woman approached the charge that the John Lewis store in the

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Victoria Centre, but ran away when challenged by the child's mother.

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Police are hoping a Crimewatch television appeal could help them

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to trace a seat will almost killed a pensioner. 67-year-old Jean

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Burrows had tried to stop the man from stealing her car at Somercotes

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in Derbyshire last November. He drove off as she tried to grab the

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keys and she fell into the road. She suffered a fracture and

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bruising, and has lost her sense of smell. Amazingly, she has sympathy

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for the man responsible. I am hoping he will come forward, or

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somebody who knows who he is will help him to come forward. He needs

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help. You feel sorry for him? way, yes. I do not think these

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Parents fighting to save a children's heart surgery unit stage

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a protest rally today. The NHS body which is deciding on all of the

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units was on -- was in Leicester today.

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Theo's heart was mended by experts at Glenfield Hospital but it is

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minds at his family needs to win over.

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To go anywhere else would mean starting all over again with

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someone new who does not know him. Emotions always run high outside

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Leicester's Walkers Stadium. Today the usual sea of blue turned red as

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parents came to champion the children's heart surgery in the

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city. The last public consultation event before the NHS Commission has

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made some bold decisions. A lot of people here are support -- here to

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support Glenfield Hospital. We need to keep it... Open. Increasingly it

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is seen as a fight between Leicester and Southampton.

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Campaigners are hoping that patient and Parent Power will be enough to

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save the unit. No one has had the courage to grapple with the issue

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for years. Everywhere they go there are protests. TV cameras were not

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allowed into the consultation event. I asked why? We do not want people

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to feel inhibited about casting or answering questions. We want it to

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be free and open. The whole process has been open and transparent up

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until now. This is not just about the Midlands, it is about our

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national role. The argument for change, fewer children's heart

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surgery units concentrates expertise. The aim is to save more

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lives. Try telling people here that it is surgery in Leicester that

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should go. There is uncertainty about what will happen and it it is

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certain that it will not be popular everywhere.

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Lovely and sunny in Leicester. We will have the forecast later.

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looking out for rain. It looks like Let us return to our top story. The

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news that the train maker Bombardier has lost a contract to

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build up to 1200 carriages for Thameslink. Our correspondent is

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outside the factory in Derby. tell you that the company issued a

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brief statement earlier saying that they were very disappointed that

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they lost the contract. As you said earlier, there are those who feel

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that losing the contract could mean the end of train making in Derby.

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This is a tradition that goes back well over 100 years. It is a

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history that is not without its ups and downs. Here is a report.

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Look at its Great Railway Works where we see engines being built...

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It has been at the forefront of railway engineering for over 150

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years. Steam was still in its heyday in the 1930s and politicians

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have been associated with the works. Barbara Castle visited in 1967.

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Changes were afoot. The carriage works went from British Rail to

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British Rail Engineering Ltd, as privatisation beckoned. In 1992, a

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complete change of ownership. The Swiss firm ABB took over. A year

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later, rail unions are in Westminster, pressing MPs for more

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railway work. In 1996, another change of ownership. Three months

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later, yet again, we were reporting, more redundancies and cuts. In 2000,

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another change of ownership to French-Canadian Bombardier. In 2007,

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unions and management combine to beg the government to stop the

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endless cycle of feast and famine in rail orders. Nonetheless, two

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years later, Bombardier failed to win the order for the new InterCity

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express. Now it has failed to win the order for Thameslink too. Those

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in Britain's remaining train maker wonders whether they can survive

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again. I am joined now by the chief

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executive of the Chamber of Commerce. Can they survive a again?

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We will do everything we can to insure that they do. It is a very

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good company, it is part of an international group. There is a big

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investment hearing Derby. We what about the implications? Not only do

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the people who supply Bombardier but also the businesses around

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here? There are a lot of direct suppliers to Bombardier who will be

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dismayed. Bombardier also employed 3000 people here which puts

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spending power into the Derbyshire economy. If that is going to be

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reduced, that is of significance. One managing director we spoke to

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on the telephone, he supplies bombard the air -- Bombardier and

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he says that there will be many job losses. That is a worst-case

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scenario. We will do all that we can to ensure that we still benefit

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from the contract. Another prime contractor has won the contract.

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All of these suppliers and all of the manufacturers here now need to

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beat a path to their door to see if we can get work back here to Derby.

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Let us hope that this is not the end of train making in Derby and

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not the end of the line for Bombardier and its 3000 workers.

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Let us have some sport. It had been a big day at the City

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ground. The new man in charge has been speaking for the first time.

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The former England boss Steve McLaren believes he has got what it

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takes to return the Reds to the top Steve McClaren is back. Back to the

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stresses and strains of English football. That is a great way of

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putting it! Its is great to be back, involved in what is a great

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historic tradition of football club I have experienced life in the

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Premier League, I know what it takes to get in there and back is

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what we bring. We will try to build and what was -- on what has already

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been achieved by the chairman and what Billy Davies has done over the

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last two-and-a-half years. He was sacked at the weekend. The club

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only met McLaren on Sunday. Some supporters early on Monday were

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disappointed with our decision. Once they got to know him like we

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have got to know him, I think they will be quite happy with our

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appointment. What do you think the general mood is? Reserved optimism

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I think. I think he will do a good job, optimistic. Do you think he

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will pick up a Nottingham accent? have listened to his Dutch accent

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on You Tube macro. Graham Taylor had the internet. He overcame that

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and progressed. -- Graham Taylor had the turnip. Wherever I have

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gone, whether I have been, the key thing we need to achieve his full

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houses in the City Ground. That is the first target. He has not

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stopped smiling since the press conference. Some will say it is the

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hefty new contract bet he says he would not have come here if he did

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not think he could fill every one's If you want to see more of his only

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one to one TV interview, you can see it on the BBC's Board website.

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The Forest board clearly believe that the McLaren is the man that

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can return Forest to the Premier League. How good are his

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credentials? Earlier today I spoke to David Davies, former executive

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director of the FA. Let us be quite clear, Nottingham Forest have

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appointed one of the best coaches, one of the best English coaches of

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this generation. His track record is there. He was the coach when

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Manchester United won an unprecedented treble in 1999. He

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was the coach who took Middlesbrough, who frankly have not

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won hundreds of trophies over the years, to winning the League Cup

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and to a European final which was a fantastic achievement. He also was

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successful in Holland with a relatively small club, which beat

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the likes of big clubs. He is one of the best coaches in his

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generation. Given all of that and his fantastic club credentials,

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people remember what happened with him and the England job. Do you

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think he has to overcome some of the reputation... When he failed to

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achieve what he could have with the England team? England is high

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profile. He is as sad as what happened with England as anyone.

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But you do not become a bad coach overnight. Since then, as I have

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mentioned, he has gone to Holland and done unbelievably well. Now he

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has had another hit back with another team, but the reality is

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that he is coming to a fantastic club. You do not have to be a

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Forest supporter do have the highest possible regard for

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Nottingham Forest. Timing is everything in football. It seems to

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me that you have Nottingham Forest and Steve McClaren coming together

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at a very good moment. The Forest fans was totally hope that you are

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right. Thank you. One of his first games in charge

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will see him take on Notts County in the Carling Cup. Leicester City

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will face Rotherham, Derby travelled to Shrewsbury and

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Chesterfield will play Rochdale. That is all for tonight. The good

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thing about him coming back is that we got to hear that song that we

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both like? Mark Morrison is from the East Midlands.

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Now the weather. We think it is You are right. The rain is on its

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way for stump I am by the canal and I have made some friends. They are

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just going for a nice trip on their barge. It looks like the showers

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have been holding off for the most part. One or two around. Let us

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take a look. It is going to become quite dry overnight. We will see

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some clear spells compared to last night. It would have been nice last

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night with the lunar eclipse but sadly we cannot order the weather

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just like that. There were some showers earlier today, few and far

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between. Any showers will be drying out. On the pressure chart, the

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area of rain that we are looking at his the large bit of blue in the

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south-west. That is gradually making its way north into tomorrow.

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The forecast is that we are seeing showers gradually fizzling out that

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throughout receiving and overnight. Turning dry with clear spells. As a

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result, temperatures will be a little cooler. Tomorrow morning, it

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will be bright, sunny but as the day goes on, the cloud will

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increase. Some showers by late morning. The winds will increase

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