25/01/2017 East Midlands Today


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Now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale.

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First tonight, an estimated 400 school support workers in Derby have

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staged another noisy protest this evening as part of their

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long running dispute with Derby City Council.

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It follows a protest by parents at the city

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They say the strikes are damaging their children s education.

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The dispute between the council and its teaching assistants has gone

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on for more than a year, with some schools forced

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As the disputes between Derby City Council and school

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support staff took a noisier turn today as parents joined the debate.

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We really support the teaching assistants in what they are doing,

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but I think it's really important to also focus on the children, who

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They weren't going to stay outside the council house for their protest,

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which was also supported by teaching assistants.

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The parents are backing the TAs, many of whom have seen their pay cut

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by 25% due to changes to the terms and conditions of their contracts

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brought about by the equal pay review last year.

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But their main concern is their children's education,

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which they say is suffering because of the strikes.

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He doesn't know if he's coming or going.

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He's had so many days off I've lost count.

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We've had to take time off to look after him.

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It was clear who the protesters wanted to speak to -

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They may not have got the chance to speak to Ranjit Banwait,

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but ten parents were invited for a meeting with the cabinet

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member for jobs and employment, Councillor Lisa Eldret.

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Well, I just feel like we're going round in circles a little bit.

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They have agreed to meet us again in two weeks' time.

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Earlier today, our reporter Navtej Johal met with

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Councillor Lisa Eldret from Derby City Council.

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He started by asking her why the authority is holding out

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The reality is that these workers were being paid a full-time wage

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So, if we carry on with that situation, it could have wider

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implications for the authority in terms of other groups of workers

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The risk of that and the potential cost to the authority could be

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huge and, essentially, could bankrupt the authority.

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So we have to look at the bigger picture when we're

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We can't look at the teaching assistants in isolation.

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I don't want to underestimate the impact on that very small number

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of workers within schools, on that 40 who've

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We do recognise that impact, but that is why we have been working

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with schools to try and find a solution and that's why we've

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put a significant offer on the table to Unison,

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?1.1 million, to mitigate that loss and reduce that impact.

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What will it take to bring an end to this dispute?

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The only way we can end this dispute is by Unison

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Continuing industrial action is not going to resolve this dispute.

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Next tonight, the Prince of Wales received a very warm welcome

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He met teenagers, army cadets, and dropped in on one

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of our latest heritage railways at Mountsorrel in Leicestershire.

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But, as James Roberson reports, he also went on walkabout in one

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of Britain's most multi-cultural streets, the busy

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I've just graduated and I've just seen Prince Charles!

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I'm so happy that I'm part of Great Britain,

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Because you feel as if they are part of our family.

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And one of the family took a stroll today down their street.

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He's got a very good sense of humour.

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I adore Her Majesty and, obviously, the Royal family, as well.

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The girls made this cake and decorated it in front

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He said to the girls, "You're a genius".

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Earlier, he'd been at Leicester College,

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where it was all about the teenagers at the heart of the charities

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he set up for them through the Prince's Trust.

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Next stop, a lesson in work being done by the army to strengthen

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relationships with minority and faith groups.

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Back at this Narborough Road hairdressers, started

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through the Prince's Trust, surprise to meet the founder.

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Even the chances of winning the lottery are similar.

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To an enthusiastic welcome, Prince Charles arrived

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chauffeur-driven at the Mountsorrel halt on the little one and a quarter

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But, for once, the Prince was about to turn chauffeur himself.

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He took the controls on the short trip from Mountsorrel to see

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the hundreds more are assembled at Nunkley Hill.

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And I think His Royal Highness really enjoyed it, as well.

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Particularly on the steam train because he actually got

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He could pull off the regulator and away we went.

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And I think the volunteers are just absolutely made up.

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It really is a sort of, you know, the best thank

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you for all their hard work that they could have had.

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The Prince not only met local children, but more of the 120

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volunteers who worked for ten years to restore the line,

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build the stations and car parks, and the heritage centre

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The Prince signed the visitors' book, then unveiled a plaque.

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Next tonight, our sports editor, Natalie Jackson, has gained

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an exclusive interview with the owner of Nottingham

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It's his first since the collapse of the planned takeover

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by an American consortium two weeks ago.

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That breakdown sparked a large protest amongst fans at the weekend.

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Tonight, Al Hasawi said he no longer wants to sell the club.

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He was speaking at his home in London's Mayfair.

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First of all, we heard the Americans would still

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Well, I cannot say why because there is a confidentiality between us.

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I cannot say anything about the deal.

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But you tried to sell the club twice in the last year.

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At the moment, I'm not going to sell the club right now.

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I would like to focus on the club and I would like to build

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a structure for this club and I would like to put

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I know you would tell me, or people will think that I am,

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sorry to say this, lying or just saying things, it's

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But I will let action talk better than words.

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By trying to sell the club, you have left the club as a shell.

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Hardly any people are working there at the moment,

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there is no chief executive, no chief scout.

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There is an interim manager at the moment.

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Why have you let the club get like this?

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I have told you, a year ago I was committed to a buyer

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Every time I was talking with the buyer, I don't

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want to say who they are, I was telling them the club

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You have been at the club four and half years,

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There are two dramatic sales which have fallen through.

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Will you sort out the situation at the club?

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With all respect to the managers of Forest, where are the managers now?

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Putting that aside, you are now near the relegation zone.

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You are now in trouble, you have no structure in the club.

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You have fans protesting in the car park.

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How are you going to win their trust?

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As I told you, there is no structure.

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Now I can tell them, and I promise them, that I will do

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the right thing for Nottingham Forest.

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I don't want them to say, oh, you are always talking like this

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It will happen and you will see action soon.

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Well, if you want to see more of what Forest's owner had to say,

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you can see the full version of Natalie's interview

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with Fawaz Al Hasawi on the BBC Nottingham Sport Facebook page.

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On the pitch tonight, Forest were playing away at Leeds.

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So, it's goodbye from me, but with your weather now, here's Lucy.

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Good evening. Today certainly didn't feel very warm, but tomorrow it will

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feel even cooler. Over to the east, high pressure is in charge having a

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battle with the low pressure to the West. That means cooler air is being

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drawn up on the continent, so it will be very cold moving through

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tonight. Plenty of cloud around. Most of us will stay dry but we

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could see an odd spot of drizzle and the odd flurry of snow. Temperatures

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falling to a low of about -2 tonight. There will be a widespread

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frost and patches of ice on untreated surfaces. I think most of

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us are looking at a cloudy day tomorrow, with some hill fog around.

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The temperature is not up to much with a maximum of one Celsius. It

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will feel colder when we add in the south-easterly breeze, we are

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looking at more like minus five Celsius, so a really cool day

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tomorrow with plenty of cloud around. Just the chance of seeing an

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odd spot of drizzle. Moving into Friday, the wind direction will

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shift slightly, it will become more southerly, and that will make a

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difference with more brightness, but turning increasingly cloudy and the

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chance of some rain. You can see the temperature is recovering as we

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take a look at the Outlook towards the weekend.

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Good evening. If you think it was cold today, for many it will be

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colder still tomorrow. Cold even when we have the sunshine today.

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This was one of the wonderful weather watcher pictures we had sent

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in from Cornwall. It contrasts with a cloudy and foggy eastern half of

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the country, and a bank of cloud. Still foggy, but it is starting to

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lift. It is being pushed north and west, this bank of cloud. That will

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continue through the night. We will still have some fog sitting on the

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hills. Even with the cloud, it will be a cold night, with temperatures

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away from the far north and west falling to

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