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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale.
First tonight, the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has claimed
in the East Midlands that public support is building for Labour -
despite the party trailing far behind the Conservatives
Mr McDonnell was campaigning this afternoon in the Labour target
seat of Derby North, where, in 2015, the Conservative MP
Our political editor Tony Roe was there to meet him.
You could say this was the few for the many -
the few Labour Party members braving the rain, waiting for
the Shadow Chancellor, waiting for a bus which was an hour late.
Yesterday's manifesto launch had nailed Labour's very different
manifesto to the mast and supporters here are happy.
This is a kind of 1945 moment for the people of Britain,
where we could re-establish the welfare state, even in the face
This is a Labour target seat, it had a Tory majority of 41
at the last election, but they believe here,
this seat will be a test for Jeremy Corbyn's politics.
I'm so pleased you've stuck around despite the elements themselves.
Derby is of course a railway city and Labour promise to electrify
the Midland Mainline and nationalise the railways.
Places like Derby, not only will we increase their connectivity,
but in addition to that, Bombardier will be one
of the companies, obviously, that will be providing a lot
of the railway stock that we will be needing in that new system,
so for Derby, I think this manifesto, you could have almost
And the claim also from the Shadow Chancellor about why
The mismanagement of the economy now is affecting all people.
I think that's why Theresa May called the general election.
I think she called it now because she realised
that the economy was on a downward spiral.
Labour don't believe the election will be a damp squib
for the party's fortunes. Things are picking up,
they say, and polls have been wrong in the past.
Well, one of the region's most influential economic organisations
has called for the next government - whoever it is -
The East Midlands Chamber of Commerce says there are vital
decisions to be made on things like broadband, road and rail
spending, the skills shortage and devolution.
Those issues were put to three parliamentary candidates
at a hustings meeting in Derby tonight.
The small talk before the big event at the University of Derby.
The audience grabs a cuppa before three parliamentary candidates begin
the hustings event organised by the East Midlands
This document was the basis for discussion.
As well as Brexit, The Chamber says other things like growth
and devolution, road and rail spending, broadband and other
issues can't be overlooked by whoever gets into power.
There is going to be a lot of work, a lot of talk over the coming months
But this election must be about more than that.
There's a lot of things domestically that we need to be
It's about providing skills, providing the infrastructure,
supporting businesses that want to trade.
If we can get those building blocks right, then I think we'll be OK.
We do not understand why we want to leave the single market
where both other main parties are saying that's
the way we ought to go. We don't think that we should
be splitting ourselves from our nearest large market.
What comes through loud and clear from the business community's
own document is that there is a role they need the state to play in order
for them to be able to prosper as a private business,
a role in terms of infrastructure, skills, support for research
These are exactly the things we're talking about.
So we are very much on the same ground.
One of the things that I think that we do most
effectively is actually, we do support businesses.
I've been knocking on doors, that's why I'm looking so damp today!
I've been knocking on doors all day and people -
SMEs, small businesses - they are saying we are doing
exactly the right thing, that they do have confidence that
a Conservative government is doing the right thing.
They don't want to have a Labour government that destroys that.
Figures out today showed the region's unemployment
The lowest by one measure since 1992.
But The Chamber says, there is still more to be done.
Mike joins me now - Mike, one of the issues brought up
by the Chamber was the importance of devolution to our region.
Well, there's some concern in the business community
that the East Midlands could get left behind if it doesn't have
The Chamber wants to make sure there's a strong business community
voice so that focus isn't lost on this region -
especially for initiatives like the Midlands Engine.
There's research and development money and other funds up for grabs
and the Chamber doesn't want to see that go to areas that
Kehoe process of devolution has stalled because the MPs can't agree,
is there any movement on that? Well, I spoke to Nottinghamshire
County Council tonight, which is now controlled
by a coalition of Conservatives and the Mansfield Independent Forum
after the recent elections. They say they'll now be
meeting with local leaders to discuss devolution
and other regional issues. They also say devolution
is dependent on the direction the new government takes as well.
So it could be back on the cards. And here's a full list of the
candidates standing in Derby North. A man's been killed after being hit
by a train in Nottinghamshire. British Transport Police were called
to the Barton Lane level crossing in Attenborough at around
11.20am this morning. The incident caused disruption
to train services between Nottingham and London, Leicester,
Derby and Newark. Rail Accident Investigators
have started an inquiry. Police in Leicestershire
are continuing to question two men on suspicion of murdering
a 16-year-old girl. Megan Bannister was found
dead after a car crash in Enderby on Sunday.
Detectives say they believe her injuries weren't
caused by the collision. They've been searching homes
in the Braunstone area Two Leicester men - aged 27 and 28 -
have been arrested. Patients evacuated after a fire
at Nottingham City Hospital are unlikely to return
to the ward until tomorrow. They were moved to another part
of the site after what's being described as a small fire
on the maternity unit just after one Nobody was injured, and no other
parts of the hospital were affected. Our cameras have been allowed to see
the work going on at Stanford Hall, the military hospital under
construction that's going to be the country's main rehabilitation
centre for veterans. Our social affairs correspondent,
Jeremy Ball, was invited in to film. And found veterans
helping with the work. This is how Stanford Hall
is being transformed into a place From this vantage point, you can see
how they are restoring the old roof, just one small part of a site that
now employs 700 You can see our heritage contractors
relaying the reclaimed slate. Rich left the army with
post-traumatic stress disorder. He used to build
bases in Afghanistan. Now, he's recruiting other veterans
to help build here at the Defence Whilst it may take a little
bit of time to bring a service leaver up to speed,
service personnel have got discipline and they have those
logistical, planning challenges that they faced on large operations.
They bring leadership. They will be there on time
and they are reliable. There are many ex-forces on this
site, as a result of the draw of what this project
is all about and It means so much because it
will revolutionise rehab treatment for men and women in the forces
who have been wounded. A rehab service that is currently
based at the outdated The replacement they are building
here at Stanford Hall is due to be handed over to the Ministry
of Defence in the What you can see behind me
is going to be everything from complex trauma wards
to hydrotherapy pools. And accommodation for up to 300
injured service personnel. And from the air, a bird's eye view
that shows just how vast it is and how rapidly the grounds
of Stanford Hall have been This must be the biggest
construction project in the East Midlands at the moment.
This wasn't here the last time you came.
So this will be a new addition. This is one of the gymnasiums
where most of the rehabilitation will take place.
It is a massive challenge. This is four times
the size of Headley Court. We've got 20 odd separate
individual buildings, hence the reason why we've got six
tower cranes and two mobile cranes to actually feed the materials
that we need to build in. There is still a lot more work
to do, but when it is finished, they hope this will be a lifeline
for the next 70 to 80 years. Well, we've had our fair share
of wet weather today. Most of us felt a little bit
soggy at some point. Thank you to our weather watcher
for sending in this picture. Now, looking up the charts,
we will continue to have low pressure in charge of the weather
but the frontal system that has brought all the rain is moving out
of the way into the North Sea So looking at the detail overnight
tonight, we will continue to see that rain moving eastwards over
the course of the night. The cloud will start
to move away with it, leaving us with some clear spells
in the early hours and a fresher feel tonight, not quite as humid
and lows of around 8 Celsius. As we go through the course
of the day tomorrow, we'll start on a reasonably bright
note, some sunny spells there. But the cloud will increase over
the course of the day and we are expecting to see some
showers working across Some of those could be heavy
in places and we are expecting highs But again, a fresher and less humid
feel to the weather. So as we go ahead towards Friday,
we'll continue with that regime Variable amounts of cloud
around on Friday and highs of only around 14 Celsius,
so feeling slightly As we look ahead towards
the weekend, we've still got low pressure in charge of the weather
so we are expecting again a mixture of sunshine and showers.
I will leave you with the outlook. That's it from the late team
at East Midlands Today. Next up is the national
forecast with Nick Miller.