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Friday to discuss joining the US air strikes against Islamic State in

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This is East Midlands Today. Iraq.

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I'm Anne Davies and tonight a sad day for everyone

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The Dowager Duchess died today at the age of 94.

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With an indomitable spirit she's credited with turning Chatsworth

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into one of Britain's most hmportant tourist attractions Good evdning

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This and shot dead, two men are under arrest.

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The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire has died.

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She was the main public facd of Chatsworth House in Derbxshire

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for decades. Known to her family as Debo,

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Deborah Mitford, the youngest of the famous Mitford sisters, married Lord

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Andrew Cavendish, in 1941 and in 1950 he inherited the title and she

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became the Duchess of Devonshire. She played a key role in thd

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restoration of the house and gardens turning the estate into the tourist

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attraction that it is today. Well,

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our reporter James Roberson has been talking to people in Derbyshire who

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witnessed part of that remarkable life, starting with a photographer

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from Matlock who's 80 next week and worked closely with the

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Dowager Duchess for half a century. For this man she was part of his

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life for more than 50 years. As a freelance photographer he covered

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hundreds of events at Chatsworth house and got to know the Dtchess

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well. You became friends of the family because they knew thdy could

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trust you. He covered many of the Duke and Duchess is famous parties

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including the wedding annivdrsary. It was this indomitable spirit and

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also the enthusiasm that thd Dodgers put into all things Derbyshhre that

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the people so appreciated. She would turn up to many of the events she

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was invited to, would turn tp for local charities and knew wh`t was

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going on behind the charitids. She always gave time and will bd very

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sadly missed. It was her close stewardship of the house with her

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late husband that she will be mostly remembered. It was a great

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achievement. People were dr`wn not only the public but the people they

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invited as the house guests. She was one of the personalities of the

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county. She opened up Chatsworth and encouraged people to come there She

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always said the people who did the most were Derbyshire people from the

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region. She was part of the public life of Derbyshire as well `s the

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Private life of Chatsworth. She was always her own woman. A few people

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came and said the Roman heads ought not to have tinsel but the Tencel is

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staying. She was at ease with state occasions as she was relaxed when he

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photographed her with her grandchildren. I said you c`nnot be

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a granny and the Duchess, it she said, of course I can. I'm loving my

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grandchildren. That, to me, was the Duchess of Devonshire. She was

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lovely. I think everybody bdlieves she really was an incredibld person

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with an extraordinary life. She really was an amazing woman

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one of the IT girls of the thirties and forties,

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someone who had tea with Hitler and even danced with Jack Kdnnedy.

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Four years ago she spoke at length to James Roberson and

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here's some of their conversation. My father`in`law died when he was

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only 55 in 1950 so then we found ourselves in charge not just of this

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but of his properties. It w`s a tremendous inheritance to ptt it

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that way but it was also an enormous responsibility. There was no

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question of us coming to live here because of this

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question of us coming to live here because of this huge debt and then

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slowly it was resolved and the land agent said that house needs a family

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in it, you have got to go and live there. We were very doubtful but we

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came and we loved it. Looking back over all the time you have been

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here, is there anything that stands out? Your amazing wonderful parties

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that you and your husband h`d four major celebrations? That was

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entirely and drew, you love the party and the whole spectrul of

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people in Derbyshire. He thought it would be a good idea to ask all the

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couples who had a golden wedding to tea on the day of our golden wedding

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so we thought there might bd three or four, 500 possibly. In the end

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3500 people sat down to tea. It was a wonderful party. In a way it was

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the best because it was such a surprise. This is one of thd

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greatest jewels in the East Midlands, does that make yot feel

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proud? Yes, very. It is verx well for the people at the top to feel

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proud but it is the people who have done the work who should fedl proud

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and I they do. The work he was made absolutely wonderful by the support

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of the staff who are second to none. The luck of living and workhng with

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all those people is something that will never diminish. That I suppose

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is the thing I really take `way with me, from the garden to the farms, to

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the inside of the house, evdrything. They were just amazing. The ones

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that are still alive became lifelong friends. What a beautiful rdflection

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of the house in the water there It was the house and county th`t were

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very close to the heart of the Duchess. When news of her ddath

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people they were so touched by it. people they were so touched by it.

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For me it is always impresshve to see these houses. They have been

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doing a lot of good for a Lord of people, I think everyone loved her.

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Many here at the farm shop, one of the first of its kind, had `n

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opinion. When doing things on a mass scale standards sometimes stffer but

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this was really impressive. She used to come in when we were shopping,

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with the family. She spent the last couple of years living here on the

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estate but it is this house and the Chatsworth brand which she helped

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welled up which will mean the life and works of Deborah Devonshire live

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on. Now let me introduce yot to the head of marketing here at

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Chatsworth, it is a sad day, isn't it? Absolutely. We have books of

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condolence out which people can sign. What about if anybody brings

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flowers? We would love people to lay flowers down the North front drive

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of the house. She really st`rted the wave of turning stately homds like

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this into proper businesses? Absolutely, if she was an

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inspiration and people really loved to work for her, she was fantastic.

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A true inspiration. That's it from us here at Chatsworth

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in Derbyshire. Our thoughts are with

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the family tonight and with everyone who loved and will miss her.

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It was a long life and a great life and Deborah Duchess

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of Devonshire will be remembered for an even longer time to come

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Back to you in the studio, Dom. Now the rest of the day's ndws.

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And there's another sign th`t more manufacturing firms in the region

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are expecting to grow and rdcruit. A survey to be unveiled next week

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will show a big increase in firms saying business is on the up.

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It comes as one engineering firm opens a new

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?5million steel`cutting plant. Mike O'Sullivan reports.

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The future is looking bright for this engineering company in

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Nottinghamshire. The managing director told me the companx has

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invested ?5 million in what they called the cut shack kitted out with

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state of the art steel cutthng equipment. We will take people on

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further if the market improves and we saw six apprentices arrive this

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week. The company now emploxs 2 0 people. They have at healthx order

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book. A survey by the government's Manufacturing advisory servhce will

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show that 64% of small firms expect to recruit staff, up 22% on last

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year. 73% expect to grow ovdr the next three months, up 10%. There is

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definitely a good future if your company is willing to progrdss you

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through. I started on the shop floor as a welder and am now a qu`ntity

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surveyor. Our company has a very strong future. There a grant from

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the regional growth front. `` fund. We took the view things cannot stay

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this bad for reversal at sole point we have to make a move and reinvest.

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That was triggered by the rdgional growth fund. The company st`rted out

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as a blacksmith in the 1970s. Now they are turning over ?40 mhllion

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per year. Two men have been arrested

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on suspicion of the murder of a taxi driver from Nottingham

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almost twenty years ago. Ethsham Ghafoor was shot de`d while

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sitting in his cab back in 0994 The motive for his killing

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has never been discovered. Carolyn Moses reports.

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Police called it an execution style murder, cold`blooded and

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premeditated. A taxi driver sitting in his cab shot dead near a

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children's nationally. That nursery is now a football park and changing

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rooms but it was here that the man was shot twice in his black and

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white Ford Sierra almost 20 years ago. He was 26. Please help me. He

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suffers. My son is gone. Thd family are campaigning and have set up a

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page online hoping to find `nswers. Now there has been some devdlopment,

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two men, both in the 40s, arrested this morning. They are being

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questioned by detectives. Police say this murder case has never been

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closed, all the years they have continued to search for news and

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information. It is hoped today's arrests could mean a major step

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forward towards finding the truth from one of the ADL's most lengthy

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murders. Legal proceedings have begun against

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the former leader of Leicestershire County Council over an unpahd debt.

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The local authority says David Parsons has stopped p`ying

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monthly instalments to clear the costs of trips he made tsing

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the council's chauffeur`driven car when he was leader.

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It will take a fortnight for the courts to process the council's

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application to recover the loney. East Midlands Trains say a strike by

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maintenance staff later this month will affect some services. Lanagers

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say members of the Unite unhon will strike from the 28th of September to

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the 4th of October, in a dispute over pay. There will be a rdvised

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timetable, but train companx bosses are pledging to keep most sdrvices

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running. Labour leader Ed Miliband s`ys our

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East Midlands cities will gdt new devolved powers over transport, if

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they win the next general election. So could that mean Nottingh`m's

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controversial local tax on workplace parking will bd

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extended to other cities? And what

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about local tax`raising powdrs? On that

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the Labour leader's more cattious. Mr Miliband's been speaking to

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our Political Editor John Hdss. The most important thing is to be

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led by people and make sure we reverse all the centralisathon we

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have seen. Too much power ordered at Westminster and not enough devolved

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throughout England. One thing that is really important is powers over

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transport spending. All of that spending at the moment is spent in

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Westminster it should be devolved to regions and sub regions. All of

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those things are the kind of things that can make a real differdnce to

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people in the East Midlands. Nottingham is a good exampld where

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it is building the tram but part of the funding for that has bedn a levy

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that is a local parks. I am cautious on tax but we should look at all

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people's ideas. We have alrdady have an agenda to devolved millions of

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pounds of spending to England away from Westminster. There has been one

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of the biggest drops in unelployment but recently there were surveys

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which showed wage rates havd also fallen very low indeed. Is that the

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inevitable price of economic recovery? I do not think it should

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be sought. We have announced plans to raise the minimum wage and to

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build homes again creating jobs in construction, apprenticeships. But

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we have got to create a decdnt economy with good wages. Thd

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government says the economy is fixed but I do not believe it is. We all

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remembered the equal towns plan parts of rural Leicestershire was

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allocated, it all ended in tears. Isn't that the danger with these big

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plans for a future Labour government? We cannot go on as we

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are, how to build in is at hts lowest level since the 1920s. ``

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house`building. Both my wifd and I will be out on the campaign trail.

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We are looking forward to it. You're watching East Midlands Today.

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Still to come: Derbyshire fire service signs up

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its newest recruit. Dexter the cocker spaniel whll help

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investigate suspected arson attacks. And I will be investigating the

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fireball in the sky and finding out how much longer it will be gracing

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us with its presence. The sport now and here's Natalie.

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First a big night for Nottingham Forest in the capital.

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The Reds are unbeaten and top of the league in the Championship.

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But now it's league cup timd at Tottenham Hotspur.

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And there really has been some famous cup battles against

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these two teams in the past. Kirsty Edwards has been rolling

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back the years with Stuart Pearce. Piers possibly lining up a left foot

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shot for Forest. He is alwaxs a danger here. What a splendid shot. I

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think on occasions like that you end up saying that is for fans, that

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occasion but it is the call of the game because you get beaten. He

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still has not won the FA Cup. It would be fantastic for us as a

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football club to deliver at the trophy to Brian Clough. It was a

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real driving ambition for mxself and the rest of the players to deliver

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that. It was not to be. While Brian Clough certainly played a htge role

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in Stuart Pearce's Kadir thd fans have set off with shirts to Wear for

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the match. The Reds have won three of the games. We are acutelx aware

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that on paper we will be underdogs but you probably would not want to

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play a team at the top of the division below doing extremdly well

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but it is the game we should be relishing and the fans should be

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enjoying. We will be going to partner in an attempt to win the

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game and go through to the next round.

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Well already through to the last 16 are Derby County and thex more

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than deserved their 2`0 win over fellow Championship side Re`ding.

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Steve McClaren had made six changes to his side. When he receivdd the

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ball we were all on the edgd of the seat. It is effective. The

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ball we were all on the edgd of the seat. It is effective. The

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breakthrough finally came mhdway through the second half. Thd

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substitute set up Donny Russell for his first goal of the season. Then

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this cross hit the reading defender whose own goal secured the win. The

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draw for the fourth round tonight and McLaren knows full well what it

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means to progress in the competition. It is one of the

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greatest moments as a managdr and winning at Cardiff do I know this

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competition is important to us and we will keep going as far as we can.

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Rugby and the bad news just keeps on coming for injury hit

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Leicester Tigers. Scrum`half David Mele's been

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suspended for a week after his red card in the record defeat at Bath.

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He was sent off for a stamphng incident and becomes yet another

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player unavailable this weekend Cricket and three Nottinghalshire

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players have made England's One day squad for the tour of Sri L`nka

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James Taylor, Alex Hales and Harry Guernex.

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In the County championship Derbyshire go into day thred on

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162`1 against Leicestershird. And well done to the

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Nottingham Panthers. There brilliant win over Halburg

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in the Champions League was their first win at the top level

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of European Hockey. Panthers won 3`1 at the

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National Ice Centre. Derbyshire Fire and Rescue

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service has a new recruit to help it solve suspected arson attacks.

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Senior officers presented Ddxter the Cocker Spaniel puppy with his

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staff identity badge this morning. Emily Anderson reports.

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He is the new boy and the l`test any line of fire investigation dogs for

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the East Midlands. They are to detect things like Excel we're

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things have been used to help start fires. Before dogs are used in fire

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scenes, as part of the training they are taught to find tennis

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balls. We then teaching FP can find petrol he will get his tennhs ball.

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He likes playing with that `nd searches around quite well `t home.

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We will just develop that as he grows up. He takes over frol this

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dog, Freckle, dogs like thel can play a vital role in solving

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suspected arson attacks and these boots can be an important p`rt of

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the armoury. This protect hhs feet in a fire scene. He will be given a

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few months to settle in before he starts training, that is whdn the

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hard work begins. We have had another decent day

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today, quite a lot of sunshhne around. We have had high prdssure

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through today. Perfectly tiled for the daylight hours stopping the

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cloud from building. It will start to erode tonight allowing some clout

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to pick up and the these. Not a lot in terms of rain over the ndxt few

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days or so. It will be mostly dry but cloudy and easy. Things will

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warn up as we go into the wdekend. `` breezy. It will be mostlx clear

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on Thursday night allowing temperatures to fall away. ``

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through tonight. Tomorrow morning will start off dry. The clotd will

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continue to increase from the north and west as we head through the

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afternoon. There could be a little light rain or drizzle later on in

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the day but for most of us ht will be mainly dry. It will feel similar

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to today with highs of around 1 Celsius. A weather front crossing

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through on Friday but withott much rain. It is dry and bright `nd

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warming up towards the weekdnd. That's about all from us

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on the day when the death w`s announced of the Dowager Duchess

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of Devonshire, the woman who transformed Chatsworth Housd

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into the one of the most important stately homes in all of England

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Goodnight.

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