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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Kylie

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Pentelow. Our headlines tonight: Guilty. A union leader who stole

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thousands from a charity for sick and elderly miners. Neil Greatrex

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spent the money on home improvements.

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No comment. Why not? No comment! But he's been found guilty of 14

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charges. Metal theft madness. Hinkley's makeover finally make it

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on the drawing board. And the sport that is great for

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winding down. You have to get out of the why and stab them before

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eight they stab you. Good evening. First tonight, a

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union leader who was said to have given his life to coalmining has

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been found guilty of stealing from a miners' charity. And he's been

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told he will be going to jail. Neil Greatrex, the former president of

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the Union of Democratic Mineworkers, stole almost �150,000 from the

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charity to pay for improvements at his own home. Another UDM leader,

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Mick Stevens, was cleared of all 14 charges. Quentin Rayner is outside

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Neil Greatrex's home in Nottinghamshire. Good evening,

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Quentin. Good evening. This is Neil

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Greatrex's home near Teversal, where thousands of pounds stolen

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from a miners' charity were spent on home improvements, here and at a

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previous home. Despite being paid a salary of �113,000 by the UDM, as

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well as the union paying a third of his mortgage while he was an

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official, the former president stole from a care home for sick

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miners. In court he was accused of fiddling the books and feathering

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his own nest, and today a jury agreed.

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Neil Greatrex was told by a judge he had committed fraud against

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members who had placed their trust in him. The man described as a good

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union man remained tight-lipped. Do you have anything to say?

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comment. Are you ashamed? And no comment. Why not? No comment.

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six Sears -- six years, he used money to pay for improvements at

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his homes. He spent the money on landscaping, building repairs. He

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claimed it was in loo of a salary he was entitled to. They are in a

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position of trust. He has stolen from them. Mick Stevens was cleared

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of all charges. As a trustee, he countersigned the cheque, but the

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jury accepted yet little to do with the daily running of the care home.

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Do you think what he did were shameful?

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Neil Greatrex will be sentenced at the end of May. The prosecution

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said, charity begins at home. It does not mean taking from charity.

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Granting him bail, the judge told Neil Greatrex he will be going to

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jail when he's sentenced at the end of next month. The care home was

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sold in 2007 for �1.3 million and the charity has been wound up. With

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the completion of this trial, the Charity Commission will appoint new

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trustees to distribute those assets. Tonight, the Crown Prosecution

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Service said Greatrex was "guilty of deceitful and shameful actions."

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Quentin, thank you. John Mann, the Labour MP for Bassetlaw, joins us

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now. I know you are familiar with this case. What is your reaction?

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Some justice has been done. There is tremendous anger. There is a lot

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of elderly miners who have not had access to the care home.

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We had a no comment from Mr Greatrex after the trial. What

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should he be saying to the miners whose money was taken? The best

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apology he could make is to pay back the money. He should be

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volunteering information to the police. In the wider context of

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this, these miners have been ripped off by various people. They have

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lost their care home, there was a compensation scandal. That Kehoe

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was to help people with their health needs. It should be there as

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a care home, a convalescent home. Will all this end when Neil

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Greatrex is sentenced next month? I would like to see the finances of

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the UDM being fully investigated. Thank you. You're watching East

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Midlands Today. Coming up later. Time to think about China. The

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Derby company that's running like clockwork in the Far East.

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And the Labour leader is in Derby. Next tonight, a big a crackdown on

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stolen scrap. All five of our police forces are working together

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in Operation Tornado. Together, they're telling thieves that

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there's now no market for the metal they steal. Carol Hinds reports.

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Over the last seven days, scrap metal thieves have left dangerous

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holes in Derby's roads by stealing 80 cast iron drain covers. They're

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being replaced with ones made from plastic which can be locked.

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Each time we go to repair them, it costs in the region of �200. In the

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last week, that is �16,000. There are 40,000 of these across the city.

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If this happened widescale across the city, it could cost �8. This

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week has seen the start of new measures to tackle the crime in our

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region. Operation Tornado brings together all five police forces in

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the East Midlands to try to restrict the movement of stolen

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metal. -- �8 million. Anyone that brings in an item of metal and

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wants to exchange it for cash would have to bring in a photograph and

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some ID. But the scheme is voluntary, Sims Metal Management in

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Nottingham has signed up to Operation Tornado, but is concerned

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that other dealers in the city have not. It is vital that every scrap

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merchant in the area signs up to it. Those that do not need to be weeded

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out and brought to book. wouldn't you sign Aalborg it? -- up

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for eight per. Police officers stress that the measures are not

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designed to damage legitimate businesses, but to clamp down on

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unscrupulous dealers who choose to overlook where the metals they're

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buying may have come from. Well, we're staying with this

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subject briefly, because suspected metal thieves have damaged a

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memorial statue built to commemorate Nottinghamshire's

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wartime oil industry. The oil patch warrior in Dukes Wood near Eakring

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was attacked on Saturday. It marks the work of the American oilmen who

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helped build the UK's first onshore oil well in 1939. It'll now be

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removed from the site because of fears the thieves will strike again.

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The Nottingham bicycle maker Raleigh could be taken over by one

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of its rivals. The company is in talks with the Dutch firm Accell,

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which is one of Europe's leading bike manufacturers. Raleigh still

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designs its cycles in Nottingham, and this year it's celebrating its

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125th anniversary. The family of the Nottinghamshire

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woman murdered by her son say he's robbed them of a wonderful, loving

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and caring woman. Daniel Bartlam from Redhill near Arnold was only

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14 when he attacked his mother Jacqui with a hammer. He tried to

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destroy the evidence by setting fire to the family home. Yesterday,

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a judge told him he would serve at least 16 years for the senseless

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and grotesque murder of his mother. Jeremy Ball is with us now. Jeremy,

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what's been the reaction from people who knew Jacqui Bartlam?

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We've been hearing warm tributes. She was clearly very popular,

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despite Daniel's attempt to convince the jury he was provoked

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by a "bad mother". Her family say that couldn't be further from the

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truth. That she was caring, and loved her boys. I've had this

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statement from her workmates at the Land Registry in Nottingham. They

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say Jacqui was a pleasure to work with. She had a wicked sense of

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humour. And almost a year on, they're still in shock.

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There has been a quite extraordinary reaction to the story,

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hasn't there? Huge. Look at the national papers today. It's on a

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lot of the front pages. Headlines like "Devil Child,""Corrie

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Copycat."And this story's been making headlines across Europe, and

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as far afield as Australia. That's because Daniel Bartlam's crime was

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so extraordinary. You reported on Bartlam's trial two

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months ago, but he hasn't been identified until now. Why's that?

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It's because he was so young that his identity was protected by a

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court order. This week that's been lifted, after a legal challenge by

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the BBC. And there were two reasons the judge agreed to that. First,

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because this crime was so horrific. And secondly, because Jacqui

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Bartlam's family wanted to pay tribute to her publically.

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One paper described him as a devil child and described him as evil.

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How did he appear during his trial? He came across as an extraordinary

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character. Intelligent. Articulate. But very cocky. He spent two whole

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days in the witness box, holding his own against the prosecution. I

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think it's pretty clear he thought he could outwit some very

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experienced lawyers and some very experienced and detectives, even

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though he was still only 14 years old at the time.

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Thanks, Jeremy. It's been talked about for years, but finally one of

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our town centres will get a massive facelift. �80 million is being

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spent in Hinckley in Leicestershire on a new bus station, cinema and

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shops. But not everyone's in favour, as Angelina Socci found out.

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It is a sight for sore eyes. The bus station and surrounding area

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has been decline for years. �80 million will be spent on the site.

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This will give the town a major boost. It will bring new facilities,

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new jobs, and transform what is predominantly a fairly run-down

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area. People have mixed views. has been a long time coming. The

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bus station is a bit of a mess. It is not very nice for people that

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visit. Probably a good thing. Hinkley has become a dormitory town.

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The really does need the shops, and with all the industry gone, it does

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need redevelopment. Some people have real concerns about the

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development. It will effect what has been here, businesses like

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myself. We are in very tough economic times at the moment. We

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want to support businesses as much as possible. The council says it

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will knock -- it will look to help independent retailers. Loyalty

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schemes will be introduced in some shops. Work will begin early next

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year and be completed by the end of 2014. A stately home in

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Lincolnshire will be turning off its fountains in an effort to

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conserve water. Belton House near Grantham is run by the National

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Trust. Although the property is excluded from Thursday's domestic

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hosepipe ban, managers say it's important to play a part in saving

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water where they can. A teaching union in Nottingham is

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advising its members not to pay the new Workplace Parking Levy. The

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charge, which came into force on Sunday, has been brought in by the

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council to fund improvements to the city's tram system. But the NASUWT

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says anyone who has the charge forced on them could have a legal

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case against their employer. The city council says teachers won't be

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allowed to park at work if they don't pay the levy.

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The Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has been in the East Midlands today,

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with a message aimed at boosting our manufacturing sector. On a

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visit to Toyota's car plant near Derby, he called for new government

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measures to kick-start the economy and get people buying cars again.

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John Hess was with him. On the production line at Toyota's

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Burnaston factory, Ed Miliband is shown some of the new cars heading

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for the showrooms. If this political event looked familiar, it

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was. It's almost six months since the Prime Minister was making the

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same journey. Today, it was the Labour leader's turn to highlight

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the importance of manufacturing to the British economy.

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We have a future for British manufacturing. It needs government

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support, like the last Labour government and its car scrappage

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scheme. We need initiatives like that, from this government.

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The Labour leader also had a pressing political reason for the

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Derby stop-over. The city council is run by the Conservatives,in

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coalition by the Lib Dems. Sounds familiar? There aren't that many

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local elections in the East Midlands this May, but for Ed

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Miliband, Labour winning back control of Derby would be a big

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prize indeed. Looking to block any Labour advance on Derby, the

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Liberal Democrats today unvieled their manifesto for the city

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elections. They're promoting support for local business, and

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that involves rejecting one big Labour idea from Nottingham, the

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work place parking levy. We've had approaches already from

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companies considering relocating from Nottingham, so I think we are

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not going to have work place parking or congestion charging.

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The Labour leader wants a new economic approach.May's elections

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will show how many of us agree with him.

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Of course, another issue that's hugely important for British

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business is the global export market. One boss in Derby says up

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to 40% of his business could soon come from China. Mike O'Sullivan

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now has the second of his special reports from Shanghai, the

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epicentre of the world's second largest economy.

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The three men at the top of a leading Shanghai construction

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company. They turned to the clockmaker Smith of Derby when they

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wanted a signature piece at their headquarters. Smith of Derby were

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praised by Xu Chang, chairman of the East Asia Holding group, and he

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went on to say that these days in China many customers feel the

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product and the service are more important than the price. The

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shopping streets of Shanghai are bustling with the rise of the

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Chinese consumer. And at Shanghai University, I met a business expert

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who has close links with Nottingham Trent University. He'd love to see

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Nottingham's Paul Smith in Shanghai. Paul Smith is very good. They have

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not established a branch in China. I think it would be very popular.

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An elegant emporium of motoring style in Shanghai. Bentley says

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China is its biggest market. The cars may be made in Crewe, but the

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B on the Bentley is made at Lestercast in Leicester. And some

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cars are literally flying out to China. The demand is there. BHL at

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currying Bentley Motor cars to China. There are lots of people

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there who can afford to do and want to buy Western products.

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Probably about 30 % of business is from China. Hopefully, we will keep

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investing. The famous Customs House clock on Shanghai's waterfront

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inspired the businessmen to go to Smith of Derby for theirs. It was

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made in the 20s by a company in the Smith group.

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Their own Smith's clock in Shanghai shows it is the Year of the Dragon,

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considered to be a good year for business. Perhaps time for more of

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our region's exporters to cash in. I hear that cricket is becoming big

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in China. The County season starts on Thursday. England are in Sri

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Lanka, struggling with the very different cricketing conditions

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there. And Stuart Broad - England's Twenty 20 Captain - is frustrated

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to be at home injured. But preserving him now will mean he can

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play a big part in the summer. And that'll please members at the club

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where Stuart got his start. Egerton Park Cricket Club in Melton

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has got a decent track record of turning out top level cricketers.

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But the brightest star in their firmament is definitely Stuart

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Broad. And, when he visits, he knows what he owes the place.

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means a huge amount to come back. The club was fantastic to me when I

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was growing up. There support means a lot to me now. One thing that

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setting out was his absolute enthusiasm. It was typified by the

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way he used to come haring in. Broad was in town promoting

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NatWest's support of club level cricket. And no wonder. Without it,

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the country's side is nowhere. Hopefully, we will find

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international stars for the future. But at the moment, however they

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start, England's cricketers are toiling in the sub-continent. At

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least in tests. Persistance, the key. It is a learning experience.

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Very good athlete have gone to these conditions and failed.

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They'll be glad to be back in English conditions. Lots to look

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forward to. A game which stand out in my mind is the 2020 game at

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Trent Bridge. It inspires you to get out and play.

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Still inspiring - and not forgetting his roots.

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Only one bit of joy for Broad's Notts teammates with England today

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- Graeme Swann getting the big wicket of Mahela Jayawardene. Lots

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more cricket from us tomorrow as we preview the county season.

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Now we've reached the letter F in our A to Z of Olympic sports and

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that means 'fencing'. Jeremy Nicholas has been along to Chilwell

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Olympia Sports Club in Nottingham to thrust and parry with the

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I thought fencing was something to lean on one you chatter to the

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There's three sorts of fencing. switched to epee. It is the most

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exciting. With the sabre, you use the cutting edge. It tends to be a

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little bit quicker. It is just a fantastic sport. You get a good

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workout. We are having a good time at the club. If you are worried

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about work, and somebody's coming up to you with a sword, you have to

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just get out of the way and stab them first! It would be rude not to

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have a go, wouldn't it? I am more of a thruster than a cutter. I

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remember a James Bond film were there was a fencing scene. After

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that, it became very popular. I'm sure the Olympics will do the same

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kind of thing, especially if we do well.

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It is unlikely car but you never know!

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Inventing, they stab you in the front.

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Now the weather. Sunshine last week, tonight,

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possibly snow. For most of us, it will stay as rain and sleet. We do

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have a yellow weather warning, that is for the next 24 hours. It really

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just relate to high ground. We have this unsettled weather because of

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this area of low pressure. Tonight has been quite damp and the rain

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will start to increase through the night. To the north of the region,

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particularly the Peak District, we will see some snow. Generally, it

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will not snow. Only on higher ground. Temperatures overnight,

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down to freezing, so quite a cold night. As we head into Wednesday,

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have very words and the potential to see some sleet. Maximum

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temperature, five degrees. Things will feel very bitter. As we head

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into Wednesday night, it will be cold, so don't be surprised if you

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wake up to some frost. By Good I head in some parts of Scotland,

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