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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.


Our top story: One last throw of the dice for Bombardier.


200 campaigners came to Westminster to demand a rethink over the


Thameslink contract, but their hopes have been dashed. We joined


the workers at dawn as they headed to the capital. We are fighting for


a future, fighting for the future of rail jobs in this country,


trains that should be built in this country by British workers. It is


not just the first day for these children, it is the first day for a


new type of school across the East Midlands. And the new Strictly Come


Good evening. First tonight, the battle for Bombardier was taken to


the heart of Government today. 200 workers, campaigners and


politicians left Derby and descended on Westminster, demanding


a re-think. They wanted a contract - worth almost �1.5 billion - to be


given to the local train-making firm rather than going abroad. Mike


O'Sullivan has spent the day with the Bombardier delegation, and


joins us now from Westminster. Good evening. This was the day that


a lot of Bombardier supporters had been looking forward to. The day


when the Government would be put on the spot by MPs at a hearing called


by the Transport Select Committee, perhaps leading to a breakthrough


in the fight for a re-think. Many left Derby early this morning with


Their name on the train set it off. The spirit of Derby was carrying


the hopes of Bombardier supporters to London. On board, workers from


the company, business people, City Council politicians. They were


going to a transport select committee hearing of MPs. Questions


would be asked about how the Thames lank contract went to Siemens. That


might Thameslink. Many believed the Government could still reverse the


decision. It is affecting everybody in the supply chain. Thousands of


households. We are doing this to fight for the future of rail jobs


in this country. Trains that should be built in this country by British


workers. The campaigners have arrived here at St Pancras station.


Can they make a difference? They gathered outside Parliament as the


committee hearing got under way. First top, the chairman of


Bombardier in the UK. He suggested his company had been beaten when it


came to finance. The Thameslink process was defined very narrowly.


There was only one outcome. That signify is that finance as played


an extremely important part in this deal, as opposed to changing --


choosing the best trained first. The Government is considering


looking at socio-economic conditions in future. It was too


late for Thameslink. There is a nuclear option. The case drew the


Secretary of State cannot board this process and this side to look


afresh at the affordability of the Thameslink project, and to start


over again. The consequences would be significant. I think it has


reinforced the message that this campaign goes on. We are not going


to accept what we have been given in terms of no renegotiation.


had been Derby's Beye in the capital. Many consider -- consider


their hopes battered but not beaten. Clearly a disappointing day for the


Bombardier workers and their supporters, but what have the firm


and, indeed, the Transport Secretary being saying about the


day's events? Well, I interviewed the Transport Secretary after the


hearing, and put it to him that he had missed the opportunity to make


sure that the impact on jobs could have been factored in as part of


the contract process. We'll hear from him in a moment. I also spoke


to Colin Walton, the UK chairman of Bombardier, who said he was pleased


the Government seemed to be on the verge of taking a much wider view


There are some big issues that have arisen from today. The fact that


Saussure economics was not put in. The fact that it was financing and


trains. It is a case of who offers the best financing. It plays such


an important part. These are areas we believe should have been a look


that. The de-cobbling of finance away from the trains. We hope that


throughout today that is what will happen. That will not affect


Thameslink, were lit? It does not affect that decision. I cannot


comment on the process. I would like to thank all of her supporters.


It was extremely encouraging for me to see the huge support. From Derby,


UK plc manufacturing as well. I would like to thank them. We have


ordered a review of public procurement process is. Going


forward we can look at a better way of doing this. Whether we're doing


things in the same way as our European neighbours. Whether there


are issues we can manage better. We would do that. That will not help


in relation to the Thameslink contract. In future you will take


these wider factors into account. The Government has blundered by


allowing this to go ahead. Government has not blundered. The


Government continued the process initiated by the previous


Government. We used the evaluation criteria they issued. Bombardier


will say the Government is the Government is the Government. You


could have stopped this and changed things? I could not. Governments


may be powerful Bodde they are not omnipotent. We're restrained by


European law. We can only do what is legal. It would have been


unlawful to change the rules have we through the competition.


The select committee meet again next week to discuss today's


evidence. Today's hearing has not changed anything as far as the


Government is concerned. Coming up, there could be legal action by the


United union backed by Derby City Council. -- Utd union. There will


be a UK review of the Bombardier operation. All triggered by the


loss of the Thameslink contract. Still to come, grappling with a


growing sport - it's a mix of old- fashioned wrestling, judo and Jiu


Jitsu. Next, how the 9/11 attacks turned a


Nottingham student into an "enemy of the state". Rizwaan Sabir was


researching al-Qaeda for a PhD study. But it got him arrested as a


terrorist suspect. In the final part of this week's series, he's


been speaking to our Social Affairs I was actually in a 6th form. I


remember looking at the destruction and wondering who had done this.


Why are innocent people being murdered at? I genuinely wanted to


understand. What better way than through my studies? That would give


me the perfect platform. That is why I started researching. This was


the result of Rizwann Sabir's research. A wave of protests after


he and a friend were arrested at Nottingham University. I think Al-


Qaeda's tactics are morally reprehensible and Tokely on


productive. -- totally. It has ruined my life. I am the collateral


damage in this war. I am angry. I became enemy of the state. Why? It


is not because I downloaded a document. It tied into who I was,


the way I look and appear. I'm a thick somebody's stereotypical


image of a terrorist, a young Muslim man with brown skin and


appeared. I could have been sent to prison for doing what? My job as a


researcher. Rizwann and his friend were released for an emotional


reunion after police decided there was insufficient evidence to charge


them. That was not the end of it. 9/11 changed my life quite


drastically. I have been stopped on the street. I have been arrested as


a terrorist. I never have been a terrorist. I any response Nice to


be proportionate. We must make sure that we do not create anger among a


community that will help to quash this threat. Police investigating


the murder of a man in Derby have arrested 15 people. Serioza


Lawskowski, who was 29, was found with head injuries in April, and


died later in hospital. Five men previously questioned have been re-


arrested on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to commit grievous


bodily harm. Others are being questioned about assisting an


offender, drugs offences and obstructing the police.


A Leicester charity whose minibus was destroyed in last month's


disturbances can apply for compensation. Age Concern was


originally told it could not claim compensation because it had


insurance. Now the charity has been told it can apply. The number of


students starting classes at the Gedling school near Nottingham has


fallen to fewer than 50. Only 48 pupils have started Year 7 - that's


a quarter of its capacity. The school was earmarked for closure


because of under performance. It's now being taken over by a


charitable trust, which wants to open it as an academy next


Staying with education, and a newly-opened school in Leicester is


promising to lead the way with its teaching methods. The Krishna-


Avanti Hindu school is the first free school to open in the East


Midlands. The Government hopes it will be the first of many. Helen


Welcome to the Krishna-Avanti Hindu school in Leicester. Morning begins


with meditation. The children do yoga every day. It is good for


discipline, help and the mind. Each class will have their own vegetable


garden allotted to them so the children can learn the important


relationship with the Earth. It is one of 24 free schools across the


country. They are state funded but independent from the local


educational authority. Lester has not always had the best reputation


for education. -- Leicester. This school gives all children the


opportunity for a higher standards. It has a greater degree of freedom


and latitude to Taylor to the children's needs. It has a


distinctive Hindu ethos. At the moment, there are just 34 children.


In the next few years, staff hope to attract more so that ultimately


more than 400 pupils will come here. The we have had a good response for


next year. We have well over half on our books. And for subsequent


years. What do the pupils think? like my school. I am going to draw.


I have done the biggest one ever. I had made lots of new friends.


National Union of Teachers say free schools are divisive and


unaccountable. Staff here Corp the school will have a bright future.


-- hope. With us is Ian Leaver from the National Union of Teachers,


which opposes free schools. Why does the NUT oppose free schools?


We oppose them for a number of reasons. We believe it is taxpayers


money that is being used to fund private education. We also believe,


despite some of the things Nick Clegg and Michael Gove have been


saying, there is no reason to suppose they will not be run for


profit in the future. We also believe that we have an alternative


which is better, and that is the kind of approach that we believe


happens in the rest of the world. There is collaboration between


schools, schools sharing expertise, for the good of all the children in


Leicester. But if state education was a success we wouldn't even be


talking about free schools, would we? In Leicester and across the


country there have been improvements in GCSE results. We


would argue that that approach, with the support of a


democratically accountable local education authority, provides the


best approach. Isn't it worth letting them have a chance? OK, yes.


It would be nice to have some evidence to suggest that it is


likely to work. We believe it is an expensive ideologically driven


experiment. Expensive at that time in Leicester when teachers and


hundreds of other Council workers A Nottinghamshire aid worker who


has just returned from Somalia, says the disaster there is the


worst he's ever experienced. The country is in the grip of its


harshest famine for 60 years, following a drought and years of


civil war. Now the Muslim Hands charity - which is based in


Nottingham - says it plans to do as much as it can to help. Its project


team spent two weeks last month in the capital Mogasdishu looking at


aid work there. It also took supplies to a large refugee camp at


Dadaab, to the west. Carolyn Moses reports.


In the centre of it overrun refugee camp on the Somalia border, 600,000


starving people and more arriving by the day. He's nodding and


charity workers at 600 bags of food, QC welcome first some. But they


admit it is a drop in the ocean. have been to Haiti after the


earthquake. I have also work in Pakistan after the floods. What an


have experienced in Mogadishu was beyond my expectations. I saw what


the scale of the destruction was. It was massive. This old man, when


I asked him where he was coming from and how long it took, he


explained there were 20 families walking from one part of Somalia.


It took them to mums to get here. On the way there were six people


who died. There was no assistance. At the hospital in the capital,


worse was to come. Six kids waiting on one table for drips. There was a


young lady who came running towards us, crying. We saw to little bodies.


-- two. The charity has already raised �1 million in recent weeks,


hoping to put more food in mouths and build anew aid camp. It warns


more is needed to make a lasting impact. And for more information on


the famine in East Africa go to the Disasters Emergency Committee


Still ahead, bright and breezy does it. Mostly breezy. Sally is braving


the elements. Yes, it is rather blustery at the National


Watersports Centre. The white water canoeists are out in force. A full


forecast later. We like Our weather presenters wind-blown! Now the


sport. First, there's more speculation about Nottingham Forest


manager Steve McClaren. The national newspapers are reporting


today that he will quit after all if he doesn't get the emergency


loan players he requires. The loan widow opens tomorrow, and McClaren


is linked with a number of players from Ryan Bertrand to West Ham


defender Craig Dawson and Spurs winger Andros Townsend. McClaren


has looked a bit fraught on the touchline of late, but we


understand today's stories are without foundation and he's going


nowhere. He's due to speak to the media on Friday.


Meanwhile, Derby manager Nigel Clough also has targets in the loan


window, but there won't be any players coming in before this


weekend's game with Coventry. Clough was speaking at the club's


training ground today. Derby have won four out five and had a great


start to the season. But after making 10 new singings, they need


to offload two or three players. Clough wouldn't name names, but it


looks like Stephen Bywater, Stephen Pearson and Dean Leacock are


Yes, we envisage that some of them would have gone during the contract


window. That did not transpire. We will work on it in the long window.


Now, take the old Saturday afternoon wrestling on World of


Sport, mix it with Judo and Jiu Jitsu, then add a crowd of 6,000 -


and you get something of a feel for what will be happening in


Nottingham later this month. It's the Submission Wrestling World


Championships. They're backed by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. And


today the absolute champion was in Mansfield. Mark Shardlow reports.


It is martial arts to the point of Submission. He will ask you to stop


to not get injured. When Payne can be taken no more. If I know I


cannot get out, I will stop. This class is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. These


guys are fit. It is something different to going to the gym.


is hard to describe. It is really good. There is no heating, kicking,


no special kit. It is pure strength and skill. We are like a family.


Good team spirit. It is great to learnt something different, a new


skill. It is relatively new in the UK. It is the next big thing.


of the best Denise Jiu-Jitsu, judo, wrestling and mixed martial arts


will travel to Nottingham at the end of the month for the Abu Dhabi


combat clubs' submission World wrestling Championships. This


tournament is equivalent to the Olympic Games. The best fighter


will come at on top. At the moment that is Braulio Estima, a Brazilian


living in Birmingham. He will top the bill in Nottingham. 6,000


people screaming, playing at home against a top contender that is my


biggest rival. It will be like the World Cup final. It is the first


time the tournament has been held If you want to see the best of the


action, not in a marina, end of the month. -- Nottingham arena. Onto


cricket - and the season's drawing to an end with the penultimate


round of championship matches. It's been slow progress for title-


chasing Warwickshire at Edgbaston, but Notts could only take three


wickets as the home side neared 300. A century for Wes Durston has put


Derbyshire in a strong position in their game against Kent at the


County Ground. And Matthew Hoggard and Nathan Buck have been amongst


the wickets as Leicestershire's Now, it's that time of year again.


Yes, Strictly Come Dancing will be back on our screens from this


weekend. It all means an exceptionally busy time for a


Derby-based web designer - she runs one of the most popular Strictly


sites in the country. Katie Cory says this series has particular


interest for us, because three of the celebs have local connections,


The excitement is mounting again as this year's line-up is revealed.


Nobody is more excited than Katie Cory. She got hooked on Strictly


Come Dancing in 2004. There was nothing else out there. There were


no fan site. I want to collect all of the information. It ran from


there. Seven years on, she is busy updating last year's contestants


with this year's. There is all sorts of local interest. Edwina


Currie, still well known here. Nancy Kallio, the former partner of


Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. And former Derby captain


Robbie Savage. What do his former colleagues think? I could never


imagine him dancing, yet alone live on telly. He will approach it in


the competitive way that he does. He will a love the at fit. He will


thrive on it. How does the expert rate than? I would like to see


Robbie Savage de well. I worry that he might fall into the Anne


Widdecombe on the camp. Katy has had over 8 million hits on the


website since she started. I get so much traffic, especially on


Saturday night and Sunday night. I have to make sure the site is


Nancy from the East Midlands, who would have thought it?! Now the


It is very windy here at the moment. We are at the National Watersports


Centre. I am joined by the general manager. It has been closed for the


last couple of days. Why? The wind has been so bad we have had to


close it. It affects the sailors and the row worse and the Qana


lists. The waves make it impossible for them to Pavel safely.


Presumably you hope it will be open for the weekend? Yes. We have a


regatta this weekend. It is all part of the Olympic preparations.


Fingers crossed. We have a little rain still around the East Midlands.


It is mainly Dowdie and Mauro. Most places turning dry. Gradually


through this evening the winds with ease. Good news for money. On the


satellite picture, through the day we have seen plenty of cloud across


the UK. We have seen some breaks in that out. They will be fewer and


further between. As we go through this evening, there is plenty of


cloud. We could see some showers over the Peak District.


Temperatures dipping to 12 Celsius. As we going to Thursday, it stays


rather cloudy. Cloudy through the day. Some showers still around.


Mainly dry. Temperatures getting up to 18 Celsius. That is probably


being optimistic. Less blustery tomorrow. If you look ahead for the


next few days, certainly Friday we start to see the winds pick up


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