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the Good evening and welcome to Look
East on the day that Cambridge, Northampton and Luton get news of
big investment. Money that will affect patients, power and
passengers. We'll bring you all the details and analysis.
And we'll be here later in the programme as the Labour Party launch
their election campaign in Cambridge. What does Ed Miliband
have to say about Europe and the East?
And 106 years' young ` the Land Girls providing the some of the last
living memories of the Great War. Well, it's been a day of major
investment for the region with three big business announcements. First,
Papworth Hospital WILL be relocating to the Addenbrooke's site in
Cambridge ` a move that secures its future at the heart of medical
science. In engineering, work has started today on a brand new factory
for Cosworth boosting the already significant motor industry in
Northamptonshire. And Luton Airport has been given the Government green
light to expand with 5,000 more jobs, an improved terminal and road
system all delivering increased capacity. We'll have special reports
on all three stories for you tonight. But let's start with Luton
where our reporter, Neil Bradford, is now. Neil.
Yes, Luton airport is in its 76th year. It began as a base for
aircraft manufacturing and is now the UK's fifth largest airport. Last
month was its busiest in its history. The expansion plans hope to
double the number of passengers over the next ten years and the airport
says it is a much`needed boost to the local upon a `` economy. Those
opposed state will bring more noise and congestion.
9 million extra passengers and 45,000 extra flights with 5000 new
jobs. The promise of Luton airport expansion. The vision moved a step
closer to reality today after the government gave its approval. We
will be able to increase the size of infrastructure and we think it will
take ten years. It also means we will improve the quality of the
passenger experience. We will have an airport we can really be proud
of. Campaign groups feel they have been ignored. Those living close to
the flight path say they will bear the brunt of increased noise. We won
a problem tree of Beds `` promontory. They land coming in over
towns and villages in Hertfordshire so Luton is owned by Hertfordshire
but Beds gets the pain. The chief executive of Beds chamber of
commerce says those opposed are being short`sighted. There have been
lots of objectives `` objections and all that was taken into
consideration. The government have made the right decision in my view.
The creation of jobs and the investment to help the local economy
can only be very, very good news. We are delighted with the outcome.
Construction is expected to take place in three stages. Airport
managers hoped the first will start by the end of the year.
It does seem like Master of the reaction today `` much of the
reaction today has been positive. But those opposed should not be
underestimated. I have been speaking to a lot of schools today who are
underneath the flight path and they are concerned an increase in flights
will mean more disruption for them. As it is, they sometimes have to
stop lessons and they have to keep windows shut during the summer.
Campaigners say they will continue the fight because these plans have
not been given planning permission just yet.
Thanks Neil. Now, after a long`running campaign and much
speculation over its future, Papworth Hospital is on the move. By
2017 it will be based at the Biomedical Campus in Cambridge next
to Addenbrooke's, creating a hub of medical expertise. The Government
has pledged ?165 million for the move. In a moment, we'll hear from
the hospital's chairman, Professor John Wallwork, about what it means
for patients. First this report from Ben Bland.
This is the sort of hospital you get for ?165 million. A far cry from
Papworth humble beginnings as a colony for two by killer doses
patients. They carried out the first successful heart transplant in the
UK in 1979 but now it is time to look for the future. It wasn't
designed for 21st`century medicine and whilst this sat `` staff are
fantastic, one needs to be closer to other hospital facilities so
patients get full back`up 24 hours a day.
There was a mixed response in the village. Very sad because it is a
wonderful, therapeutic place. It is not a concrete jungle. In a way
there will be less cars that the main road and more room for traffic
to come through the village. I work out there so mixed feelings as to
whether our jobs will go. When built, this site will be Papworth 's
future home near Addenbrooke's Hospital. For patients, it means
single rooms, been close to specialist services and more
capacity to treat more patients. There was talk of Papworth moving to
Peterborough to help the City Hospital that is struggling to meet
payments on its new building. But money is also being borrowed to
build the new Papworth and borrowed `` paid back over 30 years. A lot of
changes had taken place in the way that PFI works to make sure it is
value for money and it is value for money because of the world leading
facility it will create in Cambridge. This move has been talked
about for over ten years. Building work could begin next year with the
hospital in its new home by 2017. Professor John Wallwork is Papworth
Hospital's chairman and joins me now. We had some of the benefits. ``
heard about. What will this mean for patients? Essentially, our patients
will get tomorrow's medicine today. There are incredible research and
education facilities alongside the hospital. There will be new
inventions that there aren't elsewhere and there will be an
opportunity to have diseases treated. When I started, we operate
on younger people but now we operate on people in their 90s. We need to
continue to have closeness to all these other specialties. What about
the staff? You are a former surgeon so what would it have meant to you
if you had the opportunity to work in an environment like this? That is
complex because a hospital or any organisation is the people in it and
not just the shell. But you now need to be close to other forms of
medicine, basic science and engineering and it gives you the
opportunity to develop new ideas and do things faster. The problem with
the hospital is you have to be careful it doesn't become a factory.
It is important to have a place that is both serving patients but also
doing innovation. It will be a busy campus on the edge of a busy city.
Patients might think, am I going to get `` have a nightmare getting
there and parking. That is not my world, although I remember where ``
when I was director of transportation, we all found that.
That is something the city and county have to deal with but I am
not in that world. In the 1980s, you performed Britain's first heart/
lung transplant. I am wondering what you think maybe the next first from
the site? If I knew what it was in terms of care I would probably be
doing it. Many people don't know that within Europe there is no
cardiovascular research centre that is the top ten in the world and we
have an opportunity in Cambridge to be in the top ten in the world for
the whole of Europe and the whole of the UK. Thank you. From medicine to
the motor industry. Work has begun today on a new ?20
million factory for Cosworth Engineering in Northamptonshire. It
will create 70 new jobs as well as 200 more in the supply chain. The
plant will make and assemble engine parts for high performance cars.
Mike Cartwright has this report. In Northampton, building work has
begun on the site of cost worth's new engine factory. Once finished,
the company say it will treble their output and they say the investment
is a commitment to sell `` stay in the town. We have 50 years here and
the local talent pool is part of our history and our DNA. We want to
build a long`standing foundation and this dramatically improves our
ability to do so. Engines for car racing and Formula one and rallying
and high`performance cars... Nearly 300 employed here. Many are
apprentices. You get an earning and an education at the same time. It is
important we have this new factory because it brings in more people and
it keeps the company moving forward. More than half the engines built in
the factory will be for export and within four years they could be
powering cars like this. They already do the electrics and now
they could provide the engine also. Cosworth Engineering say they will
make tens of thousands car components extra every year. With
the emergence of the Formula one team and Silverstone and it puts a
focal point here for being a centre in the world for all of that. The
supply chain that feeds of that is immense. The industry is worth over
?2 billion to the local economy. This year is their 50th. The company
is great and Ed Miliband has been in Cambridge
today to launch his party's European Election campaign. We'll be hearing
from the Labour leader in just a moment. We go to the polls in two
weeks, and most of the region is in the eastern constituency. There are
seven seats up for grabs. As you can see, last time round Labour came
joint bottom of the poll. Our political correspondent Andrew
Sinclair was at today's launch. Hello! The Labour leader is enjoying
himself at the moment. This afternoon, a leisurely walkabout in
the city of Cambridge. Plenty of people wanted to meet him. All the
comments were friendly, if a little insensitive! I've met your brother!
And there were plenty of photo opportunities. Earlier, in someone's
home, a chance to talk about his new policy to crack down on landlords
who charge high rents. Critics point out that Labour is talking a lot
about the cost of living, even though it isn't a European issue.
But Labour is a pro`European party. Its one MEP for the east of England
has been on the doorsteps, talking about the benefits of European
membership. I'm proud of the investment. Many millions. Money for
disabled people, women going back to work, others to improve their job
prospects. That doesn't get talked about but it's what I do as a Labour
MEP. The last Euro elections were in 2009. Labour was very unpopular. But
since then Labour has rebuilt its base in towns like Great Yarmouth,
Norwich and Cambridge. But could its success be dented by this lot? UKIP
has, on the whole, been taking supporters from the Conservatives.
But increasingly, Labour campaigners are telling me they're noticing the
anti`immigration and establishment message is playing well in poor,
working class areas. That's probably why Mr Miliband has started to talk
tough about immigration. He needs to do well in the east and he doesn't
want his success derailed by another party.
I spoke to Ed Miliband in the last hour. I put that point to him that
the party's thunder was being stolen by UKIP. We are fighting a very
positive campaign about what I think is the biggest issue a country
faces, the cost of living crisis. We are talking about freezing energy
bills and making a difference about what I think is a massive issue. We
are seeing something very important to date which is that if you are a
tenant in the private sector, we are going after agents for charging new
fees. `` you fees. I think that shows that Labour is the one party
in these elections talking about the biggest issues. You do talk about
the cost of living, it is important, but these are the European
elections. We are not hearing much about Europe. Is that because you
know that your view on Europe is not very popular? I think it is very
relevant to the cost of living crisis. For example, people have to
make sure that when they come to Britain, we do not find that migrant
workers here are exploited. That is why we have clear proposals on
agency work and were we enforce the minimum wage. `` that we enforce. We
want to tackle the living crisis here at home but also in the
European Union. Europe, the local elections, it is central to our
campaign. UKIP is speaking about Europe. At the top of the agenda. At
the top of the voters agenda as well. 56,000 people came from Europe
here since 2010. There are deep concerns about the infrastructure
not being able to cope. We are not hearing about that. I have talked
about that a lot since I became the leader of the Labour Party. I have
said that I want to set a clear proposals. Many people are concerned
that when people come here and they find that the wages are undercut, we
are doing everything we can to stop that happening. I do not propose
withdrawing from the European Union. The muscle many companies in this
region who rely on it. It would cost jobs. This is a key region for
Labour. You should be doing better in the polls at the moment if you
are going to secure the seat you need? Norwich North for example. You
are not actually addressing the issues that are resonating with the
public. I do not agree but we will see what happens on me the 22nd and
the general election. `` May the 22nd. Childcare is a massive issue
and Labour is saying that 25 hours of free no silly education is
important. `` free education. That is a clear proposal. Zero hours
contract is another massive issue. It is labour that is saying if you
are doing regular hours you should get a regular contract. But members
of your own party are saying that you are not resonating with the
voters. I don't agree with that. When I was in Cambridge today I have
had lots of people coming up to me and saying the key with the agenda
we are putting forward. `` they agree with the agenda. These are so
important to the country. Thank you. And on tomorrow night's programme,
Stewart will be talking to the UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
Let me take you back to 1908. The Penny Post began, Henry Ford
produced the first Model T and Hoover started making the vacuum
cleaner. It was also the year that Cynthia Cook and Eileen Knevett were
born. They're in the same nursing home in Essex and are among the last
remaining people in the country to have lived through two World Wars.
Today they celebrated their 106th birthdays.
Two people from the same care home celebrating 106 years is remarkable.
So are they. They have seen at all, from the First World War to the
World Wide Web. Happy birthday. As a child, Eileen witnessed Zetland is
on fire over London as the crew led to the crew led to their deaths.
Moon landings, coronations of the Queen, John F. Kennedy. She likes
bread and drippings. You used to have ten food that was out of date!
`` tinned food. How she has reached 106 is beyond all of us. They are
looked after by this care company in Clapton. Cynthia did not come here
until she was 100. She has got four children, 12 grandchildren, 16
great`grandchildren and to keep great`grandchildren. One more on the
way. Her and her friend were going out with two men and the other one
was going out with my father. They just happen to swap over! ``
happened. People like Eileen and Cynthia are asked how the public so
long. For Cynthia it is Guinness, Cherie and young men! For Eileen,
all dancing and the occasional glass of champagne. `` ball dancing. ``
sherry. I wonder whether the Fire Brigade
was on stand`by! 212 candles! Time now for the weather. We have
seen a lot of cloud around today. Also some showers. Were they have
fallen, the showers, they merged together. The has been some heavy
rain in Western counties. Still a few dotted around. Dry weather in
between. They are gradually going to move southwards. A lot of the night
is looking dry. Coming mistake with some cloud around. `` Turning misty.
Temperatures are not expected to drop below seven or eight IDs. ``
degrees. We have got high pressure building from the North. Luton model
you will notice the difference. It will feel cooler. `` Through
tomorrow you will notice. We start tomorrow with quite a lot of cloud
around. Counties like Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. You can start to
see the cloud shifting and baking. `` breaking. 11 or 12 Celsius. The
afternoon looks largely dry. We should see some sunshine. This is
the pressure pattern for the bank holiday. It means a dry forecast.
That is good news. There will be some sunny spells, a bit of cloud
around at times but also the other great thing is that it will start to
warm up. Saturday, Sunday and beyond. On Monday temperatures
claiming to 17. `` climbing. Tomorrow will be a cold night. Cold
enough for a touch of ground frost. That will do. That is out. Have a
great evening. Goodbye. `` That is it.