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in a moment with analysis of that debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel
And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale.
Hundreds of teachers have been marching today in protest at changes
to their pay, pensions and working conditions. A one`day strike by the
National Union of Teachers affected around three hundred and thirty
schools across the region. Almost 90 schools in Derby and Derbyshire were
closed or partially closed. In Nottinghamshire, that figure was
125, and there was a similar number in Leicestershire. In response, the
Government has accused the NUT of holding back children's education.
Here's Geeta Pendse. Sending a clear message to the
education Secretary. Teachers gathered to mark through Nottingham
city centre this morning, a day of strike action over pay, pensions and
working conditions. The teaching table increase in time and length.
We already work in excess of 60 hours a week. They are not alone.
Unless the hundreds also met at Victoria Park to march through the
city centre. `` in Leicester. And in Derby union members gathered at the
marketplace. With teachers on the picket lines, many schools had
reduced lessons or were forced to close which left parents with the
task of making new arrangements. It's been inconvenienced because I
have an older daughter and my little ones in nursery. So we have
different timings and everything. They should stop acting like
children and get on with their work. I fully support the teachers commits
the right thing for them to do. It's just inconvenient it's only one day.
The government has condemned strike action, saying it disrupts
parents's lives, holds back children's education and damages the
reputation but many here believe it is necessary step to safeguarding
the future of teaching. Well, today's teachers' strike doesn't
appear to have caused a big stir at Westminster.
Earlier I spoke to our Political Editor John Hess. And I asked him to
describe the reaction among MPs. Interesting that there was no
reference during Prime Minister's Questions. The only formal
government response came from the schools minister who said his
officials at the Department for Education were fully engaged with
talks with the seven unions, although he was critical of the Nu
teeth are being the only union taking strike action. Is the
government offering anything in terms of concessions? They say the
talks are detailed and serious, covering teacher workloads,
in`school training, inset days as well as school funding. The key
complaint is that neither the schools minister or his boss, the
education secretary Michael Gove, are taking part in the talks. Is
Michael Gove part of the problem as far as teachers are concerned? He
didn't take part in trying to bring up the heat of this dispute during
questions in the Commons on Monday, and I think that's a sign that he
wants to call down the rhetoric and get the dispute settled.
A murder trial's been told that a gang leader organised the shooting
of a 15`year`old boy in Derby. Kadeem Blackwood was killed with a
sawn`off shotgun, after being challenged to a fight in a park. The
court heard he turned up with a knife, not expecting guns to be
used. Michael Hamblett`Sewell is accused of murder because he
allegedly ordered the shooting, although he didn't fire the gun. The
trial continues. The leader of Derby City Council has
called for the resignation of a councillor who posted a picture of
himself on Twitter holding an AK`47 assault rifle. Liberal Democrat Ajit
Atwal ` who represents Abbey Ward ` says the picture was taken seven
months ago on a personal trip to India. He says it has nothing to do
with his position as a councillor and magistrate. However he has
admitted to being naive. Passengers on board a Ryanair flight that
plunged twenty thousand feet due to cabin pressure problems, have
started legal proceedings against the airline.
A number of those on the flight heading to East Midlands Airport
suffered physical and psychological injuries. They're now seeking
compensation from the company. Carol Hinds reports.
On the masks came down, I just felt I was going to die, really. Two
years ago, this Brazilian national and Ph.D. Student at Loughborough,
boarded a Ryanair flight from Milan. The plane had reached 31,000 feet
but just north of Switzerland, it lost cabin pressure. The crew
started an emergency descent of about four miles in five minutes. It
levelled out at 10,000 feet and the passengers were flown home from
Germany on another flight. It was an ordeal that Patricia says has made
it difficult for her to get on a plane. The effect have been
devastating, and it's been almost two years since the accident, and it
changed my life completely. Solicitors have issued legal
proceedings against Ryanair on behalf of the affected passengers,
who are seeking compensation. Since we were instructed, Ryanair have
admitted liability, however the legal limitation period that applies
to this action is only two years and expires at the beginning of April so
to protect their legal rights we have had to issue proceedings
against Ryanair. We contacted Ryanair about today's developments
but they told us it's company policy not to comment on pending legal
proceedings. Time for the weather now.
We have had our fair share of showers earlier today. Even reported
a bit of snow in parts of the East Midlands. Unsettled through the
night with further showers, and rather cold out there. The showers
are being driven in from the east, they continue for the next few
hours. Mostly falling as rate or sleet. `` rain. There may be a bit
of frost around first thing tomorrow. Also the risk of some ice
on untreated surfaces. Actually start to Thursday, largely dry first
thing but then the showers. To arrive. They will be intense through
the afternoon. I will leave you with your Outlook.
blowing. On the outlook, it is warming up towards the weekend.
Here's Nick Miller with more. Some of the many faces of spring
weather showed themselves today. Sun in Scotland, snow in the showers
that moved in across England. Hail as well. Adrian took this picture
from Essex and the chilly feel stays with us for the rest