12/06/2014 East Midlands Today


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reversed. Kim Ghattas, BBC News, New York

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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Quentin Rayner.

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First tonight, the government's Energy Minister has been urged to

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safeguard a ?20 million rescue operation to maintain output at the

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region's last deep coal mind.UK Coal wants to close Thoresby in

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Nottinghamshire by the end of next year, with the loss of 600 jobs The

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Government says it will provide ?10 million of the rescue package, but

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it has to be matched by ?10 million from the private sector. Thd mining

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group Hargreaves Services h`d offered to put in ?5 million, but

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Today, on a visit to Nottingham the Labour Party leader Ed Liliband

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urged the government to takd immediate action.

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The government needs to get stuck in because the jobs that Thoresby are

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really important and we need big government talking to UK co`l and

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seeing if anything can be done in Europe. They should make sure that

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if anybody is made redundant there is proper help and support.

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Earlier this evening the Shdrwood MP Mark Spencer had a meeting with

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the Energy Minister Michael Fallon and he's with us now.

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He told me that the governmdnt is still willing to support it and they

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are keen to make it work and the ?10 million is still on the table but we

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need to find a new partner to help the company continue to produce coal

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and make a profit. How optilistic are you finding a new partndr? It is

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very delicate and a tricky situation. I have sat on thd sofa

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before and explained what a complicated deal this is and as I

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have said we are not over the first line, we need to make sure the deal

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comes together before we thhnk about anything else. UK coal has `lways

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said in the past that if it does not pull through day, as a comp`ny, will

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go into liquidation and Thoresby will close immediately. How close

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are we to the collapse of the deal? We are some way off that because the

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people at Thoresby are workhng very hard and pulling the coal ott of the

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ground and making a margin so there is enough cash to keep the company

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going in the short term but in the medium term as it gets more

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challenging they will be short of cash but that does not mean they

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will not make a profit but they will run out of money at some pohnt in

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the future. Wide as the govdrnment not, with a full ?20 million worth

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of cash. It is not just abott money it is about the expertise. The

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government cannot said the company to run it itself and we need to find

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a new partner with mining expertise that will come in and close down UK

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coal and we can move forward as we wanted.

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Next tonight fire crews frol across the East Midlands ard

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about halfway through their latest strike over their pensions.

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They walked out at 9 o'clock this morning for

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It's the 13th time they've staged industrial action over

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At nine o'clock this morning firefighters picked up their

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placards and walked out of their fire stations. Contingency plans to

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cover emergency is what put into place. Normally we would have 3

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fire engines but at the momdnt we have seven and we will remahn at

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seven throughout the 24 hours of the strike period. On top of th`t we do

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not have the ability to mobhlise our specialist appliances like platforms

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that can go up higher and specialist pumping vehicles. We are down to a

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skeleton contingency arrangdment. At the clock tower in Leicester members

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of the Fire Brigades Union staged a rally to raise awareness of their

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fight. Members of the public had mixed views. We are really

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supportive and the firefighters do a great job. I think they are entitled

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to a good pension but I am not so happy about them being on strike.

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Today is the 13th strike in this dispute and there is no sign of it

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being resolved. I am not optimistic about an early resolution. @ny

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strike is worrying and the fact it has gone on for so long and we are

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now on the 13th industrial `ction period is really not good ndws. In a

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statement a spokesman for the government believes a soluthon can

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be reached but not under thd shadow of industrial action. The strike has

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been going on for three years and the firefighters here are prepared

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for it to go on for even longer If the dispute is not resolved there

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will be another strike in tdn days. Well, earlier this evening Phil

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Coates from the Fire Brigadds Union told us the Government could easily

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settle this dispute. They have fully costed proposals

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that they can put on the table and they are refusing to do it `nd it

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could solve the strike. We `re asking them to do it. This hinges on

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the retirement age being rahsed from 55 to 60 pension contributions being

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raised. Plenty of other workers in the country have had their

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conditions changed but what makes firefighters a special case? The

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government did report that said that 90% of firefighters would not be

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able to pass their fitness test at 60, that is logical. If thex have to

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go then they will have be s`cked. Why are you less fit at 60 than at

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55? We do not have many Olylpic athletes who run around at 60 years

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old. It is a strenuous job, not a normal job. We are not talkhng 8

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and 16. How comes you are OK 55 and not at 60? It is the fact is that

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are used, you just cannot you pass the fitness test, the majorhty of

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firefighters can't and cert`inly women can't because they struggle at

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50 so we will lose them. Thhs sceptic 's will say you are trying

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to preserve an early retirelent age. We are paying 14% of our wage into a

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pension, these are not gold`plated pensions, we are paying for them.

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That's your news, so it's goodbye from me, but with your weather now,

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It has been a lovely summer 's day but very high pollen levels. The

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weather will be settled tomorrow but they will be high before thdy use

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towards the weekend. For now it is a fine and settled evening. Wd have

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clear skies and temperatures are only dropping around 13 degrees It

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is set to be a fairly mild `nd quite muggy night for some. Tomorrow

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morning it is the driest st`rt. Plenty of sunshine in the morning

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and in the afternoon we start to see the cloud bubble up. There will

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still be sunny intervals and temperatures are about 23 ddgrees.

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We expect a few showers on Friday evening and Saturday morning but

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then on Saturday it will be a cloudy day and a bit cool about st`ying

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dry. Here is your outlook for the next few days.

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turn pressure with temperatures easing back and here is my colleague

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with the rest of the weekend forecast.

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A day of contrast today. In the Northwest we saw cloud moving in

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which brought a little bit of rain but it also stopped temperatures

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from rising too far. 16 or 17 degrees typical, contrasted with 20

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degrees in London. We will see the skies clear across the southern half

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tonight. Some rural spots might dip into single figures and there might

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be showers, mist and fog in rural spots, but that's about it for

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England and Wales. Further north, heavy bursts of rain on the west of

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Scotland. Not too much on the eastern side, and some rain getting

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into Northern Ireland by dawn. In the rush hour across central and

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western Scotland, not pleasant, it will be wet but not too windy. And

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Northern Ireland is not great.

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