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This is East Midlands Today. Tonight: It's been a day of
disruption as teachers went on strike. Teachers say in others
enough overpay, wages and workloads. The government insists its reforms
will drive up standards. Also tonight, a racetrack criticised
for being too noisy goes into administration. Plus, at Pride
Park, Steve McClaren watches his new Derby County team for the first
time. And how Leicester and Leicestershire left their mark on a
broadcasting legend. I had a very lucky and full childhood.
Welcome to Tuesday's programme. First tonight, hundreds of schools
across the East Midlands suffered disruption today after two of the
biggest teaching unions went on strike. Members of the NUT and
NASUWT say it was a protest about changes to their pay, pensions and
workload. Well, as a result almost seven
hundred schools in the region were either closed completely or
partially shut. That's two thirds of schools in Nottinghamshire, almost
half in Derbyshire and just over half in Leicestershire and Rutland.
The strike has been condemned by the Education Secretary Michael Gove,
who earlier delivered a strong message to the unions. Children lose
a day of education, parents have to scrabble to pay more for expensive
childcare, and the prestige of the teaching profession, which we all
wanted to see reinforced and built up, takes a knock. So I have a
simple message for the leaders of the militant teaching unions.
Please, please, please, don't put your ideology before our
children's' interests. Tough talk from the government — so why exactly
were teachers striking? Here's our chief news reporter, Quentin Rayner,
to explain. The teaching unions justify their
action as a fight for education's soul. In Nottingham, the estimated
up to 800 marched for a protest rally against pension changes and
what they say is creeping privatisation. Smaller but equally
vocal marches and rallies were staged in other cities. In Derby, up
to 300 took to the streets. A similar number gathered at
Leicester's town square, the focus of the protesters' Bewley was
clearly displayed. The government says this strike will damage the
reputation of teachers. It says its reforms will drive up standards in
schools. It is about dividing teacher against each, school against
school. What is worse, paying teachers who are not qualified, we
think a good profession is a qualified profession. A spoof report
was brought along on the Education Secretary, describing him as a poor
and disruptive student. He wants to break down union support in schools,
he wants to bring in more qualified teachers, at attack us through our
pay and conditions. The unions claim the majority of parents support
their strike. Disgraceful. We are talking about one days' action. In
Leicester, this man had no choice but to take his six—year—old son
painting and decorating with them. I don't agree with them being on
strike because it makes everyone's life more difficult. It makes my
life more difficult, it —— there is not a great deal of sympathy for
them. I'm very excited and looking forward to being with my dad. We
will win if we stand together. Thank you very much. The unions are now
planning for a national strike before Christmas.
In other news, police searching for a missing Mansfield schoolboy have
found a body. The 14—year—old went missing more than two weeks ago. A
boy's body was discovered this morning. Formal identification and a
postmortem are yet to take place. His family have been informed.
A pensioner's had a lucky escape in Derbyshire after a bus crashed into
the side of his house. The bus collided with a car before smashing
into the property on Beresford Road in Long Eaton. Both drivers suffered
cuts and bruises but neither had to go to hospital. The bus can't be
removed until structural engineers assess the damage to the house. I
was in Sheffield Blitz during award, so I am quite used to houses coming
down and that sort of thing. I suppose it was a lucky escape but I
was probably about ten foot away from the impact anyway. Very
stoical, isn't he? There's a warning this evening that
if Mallory Park racetrack in Leicestershire closes it will be a
severe blow for the local economy. It's after the company operating the
circuit went into administration. Mallory Park Motorsport says it had
no other option after a loss in earnings following a legal dispute.
Eleanor Garnier explains. They have been racing here for more
than half a century, but now after a row over noise, the company which
operates the track has gone into administration. Mallory Park
Motorsport ended up being taken to court by the local council, accused
of breaching noise levels. The company was found guilty and says it
has suffered significant losses, having been forced to reduce track
days to just two a week. And it is not
Police have made a fresh appeal for information about a violent sex
attack in Mansfield at the weekend. Racecourse Park in the town was
cordoned off for most of Sunday. A woman was punched in the face and
then attacked on Saturday evening as she walked her dog. A 32—year—old
man was released without charge. The preconception in people 's mind will
not fit our young image. But that is what we are looking for. Lots of
local dog walkers use here, this is a really unusual attack.
Two of the region's leading women Conservative MPs say old fashioned
you certainly need plenty of stamina to keep ahead in the political race
and during the party conference. This Loughborough MP believes many
women have the dry and determination to become MPs but are being put off.
Unfortunately there is still a glass ceiling, women need to be better
about setting out where they want to go, their goals and having faith in
themselves. Speaking at the Conservative party, Theresa May is
now the Tories' most prominent women's since Margaret Thatcher. But
she remains one of only 49 women Conservative MPs. At a fringe
meeting, Nicky Morgan was backed by Health Minister, who have been
promoted by David Cameron and praise his rejection of some old—fashioned
attitudes often found when candidates are selected. I think we
need to start breaking some of those moulds. We need to do that to
encourage everybody to get more involved in politics and more
involved in our party. This woman hopes to become the next MP for
Derby South. She also heads up the party's women's organisation. I'm a
great believer that it should always be about who is best for the role,
be that a public appointment or an MP. That I do believe that women
have an off a lot to offer Parliament. Nicky Morgan is setting
pace for getting more women in Parliament. Getting more women
around the Cabinet table may require more effort. Last day of the
conference tomorrow. A new vision for the future of
Newark Hospital has been revealed. The proposals include extra day
surgery, and more outpatients are likely to be seen there. But
campaigners say the changes simply don't go far enough. There's still
resentment in the town over the loss of the hospital's Accident and
Emergency department. Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons reports.
There is a new direction, that no one said it was ever going to be
easy. You are depriving the people of Newark their loved ones! Now the
ideas include seeing more outpatients there and a GP out of
hours service. We are bringing GPs together with the doctors and nurses
in minor injuries units. In future Newark could look after more
patients like this man, on the mend after two heart attacks. I live in a
flat and I got a duck —— I got a visit from a doctor. Protesters say
many emergencies are going to far away in the first place and it can
take too long to get there. It doesn't look like we're going to get
20 47 admissions. This man is undergoing treatment for bladder
cancer. He backs the idea for more day surgery here. For things that
can be done locally and not need all the enterprise of a huge hospital.
Operations involving an overnight stay are likely to be sent
elsewhere. There was an argument coming through that was
demonstrating that some of the more complex work we were doing should
not have been done at new cost little. —— Newark Hospital. Final
decisions are expected later this year.
Same with health, more than three people every day are dying in
Nottinghamshire alone because they smoke. Yet still one in five of us
carries on smoking. And in Mansfield that number's a lot higher — at
nearly one in three. Today marks the start of Stoptober, a campaign to
get people to quit the habit. Jo Healey reports.
Mansfield, Nottinghamshire's biggest hotspot for smoking. But can
Stoptober stop them? If I could pack up, I would do. Why can't you? It's
an addictive habit. I keep trying. Do you think you'd ever stop? No.
Across the country, 20% of the country smoke. In Mansfield, that
figure is much higher. This is the number of people who die in
Nottinghamshire each year because they smoke. That is more than three
people every day. How can Stoptober help? John used to be a 20 day man.
Last October, he quit. With the help of friends, family and the new
service, I was really focused, got that support, used nicotine
replacement therapy and I have done really well and I'm feeling better,
healthier and wealthier because of it. People can go along to the
service, go to their GP, community pharmacy. There are lots of
programmes out there that can help you provide friendly support for you
to help you stop smoking. And they are hoping Mansfield will listen.
Health workers will be at Mansfield town football club, their goal to
persuade some of the fans there to kick the habit.
Sports now, it has been a pretty mad few days in the East Midlands. The
big local game, a manager sacked, and a familiar face returning.
All centred on Derby County. So Colin and the team are at Pride Park
tonight. Yes, that is because there is
actually a football match, believe it or not, in the middle of all the
craziness surrounding the arrival of Steve McClaren, as the new head
coach. That is his title here. Caretaker boss Darren Wassall has
prepared the team, but today the squad are meeting their new boss for
the very first time. But not until after he had spoken to me about the
past and the future here. It was the swiftest of arrivals, Steve
McClaren, approached at the weekend, had his coaches lined up. But he is
a familiar face year, he was a coach when Derby were being promoted in
the mid—1990s. He feels like a Derby man, and in person he is amenable,
ambitious and very enthusiastic. We know what they want. We want to put
players out there who get them off their seats, they are excited about,
and they want to come and play, they want to watch them play. And
hopefully, success will follow. That's what happened when I was here
with Jim Smith. When this town gets rocking I know what it can do.
Football people say Steve really stands out. He has had success and
failure as a manager. The failure that stands out locally, his ill
starred ten games at Nottingham Forest. Instead of building
something, why can't we win tomorrow? I was too anxious, too
ambitious. I made mistakes. The man who will live or die by this
appointment is Derby's chief executive. You going to be
challenging Sam to be backing and supporting you in your ambitious ——
ambitions? Every day. That's my job. I think the fans expect that. He has
money available, we spent in the summer £4 million on transfer fees.
So Steve will have the money available and I am looking forward
to seeing how he does. Helping Steve will be hugely experienced coaches,
both ex—Derby men. Neither needed any persuading. It literally will
take a lick of polish on the boots and I will be there. As soon as I
can do that I will be in the car. Fantastic stuff. You cannot buy
desire like that. It is worth pointing out that every one of the
coaching staff year has gone out of their way to praise the former
manager Nigel Clough. Nigel Clough has put himself on record, thanking
the fans for their support through this period. But it has been a crazy
few days. Time to take a bit of a breath and assess things a little.
Kirsty can do that for us. There hasn't been a moment to breathe, has
there? Joining me as the former Derby midfielder. It has been a
dramatic few days, hasn't it? It's been absolutely mad. It's been
buzzing all over the place. The phone has not stopped. Sad to see
Nigel go? Yes, could I take the opportunity on behalf of the fans to
thank Nigel. He was sacked after that defeat at Forest at the
weekend. But Steve has come out and praised the work he has done here.
The squad he has assembled. What do Steve need to do now to improve
things? He has inherited a young side, a very talented side. He needs
to use his experience and coaching skills to get the best out of these
lads and take them to the next level. He will be watching from the
stands. The players will want to make a good first impression, would
they? Yes. You start from scratch when a new manager comes in. It is a
bit of excitement for everyone. The players will give an extra 10%
tonight. There has been one addition to the squad since Nigel's
departure. The club Broughton a player on loan from Leicester
yesterday. He has already trained with the side and he says he had no
hesitation in joining the club. It was a bit rushed over the weekend.
But it was good to come down and join the lads. It is a great
opportunity, a massive club. The club is doing well, a decent start.
A great opportunity for me to play. I was delighted. The defender goes
straight into the squad for tonight's game. If you're not here,
you can get Coventry —— commentary. There are other games going on
tonight, back to Colin to tell you all about them.
It is easy to get lost in everything that has been going on tonight.
Leicester City are in action are we at Yeovil, Nottingham Forest are
way, going off to the valley to play Charlton. Both games those two sides
will expect to win. Mansfield town manager Paul Cox has been managed ——
has been nominated for Manager Of The Month. I'm sure Steve McClaren
will be hoping for a few nominations. We will watch his rain
with interest. He is not looking after the team tonight but he will
be looking to see exactly what he can do with this Derby County team.
Thank you very much. I guess we will have the result on the late—night
news. He's a broadcaster who's known
around the globe — but Sir David Attenborough says his upbringing in
Leicester provided a launch pad for his love of natural history and
music. Tonight — In the first of our new series entitled 'Made in
Leicester' — Sir David explains to our Arts reporter Geeta Pendse how
the city's culture shaped his future.
In 50 years of programme making, I have been lucky enough to explore
the living world in all its splendour and complexity. For
decades, Sir David Attenborough has been the face of natural history. In
many ways, it was his childhood in Leicester in the 1930s and 40s, that
formed the building blocks for his love of wildlife and music. I grew
up, it was easy to get into the countryside. I knew quite a bit
about birds and foxes and badgers and hedgehogs and newts. I also knew
about the fossils. That was important. I also knew about music.
I also knew about theatre. David's father was the principal at
University College Leicester. Wandering through the nearby former
lunatic asylum was a constant source of adventure. My brother Richard
shut the door on me once. It is very alarming because there is no handle
to adore. Nobody could hear you. Whilst Richard Attenborough is famed
for his work as a director and actor, Sir David was also deeply
influenced musically after spending time here. I belong to a Boy Scout
troop there. I handed out programmes. It meant that you heard
all of this orchestral work. There were visiting orchestras as well. At
the age of 12, I knew all of the Beethoven symphonies. I knew the
standard programme very well. There is no denying Sir David's greatest
passion is the natural world. Yet Leicester's cultural landscape has
also left an indelible mark. And you can see that interview again
by visiting our website — then click on Made in Leicester.
The site also has an array of other interviews exploring Leicester's
cultural scene and we'll have plenty more in the coming weeks.
Lots to see on there. Shall we have a look at the weather? After quite a
period of dry weather over the last few days, if not weeks, we will now
start to see a change in the weather. A couple of bands of rain
are working their way in. Tonight, still a lot of cloud and also quite
windy night as well. Quite a strong southeasterly wind with us for next
couple of days. The rain is coming in across the South West, which is
kept as quite cloudy through the day. Quite mild tonight, a breezy
one at that. Temperatures falling lower than 12 Celsius. The first
area of rain moves on in the early hours of the morning, working its
way across towards the north—east. This will produce heavy bursts as it
works its way towards the Lincolnshire coast line. The skies
try to Brighton for a time, but there will be quite a few showers,
the odd sharp shower is well likely into the afternoon. A daytime
temperature of 16 Celsius. An early weather warning in force, regarding
the rain that is likely to come through on Thursday. This is causing
a little bit of a headache because it is slowing down the moment. At
present, it is likely to arrive in the evening across the East
Midlands. We will certainly know when it arrives, because it will
come heavy and thundery and produce quite a bit of rainfall in a short
period of time. We will gradually see the back of it by Friday. This
is what is looking as if it's going to start happening for the weekend.
At the moment, it is high pressure pushing up from the south—west,
working its way across, and we should hopefully see a more settled
picture for and even Sunday. I'm off to the farmers market
tomorrow morning. You need to buy a brolly if they sell them. See you on
the late news.