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This is East Midlands Today. Tonight: It's been a day of

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disruption as teachers went on strike. Teachers say in others

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enough overpay, wages and workloads. The government insists its reforms

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will drive up standards. Also tonight, a racetrack criticised

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for being too noisy goes into administration. Plus, at Pride

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Park, Steve McClaren watches his new Derby County team for the first

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time. And how Leicester and Leicestershire left their mark on a

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broadcasting legend. I had a very lucky and full childhood.

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Welcome to Tuesday's programme. First tonight, hundreds of schools

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across the East Midlands suffered disruption today after two of the

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biggest teaching unions went on strike. Members of the NUT and

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NASUWT say it was a protest about changes to their pay, pensions and

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workload. Well, as a result almost seven

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hundred schools in the region were either closed completely or

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partially shut. That's two thirds of schools in Nottinghamshire, almost

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half in Derbyshire and just over half in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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The strike has been condemned by the Education Secretary Michael Gove,

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who earlier delivered a strong message to the unions. Children lose

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a day of education, parents have to scrabble to pay more for expensive

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childcare, and the prestige of the teaching profession, which we all

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wanted to see reinforced and built up, takes a knock. So I have a

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simple message for the leaders of the militant teaching unions.

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Please, please, please, don't put your ideology before our

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children's' interests. Tough talk from the government — so why exactly

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were teachers striking? Here's our chief news reporter, Quentin Rayner,

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to explain. The teaching unions justify their

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action as a fight for education's soul. In Nottingham, the estimated

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up to 800 marched for a protest rally against pension changes and

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what they say is creeping privatisation. Smaller but equally

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vocal marches and rallies were staged in other cities. In Derby, up

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to 300 took to the streets. A similar number gathered at

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Leicester's town square, the focus of the protesters' Bewley was

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clearly displayed. The government says this strike will damage the

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reputation of teachers. It says its reforms will drive up standards in

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schools. It is about dividing teacher against each, school against

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school. What is worse, paying teachers who are not qualified, we

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think a good profession is a qualified profession. A spoof report

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was brought along on the Education Secretary, describing him as a poor

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and disruptive student. He wants to break down union support in schools,

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he wants to bring in more qualified teachers, at attack us through our

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pay and conditions. The unions claim the majority of parents support

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their strike. Disgraceful. We are talking about one days' action. In

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Leicester, this man had no choice but to take his six—year—old son

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painting and decorating with them. I don't agree with them being on

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strike because it makes everyone's life more difficult. It makes my

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life more difficult, it —— there is not a great deal of sympathy for

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them. I'm very excited and looking forward to being with my dad. We

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will win if we stand together. Thank you very much. The unions are now

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planning for a national strike before Christmas.

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In other news, police searching for a missing Mansfield schoolboy have

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found a body. The 14—year—old went missing more than two weeks ago. A

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boy's body was discovered this morning. Formal identification and a

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postmortem are yet to take place. His family have been informed.

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A pensioner's had a lucky escape in Derbyshire after a bus crashed into

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the side of his house. The bus collided with a car before smashing

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into the property on Beresford Road in Long Eaton. Both drivers suffered

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cuts and bruises but neither had to go to hospital. The bus can't be

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removed until structural engineers assess the damage to the house. I

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was in Sheffield Blitz during award, so I am quite used to houses coming

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down and that sort of thing. I suppose it was a lucky escape but I

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was probably about ten foot away from the impact anyway. Very

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stoical, isn't he? There's a warning this evening that

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if Mallory Park racetrack in Leicestershire closes it will be a

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severe blow for the local economy. It's after the company operating the

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circuit went into administration. Mallory Park Motorsport says it had

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no other option after a loss in earnings following a legal dispute.

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Eleanor Garnier explains. They have been racing here for more

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than half a century, but now after a row over noise, the company which

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operates the track has gone into administration. Mallory Park

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Motorsport ended up being taken to court by the local council, accused

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of breaching noise levels. The company was found guilty and says it

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has suffered significant losses, having been forced to reduce track

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days to just two a week. And it is not

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Police have made a fresh appeal for information about a violent sex

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attack in Mansfield at the weekend. Racecourse Park in the town was

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cordoned off for most of Sunday. A woman was punched in the face and

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then attacked on Saturday evening as she walked her dog. A 32—year—old

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man was released without charge. The preconception in people 's mind will

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not fit our young image. But that is what we are looking for. Lots of

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local dog walkers use here, this is a really unusual attack.

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Two of the region's leading women Conservative MPs say old fashioned

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you certainly need plenty of stamina to keep ahead in the political race

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and during the party conference. This Loughborough MP believes many

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women have the dry and determination to become MPs but are being put off.

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Unfortunately there is still a glass ceiling, women need to be better

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about setting out where they want to go, their goals and having faith in

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themselves. Speaking at the Conservative party, Theresa May is

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now the Tories' most prominent women's since Margaret Thatcher. But

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she remains one of only 49 women Conservative MPs. At a fringe

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meeting, Nicky Morgan was backed by Health Minister, who have been

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promoted by David Cameron and praise his rejection of some old—fashioned

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attitudes often found when candidates are selected. I think we

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need to start breaking some of those moulds. We need to do that to

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encourage everybody to get more involved in politics and more

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involved in our party. This woman hopes to become the next MP for

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Derby South. She also heads up the party's women's organisation. I'm a

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great believer that it should always be about who is best for the role,

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be that a public appointment or an MP. That I do believe that women

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have an off a lot to offer Parliament. Nicky Morgan is setting

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pace for getting more women in Parliament. Getting more women

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around the Cabinet table may require more effort. Last day of the

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conference tomorrow. A new vision for the future of

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Newark Hospital has been revealed. The proposals include extra day

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surgery, and more outpatients are likely to be seen there. But

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campaigners say the changes simply don't go far enough. There's still

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resentment in the town over the loss of the hospital's Accident and

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Emergency department. Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons reports.

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There is a new direction, that no one said it was ever going to be

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easy. You are depriving the people of Newark their loved ones! Now the

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ideas include seeing more outpatients there and a GP out of

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hours service. We are bringing GPs together with the doctors and nurses

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in minor injuries units. In future Newark could look after more

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patients like this man, on the mend after two heart attacks. I live in a

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flat and I got a duck —— I got a visit from a doctor. Protesters say

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many emergencies are going to far away in the first place and it can

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take too long to get there. It doesn't look like we're going to get

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20 47 admissions. This man is undergoing treatment for bladder

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cancer. He backs the idea for more day surgery here. For things that

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can be done locally and not need all the enterprise of a huge hospital.

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Operations involving an overnight stay are likely to be sent

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elsewhere. There was an argument coming through that was

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demonstrating that some of the more complex work we were doing should

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not have been done at new cost little. —— Newark Hospital. Final

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decisions are expected later this year.

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Same with health, more than three people every day are dying in

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Nottinghamshire alone because they smoke. Yet still one in five of us

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carries on smoking. And in Mansfield that number's a lot higher — at

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nearly one in three. Today marks the start of Stoptober, a campaign to

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get people to quit the habit. Jo Healey reports.

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Mansfield, Nottinghamshire's biggest hotspot for smoking. But can

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Stoptober stop them? If I could pack up, I would do. Why can't you? It's

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an addictive habit. I keep trying. Do you think you'd ever stop? No.

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Across the country, 20% of the country smoke. In Mansfield, that

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figure is much higher. This is the number of people who die in

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Nottinghamshire each year because they smoke. That is more than three

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people every day. How can Stoptober help? John used to be a 20 day man.

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Last October, he quit. With the help of friends, family and the new

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service, I was really focused, got that support, used nicotine

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replacement therapy and I have done really well and I'm feeling better,

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healthier and wealthier because of it. People can go along to the

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service, go to their GP, community pharmacy. There are lots of

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programmes out there that can help you provide friendly support for you

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to help you stop smoking. And they are hoping Mansfield will listen.

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Health workers will be at Mansfield town football club, their goal to

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persuade some of the fans there to kick the habit.

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Sports now, it has been a pretty mad few days in the East Midlands. The

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big local game, a manager sacked, and a familiar face returning.

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All centred on Derby County. So Colin and the team are at Pride Park

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tonight. Yes, that is because there is

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actually a football match, believe it or not, in the middle of all the

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craziness surrounding the arrival of Steve McClaren, as the new head

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coach. That is his title here. Caretaker boss Darren Wassall has

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prepared the team, but today the squad are meeting their new boss for

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the very first time. But not until after he had spoken to me about the

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past and the future here. It was the swiftest of arrivals, Steve

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McClaren, approached at the weekend, had his coaches lined up. But he is

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a familiar face year, he was a coach when Derby were being promoted in

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the mid—1990s. He feels like a Derby man, and in person he is amenable,

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ambitious and very enthusiastic. We know what they want. We want to put

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players out there who get them off their seats, they are excited about,

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and they want to come and play, they want to watch them play. And

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hopefully, success will follow. That's what happened when I was here

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with Jim Smith. When this town gets rocking I know what it can do.

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Football people say Steve really stands out. He has had success and

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failure as a manager. The failure that stands out locally, his ill

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starred ten games at Nottingham Forest. Instead of building

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something, why can't we win tomorrow? I was too anxious, too

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ambitious. I made mistakes. The man who will live or die by this

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appointment is Derby's chief executive. You going to be

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challenging Sam to be backing and supporting you in your ambitious ——

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ambitions? Every day. That's my job. I think the fans expect that. He has

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money available, we spent in the summer £4 million on transfer fees.

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So Steve will have the money available and I am looking forward

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to seeing how he does. Helping Steve will be hugely experienced coaches,

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both ex—Derby men. Neither needed any persuading. It literally will

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take a lick of polish on the boots and I will be there. As soon as I

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can do that I will be in the car. Fantastic stuff. You cannot buy

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desire like that. It is worth pointing out that every one of the

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coaching staff year has gone out of their way to praise the former

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manager Nigel Clough. Nigel Clough has put himself on record, thanking

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the fans for their support through this period. But it has been a crazy

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few days. Time to take a bit of a breath and assess things a little.

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Kirsty can do that for us. There hasn't been a moment to breathe, has

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there? Joining me as the former Derby midfielder. It has been a

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dramatic few days, hasn't it? It's been absolutely mad. It's been

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buzzing all over the place. The phone has not stopped. Sad to see

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Nigel go? Yes, could I take the opportunity on behalf of the fans to

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thank Nigel. He was sacked after that defeat at Forest at the

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weekend. But Steve has come out and praised the work he has done here.

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The squad he has assembled. What do Steve need to do now to improve

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things? He has inherited a young side, a very talented side. He needs

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to use his experience and coaching skills to get the best out of these

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lads and take them to the next level. He will be watching from the

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stands. The players will want to make a good first impression, would

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they? Yes. You start from scratch when a new manager comes in. It is a

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bit of excitement for everyone. The players will give an extra 10%

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tonight. There has been one addition to the squad since Nigel's

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departure. The club Broughton a player on loan from Leicester

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yesterday. He has already trained with the side and he says he had no

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hesitation in joining the club. It was a bit rushed over the weekend.

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But it was good to come down and join the lads. It is a great

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opportunity, a massive club. The club is doing well, a decent start.

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A great opportunity for me to play. I was delighted. The defender goes

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straight into the squad for tonight's game. If you're not here,

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you can get Coventry —— commentary. There are other games going on

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tonight, back to Colin to tell you all about them.

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It is easy to get lost in everything that has been going on tonight.

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Leicester City are in action are we at Yeovil, Nottingham Forest are

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way, going off to the valley to play Charlton. Both games those two sides

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will expect to win. Mansfield town manager Paul Cox has been managed ——

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has been nominated for Manager Of The Month. I'm sure Steve McClaren

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will be hoping for a few nominations. We will watch his rain

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with interest. He is not looking after the team tonight but he will

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be looking to see exactly what he can do with this Derby County team.

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Thank you very much. I guess we will have the result on the late—night

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news. He's a broadcaster who's known

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around the globe — but Sir David Attenborough says his upbringing in

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Leicester provided a launch pad for his love of natural history and

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music. Tonight — In the first of our new series entitled 'Made in

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Leicester' — Sir David explains to our Arts reporter Geeta Pendse how

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the city's culture shaped his future.

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In 50 years of programme making, I have been lucky enough to explore

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the living world in all its splendour and complexity. For

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decades, Sir David Attenborough has been the face of natural history. In

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many ways, it was his childhood in Leicester in the 1930s and 40s, that

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formed the building blocks for his love of wildlife and music. I grew

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up, it was easy to get into the countryside. I knew quite a bit

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about birds and foxes and badgers and hedgehogs and newts. I also knew

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about the fossils. That was important. I also knew about music.

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I also knew about theatre. David's father was the principal at

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University College Leicester. Wandering through the nearby former

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lunatic asylum was a constant source of adventure. My brother Richard

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shut the door on me once. It is very alarming because there is no handle

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to adore. Nobody could hear you. Whilst Richard Attenborough is famed

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for his work as a director and actor, Sir David was also deeply

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influenced musically after spending time here. I belong to a Boy Scout

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troop there. I handed out programmes. It meant that you heard

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all of this orchestral work. There were visiting orchestras as well. At

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the age of 12, I knew all of the Beethoven symphonies. I knew the

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standard programme very well. There is no denying Sir David's greatest

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passion is the natural world. Yet Leicester's cultural landscape has

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also left an indelible mark. And you can see that interview again

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by visiting our website — then click on Made in Leicester.

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The site also has an array of other interviews exploring Leicester's

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cultural scene and we'll have plenty more in the coming weeks.

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Lots to see on there. Shall we have a look at the weather? After quite a

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period of dry weather over the last few days, if not weeks, we will now

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start to see a change in the weather. A couple of bands of rain

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are working their way in. Tonight, still a lot of cloud and also quite

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windy night as well. Quite a strong southeasterly wind with us for next

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couple of days. The rain is coming in across the South West, which is

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kept as quite cloudy through the day. Quite mild tonight, a breezy

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one at that. Temperatures falling lower than 12 Celsius. The first

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area of rain moves on in the early hours of the morning, working its

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way across towards the north—east. This will produce heavy bursts as it

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works its way towards the Lincolnshire coast line. The skies

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try to Brighton for a time, but there will be quite a few showers,

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the odd sharp shower is well likely into the afternoon. A daytime

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temperature of 16 Celsius. An early weather warning in force, regarding

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the rain that is likely to come through on Thursday. This is causing

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a little bit of a headache because it is slowing down the moment. At

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present, it is likely to arrive in the evening across the East

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Midlands. We will certainly know when it arrives, because it will

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come heavy and thundery and produce quite a bit of rainfall in a short

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period of time. We will gradually see the back of it by Friday. This

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is what is looking as if it's going to start happening for the weekend.

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At the moment, it is high pressure pushing up from the south—west,

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working its way across, and we should hopefully see a more settled

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picture for and even Sunday. I'm off to the farmers market

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tomorrow morning. You need to buy a brolly if they sell them. See you on

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the late news.

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