30/04/2014 East Midlands Today


30/04/2014

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Halal And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale. Good

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evening. The East Midlands is set for a major political battle this

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summer with a parliamentary by` election in the Nottinghamshire

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constituency of Newark. It follows the resignation of the local MP,

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Patrick Mercer, who's admitted taking cash for questions. It had

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been thought the UKIP leader Nigel Farage would stand, but he has

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decided not to. So, what does it all mean for the constituency? Our

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reporter Quentin Rayner has been finding out.

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Nigel Farage's opponents accuse him of throwing in the towel by not

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standing. But it will be tough for UKIP to win in Newark. To overturn

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the Tories's majority, UKIP needs a swing away from the Conservatives of

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25%, the highest they have ever achieved in a by`election is 19%.

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UKIP certainly has support here. We wanted him here. Everybody in this

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town I know would have voted for UKIP. I will vote for UKIP because

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of immigration in this town. We are overrun. His popularity is really

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good throughout the country. I am sort of attractive to some of the

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stuff he says and repelled by some of the other stuff. The overwhelming

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thinking of a lot of people in England are against massive

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immigration we have had. That is what has killed it. How much of a

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political Gromit will be by`election be? I think it will be important. ``

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political barometer. It could let Labour in via the middle. There

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could be pressure on David Cameron to move further to be Eurosceptic

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position. The market is always a busy place but the politicians will

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also be setting out their stall over the next few weeks.

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Well, that's the view in Newark. But what's the thinking in Westminster?

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Earlier I spoke to our political editor John Hess who told us the

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latest. The date of the Newark by`election is unclear this evening.

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Patrick Mercer had been appointed whereby a city MP can stand out and

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it clears the way for the parliamentary by`election. My guess

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it will be held towards the end of June on a Thursday, possibly before

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Parliament rises for the summer break. One candidate who will not be

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standing now is the leader of UKIP Nigel Farage. 24 hours ago, he was

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hinting he would be interested. But today he snubbed out the speculation

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by saying he did not know the East Midlands well enough to consider

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standing. It prompted Ken Clarke to way and by saying Nigel Farage would

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be committing political suicide by standing because the voters of

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Newark would have given Nigel Farage a bad thrashing at the polls. The

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irony is that tomorrow the Commons standards committee will publish its

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report on conclusions into the cash for questions allegations against

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Patrick Mercer. In other news tonight, halal meat

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has been taken off the menu at all of Leicester's schools after another

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food scare. Tests showed a halal lamb kebab contained more than 50%

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beef. Last year it was discovered halal lamb burgers contained pork

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DNA. Mike O'Sullivan reports. Dinner time at this primary School

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in Leicester. Now halal meat is off the menu at all schools in the city.

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Tests carried out by the council showed how else Lamb kebabs were

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found to contain more than 50% beef `` halal meat Lamb kebabs. I have

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lost my trust. It would be disappointing if they do not bring

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it back in the near future. If they can bring it back, it would be

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better. This is one of nine schools known to have served up the suspect

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kebabs. The city council has withdrawn halal meat from the menu

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at every city school. It is very concerning and it is equally

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disappointed. This is the second incident that has occurred with

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halal meat meals in Leicester City schools in the past year. Punjab

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kitchen, the company supplying the product to be schools and

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Leicester, is based in South Shields. They say they are entirely

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innocent as they did not manufacture the kebabs. They have contacted

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their own supplier who in turn is said to be working with trading

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standards officers in Yorkshire. In this case, I know there is a dispute

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about what should be in a kebabs, whether it should be Lamb or B. If

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it was labelled as Lamb and it was not, that is very serious. `` beef.

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The council says further investigation is needed.

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A telephone helpline has been inundated with calls after fears

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that hundreds of students may have been contaminated with infected

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blood. It follows the discovery that a worker at a university health

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clinic was re`using syringe barrels for taking blood tests and

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vaccinations. More than 600 students at the University of Derby may have

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been infected with diseases such as HIV and hepatitis.

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Prosecutors are considering evidence against a former Leicester MP as

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part of an inquiry into historic child abuse. Lord Janner hasn't been

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arrested, but officers from Leicestershire Police are taking

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advice from the Crown Prosecution Service on moving the investigation

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forward. Officers raided the peer's London home four months ago.

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Greville Janner was a Labour MP for 27 years in Leicester North West and

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then Leicester West. That's your news, so it's goodbye from me. But

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with your weather, here's Anna Church.

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You would have had to have been very unlucky to be caught out in the

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showers this evening. The Shari theme continues tomorrow. At the

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moment, we have clear skies around. There may be missed particularly

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across the Peak District. Largely dry for most of the night. `` there

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may be mist. It is mild. A cloudy and damp start with the light patchy

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rain at times in the morning. A good deal of dry weather before we start

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to see the showers becoming more widespread in the afternoon. There

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may be a few particularly intense showers towards the end of the

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afternoon. Bright and sunny intervals. Feeling pleasant in the

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sunshine. I will leave you now with your outlook for the next few days.

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Followed by the National forecast. as well. The outlook, it shows you

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it will get cooler as we had through the weekend but brighter, although

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gardeners beware, night-time frosts. It was a day of contrasts across the

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UK today, rain coming in from the West but in the south-east, like

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winds and sunshine, up to 20 degrees. Contrast that with six

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degrees in the East of Scotland. In between we've seen some

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thunderstorms and more general showers coming in to the western

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side of the UK. Northern Ireland, Wales and the south-west. The best

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chance of staying dry is across Lincolnshire and East Anglia. A lot

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of cloud around generally overnight, some patches of mist and

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maybe a few patches of fog as well. The lowest

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