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This is East Midlands Today. Tonight we're live from Bombardier
in Derby where almost 1,500 workers have been told they're to lose
their jobs. It's a hammer blow for the City and many are now asking
how long can Britain's last trainmaker survive?
And here in the studio, I'll be assessing the political impact, why
did this happen and where does Bombardier and Derby go from here?
My genuine anxiety is that Bombardier's will decide their
there is not a future for them in the UK.
In other news tonight, a tragic accident - how the owner of the
King Cobra Sanctuary was killed by his own snake.
And holy amazing - the Cape Crusader's all flying show is
Good evening. Welcome to Litchurch Lane in Derby, the home of
Bombardier. There has been trained making in this city since the 1840s.
It is part of Derby's crowd engineering and industrial heritage.
For how much longer? There are fears about this factory's short-
term future. Today's announcement means half of the work force here
will be leaving. Almost 1,400 people looking for work in
difficult economic times. In a moment I will be speaking to the
leader of Derby City Council and the man who runs this 88 acre site.
First, a report from Mike O'Sullivan.
A signal from a railway man that said it all. The night shift was
the first to be told that 1,400 jobs were being lost at Bombardier
in Derby. More workers were briefed throughout the day. This is going
to be the end of the train building industry in Britain. Everybody is
doom and gloom today. I blame the Government. They gave the contract
to Germany. We are all upset. We feel like the Government have let
us down. Hoping that we get another contract. Fingers crossed.
Bombardier says it hasn't got enough for his current workforce of
3,000 in Derby. Four of the five production lines come to a halt by
September. Two weeks ago Bombardier lost the Government's 1.4 billion
pound Thameslink contract to his German rival, Siemens. Today,
Bombardier announced 1,400 job cuts. 983 contracts staff are to go. 446
permanent jobs will be lost. Many of them skilled engineers. The
company said, if it had won the Thameslink contract, no permanent
staff will be leaving at all. were the preferred bidder for
Thameslink, those engineers will be working on the design and, step --
concept. They would be fully employed today. They would be no
threat to their job? No threat. Deflated, saddened. Darren Barber
had told me how we will affect his family. He is a staff member but
his son is a contract worker. Both of them could be at the job.
market is going to be flooded. Core staff like my itself will hang on
to the end. I would be last in the queue to find a job. Is there going
to be anything out there? I don't think so. Bombardier says contract
staff would have benefited from Thameslink. They would have been
shared out to short-term employees with the potential of having them
back. A? Now hangs over the future of this factory. -- A? Macro hangs
over the future of this factory. With me is the leader of Derby City
Council. A black day I presume, what is your reaction?
devastating decision as far as Derby is concerned. Half the
workforce will be made redundant and the real possibility that we
will lose this train making site in this city, bringing to the end 170
years of train manufacturing in Derby. In future, every train, tram
and Underground train at the UK purchases will come from abroad.
understand you have attempted to contact David Cameron to talk about
the issues. What has been this -- the response? If all I have had
back are to acknowledge rents of three letters. I am extremely
disappointed. -- and acknowledgements. Nick Clegg was
here with the Cabinet at describing Derby as a powerhouse of the UK. I
am a Conservative but those words are becoming hollow now in the
light of today's announcements. I am critical of the contract
assessment process because no economic impact assessment took
place as part of the evaluation of that contract. How can it be that
this contract is the best value for the British taxpayer if the costs
of making these people redundant would all stop you get a flavour of
the sort of political storm that is brewing over this issue. Form Ahmad
Khomeini he is an in the studio. -- for more on that.
Europe bans giving contracts on the basis of nationality. Germany
routinely Awards 90 % of its rare work to German workers. In France,
it is 100 %. John Denham, Labour's shadow business Secretary thinks we
have to change the way we play the game. We have to have an industrial
policy so we can build up our manufacturing industry. I look at
Germany and France and they might - - find ways of doing that. Why
can't we do the same? If John Hess asked Business Secretary, Vince
Cable, where the Government rejected Bombardier's bid in the
first place? In this case, the former Labour Government drew up a
narrow tender terms for this contract which led to the current
transport secretary to make the decision he did. He had no choice.
I don't want to minimise the fact that this is a serious play it --
bloke to Derby and the workers. I want to do what I can to help.
Today we are setting up a task force and a senior executive of
Rolls-Royce to keep the skills boys together to help Derby ever come
this blow. I want to investigate how future public procurement can
operate within European walls, but at the same time it take account of
the importance of British suppliers. The so much for the blame game.
What next? What of the future. Will this damage investment in our
region? I have seen companies come and go at Litchurch Lane. I have
found Bombardier aid to be the most consistent in terms of their
support for the work force, investment, through lean times as
well as good times. I do wonder, and it would do everything I can to
keep the company in the UK. I think we are pushing our luck. I don't
think it will put people off investing because we have great
skills in the region. Bombardier is one of them. I don't think it will
put people off. However it is a blow to the region. Whatever
happens, no one knows tonight if it would be in time to save Britain's
last train builder. That now have to Dominic in Derby. -- back now.
With me is France's pay NASA who is president of the passenger division.
-- Frances Power NASA. We can't understand the decision.
Could she bear some responsibility in terms of losing his contract, --
? We will be happy to share the blame if we know why we had lost
the bid. During our feet back, we were given no specific information
which allowed us to make that judgment. For we are hearing of the
BBC is hearing, there were issues raised about the cost per carriage
they are you offering was higher than your rivals and there were
problems with suppliers. Would it surprise you to know this
information is coming out? For I am surprised by this. The two points I
would make, worldwide in the last five years, when Bob RDA --
Bombardier has gone with Siemens, this is the first time we have lost
out to them. We won 70 % of the contracts in the UK with the same
EU rules and the same competition. The civil servants in London over
saw these bids. Are they uncaring? What do you think of them? They
could have taken a broader view in the way the economic assessment was
carried out on this project. final question, has this place,
what is left of it, has it got a future beyond 2014 or beyond the
end of this year? We are not in a position where we can say.
Bombardier is carrying out an extensive review of our operations
and until that is completed, the future of the site is uncertain.
That is it for now from Bombardier. I will be back later in the
programme. Back now to the studio. It was a tragic accident, the death
of a man regarded as an expert in King Cobras, beaten by one of his
pet snakes. Luke Yeomans died -- died at his home which he turned
into a century for his reptiles. A coroner recorded a verdict of
accidental death today. A month ago, we filmed with him at his home in
Eastwood. Luke Yeomans dedicated his life to
the King Cobra. He created a sanctuary for them behind his home.
On 29th June, he was bitten. The inquest heard his partner, seen
here with the stripy top, saw him holding a hosepipe to his own. --
on. She knew he had been bitten. She gave him adrenalin and tried to
resuscitate him but could see he was dead. The coroner said it was a
tragic case where a man passionate about snakes and King Cobras had
devoted his life to them. She read a statement from his daughter. It
said, dad lived for his next and was particularly passionate about
King Cobras. He was fully aware of the possibility he could be written.
I took comfort that he died doing something he loved so much. East
Midlands Today filmed with him in May. He spoke of his dedication to
his animals and how he was aware of the risks. He had been bitten
before. I have had a few nasty next and one or two cases where I have
had to get in touch with the School of Tropical medicine to advise on
using anti- venom. He knew the risks and thought it was worth it
Controversial plans for a waste incinerator in Derby are back on
the table. A High Court judge says that an inspector was wrong last
year to block the proposals for a waste tree man plant at Sinfin. It
followed a fierce campaigner against the plans. There will now
be another planning inquiry. More money than originally planned
could be spent redeveloping Nottingham's Broadmarsh Centre. The
city council says it believes up to �12 million will be spent
transforming it by the owners, Westfield. The first phase of an
estimated �500 million project involves updating Drury Hill and
the centre's Middle Pavement entrance.
Plenty more to come. We will have a soggy weather forecast.
And find out about some of my favourite things in Nottinghamshire.
It is a new era for the home of Leicester City Football Club. From
today, the Walkers Stadium is changing its name to the King Power
Stadium. The rebranding is all about the new owners and the club's
new Thai chairman. What do the fans make of the change?
They have signed some new players, it laid the new turf and for the
new season, there is even a new name. It has been on the shares for
a season, now it will be all over the ground. -- on the shirts. It
has become the King Power Stadium. Walkers Stadium is synonymous with
Leicester but obviously, King Power Stadium have new sponsors and that
has got to be great for the club. do not know if I am that keen on it.
But I will get used to it. It is a complete takeover. But as long as
they keep bringing the money in and the players. Will people know where
the King Power Stadium is? If they might think it is in Thailand.
club says it reflects the owner's commitment to the club and that its
partnership with Walkers will continue. Sponsorship of stadiums
never lasts for ever. The dreams for the owners is Bob them to score
high. We are told the stadium will be rebranded in time for the pre-
season friendly with Real Madrid at the end of the month.
Nottinghamshire's fire service could spent half-a-million pounds
trying to reduce its carbon for print. The county's fire authority
is considering installing solar panels, wind turbines and ground
source heat pumps in its stations. She says it would hate save money
in the long term. -- help save money.
A kerbside recycling scheme in part of Leicester is to be extended
across the city. Traditional green recycling boxes are being replaced
with orange sacks because they take a much wider range of ways. A
recent trial led to I 30% increase in the amount collected each week.
Talking about recycling, the old bat man is back and it is big. With
an awful lot of "kerpow" the caped crusader is on stage with a show of
What makes you proud of where you live? Tonight, we begin a journey
around our counties through the eyes of some of our local radio
presenters. This week, BBC Radio Nottingham's Mark Dennison tells us
what he thinks is the pride of the county of Nottinghamshire.
Today I have come to one of my favourite places in Nottingham.
Wollaton Hall. This is a place that everyone knows. I remember spending
many a happy Sunday-morning fitting the leaves in the park with my son.
Now he is a teenager. It is a great place for a stroll around the lake,
a picnic, or watching the famous deer.
I have been coming here for years and the great thing is, there is
always something new to do. On the last Sunday of each month, you can
Welcome to Nottingham's Galleries of Justice Wright in the heart of
the town. A fantastic place to bring the kids. I sometimes forget
this place. Set in Nottingham's Centre, on the site of the Old
Court House and Dale, it gives a pretty authentic taste of what life
was like as a criminal hundreds of years ago. If you are brave enough,
you can take part in a mock trial, have a guided tour with all sorts
of outlaws and if you are really unlucky, you might end up getting
locked up. From incarceration, to the great outdoors. This is where I
love to come for some peace and quiet. The Grantham Canal. It runs
through three counties, some 33 miles long. You can take in
teashops, some fantastic pubs, you can cycle ought stroll along with
your dog. They are even places way you can bring a canoe and have a
paddle. This is the beauty of Nottinghamshire. Peace and quiet,
fantastic. We have all got somewhere just like this right on
I feel quite peaceful after that. Time for sport. I am ready for
tomorrow afternoon at Trent Bridge. It is nice to have international
cricket back there. It is a must- win game for England against Sri
Lanka. 2-1 down. A third defeat would mean the whole one day series
is lost when Dent. But at Trent Bridge, there is still a spark
about England. After a grey start to the series,
two defeats mean that the Trent Bridge won their means it has some
drama to it. We know we have got to win the next
two games to win the series. I think we are more than capable of
doing it. We need to replicate the form we had a week ago. We need to
try to put the last two games to the back of our minds. We are
proving to people because this is why we are runners up in the World
Cup, but not just because we played on the sub-continent, but we are a
pretty good cricket team. There are some specific questions about the
team, for our three Nottinghamshire players. Can Stuart Broad find true
form? He has got a firing has about him because you need that in fast
bowlers. I do not want to see my bowlers stroking kittens. Will
cynic but I'll get a game? -- will Samit Patel get a game. Or will
Graeme Swann's form be matched by beating? I would rather be taking
winning games. I cannot argue with the way it is coming out of my hand.
The England goodies are being laid out at the ground. Graeme Swann
cannot resist bigging up his county. As a is, we are stuck with other
guys. I am expecting to run a big total here. It is a fantastic run
with a great atmosphere and the best place to play cricket in the
country. Home is where the heart is. It is nearly sold out at Trent
Bridge. Some tickets will be available on the date. As Bobby
Robin, they need one more win to guarantee a home quarter-final in
the Twenty-20. They will have to fight for it at all staff. They
have had a good start. -- fight for it at Worcester.
The Hibernian chairman has said that Forest are on dangerous ground
and do not have permission to speak to Colin Calderwood. Nothing to
negotiate, apparently. One more bit of good news from
Forest. Julian Bennett has joined Forest.
David Nugent is thought to be high on the wanted list. And Derby are
waiting to hear that look Bani's move to Portsmouth is complete -- 8
Luke Varney. Heir result in need of European
Paralympic Swimming Championships to date. There has been a gold
medal for Nottinghamshire's Sam Hynd. In the same event, his
younger brother, Ollie, one silver, just three seconds behind him. We
will hear from both of them tomorrow.
We are a cracking area for sport, aren't we ate!
They have already been sightings for Batman films at Wollaton Hall.
Now it seems the Dark Knight is back but this time as part of a new
live stage show, all based on the original comics. It tells the story
of how Robin met the great trick crusader. Our reporter has had a
sneaky peek at the signs -- behind the scenes at the rear parcels.
What do have all been waiting for! For the first time, the story of
Batman and Robin has been transformed into when Arena shows.
The Dark Knight, there is a 42 strong cast and they are currently
rehearsing in Nottingham. The story is the original Robin. How Robin
became Robin. We also have stuns, fights, flying, it pyrotechnics,
all of the things you would expect from a back now and story. -- from
a Batman story. The 3 D set is designed to be interactive. Where
would the caped crusader be without his trusted car? This one was
specially designs, one of Formula One's most famous car designers.
Even if you are not a diehard Batman fan, it is hard not to be
impressed. There are two Nottingham performers in the cast. One has
come straight after circus school to land his first big jobs. We are
on the stage all of the time doing something acrobatic, dancing,
running... It is pretty full on the whole time. Then there is the
gentleman the villain, the penguins. You are transfers and when you're
on stage into the penguins. It is quite different to what end seeing
here. I wear a fat cigar. -- a fact suit. The show is rehearsing here
for one more week. It will be back in September for part of the arena
It does look fantastic. I used to play Pac-Man and Robin with my
We have got patchy rain overnight. It will still feel quite mild.
Thank you for this photo. Please do send us your pictures. We have had
some lovely subtle days over the past two days. But an area of low-
pressure out in the Atlantic is slowly moving its way in. We have
seen an increase in cloud today. We will start to see some patchy rain
overnight. Some more intense rainfall across the Far East Apache
showers far everyone else. Overnight, the rain will turn more
intense before it slowly moves itself North East. Behind it, some
heavy showers. Feeling quite muddy overnight with a minimum
temperature of 13 degrees. -- Margie. On Wednesday, a chance of
scattered showers. Some decent sunshine across the South before
the showers turn more intense in the afternoon. There is a chance of
some thunder and event some hail at times. Temperatures reaching 20
degrees. A much fresher feel to things. Quite a fresh south-
westerly breeze. The low pressure is staying with us into their state.
Quite persistent rainfall to come during the early hours of Thursday
but turning more sherry with some sunshine in the afternoon. On
Friday, it is a fairly breezy day, the chance of some showers. On the
weekend, more showers to come on Saturday but slowly things will
start to improve. The temperatures are gradually creeping up. Things
will turn was settled towards the end of the weekend.
Thank you. Let us hope that the shower stay away from Trent Bridge
tomorrow. For the last word on today's job cuts at Bombardier, let
us go back to Derby. The half completed carriage will
run on the Metropolitan Line in London. Many of the workers here at
Bombardier were dreading this morning. They knew that the news
would be bad but they did not quite know how bad. At least there is now
a certainty. Some very important questions remain. Be the government
have done more? Should bombard VII bear some responsibility for the