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AstraZeneca as they compete over their to Cambridge. I think we could


be a really brilliant team. That is what the UK needs. We ask what


happened in the East the last time these `` to pharmaceutical giants


merge. We will be here later with the tale of two roads.


And the flowers of Flanders ` growers here take inspiration


from the Western front to mark the centenary of the war.


If you're a bio`scientist in Cambridgeshire,


Two of the biggest drugs companies in the world falling over themselves


to praise the city's qualitx of scientific research.


For a second day, the bosses of Pfizer and Astra


Zeneca addressed a parliamentary committee discussing the proposed


But it's not all good news, with Pfizer admitting that


if they win the battle therd would be job losses and a reduction in


Andrew Sinclair watched tod`y's developments at Westminster.


There is no doubt that Cambridge and its skill set is highly sought


after. What worries MPs is, will that skill set still be in Cambridge


in the same number as if the that skill set still be in Cambridge


in the same number as if thd merger in the same number as if thd merger


goes ahead? Pfizer have said they will be committed to Cambridge but


have not said how many staff there will employ. This is a company that


will employ. This is a comp`ny that is a very big employer in the


region. Once again, the team from region. Once again, the team from


Pfizer arrived at Westminster with the message that their mergdr


Pfizer arrived at Westminstdr with the message that their merger with


AstraZeneca would create a powerhouse of science, particularly


in Cambridge. The company rdvealed it was very impressed with oncology


research work, currently behng research work, currently being


undertaken by AstraZeneca staff in the city. That is a real core area


for us and it complements our strengths. We could be a re`lly


winning team putting the best of the two together. AstraZeneca fears that


two together. AstraZeneca fdars that work could move to America if Pfizer


work could move to America hf Pfizer takes over. Once again, a lot of the


questions focused on the detail Would there be fewer jobs in


Cambridge, less investment in the Cambridge, less investment in the


UK? The boss of Pfizer admitted there would be fewer staff hn the


there would be fewer staff in the whole company and less monex for


research, but he said that is happening across the industry. Even


AstraZeneca have shed staff. We are in an extremely competitive world


where governments around the world where governments around thd world


are requiring us to be more productive and efficient. Wd have


productive and efficient. We have two CR research in that point of


view. A more optimistic message from AstraZeneca. They removed it


Cambridge, they said, was underway. There are plans for the future were


There are plans for the futtre were to keep growing and investing in the


city. We are not moving to Cambridge and spending all this money


overnight to reduce the headcount. Cambridge is going to be a


fundamental part of the str`tegy. Cambridge is going to be a


fundamental part of the strategy. It fundamental part of the str`tegy. It


is at the heart of the science agenda. Pfizer says it can be more


specific about plans for Cambridge if it takes over the companx. Many


if it takes over the company. Many politicians and scientists remain


wary. Andrew, why are MPs so worrhed about


this proposed takeover? First of all, they are scarred by melories of


all, they are scarred by memories of the Cadbury 's takeover. Thd


all, they are scarred by melories of the Cadbury 's takeover. The other


the Cadbury 's takeover. Thd other reason is that this country's


economic policies based on the success of the so`called knowledge


economy. We're never going to be a big manufacturing nation ag`in


because we cannot compete with China because we cannot compete with China


and India. But we are very good at science and innovation. Govdrnment


policy has been to do all that is possible to encourage science to


Cambridge and the surrounding area. The problem we have is that science


likes to work in clusters. The worry is that if some of the AstraZeneca


is that if some of the Astr`Zeneca work starts to move to other parts


of the world, other companids in of the world, other companies in


Cambridge and surrounding areas may follow it. Then the worry is that


would be bad not just for the country's economy, but for the


economy of the region. That is why MPs are desperate to get sole sort


of firm reassurance from Pfhzer Thank you.


So what lessons can we learn from previous mega mergers?


Thirteen years ago, the pharmaceutical companies,


Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham, got together to become


After a few years, a major research site was closed.


Hundreds of jobs were lost, as our business correspondent


The East of England is home to what is arguably Europe's most important


is arguably Europe's most ilportant biotech and life sciences cluster.


It boasts more than 250 biotech companies, 100 medical technology


firms and 370 service organisations. firms and 370 service organisations.


It is all within a biotech golden triangle between London, Oxford and


Cambridge. The jewel in the crown would be the new AstraZenec`


would be the new AstraZeneca research and development centre in


Cambridge, due to open in 2016. But there is an equally important jewel


in Stevenage, the GlaxoSmithKline research Centre. This place employs


2300 people and has the job of developing the new drugs pipeline of


Britain's biggest pharmaceuticals company. Behind it is a story which


illustrates the dangers of megamergers in the drugs sector.


illustrates the dangers of megamergers in the drugs sector 13


megamergers in the drugs sector. 13 years ago, Glaxo merged with


SmithKline Beecham. SmithKlhne had a SmithKline Beecham. SmithKlhne had a


major research Centre in Harlow. major research Centre in Harlow.


After a few years, the largdst park After a few years, the largdst park


was closed with the loss of 380 jobs. It shows how difficult it is


to avoid job cuts, even if xou jobs. It shows how difficult it is


to avoid job cuts, even if you have to avoid job cuts, even if xou have


a national merger among two British companies. It is very difficult to


make commitments in advance because you need to give companies the


flexibility to adjust to ch`nging circumstances. And if those


circumstances call for a job cuts, it is often the junior partner who


suffers. Has Harlow recovered since? There are green shoots. As one of


the enterprise zones in the country, we are trying very hard to dntice


companies to relocate to Harlow. We are hoping that eventually there


will be replaced. Harlow still bears will be replaced. Harlow still bears


the scars of a drugs merger. This flagship research building remains


empty as Pfizer's battle for AstraZeneca hots up, Cambridge will


be hoping to avoid a similar fate. A court has heard that two teenagers


were shot dead on a Milton Keynes Luton Crown Court was told both


victims were shot in the head during the execution`style killing


in May two years ago. Two men have already been convicted


of murdering 19`year`old Mohammed Abdi Farah


and 18`year`old Amin Ahmed Ismail. Neil Bradford is at


Luton Crown Court. The prosecution say the mothve


in this case is a familiar one. Rivalry between criminals arising


from the trade of illegal drugs. In May 2011 Mohammed Farrah,


who was 19, and 18`year`old Amin Ahmed Ismail,


were both shot in the head `t close range, in an alleyway on thd


Fishermead estate in Milton Keynes. Today the jury heard


a 999 call made by a local resident, In the recording he tells the


operator he has heard two gunshots As the call continues,


a third shot is heard. The prosecution say it was


administered to ensure In the dock, the accused RA 26 of


Dutch national and a 20`year`old. Opening for the prosecution,


Jonathan Price QC told the jury that there was a chillingly brazen


there was a chillingly brazdn character to these murders. And the


man who died 999 had effecthvely man who died 999 had effecthvely


staged an execution. The prosecution say there are five men involved in


these shootings. Three have already been tried. Two have been found


guilty and another acquitted. The prosecution say they are all part of


the same gang. The jury were prosecution say they are all part of


the same gang. The jury were told that two days after the murder, one


of the defendants flew back to his native Holland. The other defendant


native Holland. The other ddfendant was arrested in 2011 but not


charged. When he found that he was not facing charges, he bought a


one`way ticket to Tanzania. He returned voluntarily in July


one`way ticket to Tanzania. He returned voluntarily in Julx of last


returned voluntarily in July of last year but was arrested at He`throw


year but was arrested at Heathrow and charged with the mark. Both say


they are not guilty and the case will continue tomorrow.


Part of Luton town centre w`s closed to traffic this afternoon


The A505 dual carriageway on Stuart Street was closed to allow


The accident happened at the Castle Street Roundabout.


The cyclist, a man in his late 40s, became trapped underneath the car.


His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.


It's been described as the key to the regeneration


The new Corby link road opens in just nine days.


With the closure of Solway Foods and the loss of over 900 jobs, the need


to attract more companies into the town is more pressing than ever.


Today Stuart Ratcliffe became one of the first people to drivd over


In its short life, this road has already attracted its fair share of


attention. Its first salt was cut already attracted its fair share of


attention. Its first salt w`s cut by attention. Its first salt was cut by


the transport minister. Then it took centre stage at the Corby


by`election. Now it is gearing up by`election. Now it is gearhng up


for its key role, to regenerate Corby's economy. It will cldarly


encourage business to go into Corby and maintain its regeneration and


future prosperity, hopefully, and maintain its regeneration and


future prosperity, hopefullx, and growth in the area. The new road


links Corby to Kettering. This is where the new road really whll make


where the new road really will make a difference. This is home to


Corby's euro hope, a large collection of distribution centres.


Very shortly, lorries from there will no longer have two trundle down


the winding road, but will be able to join this new dual carri`geway


taking them to Kettering. The road has cost ?34 million and is just


four miles long but is dual carriageway throughout. The current


route is nearly six miles long, single carriageway and takes traffic


through picturesque villages. It has taken two years to build. With a


wash`out summer of 2012 and this winter being one of the wettest on


record, at one point this project was behind schedule. It was day by


day, are we going to get on, or are we not going to get on? There is


still plenty of work to do on site. Contractors say they are now on`time


and on budget and the road will be ready for its grand opening on the


23rd of May. In football,


Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson blamed his side's poor finishing


for their League One play`off defeat Posh lost 2`1 ` 3`2 on aggregate `


their only goal coming yestdrday from Conor Washington


in injury time. Ferguson admitted his side lacked


the clinical edge over the two legs. It means a second season in League


One for Posh after their relegation Now it's over to Stewart and Susie


for the rest of the programme. A five day weather forecast


to make you smile. Plus a war`time floral tribtte,


inspired by the fields of Flanders. The government has dropped


its strongest hint yet that it is taking steps towards upgradhng one


of the region's busiest roads. Campaigners welcomed comments


at a Parliamentary debate, which could pave the way


for dualling of the A47. The road runs from Great Yarmouth


through Norfolk and Cambridgeshire to Peterborough and the Midlands,


but less than half is dual Today, local MPs raised the state


of the road in Parliament and said unless it is improved drivers


and businesses will continud to If ministers had an open


cheque`book, perhaps the entire stretch of the A47 would be drilled.


Realistically, it is not going to Realistically, it is not gohng to


happen. That said, the government did these local MPs and said that if


you come back in the autumn I made sure you something that will make


you smile. For Dennis, an upgrade to the A47


can't come soon enough. It would save us a good 30,


45 minutes just to get to the A1. His boss runs 23 lorries


from his base near King's Lxnn. A dual carriageway would improve


fuel economy On single carriageway,


our trucks stick to 40mph, It would improve times


and efficiency. An all too familiar sight,


the sheer weight And so today, local MPs queued up


like cars to echo what local An upgrade to this


over`crowded road. I suggest that he does make sure he


gets it in place for the We will have completed stagd two


by the end of July and will be ready to make announcements by thd end


of the Autumn Statement. Campaigners say


the improvements would, within 20 years, generate 10,00 new


jobs and increase economic output From an economic perspectivd


that really is quite expensive. The best we can hope


for is a section between King's Lynn And perhaps reassure


safety campaigners. In Norfolk alone last month,


there was one death and fivd You do get instances, appro`ching


the end of the dual carriageway, When it goes to single,


there can be collisions. It's ended up with


fatal consequences. The chancellor outlined in the


Autumn Statement how much he would Autumn Statement how much hd would


pay towards the day of the road It will come just six months before a


general election. The money is not on the table yet.


A week tomorrow, people from all over Europe will bd casting


Those MEPs will represent half a billion people.


In our region, the electorate will include


thousands of migrant workers, living and paying their way here.


vote in the regional poll, or cast their vote at home.


Today, we spoke to members of the Polish community in Petdrborough


Joanna has been here for seven years.


Britain has given her opportunities Poland never could.


One reason why our Euro MPs will get her vote.


I think I will vote for the British list.


I've lived here for so many years and local matters are more important


All EU citizens have the right to vote, either in the country they


came from, or where they live now, making potentially rich pickings


Figures show that across Peterborough more than


125,000 people can vote in the European elections.


More than 10,000 have moved here from another European country.


But half of those said that rather than vote in their own country, they


At Peterborough's Polish ex`servicemen's club,


a veteran who settled here after the Second World War says it's vital


Isn't it better to achieve the goal of unity?


Instead of on the end of a bomb, or by killing people?


I can't imagine someone would ask me to leave the country


I can't imagine I could be sent back to Poland


because I couldn't find myself in the country I used to live!


A snapshot of the region's tourism industry has revealed the hhghest


The latest quarterly report covering Suffolk and Norfolk shows that firms


are reporting more visits to the region, compared to


And bookings for the early summer are already well up on last year.


And all of that means growing confidence in an industry, which


pumps about ?7 billion into the economy of this region everx year.


If you're looking for reasons why this region is such


a target for tourism, look no further than Lavenh`m


in Suffolk ` recently ranked in the top 20 places in the UK to visit.


This is Shilling Grange ` where 'Twinkle, Twinkle,


The owner has just started ` new B here with his wife.


All of our guests come here and spend money,


If you keep the village alive, more people come back.


It's a ball that's rolling `ll the time.


70 miles away on the coast, the holiday giant Warner Leisure


Hotels has invested heavily in this complex for the over 50s.


A large percentage come back for a second time so we know they like it.


Last year we invested ?2.6 million and we want to invest


The feel good factor isn't restricted to just a few.


The industry is seeing an improvement in positivitx.


An increase in customer numbers and spend.


Tourism is worth over ?7 billion to East Anglia.


In cycling, the spectacle of the women's tour gave this region


publicity and the BBC progr`mme Spring Watch should do the same.


There is momentum, but to ststain it, we need more investment


Think of the First World War and one symbol springs to mind ` the poppy.


A wild flower, it grew in Flanders amidst


Now a nursery in Norfolk has used those same wild flowers to help


the people of Guernsey mark the centenary of the war.


They have sent hundreds of plants to the Channel Islands


for a special display called the Flowers of Flanders.


Linda is passionate about wild flowers.


Her company grows two million every year.


She was given a brief ` go to Flanders, find the wild


flowers of the trenches, grow them and then send them to Guernsey for


We've got daisies which are flowering all over


We also had others flowering everywhere, and the poppy.


Linda's flowers have found ` home in St Peter Port,


The display was unveiled at the weekend by the island's governor,


in memory of the 2,000 Guernseymen who fought on the Western Front


There are buttercups, daisids, thrift and many more.


One of the plants we took, Heartsease,


Its name suggests it was meant to heal a broken heart.


They would have it in posies and grow it in the gardens.


Lots of broken hearts during the wars!


Numbers of wild flowers are declining.


Linda wants her passion to be shared by everyone.


You need the plants to have the insects and the birds.


It's important that they do know, otherwise they'll grow up


Linda's Guernsey displays aren't at their best just yet,


A colourful reminder of the flowers of Flanders.


This is a beautiful scene. Thank you for the photograph. It was a


This is a beautiful scene. Thank you for the photograph. It was ` chilly


start to the day. There was a swing in temperatures. 18 Celsius. It is


going to continue to warm up during the week. At some point this week,


five Freddy, it will look like the week. At some point this week,


five Freddy, it will look lhke some five Freddy, it will look lhke some


places will record highs of 23 Celsius. The cloud should mhlk away.


Celsius. The cloud should milk away. Some chilly temperatures and


poisons. Down to 67 Celsius. The temperatures are not expectdd to go


temperatures are not expected to go quite as more as last night. It is


looking like a warm and bright day. There will be a bit more close


around, but enjoy the sunshhne in the morning. The cloud will tend to


build`up. When we get the stnshine build`up. When we get the stnshine


in the morning it will make things warm up quickly. 17 or 18 ddgrees.


warm up quickly. 17 or 18 degrees. In the afternoon at staying dry and


warm. It will be a cloudy. Towards the end of the week there is high


pressure. It might something is a little cloudy. But it should not


spoil the weekend. Before then, someone temperatures. A bit of close


building on the afternoon on Saturday. It should be later in the


day. Increasing amounts of cloud for Sunday but 31. That sounds lovely.


See you tomorrow. Europe. A community of nations


which can do no wrong. A perfect brotherhood


in which we all share. the benefits are obvious to


being in... Hampering a British recovery


and harping on about climate change. It's time to get out,


it's time to get... It's almost 20 years


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