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Halal And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale. Good
evening. The East Midlands is set for a major political battle this
summer with a parliamentary by` election in the Nottinghamshire
constituency of Newark. It follows the resignation of the local MP,
Patrick Mercer, who's admitted taking cash for questions. It had
been thought the UKIP leader Nigel Farage would stand, but he has
decided not to. So, what does it all mean for the constituency? Our
reporter Quentin Rayner has been finding out.
Nigel Farage's opponents accuse him of throwing in the towel by not
standing. But it will be tough for UKIP to win in Newark. To overturn
the Tories's majority, UKIP needs a swing away from the Conservatives of
25%, the highest they have ever achieved in a by`election is 19%.
UKIP certainly has support here. We wanted him here. Everybody in this
town I know would have voted for UKIP. I will vote for UKIP because
of immigration in this town. We are overrun. His popularity is really
good throughout the country. I am sort of attractive to some of the
stuff he says and repelled by some of the other stuff. The overwhelming
thinking of a lot of people in England are against massive
immigration we have had. That is what has killed it. How much of a
political Gromit will be by`election be? I think it will be important. ``
political barometer. It could let Labour in via the middle. There
could be pressure on David Cameron to move further to be Eurosceptic
position. The market is always a busy place but the politicians will
also be setting out their stall over the next few weeks.
Well, that's the view in Newark. But what's the thinking in Westminster?
Earlier I spoke to our political editor John Hess who told us the
latest. The date of the Newark by`election is unclear this evening.
Patrick Mercer had been appointed whereby a city MP can stand out and
it clears the way for the parliamentary by`election. My guess
it will be held towards the end of June on a Thursday, possibly before
Parliament rises for the summer break. One candidate who will not be
standing now is the leader of UKIP Nigel Farage. 24 hours ago, he was
hinting he would be interested. But today he snubbed out the speculation
by saying he did not know the East Midlands well enough to consider
standing. It prompted Ken Clarke to way and by saying Nigel Farage would
be committing political suicide by standing because the voters of
Newark would have given Nigel Farage a bad thrashing at the polls. The
irony is that tomorrow the Commons standards committee will publish its
report on conclusions into the cash for questions allegations against
Patrick Mercer. In other news tonight, halal meat
has been taken off the menu at all of Leicester's schools after another
food scare. Tests showed a halal lamb kebab contained more than 50%
beef. Last year it was discovered halal lamb burgers contained pork
DNA. Mike O'Sullivan reports. Dinner time at this primary School
in Leicester. Now halal meat is off the menu at all schools in the city.
Tests carried out by the council showed how else Lamb kebabs were
found to contain more than 50% beef `` halal meat Lamb kebabs. I have
lost my trust. It would be disappointing if they do not bring
it back in the near future. If they can bring it back, it would be
better. This is one of nine schools known to have served up the suspect
kebabs. The city council has withdrawn halal meat from the menu
at every city school. It is very concerning and it is equally
disappointed. This is the second incident that has occurred with
halal meat meals in Leicester City schools in the past year. Punjab
kitchen, the company supplying the product to be schools and
Leicester, is based in South Shields. They say they are entirely
innocent as they did not manufacture the kebabs. They have contacted
their own supplier who in turn is said to be working with trading
standards officers in Yorkshire. In this case, I know there is a dispute
about what should be in a kebabs, whether it should be Lamb or B. If
it was labelled as Lamb and it was not, that is very serious. `` beef.
The council says further investigation is needed.
A telephone helpline has been inundated with calls after fears
that hundreds of students may have been contaminated with infected
blood. It follows the discovery that a worker at a university health
clinic was re`using syringe barrels for taking blood tests and
vaccinations. More than 600 students at the University of Derby may have
been infected with diseases such as HIV and hepatitis.
Prosecutors are considering evidence against a former Leicester MP as
part of an inquiry into historic child abuse. Lord Janner hasn't been
arrested, but officers from Leicestershire Police are taking
advice from the Crown Prosecution Service on moving the investigation
forward. Officers raided the peer's London home four months ago.
Greville Janner was a Labour MP for 27 years in Leicester North West and
then Leicester West. That's your news, so it's goodbye from me. But
with your weather, here's Anna Church.
You would have had to have been very unlucky to be caught out in the
showers this evening. The Shari theme continues tomorrow. At the
moment, we have clear skies around. There may be missed particularly
across the Peak District. Largely dry for most of the night. `` there
may be mist. It is mild. A cloudy and damp start with the light patchy
rain at times in the morning. A good deal of dry weather before we start
to see the showers becoming more widespread in the afternoon. There
may be a few particularly intense showers towards the end of the
afternoon. Bright and sunny intervals. Feeling pleasant in the
sunshine. I will leave you now with your outlook for the next few days.
Followed by the National forecast. as well. The outlook, it shows you
it will get cooler as we had through the weekend but brighter, although
gardeners beware, night-time frosts. It was a day of contrasts across the
UK today, rain coming in from the West but in the south-east, like
winds and sunshine, up to 20 degrees. Contrast that with six
degrees in the East of Scotland. In between we've seen some
thunderstorms and more general showers coming in to the western
side of the UK. Northern Ireland, Wales and the south-west. The best
chance of staying dry is across Lincolnshire and East Anglia. A lot
of cloud around generally overnight, some patches of mist and
maybe a few patches of fog as well. The lowest