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This is East Midlands Today. First serious

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This is East Midlands Today. First tonight: Fears youngsters here are

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being drawn into Syria's civil war. While some are volunteering to

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fight, community leaders warned disreputable charities are loving

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people in. People are being brainwashed. Lots of people are

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being killed. Juries are shown CCTV of the fire

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that killed four members of the same family.

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We on the road to the European elections.

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The town where time stood still for three months get its famous clock up

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and running. Good evening and welcome to

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Thursday's programme. First tonight, worried mothers are

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backing a campaign to stop young men travelling to Syria to fight in the

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civil war. Today, police and Muslim charities

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in Nottingham warned that, while some of these men are volunteering

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to fight, others who go to support victims end up being radicalised.

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But a Leicester MP who deals with terrorist policing says he doesn't

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believe this campaign. Young men from going to war. Our Social

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Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball, reports.

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An appeal to mothers and sisters in Nottingham, an appeal to use their

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powers of persuasion to stop British Muslim men from joining a civil war

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that is happening thousands of miles away. I am worried. People have been

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brainwashed. Lots of Britons have been killed. Going there to fight is

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not an option. It will just add to the problems. Getting involved in a

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conflict that is brutal and has already cost thousands of lives.

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Maybe feel they are under an obligation. I am dealing with a boy

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in Nottinghamshire who has ideas about travelling to Syria and I am

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going through a process of talking to them. I am worried about him

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getting himself killed. Going out there is not what we are

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recommending. Police have appealed to women for help. They warned that

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people make it back alive could be arrested for terrorism. One

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Leicester MP says the strategy won't work. All the evidence suggests

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that... The people you need to go to our peer groups. Today's campaign is

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being supported by two leading charities. They are sending aid

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supplies to Syria. They say that is the most effective way to help

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victims. You need to make sure which area you are going to and which

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groups are working there. Sometimes people can get misused. It is about

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spreading a message. They are hoping it can save lives.

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A murder trial jury's been shown CCTV footage of the moment a fire

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was started at the house in which a mum and her three children died.

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Nottingham Crown Court heard the blaze was deliberately started by a

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gang of men who'd wanted to avenge the death of their friend just hours

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earlier. But they'd targeted the wrong house. Sarah Teale reports

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from Nottingham Crown Court. The house was set alight in the

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early hours of September 13 last year. The mother and her three

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children. They all died. Their father and husband who was in Dublin

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at the time sat in court watching the CCTV being played to the jury.

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The footage first shows two cars driving past the house on Woodhill

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with their lights switched off. The vehicles parked around the corner

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and eight figures are seen walking back towards the house. Then CCTV is

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shown on monitors around the court, frames can clearly been seen

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flickering at the family home at the fire takes hold. Three figures are

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then spotted walking away from `` running away from the scene. The QC

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described how a neighbour heard panicking noises coming from the

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house, crying noises, and calls for help. It is alleged seven men were

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responsible. The jury heard it was revenge for the murder of a

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20`year`old man who had been stabbed near by. The gang had targeting the

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wrong house, the court was told. The jury was shown CCTV that the man the

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prosecution say was the defendants. They say he got out of the car and

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dispose of it in a hedge. The court heard how DNA from another defendant

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was found on a red cigarette lighter which police officers discovered in

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rubble. All the men deny four separate counts of murder.

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Seven o'clock is fast approaching, but plenty

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two Labour MPs have waded into the debate over a specific type of

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mango. As we were telling you last night, Alphonso mangos from India

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will no longer be available in the UK from next month. It's after a

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fruit fly was found in some imports. East Midlands businesses say they'll

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lose thousands of pounds. The Leicester East MP Keith Vaz wants

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the European Commission to defer the ban, while Leicester South MP Jon

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Ashworth has raised concerns with the Environment Secretary.

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A court's been hearing how dead animals were recovered from an

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animal sanctuary in Derbyshire. The centre kept dozens of rescued

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animals including goats and pigs. It was run by 27`year`old Lindsay

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Newell. She's on trial at Stafford Magistrates Court accused of 31

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charges of animal neglect. Today, RSPCA inspectors said they found a

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dead sheep and pig at the centre in November 2012.

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The number of women who are missing vital tests for cervical cancer is

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growing faster in the East Midlands than anywhere else in the country.

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There's been a 17% rise in missed appointments, according to figures

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released today by the Labour Party. Four years ago, there were almost

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232,000 women who failed to turn up for the test.

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That's now grown to 270,000, an increase of just over 38,500. So

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what are the reasons why more women are missing the test?

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Here to explain more is our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons. There

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could be many reasons for this couldn't there?

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That's right. You get a letter inviting you for a test and it goes

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to the side and it stays there and you forget about it. Easy to do. We

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also know that people are sometimes put off by the test itself. Not the

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most pleasant thing in the world. It takes a few minutes and is a test

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for abnormal cells. It can reveal whether or not there are changes

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that can lead to cancer and has been credited with saving thousands of

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lives every year since the screening was introduced. Here are the slides

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that they analyse that can pick up abnormalities and leads to more

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surveillance, surgery that could go on to save your life. Today,

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Labour's Shadow Health Minister was clear about what she thought was the

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reason behind it, she says problems accessing primary care.

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One in three women who missed or delayed their smear test say it is

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because they could not get a convenient appointment. We have to

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increase public awareness and make those appointments convenient for

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women so they don't have to choose between their work and their health.

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That is what I would like to see the Government do.

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What's been the reaction to Labour's claims? Something of a war of words

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today between the political parties. The Department of Health told us and

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the work they use is that it is disingenuous to suggest that more

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women are unable to access GP appointments for these tests. The

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Government stresses they are improving access to primary care,

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something labour dispute. Something that everyone agrees with is the

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need for more awareness. It is sometime since the high`profile case

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of Jade Goody led to a surge in the take`up of these tests.

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We should remember how lucky we are to have them.

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A trial has been told that a bull is being wrongly accused of killing a

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man who walked across a field near Loughborough. The farmer who owns

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the animal claims it's a case of mistaken identity. Paul Waterfall is

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in court accused of manslaughter by gross negligence for allegedly

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allowing the bull to attack 63`year`old Roger Freeman three

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years ago. James Roberson reports. Today, Paul waterfall and his wife

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arrived at Crown Court. Also there... In 2010, she and her

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husband started walking a public footpath across a field. Halfway

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across, they were attacked by the prosecution claim able called Zak.

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Mr Freeman was killed, Mrs Freeman was seriously injured. Today, Paul

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Waterfall told the jury he considered Zak docile. Mr Waterfall

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was axed by his barrister whether he saw Zack being nastier. No. Did you

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ever have a problem with him? No. Did you ever see any aggression in

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him? No. The jury has already heard that not only did Zack attacked the

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Freemans, but also three electricity engineers. Mrs Freeman and two of

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the engineers said the poll had longhorns, but Zak had no horns. The

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defence believes Zak is not the attacker. The jury was told this

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defendant could only have been negligent if he knew that Zak was

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not safe. It is my contention that Mr Waterfall had no such knowledge.

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The trial continues. Traders in a Nottinghamshire town

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say they're fighting back after months of chaos caused by the

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building of a new tram line. Businesses in Beeston near

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Nottingham have been struggling to keep going during the construction

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work. But today a new shop opened bringing 20 jobs. Simon Ward is

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there now. After months of despair, are the traders more optimistic

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tonight? They are. The Government and others

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tell us the economy is moving in the right direction, so perhaps this is

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a good example of that. Behind me, the work to extreme # extend the

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tram network is... It has affected trade. Now people say business is

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doing well here. If you go down any High Street, you are likely to see

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vacant shops, including here. But with today's opening of a new shop,

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business leaders say it is assigned the town is improving. This unit has

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been vacant for a while. To have a national retailer wanting to invest

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into the town in a time where it is getting a bit of a bad reputation, I

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think it is fantastic. It is the opportunities here. It helps people

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not have to go to the city centre. It gives people more understanding

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of where we are going and we are trying to expand. We are opening all

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the time. The ongoing work to extend the

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network has caused problems for traders.

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This shop has relied on customers who enjoy using an independent

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business that started here in 1908. It is now run by a fourth`generation

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of same family. On a fine day like today, but when it is raining people

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don't want to come because of the roadworks and traffic problems. But

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on a sunny day, people make efforts. It is very whether orientated.

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With extra shoppers coming year, let's hope the cash will stay on the

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High Street. A local MP is leading a campaign for

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compensation for local traders who have been disrupted by all this work

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that is going on, but interestingly the independent grocer you just saw

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said will not be applying for it. The

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traders will be happier once the work is finished later in the year.

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There's just a month to go until we get the chance to vote for the five

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MEPs that will represent the East Midlands in the European Parliament.

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But with the Euro constituency so huge, will we even notice there's an

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election on? Yes, 400 million people across

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Europe will have the chance to vote for the politicians who are having a

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greater say over decisions taken in Brussels.

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With more, here's our Political Editor John Hess.

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A date for your diary ` Thursday May 22nd. Polling day for the elections

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to the Europe Parliament. But what powers do our MEPs actually have?

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They can vote down the EU's annual ?720billion budget, scrutinise and

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propose EU laws. You may have heard of Jose Manuel Barroso. Well, for

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the first time, MEPs will elect the next president of EU's government,

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the Commission. With a Tintin lookalike and a range

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of continental beers, it is hard to believe that this cafe is actually

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in the heart of Leicester. Its owner came to Leicester from Turkey. While

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he loves Brussels, mention the European Union and he gets all the

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Eurosceptic. The way it's going, I don't think the majority are happy

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with it. Especially people in England. In contrast, his assistant

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wants us to embrace the EU. I think if it could just get friendlier,

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more together again... So what will these elections be about? The

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economy, jobs, immigration, the environment, even our very

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membership of the EU itself. Yet with only a third of us actually

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bothering to vote last time, how many will take any notice? I feel

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that Brussels rules us almost. But I don't feel that we can make a

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difference by voting. We ought to come out of the EU. No, we don't

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want to come out, then we'll lose business. Listen... And, Imean, the

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shop that I work in, hardly anyone there knows what it's about. Will

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you be voting in these elections? Yes. I'm not telling you I'm voting

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for. `` who I'm voting for. We have five MEPs:

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The system of voting is different. Believe it or not, this is me from

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15 years ago in the potting shed attempting to explain proportional

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representation. And the Liberal Democrats attracting

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14% of the electorate would make the breakthrough.

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These elections have not exactly fired the voters' enthusiasm in the

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past. If more than a third of us vote, it will be regarded as a

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success. And here's the list of all the

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parties standing for the European elections in the East Midlands.

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Nominations closed at four o'clock this afternoon. UKIP will be unhappy

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that a breakaway faction called An Alternative From Europe, UK

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Independence Now is fielding a full slate of candidates, and gets to be

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at the top of the ballot form. There's another new one ` The

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Harmony Party. It's also anti`EU. And with nine parties in total on

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the ballot form, we're certainly not spoilt for choice.

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Colin is just around the corner, both time`wise and literally with

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tonight's sport. And we visit the town where time is

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finally moving on after being stuck at tea`time for months!

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First, Nottingham Forest. Before Easter, they were 12 league games

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without a win, out of the playoff places and looked like going

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nowhere. But what a difference two games can make. After successive

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wins, they're back in the chase for the Premier League. Angela Rafferty

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reports. It has been a remarkable recovery.

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Just when it looked like they had run out of time, Forest finally

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found some form. Could they still make it to the play`offs?

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There isn't really pressure on us. The pressure is on clubs above us to

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make sure they stay in the play`off places. Our job is to get there. We

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have to concentrate on our own performance. Their fate may lie in

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this man's hands. He has played just six games this campaign. He could be

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in goal for the games that incorporates the season. We gave

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ourselves a chance. We picked up two great results, it may become an

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exciting end to the season. That is something you want as a player, you

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want to stay involved. Don't give up, no matter what happens. One man

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who never gave up hope, believes they can still do it. We're looking

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at players and we will give it... We want to put 11 players out there

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that fans are proud of and give a performance that a football club of

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this size should do. Two points off the play`offs with just two games to

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go. If they dare to dream, the time is now.

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Leicester City's manager Nigel Pearson says he's confident his new

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contract with the club will be sorted out soon. He's out of

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contract in the summer, but says the team's success should mean it will

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sort itself out. I'm not too concerned about the

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situation. I've enjoyed doing my job here and I look forward to hopefully

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keeping that going. A Nottingham fitness instructor

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wants to see pole dancing became an Olympic sport. Kat Humphrey gave up

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her steady job as a psychology lecturer at Nottingham Trent

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University to compete in the sport she loves. She now runs a successful

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business teaching pole dancing at gyms across the region. Jeremy

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Nicholas reports. Nottingham's Albert Hall at the

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weekend and a predominantly female audience watching competitive pole

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dancing. Kat Humphrey is one of the best in the country and she wants to

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see it in the Olympics. It is another gymnastic art. You've got

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the parallel bars, and the uneven bars, it's just another bar, it's a

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vertical bar. I would like to show you some of my moves, but, sadly,

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Kat has a group coming in. Beautiful. This mother and daughter

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have just taken it up. Basically, for my general fitness. I started in

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August and I have never looked back. It's great fun. Beautiful. Eight

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months ago, I could barely move and thanks to her, it's been amazing

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ever since. Squeeze those thighs, straight in the legs. I get quite a

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lot of mother`daughter couples. I get older people, young people,

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little people and large people. It is fun, we do spend a lot of time

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laughing, don't we? There is still a stereotype. It is

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unfortunate. It has come a long way since I started. She is on a mission

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to improve the image of her sport. She even takes the pole up

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mountains. Yes, I was the first person to pole dance on Ben Nevis. I

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carried a freestanding pole eight hours. I then danced at the top. I

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performed some tricks, I got quite a crowd.

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We have had St George's Day, but now it is all about the poles. Either

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way, let's salute the flag. And now to the town where time no

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longer stands still. For the past three months, Chesterfield's most

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famous clock has been stuck at five past six. But the dials on the

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crooked spire tower are working again after some lofty repairs to

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the 85`year`old mechanism. At 1045, they decided it was high

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time Chesterfield got its clock back. A team from the clockmakers

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dangled from 90 feet up to attend the hands. Each of the copper hands

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that are being reattached way about ?10 and each are covered in 23.5

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carat gold leaf. Not having their clock working left the locals in a

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spin. It always through us. It would be great to have it back. It looks

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really odd without the fingers on. we have stopped looking for so

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long. The clock packed up because 85`year`old brass bearings well worn

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out. They will last another 85 years on the work we have just done. We

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cannot guarantee that something else might go wrong within the next 85

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years, but the work we have done, guaranteed for 85 years as a

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minimum. The bill could lose ?10,000, but the council say it is

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money well spent. People appreciate the clock. People want to see a

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working clock on the crooked spire. I think it is worthwhile. Folklore

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would have us believe that the crooked spire was formed by a virgin

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marrying in the church. Unseasoned wood is a better explanation.

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We are expecting April showers to end of the week. Today has not been

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bad. We have had 17 Celsius. Thank you to David, this was taken at

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Colombo Park. Tomorrow, it is all change. A cloudy story and we are

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expecting outbreaks of rain and maybe even some thunder. This

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evening, still clear skies around, but as we go through the evening we

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starts to see low cloud feeding in from the North Sea. Also some

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missed. A cloudy night. The cloud holds temperatures up, lows of eight

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Celsius. Cloudy, misty, murky start to Friday, but a dry start. As we go

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through the morning, we start to see rain arrived from the south.

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Outbreaks potentially becoming heavily towards the end of the

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afternoon with a risk of some thunder in rush hour. A real change

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in the field to things tomorrow with only a high of 13 Celsius. Looking

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at your weekend, here is the low pressure coming in from the West

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giving us a spell of rain through Saturday morning. Once it clears

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away, it is an improving story. Some sunshine around and they are

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scattered shower. On Sunday, typical for the time of the year, sunshine

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and April showers. Temperatures aren't too bad. Saturday improves in

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the afternoon. Proper spring weather, really.

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Afternoon dog walking, not in the morning.

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We'll have the latest at 10:25pm. All across the country,

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millions of families are waking up to a Britain in which they

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find it harder to get on. Whilst the Government keeps

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telling people everything is fixed, no longer stops the pound

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in their pocket getting smaller or the bills getting

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harder to afford. gas and electricity bills have

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increased by more than ?300 whilst the energy companies

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are making huge profits. not a luxury but an essential

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for millions of working families -

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