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Hello and welcome to Look East. the programme tonight: The £91

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Preparing for strike action: Fire crews plan to walk out tomorrow

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Preparing for strike action: Fire there's a promise that emergency

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Back to her roots — England's Ashes winning captain returns to where it

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all started And land at any airport Cambridge. And land at any airport

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Good evening. It's been twenty years in the planning, three years in

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Good evening. It's been twenty years making but tomorrow the guided

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busway between Luton and Dunstable will open to the public for the

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first time. This is the main route which is just over six miles long

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stretching from Houghton Regis to Luton town centre. Almost five miles

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is a concrete guide—way running along the old railway line. It will

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link up to four routes for onward travel. The project has cost over

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ninety million pounds. And it's rebuilding of six bridges and the

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construction of three more. It's the second longest busway in the world

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after the Cambridge route. Luton Council says more than 125,000

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people live within walking distance of a bus stop. Neil Bradford got to

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They have been waiting for this of a bus stop. Neil Bradford got to

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two decades, those who planned the busway say it opens opportunities.

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Today, it was a dummy run but it is hoped thousands will use this to

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travel between Luton, Dunstable hoped thousands will use this to

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Halton Regis. The project is five months late and half £1 million

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Halton Regis. The project is five budget. Transport Minister Norman

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Baker insists it is money well The evidence from elsewhere is

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The busway is promising the juiced journey times, Dunstable to Luton

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will take less than 15 minutes, passengers travelling between the

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towns are used to journeys of three looking forward to putting it to the

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I will give it a go, I hope it will Sometimes I get delayed and late to

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work. I think it will be much easier Not stopping as much, straight

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Faster journeys are only one aim of between the council and Central

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Bedfordshire, both believe it will bring economic benefits to their

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We are attracting new businesses to Dunstable, a speculative warehouse

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and office project and we are taking the steps to open us up to the

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The busway was a consideration. the steps to open us up to the

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Luton busway may have critics but those behind the scheme point to the

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success of Cambridge, with the first passenger services starting in the

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morning, only time will tell if success can be repeated here. And

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with just a matter of hours now before the public put that service

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I spoke to Councillor Dave Taylor from Luton Borough council and asked

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because that is the first passenger day and today has been an ecstatic

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official opening today and thanks to the minister of transport for coming

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to open it and it was a fantastic experience and we appreciated the

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speed and efficiency and quality and It has been a long time coming and

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you are running five months over We have but it is well worth waiting

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for. We waited 20 years for this day so if you months would not make

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for. We waited 20 years for this day Let's talk about the money, a cost

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of over £90 million, we have had the multi—million pound dispute over the

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Cambridge guided busway, are you confident this is value for money?

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Yes, we have learned lessons from that and the value for money is

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Yes, we have learned lessons from major capital project like this

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Yes, we have learned lessons from is only half £1 million over budget

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period, it is great. We know with increased bus patronage of twin

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Luton, Dunstable and the airport. When they see the quality of the

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service and the speed there will be How are you going to measure the

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success of this project, is it numbers of people, is it taking

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Yes, it will be passenger numbers. Not only are investment but the

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investment by the bus companies Not only are investment but the

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brand—new stock and I don't think they would take chances in spending

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enterprise and have invested heavily in new buses and they want the

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OK, thank you. Firefighters across East Anglia say they've been given

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no option but to walk out on strike government changes to firefighter

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pensions. The fire service however has guaranteed emergency cover will

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A fire on a farm near Peterborough today. Incidents like this could

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stretch the service during the strike, a dispute over pensions

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stretch the service during the a government proposal to raise the

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retirement age to 60. The union a government proposal to raise the

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most firefighters would not be fit There is a concern for public safety

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and firefighter safety. These people will be coming out the fires and

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rescuing fires and then needs to be certain fitness standards, the

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firefighters have to achieve. The majority would have concerns if

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individuals in their late 50s are between the Fire Brigades union

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individuals in their late 50s are the government. There could be

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hundreds of firefighters taking the government. There could be

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in Northampton, Cambridge, Bedford and Harford. During the last strike

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ten years ago, Green goddesses were brought in to provide cover. Those

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vehicles have since been sold. The strike is Judas that tomorrow. The

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firefighters will work out of their stations at noon and stay out until

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4pm. During that time, the other fire services have a legal Judy

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4pm. During that time, the other provide emergency cover so they

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4pm. During that time, the other been putting contingency plans in

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The management team are experienced officers and they will be riding

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appliances. They are experienced officers, not as good as the current

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crew on the front line because they do not do it every day but they

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crew on the front line because they Other fire services in the region

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say they will call in part—time operating below strength. They are

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urging people to take extra care to avoid accidents and fires. The

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proposed new pension scheme is generous, say the government. The

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so—called "mega—airport" would be too expensive and disruptive..

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According to Essex County Council. Its views are contained in a report

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submitted today to a Government commission on the future of UK

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A misty morning at Stansted and another round in the long and bitter

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fight over the airports future. commission on aviation led by this

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man, a businessman. The commission is looking at whether the UK needs

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more runway is but if it does wear We will be assessing the business

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plans, assessing the environmental implications, all of the things

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plans, assessing the environmental need to do when you put forward

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planning proposals for runways or a The commission received a plea from

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Essex, the council is urging the commission not to suggest Stansted

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becomes a multi—runway super hub airport with flights across the

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world. It says that be too costly and unacceptable to the council

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world. It says that be too costly Stansted airport is running at half

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of its capacity on one runway. Stansted airport is running at half

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million passengers per year, it Stansted airport is running at half

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Manchester airport group themselves agree it has the ability to take

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long—haul flights and passenger The council believes Heathrow is the

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best place for a new runway and The council believes Heathrow is the

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report said if Heathrow remains open, proposals that assumed the

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establishment of a giant rival super hub elsewhere would be unviable

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establishment of a giant rival super unsustainable. Many passengers at

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Stansted thought a biggest and stood It would be good and good business

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I do not live near Stansted. For the people around here it would be a

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As the country gets more populated we will need transport to get in and

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community thing more runways at Stansted would boost the economy.

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Ultimately, an extended airport Stansted would boost the economy.

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Stansted would mean more jobs, The county council's view is use the

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existing runway for flights but The county council's view is use the

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A robot that helps surgeons with key hole surgery has been used for the

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first time to remove a cancerous lung tumour. The operation took

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place at Papworth Hospital and the patient was able to go home after

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Brian Reedman is on the road to patient was able to go home after

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remarkable quick recovery after patient was able to go home after

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It was a big relief, when I came have had keyhole and not the big

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operation. Yes, it was very very It is the first time this rib attic

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telescope device has been used to remove a lunchroom at —— robotic

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The telescope gets knocked and gets material and part of that is because

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we have a systems —— assistants material and part of that is because

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are inexperienced or have not worked before. The robot telescope puts the

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image under the control of the The success of the lung operation

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could see the system rolled out across Britain. People as far away

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as Birmingham are now believed to be affected by a fire.. That took out

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Northamptonshire. The fire started in a tile business in Blisworth

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Northamptonshire. The fire started Friday. It then spread to nearby

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internet communications equipment. Customers from 16 telephone exchange

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areas have been affected. Engineers have faced problems gaining access

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to the buildings because of safety concerns. BT says it's continuing to

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look for ways to restore service. In cricket Northamptonshire took a

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big step towards promotion from Championship as they bowled out

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Worcestershire for 163. That gave them three of the five points they

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need to guarantee promotion. A score of more than 250 tomorrow will now

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very long time. The lifeboat station at Southend is officially the

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busiest in Britain. New figures from the RNLI show that 'call outs' have

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increased by 30 per cent this summer. Still to come, we will be

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chatting to Charlotte Edwards, captain of the England cricket team.

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How you can land a passenger jet anywhere in the world without

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leaving Cambridge. As you may have seen, the Labour leader Ed Miliband

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has promised to freeze energy prices for homes and businesses if he

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becomes prime minister in 2015. But before he gets the keys to Downing

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Street, Mr Miliband must win over large swathes of our region. Here's

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the challenge: As you can see Labour has very little representation at

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all. On all of these district authorities Labour has no

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councillors and if you include those councils where Labour has just one

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seat you can see the party has a lot of work to do. One activist from

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Norfolk has set up a campaign to persuade the party to adopt a rural

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manifesto to make Labour more electable in the countryside. A

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couple of weeks ago, trade unions and members of the Labour Party

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gathered in Norfolk to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the were

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local strike. It was the longest ever industrial dispute, at a time

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when the Labour movement were strong in the countryside. Over the last

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seven years, —— 70 years, Labour's influence has declined. Jack is

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trying to change that. He is leading a campaign for Labour to have a

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romantic though. It is about being adaptable. —— rural manifesto. It is

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not one size fits all. It is about making something that is specific

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for Norfolk. Something specific for Suffolk. Something specific for

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Anglesey. That is what the manifesto does and it is something Labour has

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not done. A shortage of affordable homes, Prue Communications, the

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importance of farming. Things Labour talks about, but the rest of ——

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message does not resonate in the countryside. —— bad communication.

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Campaigners say Labour does not appear to understand the

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countryside, believing people who live here to be well off. It would

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be very nice if one nation Labour did not stop at the city limits.

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Jack cannot afford to get to the party conference this week but his

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paper is being spoken about a lot. Can Labour find a way to refine the

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message and show that they care about the countryside? I absolutely

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believe Labour can be the party of the countryside. It may not be

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relevant but if you think in the police and crime Commissioner

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campaign we were not just winning in places like Ipswich but places like

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Dunwich. We should be inspired and think that there are votes in these

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communities. 200 new councillors have been elected for Labour in the

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East but nearly all of them have been in urban areas. None of the

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target seats are in the countryside. Labour believes it has

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the policies but needs to find a way of getting the message of cross ——

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across. Pig farmers in this region have won a new ally today in the

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shape of Joanna Lumley. She has been full of praise for the way they care

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for their animals. Nearly a third of the country's pork is produced here

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in the East of England. But the industry is being undercut by

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producers in Europe who are still using illegal methods of rearing

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pigs. Joanna Lumley says it's time they were prosecuted. Compassionate

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farming says this privilege, shot in Europe, shows a blatant disregard

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for regulations. From this year, the tethering of pregnant pigs was

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outlawed. It is footage which infuriates Jimmy Butler, who farms

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free range pigs on the Suffolk coast. All of East Anglia's pig

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farmers have had to comply with ethical rules since 1999. The rest

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of Europe was given ten years, they have ignored it. Now there is nine

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countries out of 15, nine of them are not compliant. Why are we still

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importing from those countries? I struggle to understand. Today in

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Brussels, Joanna Lumley backed the campaign exposing the scale of the

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problem. Countries breaking the law include Germany and Denmark. The Mac

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I condemn those who give animals freedom. The ones who are getting

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away with it deserve to have the law come down like them on a tonne of

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bricks if it was is, the papers would be agreed. They agree that

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they should be prosecuted and fined. People should act with their wallets

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and by British produce until we can make sure the rest of Europe is

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compliant. European Commission has launched proceedings but the wheels

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are turning slowly. Farmers like Jimmy Butler are deeply frustrated

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by what he sees as double standards. Summer 2013 will go down as one of

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the best for English cricket: Essex batsman Alastair Cook led his side

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to victory in the Ashes and Charlotte Edwards from

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Cambridgeshire completed the double as captain of the women's team which

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also beat the Australians. This afternoon, Charlotte returned to her

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roots in Ramsey, taking part in a children's coaching session. And, of

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course, showing off that famous trophy. I'm delighted to say we can

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link up with Charlotte now. A great year for you and I think you have

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the trophy there with you. Let's have a closer look. It is obviously

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great to bring the trophy back home tonight. This is somewhere with fond

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memories for me. Charlotte, you don't call that the Ashes, do you?

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Yes, we do. We have a slightly different format, played over three

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formats, and this is the first time it has been played this summer, and

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this is the lovely new trophy. You played a test match, then some other

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formats, and you got points for all of those. It was quite close until

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the end, wasn't it? Yes, the scoreline probably does not suggest

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how close it was. It was 12—4 in the end. It was three or four weeks ago

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that we did the test, and we finally got to lift this trophy in Durham. I

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bet you got a great reception. You have been for quite a few years.

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These still enjoy it as much? Summer's a very special time, and

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ones like this are very special. I am very proud of what the team has

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achieved and it is great to bring this trophy back. If that is getting

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heavy feel free to get somebody to take it off you. It has been... I

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remember watching you in previous years and you were living on your

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nerves. Was it as nerve wracking this year? Yes, I have looked back

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on some of the footage and it is quite embarrassing how nervous I was

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but that is how much it means to us as players to win this trophy and to

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beat the stray Leah and obviously, the guys did fantastically well. To

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double that up has made it a great summer for English cricket. Another

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thing that is important for you is to encourage young girls into sport.

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I'm sure that success like that will help. It is just as important,

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inspiring girls to play cricket. There looks to be a lot of girls up

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here tonight, which probably ten years ago you would not see. It is

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great to come back and see that and hopefully that is happening across

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the country and East Anglia, which is very close to my heart.

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Congratulations. That Alastair Cook for new? —— has Alastair Cook called

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you? Not a phone call, I saw him a few weeks ago and they all said well

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done. They did a great job themselves. Thank you for being with

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us. Thank you very much. Starting this week trainee airline pilots

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will be able to take off — and land — at any airport in the world

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without leaving Cambridge. Marshalls Aerospace has set up a new pilots'

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academy to train the airline pilots of the future. The unit houses the

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most advanced flight simulator of its kind. It will provide trainees

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with the most realistic experience available. But it doesn't come cheap

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— an hour in the seat will cost you £400.

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Final approach into Stansted Airport, but it could be Salzburg or

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Salt Lake City. This simulator can put you anywhere in the world at any

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time of day. This is the latest generation Boeing 747. It is the

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sort of airliner you would be flying with your family on holiday. This is

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the same as a Boeing 737 so you could do your training in this and

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come straight out of the aircraft. Simulators are a serious investment

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and this is the most advanced of its type in the UK. It cost around £2

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million to buy and on hour in either seat will set you back £400. Since

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the simulator has been here, pilots like grip here have used it for

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refresher training. Now the company is taking it to the next level by

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training up new pilots. The number of pilots operating within Europe

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will double over the next 20 years. That means we can do a lot here.

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Cambridge is an ideal location with the proximity to Stansted and Luton

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and direct flights into Cambridge airport. Lots of students come from

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overseas. It is ideal for us. Two companies already use the simulator.

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Now the Academy will see companies from all over Europe progress with

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the likes of easyJet, Ryanair and Thompson. Like the plane it

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represents, this simulator is something of a workhorse. In use 16

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hours a day, seven days a week, it can be called upon to fly to any one

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of 24,000 airports around the world. But come January the fleet will

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double in size. They will have a different simulator appealing to yet

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more airlines. Business is soaring. I fancy that, but £400 per hour. Can

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I have a shot? Now the weather. Good evening. We have a settled forecast

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this week. It will stay mainly dry but be a little cloudy at times.

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That makes surprise you because we have high pressure across the

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British Isles at the moment. We are close to the high pressure. We have

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had warm air moving up from France. The temperatures have been quite

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reasonable. The detail is going to be the sunshine. Today was a case in

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point. We had missed and fog patches first thing. For some of us,

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sunshine. Overnight, it is going to stay dry. In places, fog patches

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could be dense, but it will remain mild. An expected lower of 12

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Celsius. Tomorrow will be grey and misty in places, and it might linger

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through the morning. We have an onshore breeze around the coast of

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Norfolk. It may stave misty —— remain. There is a chance of it

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breaking up. It will feel warm and the sunshine, 20 degrees. Into the

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afternoon, it is dry, but in some areas it will stay cloudy. Looking

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ahead we have a weather front moving southwards on Thursday full up

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overnight, and it will introduce clearer and cooler air. A better

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chance of sunshine if you do not see it tomorrow. Perhaps the weather

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front might produce light drizzle. On Friday we start rather grey and

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misty. We should see some bright or sunny spells. An area of low

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pressure is moving in. It will bring in an increased risk of showers. It

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will stay relatively mild. That not too bad. I will be playing golf.

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Goodbye.

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