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brighter start on Sunday. Still warm and humid.

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First tonight, two Leicestershire students are

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among those believed to havd been killed on board flight MH17.

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Also tonight, calls for changes to help the region" cope with

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migration. I was traumatised. Something has to

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be done. And celebrating a major mildstone in

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Derby's railway heritage. Now Friday's news for the E`st

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Midlands, which has been catght`up in the violence and sadness

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of the Malaysia Airlines disaster. It has been confirmed that two local

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students were on board the plane. Ben Pocock was studying

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at Loughborough University and Richard Mayne from Leicdster was

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a mathematics student at Ledds. Quentin Rayner is in Leicester

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now and can give us more details. Yes, good evening. According to both

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Brighton University, Ben Pocock from Bristol had just completed the

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second year of his degree at Loughborough University in

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International business and he was flying out to Australia to take up a

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placement there. And Richard Mayne, who lived here in Leicester was also

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going out to Australia for dxactly the same reasons for a placdment as

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part of his degree at Leeds University. The 20`year`old Shearer

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this family home with his p`rents, two brothers and their sistdr. ``

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cheered this family home. They have said that they are absolutely

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devastated by the shocking death of Richard on board the flight MH1 .

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Everyone who knew Richard s`id the same things about him, that he was

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bright, popular, and a lovely guy. Flowers have been placed at his home

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by friends. His father says that he believes that his son has bden

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murdered by criminals. He w`s due to start your long industrial placement

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as part of his maps and fin`nce degree Leeds University. Richard was

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originally from market Bosworth Freddie had played rugby since the

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age of 12. His last match w`s just six days ago. He had also bden a

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pupil at the local grammar school. He had recently revisited the school

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to inspire pupils. Headmastdr said that the school was devastated to

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learn about his death in thd aircraft over Ukraine. In a

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statement they headmaster s`id. . People in the town gave thehr

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reflections. It is really shocking and it is quite upsetting, really. I

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am very sad for his family `nd am very sad for his family `nd

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mother and father and his friends and everybody. My heart goes out to

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them. When I saw his face I realised obviously I went to school with him.

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I could not believe the shop, everybody was shocked by it. It is

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really bad. Leeds Universitx rugby club said, he was a popular man

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taken from us too soon. We pay tribute to an honest and kind man.

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As you can imagine, social ledia has been full of tributes to thd two

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East Midlands University sttdents who were killed in this aircraft.

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One friend of Richard Mayne's has posted, Richard was a fantastic

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friendly and inspirational `nd well loved student. Words cannot express

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my sadness. Another one, the world is mhssing a

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very special young man, thotght quite those who will miss hhm so

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much. The family of Ben Pocock sahd that

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he was a gifted academic, t`lented athlete, but more importantly, a

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warm, caring, fun loving son and brother who had an extremelx bright

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future ahead of him. The ovdrall sentiment is this, that thex were

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two young men with fantastically bright futures, with everything

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ahead of them, and that has been denied them, leaving an irrdparable

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void for both family and frhends. Big changes are needed to cope with

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an influx of migrants into the That's according to

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a report commissioned by cotncils It suggests more English language

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classes and greater help for migrants wanting to go back to

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their home country. It also warns of increasing

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racial prejudice in the reghon. Our Political Editor John

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Hess has more details. John, first of all,

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what is the position with Just under 10% of the East Lidlands

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population is foreign`born, that's Leicester, at 34%, has the

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highest proportion of immigrants. You can see how that compards with

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elsewhere in the region. The lowest being South Derbxshire,

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with 3.3%. Well, it's been commissioned by

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East Midlands Council, the body that speaks up for our local

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councils, and its main conclusions are that there's a lack of `wareness

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and informed discussion. It says the impact of international

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migration on the East Midlands has It adds that there are parthcular

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challenges for some communities In a city that says it welcomes

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the world, a supermarket th`t This man came to Leicester dight

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years ago from India and qu`lified Every ethnic group has

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a different communication style And sometimes, you know, yot think

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that the person is being rude to It's just their way of tellhng,

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or talking or communicating. But no, we have not had any kind of

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racial abuse or anything, wd haven't But this is also a city that hasn't

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always been so welcoming, just ask them at one of the city's

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Somali community centres. If you go to certain areas, more

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white`dominated areas, therd has been difficulties for peopld from

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other ethnic backgrounds to move in, This report, produced by

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East Midlands Council, the organisation that represents local

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government, attempts, in its words, "to shine a light on some of those

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issues from a local perspective " Yes, there have been huge bdnefits

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from international migration into the region, also, yes,

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there have been huge pressures. What the report is there to do is to

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highlight those pressures, where they're happening and actually put

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in place some pragmatic solttions. So what we're doing is,

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we're saying to government, look, some of these issues are

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operational, we can solve this, we need to work together better

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we need to better share dat`. The data is out there

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but we need better access to it that way we can better plan

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and address some of those concerns. The report also warns

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of growing racial prejudice. There's probably definitely

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a need for a certain amount of number control so that wd're not

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overly populating areas. There must be a limit to

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what we can do for people. I'm quite happy for cultures and

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other people to come other, it's As soon as they come over, they ve

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got somewhere to live and that. They're pushing

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the English citizens to the side. The impact of migration

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on communities can be hugelx What does a report want to see done?

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The councils want more fundhng to help migrants to learn Englhsh, why?

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They want to get them more hnto the world of work. The report also says

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that there is no evidence that migration has actually dampdned

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wages. It is also seeking more money for those migrants that want to

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return to their original hole and, for example, you can find ott more

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on my political blog. How the Victorians would have done

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it ` as Derby celebrates 174 years of train`making, thoughts on how

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they might have approached HS2. And if the temperatures don't give

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you a sleepless night tonight, After such a hot day today

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across the East Midlands, 30 Celsius, we will see it turning

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very wet into the early hours. The wife of a stroke patient who was

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made to wait for an ambulance for almost two hours on two sep`rate

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occasions says she ius disgtsted almost two hours on two sep`rate

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occasions says she is disgusted Elizabeth Gillespie says shd was

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traumatised seeing her husb`nd East Midlands Ambulance Service

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admitted they failed Caring for husband Jim is a worrying

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occupation for Elizabeth Gillespie after he suffered a series of

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strokes, her fears now exacdrbated after the 67`year`old was forced to

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wait almost two hours for an I thought, "This is it,

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I'm losing him." It's so frightening,

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it really and truly is. The first delay was in June

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after Elizabeth called 999 The doctor arrived and immediately

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called for an ambulance. a paramedic arrived

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but it took almost two hours in total for an ambulance to get to

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their Newark home and anothdr hour There were more delays a month later

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when Jim collapsed again on a walk. It took 45 minutes

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for a paramedic to arrive and over an hour and a half

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for the ambulance to get to them. You see it on the TV advert,

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phone 999. Elizabeth says the experiences

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have robbed Jim of his confhdence. Well, after talking to the

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Gillespies, Sarah Teale put their complaints to Richard Henderson from

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East Midlands Ambulance Service Do you have any confidence hn the

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Ambulance Service at me? No. We pit their concerns to a representative

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from the Amblin service. Elhzabeth Collis P said that their trdatment

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was disgraceful and disgusthng. We recognise that it was not good

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enough. I would like to apologise for the level of service th`t was

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provided and we are now unddrtaking a thorough investigation to

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understand the circumstances in this case. It is not an isolated

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incident. There have been ntmerous occasions where people's waves have

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been put at risk. People have even died `` lives at risk. We'rd getting

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to patients faster than we have done previously, we are improving

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significantly and on this occasion we have got it wrong as we have done

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on other cases. But we are responding to former patients

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quicker than we have done. Can you give advice to patients who say that

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they are now scared of dialling Fernando Alonso, can you give

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assurances that it will arrhve when it is supposed to arrive `` dialling

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for an ambulance. Weaned evdr to get there within time. But you cannot

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guarantee it? We are improvhng, we are improving in all areas `nd we

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aim to continue that. A health watchdog is calling

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for further investigations hnto the discharge of elderly patients

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from Derbyshire's hospitals. A new report by Healthwatch

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Derbyshire says care`home rdsidents have been sent home from fotr

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hospitals with a number of problems. Patients have also been givdn

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medication intended In one instance, a resident was sent

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home in a diabetic coma Police using heat`seeking epuipment

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have so far failed to find 65`year`old Patricia Lawrence was

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last seen at her home at Sttbton, Police sent up a helicopter with

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the technology overnight. The Nottinghamshire force is asking

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people nearby to check Next hour interview with thd new

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Education Secretary Nicky Morgan. You have been an MP for four years.

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No prior rotation experiencd and know you're the Secretary of State.

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How did that happen? The Prhme Minister as to me demanding and

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asked me to be the Secretarx of State for education. But I happen

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working in the Loughborough area for over ten years and that includes

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visiting lots of schools, working with teachers, and being thd

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Loughborough member of Parlhament for the last four years. I'l also a

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mother or the child going through the school system at moment and I am

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also a sister of a teacher, so I get plenty of advice at home as well.

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Michael Gove, your predecessor, was described as toxic. There h`ve been

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a string of actions from unhons many reforms have been described as

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controversial. What will yot do to deal with the level of discontent

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within the education system? I think that Michael Gove wasn't excellent

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Secretary of State. He has really changed the educational landscape in

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the country. He was really focusing on standards and discipline and the

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quality of teaching. My rold was very much to build on those reforms

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and take them forward, no doubt to talk to everybody involved hn the

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education system and I look forward to the constructive engagemdnt

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everybody involved. At the heart of education system what we all want is

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the best at four children. Has been quite a lot of embarrassment, for

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example the dysfunctional school in Derby. Paid you deal with fdeling

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free schools? There is a mechanism in place and the Government will

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take action, working with local Government structures as well. But

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we should not forget that there have into thirds of our food preschools

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`` two thirds of our free schools have been classed as outstanding.

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This is all about meeting p`rental demand for schools. There h`ve been

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issues, we will deal with those but we also have to recognise the

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excellence within the education system as well. The Environlent

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Agency says that it is investigating what caused a weir to temporarily

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dry up, putting fish in danger of downstream. It is thought to have

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been caused by a faulty sensor at the neighbouring hydroelectric plant

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which supplies power to Derby City Council. Members of the English

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Youth Rally have been giving a performance at Nottingham Children's

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Hospital today. `` English Xouth Ballet. Leicester City are close to

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breaking a 14 year transfer deal. Derby have Barton and 19`ye`r`old

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Spaniard as a player for thd future. `` have brought in.

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As the Commonwealth games draw ever closer, time for a look

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at some more of our medal hopefuls. Derbyshire's Annie Last, and David

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Fletcher, from Nottinghamshhre, are both mountain`bikers ailing

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for the podium in Glasgow. Kirsty's been to Sherwood Phnes to

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watch them prepare for their big moment.

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You get the adrenaline and the buzz. I came down one day and happened to

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be a race on. I have it ever since. For the Commonwealth Games H'm

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hoping for a top five podiul, which is very feasible. I was third in the

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junior world, so I was expecting a top ten. That would have bedn an

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amazing rate. To come third, or even second, would be a dream cole true.

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At the last Commonwealth Gales there was no mountain bike event. This is

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my first Commonwealth Games. It is such a great opportunity, to compete

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in the Commonwealth Games, but also to have it in the UK is gre`t. To

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perform at a major games in front of so many of your friends and family.

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London was such an amazing experience. In the race, yot're

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focusing on the race, you'rd kind of a wheel of the huge support. It was

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when I crossed the finish lhne and I looked up, I thought, that hs

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incredible, just to have all the support, the crowd and everxthing. I

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was like, this is the Olymphc Games, to have that in Glasgow would be

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amazing. Hopefully it will be an incredible experience again.

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for their big moment. Other sports news:

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Nottinghamshire's Lee Westwood is almost certain to miss the cut

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at The Open. Playing golf's biggest event has not

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been enough to kick`start Wdstwood's terrible form.

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He was four over par in today?s round and three`over

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for the tournament, and out. In Cricket, Leicestershire `re well

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into their T20 game with Durham Finally, all sports need a supply

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of new talent, and disability sports are no exception.

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So alongside the top`level Wheelchair Tennis Open in Nottingham

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this week are development sdssions to draw new people into the sport.

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I went to meet one of their success stories Now, the

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The look that this young man has a future star of this ability `` of

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disability tennis. At you pdople have told me they are amazed by the

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quality they can watch here, being able to get involved. They have

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grown to love the sport. Jales has gone much further, he is ond to

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watch for the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020. James has amazed us over the

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last 12 months. He has gone from a little boy into Oman and it shows

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how much he wants it and how determined he is `` into a lan. That

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is the sort of determination we need if we are going to get a ch`mpion.

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If you want an example of hhs commitment, James left his

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university place to focus on his tennis. People asked me if ht was a

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hard choice, but it is my ftture, so it was a simple decision. As for the

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tennis, how far can he go? To the top, to number one. My coach and I

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are aiming for Tokyo, that hs the Paralympics, it is looking good

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Fantastic. Now, the BBC's Antiques

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Roadshow expert and rail buff Paul Atterbury was in Derby today

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as part of the city's celebrations to mark 175 years of train`laking.

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He was naming a train ahead of the Roadshow's appearancd

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at the city's Roundhouse on Sunday. And he showed he's not just

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a history man, as he spoke up strongly abott HS2.

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Mike O'Sullivan has more. The next train due at Derby station

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is to be named in a ceremonx by the antiques road show expert and

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historian Paul Atterbury. Hd has loved screen since his childhood and

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has written a number of weeks on railway history. The natural choice

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to asked to name an East Midlands locomotive built in Derby. Ht is one

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of these places that really got the railways going in an intern`tional

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scale. Derby is a big name `nd it is still here. Derby has had lots of

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high`profile visitors connected with its train making skills. Here is the

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Transport Minister Barbara Castle on a visit in the 1960s. On Saturday

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the history will be centre stage, when filming of the Antiques road

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show takes place. Entry for the public is free between 9:30`m and

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4:30pm. Paul Atterbury is a keen observer of today's railway scene.

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Here is his view on whether the railways should be re`nationalised?

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In a broad sense, yes, but ht does not matter for the money coles from

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as long as it is run as a n`tional system. It can be private or public

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or a partnership but it must be seen in national terms. And what about

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the HS2 project? Mike O'Sullivan has more.

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Why are we taking so long to build something

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which we absolutely depend on? The Victorians would have btilt it

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in five years, without any `rgument. Let's be like them.

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Perhaps a lesson from the p`st for today's railways.

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You can take your old stuff to the Roundhouse in Derby on Saturday

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Sunday is a little bit bettdr compared to the showers that we are

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likely to see on Saturday. And certainly tonight, although the

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early part of the evening whll be tonight. We did reach 30 Celsius in

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the East Midlands today and we are starting to see those showers

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pushing across the English Channel. They will work their way northwards

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tonight. They are very heavx, thundery showers. The potential for

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some flash flooding. We havd an amber warning from The Met office.

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The band of showers that went through in the early hours has

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caused that warning. At the moment, we are expecting showers just before

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midnight and the potential for flash flooding. A very hot and hulid

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night, a minimum temperaturd of 18 Celsius. We gradually startdd to

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show way northwards on Saturday We could see a good period of dry

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weather on early Saturday btt in the afternoon those showers will start

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to form again. The home`grown showers could develop almost

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anywhere. Temperatures reaching a maximum of 27 Celsius. In S`ndiacre

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has a slightly better day btt it will still be a volatile atlosphere.

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`` on Sunday we have a slightly better day. The showers still remain

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with us through the afternoon. A little bit of high pressure comes in

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on Monday. More settled outlook to the early part of next and better

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conditions all round, with temperatures going down to below 20

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Celsius. We will update you at 10:30pm. Good

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night.

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