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at night. There is frost on the way. Thank you very much. Goodbye from

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me. And This is East Midlands Today with

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Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies. Tonight: A collapsed undercarriage

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brings East Midlands Airport to a halt.

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It left a cargo plane blocking the runway and some angry passengers

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stranded. We have been stood on a queue first three overs. They have

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not told us anything, we don't know if we're going to fly today, if we

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will get one tomorrow. And how frantic neighbours tried to

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alert a family trapped inside a blazing home.

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And breast`feeding mums take direct action against Sports Direct. All we

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want to do is to be able to feed our babies without lyrics, it is our

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legal rights. And a mother 's devotion to her son.

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Marion is named the UK's top carer. Good evening and welcome to

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Tuesday's East Midlands Today. 40 flights have been cancelled and

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6,000 passengers affected after a cargo plane became stranded on the

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runway at East Midlands Airport. Its landing gear snapped early this

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morning leaving the aircraft unable to move. No other planes have been

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able to land or take`off as engineers have worked to move it.

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Our reporter Mike O'Sullivan is at the airport for us now. Mike, what's

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been happening today? Good evening. It has been a day of disruption here

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at East Midlands Airport. Passengers made last`minute changes to their

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plans, there has also been released, but nobody was injured when that

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cargo plane incident happened. Two crew members on board, they did not

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have any injuries at all. Here the night, there is hope that the

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airport may actually reopen around 8:30pm.

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This dramatic image posted on Twitter shows the landing gear that

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parted from the stricken cargo plane. The Boeing 737 400 freighter

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lay stranded on the runway at East Midlands Airport after landing from

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Paris at around 2:30am. The orders of the plane says it is understood

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part of the landing gear appears to have failed on the left`hand side

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after it slowed down. It has meant huge disruption for passengers.

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Buses laid on to other airports by operators. Initially we thought we

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were going off earlier than this, we thought we would be away by about

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7am. But there has been a delay. We just have to wait and see what

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happens. The staff have been very informative. We have now got a bus

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to Manchester, we're flying out of Manchester at 150 AM. No buses

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through these passengers. They have got to reboot or apply for a refund

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online. We got a text to say it was cancelled. We have got here, we have

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been stood on a queue for nearly three years. They have not told us

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anything, we don't know if we're getting a flight today or tomorrow.

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Late this afternoon lifting gear was brought in to move the plane, which

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was carrying parcels and operated by an Irish company. Air accident

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investigators have started an enquiry.

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Let's get the very latest on the airport situation from the managing

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director. When will the airport reopened? Hopefully within the next

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couple of hours. We have made good progress over the course of the

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afternoon. We hope we will be able to talk the plane off the runway in

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the next couple of hours. You have got passengers queueing up behind

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you. Is that a good sign? That is a good sign, and hopefully later on

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this evening those patient passengers will be able to carry on

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with their trouble. Why has this taken so long? The incident happened

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this morning at 2:30am. It takes time to complete the investigation.

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We have to make plans in order to remove the plane from the runway.

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What is your advice to passengers? Keep in touch with their airlines

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and that would be my best piece of information. Apparently the plane

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was well maintained. Today they said they were sorry for the

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inconvenience caused to the passengers here.

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Let's hope things improve sharply. Thank you.

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A murder trial jury has heard how neighbours desperately tried to

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raise the alarm as fire engulfed a family's home in Leicester.

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The blaze, which it's alleged was a mistaken arson attack, claimed the

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lives of a mother and her three children. Sarah Teale has been at

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Nottingham Crown Court. The murder trial jury was painted a

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picture of the distressing scene in Leicester as fire engulfed the

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family home. Dozens of residents had rushed into the street, screaming

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and shouting, throwing stones at the windows of the terraced house to

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raise the alarm. A statement was read out from one of the neighbours

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who described the flames as being fierce. He said so much so that the

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front door had melted, the flames were so strong now one could get

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inside. He described the scene as upsetting, all of the neighbours

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hoping that the family would come out. But it all remained quiet. Fire

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dog handler Dave told the jury accelerant was discovered by the

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front door. It calls a flash fire of intense heat, reaching a temperature

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of 660 Celsius. Fire crews battled through the blaze inside, but

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nothing could be done to save the mother and her three children. A

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statement was read from her husband and father. He said his family were

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happy, his wife very active in the community, his daughter wanted to be

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a primary school teacher. 17`year`old son, he was very clever

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and gifted and computers. His 15`year`old son was in his final

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year of GCSEs and loved playing football with his friends. He said

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words cannot begin to express the pain I am suffering since I lost my

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beautiful family. I feel all alone in the world. Eight defendants,

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seven men and one youth, all deny murder charges. The trial continues.

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In other news, hundreds of students at the University of Derby are being

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told they could be put at risk of the HIV virus. A health care worker

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was suspended for reusing syringe. An investigation is now under way.

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NHS England has told more than 600 students that they could be infected

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with blood`borne viruses like hepatitis B or HIV, but that the

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risk is extremely low. Next tonight: A demonstration in

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support of breast feeding. More than 50 women marched into a city centre

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shop today to breast feed their babies en masse.

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Campaigners targeted Sports Direct in Nottingham after a customer there

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was told by an assistant to stop feeding her baby. Our Health

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Correspondent Rob Sissons reports. At Sports Direct, some direct

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action. Dozens of women, one reason for marching in, to stick up for

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their right to breast`feed when they want. We are sometimes called

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exhibitionists purely on the fact that we get our breasts out. You

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really can't see anything if you actually look. People have likened

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it to you and eating in public. Really? Many of the women say

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attitudes need to change. On page three, a woman feeding her baby. If

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Jordan came down, all of the latter would be there and say it was OK.

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The women is in their breast`feeding, it is wrong. Where

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is the right in that? It is essential that we feed our babies

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constantly and confidently wherever we are. We do not want confrontation

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when you have got your baby with you. I woman was told to leave the

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store from breast`feeding. She told BBC Radio Nottingham that she walked

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out into the rain embarrassed, upset and shocked. As people were going

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past me I thought, oh my God, what do they think? They think I am a

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criminal walking out of the shop. Sports Direct said it did not want

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to talk publicly about the case today. Shoppers had plenty to say.

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If it is in a corner, when it is not so public, I think. But not to be in

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the middle and start breast`feeding. You can cover yourself up and still

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breast`feed. The campaigners have had their day in the sun and the

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line late, how long before someone is told to stop feeding somewhere

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else? Sports Direct have not said anything

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yet, but they have written to the lady in question and sent her

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flowers? That's right, they have not talk to the media but they have

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written to the lady from their HQ. They say they regret the treatment

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she received, they carried out an investigation and go on to say they

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are reviewing their policies to make sure such incidents do not happen in

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the future. They have apologised. What this shows is the power of

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social media. It is a message to other retailers that if they do the

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same thing they could end up with a similar protest on their doorstep.

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Thank you. You are watching East Midlands Today.

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A care provider has been fined ?100,000 following the death of a

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patient after an unauthorised technique was used to restrain him.

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38`year`old Derek Lovegrove had severe mental health problems and

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suffered a heart attack in 2006. He was being cared for at Cedar Vale in

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East Bridgford. He died after a support worker lay on top of him.

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Castlebeck Care Ltd which ran the hospital has since gone into

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administration. I feel really happy about the guilty verdict. I have

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been waiting that `` waiting for that for ages. People in care need

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to be looked after properly, and they need the right training, and if

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you do not want to do that job, do not do it. There are serious

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failings within the management of the company. Those feelings have

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been going on for some time. The company ignored or did not act on

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advice that might have helped prevent the death.

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A father and his two sons have been sent to prison for their part in

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running a highly sophisticated counterfeiting business in

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Leicester. Kuldip Singh, wearing the burgundy coat, was sentenced to 23

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months. His brother Sarbjit Singh beside him and their father

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Shinderpal Singh behind were sentenced to 11 months each after

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pleading guilty to trade marks offences. The business had been

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operating from premises on Galby Street in Spinney Hills,

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counterfeiting more than 27 high street brands on a large`scale. From

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the evidence we have seized, we estimate around ?170,000 that we can

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improve. But we do not know the full extent of what was going on. Quite

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often in this case there were no accounts submitted, that is based on

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the documents we seized. It's been the Conservatives' turn

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today to kick`start their campaign in the East Midlands for the

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European elections. The Conservatives had two out of the

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region's five MEPs at the last election, but now face a strong

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challenge from UKIP. Here's our Political Editor John Hess.

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If only chasing balloons was as much fun as chasing after voters.

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Especially in Nottingham's Market Square. Undaunted, the Conservatives

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attempted to bring a touch of election razzle`dazzle. The

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region's only Conservative MP unveiled a new election poster. But

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the number to remember is five, how many MEPs the East Midlands will be

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sending back to Brussels and Strasbourg to represent us in the

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European Parliament. The East Midlands returned to Mac

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Conservative MEPs in the last election, and Roger Helmer hopes to

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do the same this time around but as a UKIP candidate. UKIP is very much

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overshadowing the Tory campaign. Also on the Conservatives' list of

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candidates, Rupert Matthews. He could have been NME P two years ago,

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as Roger Helmer's successor. Conservative Central office block ``

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blocked it, and Roger Helmer defected to UKIP. That has cast a

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long political shadow. UKIP have a lot of promises but they are empty

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promises. They have no plans of the future, your vote will be wasted

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with them. If you bought with the Conservative Party, change will

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happen. The Conservatives are feeling the squeeze. They may need

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more balloons to lift their vote. And there are nine parties

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altogether standing in the East Midlands for the European

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Parliamentary elections. Polling day is Thursday, May 22nd.

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John joins us from the newsroom now, not to talk about Europe but to talk

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about one of our MPs, Patrick Mercer, who's just been suspended

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from the House of Commons. John, what is the background to this? This

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is about cash for questions. Patrick Mercer agreed to ask Parliamentary

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questions on behalf of the government of Fiji. It was filmed by

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undercover reporters. It broke Parliamentary rules. The

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Parliamentary committee for standards met this morning and used

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its full powers to suspend Patrick Mercer from the House of Commons.

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Tonight, his parliamentary reputation is in tatters. The

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question is whether he will quit the Commons and force our Parliamentary

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by`election in Europe, the very last thing David Cameron will want. I can

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also tell you that Patrick Mercer is expected to make a statement at

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Westminster in the next half hour. Stand by for that.

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Thanks very much indeed. Still to come: A mother's unstinting

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devotion is recognised. At 85, Marion's been named the UK's

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top unpaid carer for looking after her son who doctors said would never

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survive. On the way, new England cricket selector Mick Newell. But

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some quick bits of sports news first, starting with Leicester

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striker Kevin Phillips. The veteran announced his retirement yesterday

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and has now confirmed he'll be joining Leicester City's coaching

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staff next season ` in the Premier League, of course. Notts County are

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hoping to complete the great escape and stay in League One. They will

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take a big following to Oldham for the final game in the season. Today,

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they sold out the initial 3,000 tickets. Another 1,000 go on sale

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tomorrow. And Leicester snooker star Mark Selby is back in World

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Championship quarterfinal action in a few minutes. He leads Alan McManus

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four`three. Cycling now, and we're used to seeing the likes of Victoria

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Pendleton winning medals on the track. But when it comes to road

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racing, the women have so far had to play second fiddle to the men. Next

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week in Leicestershire we'll see proof that's changing. The first

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ever women's tour of Britain is being held with Hinckley taking

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centre stage. Kirsty Edwards reports. The Tour de France and its

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equivalents have long been at the prevail of men. Maybe not for much

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longer. Next week's Tour of Britain will be the first ever professional

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women's stage race in this country. And the second stage will be

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starting on the roads, right here in Hinckley. Olympic champion Dani King

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is competing in the race. She was drumming up support for it at the

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Cycling road show in Hinckley today. It is going to be really exciting. I

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would urge people to come out and watch because it is going to be a

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really good event. A lot of elite women cyclists, Marianne Voss, who

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won the Olympic Road Race and Lizzie Armistead who won a silver medal

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will be there. You'll get no better field than this. Today's road show

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was not just about racing though, Leicestershire's own BMX star Kieran

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Phillips was there to show what else he can do. Cycling now is huge. I

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would like to show kids that there are different types of cycling and

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what I like best is tricks, so I could so show them some tricks! What

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about the girls? Would you like to see girls involved in BMX?

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Definitely. I mean, I think some girls might be put off by BMX, but

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then, if you've watched the Olympics, the BMX racing there

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included a big girls' group, world`class titleholders, so the

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girls are up there with the boys. It is great to see it and it has pushed

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cycling forward as a whole. It can only be a good thing. Back to the

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road racing quickly, and you can see Dani and a host of other leading

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names racing through Hinckley and other parts of Leicestershire a week

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on Thursday. Now, this evening's special guest. Welcome to Mick

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Newell, Director of Cricket at Nottinghamshire ` leading them to

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two county championships and a one`day trophy`candidate for the

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England coach's job and now an England selector. Welcome to the

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programme Mick. Let's get today's cricket out of the way first. Defeat

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in two and a half days. A "below average" pitch. A top order

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collapse. Not a great couple of days? I'm very disappointed. We lost

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our first game of the season last week. Things have to get better soon

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for others. You've brought in a star turn in Peter Siddle. You have some

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great players. What are your ambitions for Notts this season? We

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always say the County Championship is our number one trophy. We have

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had a woman of success in division one. I would like to see us go back

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into the top half this year. Let's move onto England. You went for the

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coach's job on the back of your county record. They chose Peter

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Moores. How do you feel now about that? Obviously, I was disappointed.

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If you apply for a job you want to get it. You make plans and imagine

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us of doing it. I think he is more than welcome to a second chance

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though. How much influence have you got? I will find out this week. I

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will attend my first meeting on Thursday. It will be an interesting

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experience for me and we will get an idea of the sort of team we will

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pick in the future. I wonder if you can influence in favour of some of

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the players we think have missed out. James Taylor here for example `

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will you promote our boys? What I have to do is be objective. It is

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important I go there with an open mind. Around the county scene my job

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is to recommend players to Peter and the other selectors and hope we come

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up with And what about your future ` another shot at the top job one day?

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The best scene. It has a limited amount of time. Thank you Mick ` but

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look away now as I round up today's cricket. Why macro And there is

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confirmation of Notts' defeat at home to Warwickshire on a lively

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wicket. Lots of runs at Grace Road, with Leicestershire building a

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healthy lead there. And Derbyshire have struggled to contain

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Worcestershire today. Moeen Ali doing a lot of the damage. Thank you

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Mick. Good luck. It's estimated that one in ten of us here in the UK help

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to look after a sick or dependent relative. It's often a job that goes

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unrecognised ` but no longer. No, because one woman from Derbyshire

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has just been crowned as the best unpaid carer in the country. Simon

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Hare has been to meet her and the son doctors said would never

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survive. As a mother of ten, Marion Hill has spent much of her life

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looking after others. But her son Andrew, who is severely disabled,

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has taken a lot of care. She was told he was unlikely to live past

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eight years old. But he has just turned 50. I have that closeness

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with Andrew. I always say if anything happens to me, I think that

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is when Andrew will go down. And now lives at Morton Grange nursing home.

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His mother visits almost every day. She helps look after him and others

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in the home. This is devotion that saw her this weekend win a national

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carers award. When they shouted my name I was overcome. She is an

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inspirational woman. It is because of this woman and her true devotion

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to her son that he is here today. Very humble about it. She does not

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want the recognition. But I think she's enjoying it now. There are a

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lot of carers in this country. God bless them all. Because they are

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good. But officially, Marion is the best. Very modest. Now it is time

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for the weather. This is a beautiful shot of some bluebells taken from

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Shipley Hall yesterday. Keep the pictures coming in.

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The bluebells have been coming out earlier this year thanks to the warm

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weather we have been enjoying. April is actually turning out to be a lot

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dry and warmer than average. Although May is looking as though it

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may start on a chilly note. Some warm sunshine around today that

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cloud has been increasing over the past couple of hours or so. We are

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staying mostly dry throughout tonight but the cloud will thicken

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up and lower once again and we shall see some mist and fog forming toward

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the end of the night. The look at the temperatures again, very mild.

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Nine or 10 Celsius. Tomorrow morning, another murky start, some

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mist and fog around first thing. Like today, that shouldn't lift and

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slowly and surely we will see the cloud breaking up in the afternoon.

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Pleasant spells of sunshine, again, there is the chance of showers in

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the afternoon though. But he will be looking to catch them. In the

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sunshine, feeling pleasantly warm, light wings will get tempered is up

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to 16 or 17 Celsius. Into Thursday, weather fronts, been on us. So

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Thursday may be a wet today. Outbreaks of rain pushing in as we

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head into the afternoon. Not much sunshine on Thursday either. Feeling

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a little cooler, 13 or 14 degrees. For the bank holiday weekend and

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into the weekend, pressure is starting to build and that means a

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lot of dry and bright weather heading our way for the bank holiday

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weekend. But things are getting a little colder, and gardeners take

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note, so night`time frosts. We are expecting some developments in the

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Patrick Mercer case. Goodbye. We welcome immigration,

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we want immigration. # Time for hope and action

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to set our people free

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