25/06/2014 Look East - West


25/06/2014

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Good evening. Hillsborough Castle.

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Four of our further education colleges

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and The University of Bedfordshire have been banned from admitting new

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It follows an investigation which estimates nearly 50,000

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immigrants may have been able to cheat their way through language

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Across the country 57 private colldges

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and two universities are accused of failing to make the proper checks.

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Have some students obtained visas through fraudulent me`ns?

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The question for one of our fastest growing univershties.

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Concerns raised by the Immigration Minister in the Commons.

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We have told a further two universities, the Universitx of

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Bedfordshire and the University of West London, that they are no longer

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allowed to sponsor new studdnts pending further investigations,

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which will decide whether they should also be

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The University say they do not know why they have been namdd

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We are confident, from internal reviews, that procedures ard

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robust and our licence was not suspended this week.

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We are confident that when we have an audit we will get a clean bill

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of health and will be free to recruit new international students.

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The Government claims come after this.

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Secret filming that appears to show foreign students being helped

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to cheat to pass their Englhsh tests.

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It is highly unlikely, the Government say,

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that some universities and colleges were fulfilling their duty.

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Passing an English test is a requirement for a student visa

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but so is proof of academic qualifications and attendance.

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57 private colleges are now banned from taking new foreign students,

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There is a failure but it is with the Home Office. We need to get to

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the bottom market without sdeing the loss to great men and women being

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educated in our times. 57 private colleges are now banned

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from taking new foreign students, Mohammed, from Pakistan,

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is a student. His visa is legitimate, he says but

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now he is confused and concdrned. All of my friends are calling me

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about my university being stspended. Colleges are being told thex should

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have checked students' certhficates before offering places

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but colleges in our region say they New research suggests small

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and medium sized businesses in this region are at the forefront

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of driving economic recoverx. Businesses in 64 of the country s

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biggest cities were assessed for productivity profitabilhty

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innovation and growth. Milton Keynes comes fifth

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for the highest concentration of Milton Keynes is also doing

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well fourth for the highest Overall Cambridge scores thd best

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in the country. Northampton also in the top ten

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from where Stuart Ratcliffe reports. Oyster cards ` a familiar shght

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if you use the tube in London. But the software

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behind them is controlled Novacroft has doubled its

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workforce over the last two years. I think it will not be long

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before we are known What we are seeing now is that

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whilst London is growing, in terms of economic abilitx,

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actually a lot of people ard moving It's very interesting because they

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are very different times with different heritages and profiles.

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The first thing I would say is that this is great news because for a

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sustainable recovery we need to be broad and the fact that we have ?3

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doing very well is fantastic news. And Northampton hopes that this

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building could attract even more small businesses to the town,

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because when complete this could be home to 55 new small

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businesses. The local enterprise partnership

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here is also providing support Companies in the new enterprise zone

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also benefit from tax breaks, which means Northampton is now

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competing and on occasions beating We are not to be modest

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about our achievements. I think now and we certainlx

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should not be in the future. We are not Cambridge or

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Milton Keynes, we are This is undoubtedly an excellent

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place to come and start and grow

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a business and is a lot mord But today's report says there's

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no room for complacency. Saying the government needs to do

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more to work with towns and cities to improve infrastructure

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and training. A couple

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from Northampton extradited to the United States to face fraud charges

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have been released from prison. Paul and Sandra Dunham who deny

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the charges fought extradithon fearing they'd be held

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in a detention centre for months. Their trial could take placd

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in a few months time. A protest on horseback has taken

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place in Newmarket over A group

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which represents key figures from the racing industry says thd town is

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special and 400 homes planndd for Hatchfield Farm, which hs owned

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by Lord Derby, shouldn't be built. But campaigners say it'll

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destroy Newmarket's image. People coming into Newmarket,

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it comes across as a large village And that is critical to

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the perception of investors A huge number of which come

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from overseas. This is the atmosphere

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they want to invest in. this is where they were horses to be

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trained and bred, not in thd middle a town.

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Time to get the weather now with Alex Dolan

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A dry night ahead, and a chilly night under clear skies.

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There will be some mist patches around as well

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Although these will be the values in towns and cities, it could be

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But a fine and sunny morning with long spells of sunshind.

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More cloud in the afternoon with the small risk of a shower.

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As for the afternoon, a bit cloudy but largely drx.

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Unsettled through the end of the week, with outbreaks

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of rain and some heavy, thundery showers around by Saturday.

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afternoon. It does turn more unsettled and there would be heavy

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and thundery downpours around. Good evening. A little bit later than

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usual. The weather over the next couple of days will change. Let me

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show you the satellite picture. You can see the cloud streaming across

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the Atlantic. This weather front Weller upset the weather across --

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will upset the weather in the south-west. As far as tonight is

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concerned, cool, even Chile by Thursday morning. There is some rain

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around across the north-west of the country. In the south-west, that is

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what is heading into the direction of Cornwall. In the east,

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temperatures could be

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