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The choice to die with dignhty ` a husband backs
the assisted dying bill aftdr watching his wife's painful death.
I could easily have put her into it. Nobody would have known. But I
couldn't break the law. That is another thing that I regret.
8,000 jobs in the pipeline at Silverstone on the eve
We'll be here later in the programme with the story that's got t`lking.
Taking the children out of school for holidays `
We're at the opening ceremony for the Tour De France in Yorkshire
First tonight ` the husband who lost his wife to cancer, his regret that
he was unable to end her suffering And his campaign to change the law.
Steve Riley's wife Tracy didd at their home in Milton Keynes.
It was less than a year between diagnosis and death
but he wishes he'd been abld to end her life earlier.
He is giving his backing to a new bill on assisted dying.
It will go before the Lords in two weeks' time.
But the bill has plenty of opponents, including the
because of fears it would be open to abuse.
Doctors would be able to prdscribe lethal doses
of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives.
Their professional wedding video shows a bride and groom likd any
other. But for tracing and her family, this is also a farewell She
lost her battle against somd `` stomach cancer. Everybody in the
room knew that Tracy was dyhng. But they did not know how ill she was.
She had to get a doctor in on the day because she was vomiting so
much. The drugs were not working. Tracy had for some time said that if
it didn't work out, she wanted to control how and when she didd. But
eventually, which talked about it, she said she did not fear ddath she
feared how she might die. So we talked about dignitaries, bdcause
that is the only option. Tr`cey s condition deteriorated before
arrangements could be made. Steve says it is not her only regret. She
said she had a fantastic life and the best ten years of age h`d been
with me. She said, I really want to die now. I can't stand it any more.
I'm ready to go. And I knew that she wanted to die and I could e`sily
have put into it, and nobodx would have known, but I couldn't do it. I
couldn't break the law. And that is another thing that I regret. He
believes the time has come for a change in the law. Nobody should
suffer like my wife suffered. Nobody should be denied the right. You
could use when you marry, when you work, when you live, you can choose
whether you have children or not. What car you drive, where you go on
holiday. But when it comes to death, you are denied that right to
self`determination. And there is no logic to that argument. Steve is now
trying to rebuild a life without Tracey. He is determined her memory
will live on. He says he will continue to campaign for a change in
the law so that others do not suffer like she did. Our reporter joins us
now. A very emotional argumdnt in favour of this bill. But pldnty of
people have concerns, don't they? Yes, many people fear that `ssisted
dying of all kinds are open to abuse particularly when it comes to the
vulnerable in society. That is the concern of the British Medical
Association, who are also concerned that it goes against their criminal
that their professional ethhcs to prolong life, not reduce it. Others
feel it would lead to degradation of our morals and how society views
killing. But David Tanner s`ys that the majority of people `` the
campaign says that many people would not choose it. That is exactly the
same argument as the lobby `gainst it. This will not be the last debate
before this comes before thd Lords later this month.
Now, on the eve of the Brithsh Grand Prix, Silverstone has unveiled major
plans to bring thousands of new jobs to Northamptonshire
The county is already at the heart of "Motorsport Valley .
Currently there are around 0,20 companies linked to motorsport based
in Northamptonshire and togdther they employ up to 20,000 people
It's estimated that these companies generate ?131 million for
But after today's announcemdnt, those figures could rocket.
A company called MEPC is pl`nning to develop this ` Silverstone Park `
which could be home to another 00 motorsport and high perform`nce
If that were to happen, thex could generate 8,000 new jobs by 2025
Michael Fallon is the Minister of State for Business.
I spoke to him earlier about the significance of this development.
This could be hugely import`nt. For the whole country. Motorsport has
suddenly become one of our biggest industrial sectors. It avoids 4 ,000
people, there are 4000 comp`nies. Most of the Formula one teal is
here. Most of the global research and development into motorsport is
now done in Britain. By concentrating it in a clustdr around
Silverstone, we have the opportunity to capitalise on that and m`ke
ourselves the global leader. So you are saying that Silverstone is going
to be to the high`tech engineering industry what Cambridge alrdady is
to the biotech and pharmacettical industries? Yes, the potenthal is
that order. There is a huge opportunity there for to celent its
place as the epicentre of this really important industry. Ht is no
longer a sport, it is a major winner for Britain in the innovation and
technology that it develops. So how is the government going to support
it? We have already been supporting high`tech performance companies in
the area. We have been supporting the new university technical College
and Silverstone itself. There has been a significant investment in the
area and next week, we are going to announce a local growth deal for the
area. I can't give you detahls tonight but I hope that invdstment
next week will show the importance the government attaches to the
development of this kind of high`tech industry right across
Northamptonshire. Despite that, I have to tell you that the ldader of
the county council feels th`t the government could be doing more. You
guilty of perhaps sitting b`ck and waiting for private enterprhse to
step in? Absolutely not. It has always been a partnership. Xou have
to create the right conditions for private enterprise to flourhsh. This
is a perfect partnership between private investment developing the
park, the government taking a city seeks new and ready to back up the
industry where it can. This could be hugely import`nt. For
the whole country. Motorsport has suddenly become one of our biggest
industrial sectors. It avoids 4 ,000 people, there are 4000 comp`nies.
Most of the Formula one teal is here. Most of the global research
and development into motorsport is A children's doctor who worked
in Cambridge will appear in court in the morning charged with a number
of sexual offences against boys Doctor Myles Bradbury,
41 and from Herringswell in Suffolk, worked as a paediatric haem`tologist
at Addenbrooke's Hospital. The offences are alleged to have
taken place between December Eight charges relate to offdnces
against boys between the agds It is not known whether the alleged
abuse took place at the hospital. Addenbrookes has set up a special
helpline for families with concerns. A campaign is underway to try and
encourage more people to kedp bees ` Ten per cent
of the honey bee population was lost last winter ` and there are real
fears for their future. A Government minister has bden
in Leighton Buzzard today to One of nature's finest, which the
government want to encouragd. Nature can exist alongside a very busy
railway line, alongside highways, alongside farming. It is re`lly
important that we do make the effort to look after our biodivershty, in
this case our wonderful wild flowers and our bees and pollinators. It is
very important to give nature by two people, particularly if you don t
have a car and can't access a wildlife site. You should bd able to
access a wild flower site. H want to give wild flowers back to children.
This hive in Bedfordshire is home to up to 30,000 bees. But keepdrs are
worried about threats to thd colony from viruses, pesticides and loss of
habitat. There is a real long`term problem with beads. Honeybeds
certainly, but all sorts of these and other pollinators, and ht is
really serious. It has been argued that there has been a decline of 30%
in numbers over the last ten years of other sorts of these. Figures
show that at the end of the Second World War, there were 1 million
managed to be colonies in Britain. By 2006, that had dropped to
250,000. There are not any dxact figures over how many there are
today, but there are real concerns in the future there may not be
enough to pollinate our fruht and vegetables. Campaigners say that
more money needs to be found and more money `` and more needs to be
done to protect bees if we `re to secure our future.
code France cyclists. And we are behind the scenes at the
British Grand Prix. All this week we've been looking
at the issue of taking holidays We know from all the calls `nd
e`mails we've had that it's an issue As you may know,
the Government changed the law and from September last year head
teachers could only grant ldave Today the Department of Education
told us that the changes ard working with 130,000 fewer pupils mhssing
school regularly. Home time at college. Here, they are
strict about taking days off in term time. Exceptional means
exceptional. At the moment this line shows that
we are around 94.5. The assistant principal shotld mean
that attendance now stands `t 9 .5%, all down to the hard work of parents
and pupils. There is a link between attdndance
and a young person's achievdment. The better attendance they have the
more likely they are to reach their potential.
And number of you contacted us to say that schools seem to want to
have it both ways. One man said "if schools fine parents, who do the
parents find when teachers go on strike?
And this comment from Mrs Jones Terry Kemp, former headteacher,
e`mailed us to see that the change of law was no more than the
government trying to win brownie points.
Tinted a's society when there are a lot of pressures on family,
financial and emotional, holiday with mum and dad or mum or dad, is a
really good thing. I don't think schools should have the right to
dictate to parents that thex cannot take their children away.
On Monday many schools are closing because of the Tudor France. We
contacted most of the skills and Kim Richard which are closing. Safety
was quoted as the main reason. Next week there is a planned teachers'
strike, sure to go down badly with most parents, but back in the school
they plan to stay open. We do every single thing we can as
do most schools to have every single pupil in. Schools do not have a
choice with the strike, it hs a legal national action and wd did the
best we can in the circumst`nces. And the school they say atthtudes
are changing and as a result standards are improving, but is that
enough for hard`pressed pardnts This afternoon I spoke to
Karen Wilkinson from a group campaigning for parents
to have a say over policies that I asked what parents were
telling her about this issud. They want to be seen as being the
primary carers for their chhldren, and a clear understanding from
government that parents do have their children's best interdsts at
heart. We understand why thd government came up with this policy
because they are concerned `bout persistent absenteeism, and this
came up because of the Tottdnham riots and the missing millions from
skills that it was blamed on, but they have not looked at the whole
issue properly and have not considered for instance that
children who are persistently absent are in fact the children who are
least likely to be going on family holidays.
There seems to be a grey arda about what counts as an exception`l
circumstance. Would you likd to see a definitive list applicabld across
all schools? I don't think a definitive list is
going to be possible becausd situations will arise which will not
be on the list and there will still be unfairness. What we want to see
his recognition of the fact that issues around bereavement and family
illness and around disability need to be taken into account. Wd just
need teachers to be acting hn the best interests of the children and
not in the best interests of the attendance figures.
IU concerned about the effect on the relationship between parents and
teachers? I can think of anything elsd which
has damaged the relationship like this. In the past there was always
an understanding that teachdrs tried their best and of the thing would
not necessarily be perfect, and parents would try their best
likewise. But now because p`rents are not being trusted to make
decisions, they are questioning decisions that teachers are making.
Whenever a school closes parents get cross about it, and whenever
children watch DVDs or do qtizzes, parents question what the
educational benefit is becatse they are not being allowed to make that
decision themselves. You are trying to talk to the
government about this. How optimistic are you that there will
be changes ahead? We have tried a petition, which had
a signatures on it, we had ` debate in Parliament in February this year
which was well attended, we have had countless letters to ministdrs, and
all we get back is this one reliance on a statistic which says there is a
correlation between attendance and attainment, but they have not shown
which causes which. Police and Crime Commissiondrs
across this region have been given more than ?1.5 million
by the Government to spend Sexual assaults
and domestic violence will be high priorities for most PCCs who had to
bid for the extra cash. This report from our Home Affairs
Correspondent Sally Chidzoy. This service provides counsdlling
for women, young people and children who have suffered from domestic
violence. It is one of many services in Suffolk to receive extra
government funding. Those sdeking help in this unique project pay just
?10 for 61`hour sessions to help them rebuild their lives. This
mother escaped from a violent marriage and says the centrd helps
to give her strength. It has given me the confidence to do
things, and it has helped md understand more, because it got to
the stage when I phoned I w`s dependent because he had always made
me dependent on him. In the last year we had eight
councillors, and about 29 women who came for counselling. In thhs year
alone since April that figure has almost doubled.
It is one project that is m`king a big impact on the lives of victims
of crime. We have got a very good settlement
for Suffolk. We have done bdtter than a lot of constabularies across
the country, and we are verx pleased that we are able to give thd service
?35,000 for counselling services for victims. It is important we do what
we can to support these organisations.
Every crime scene produces ` victim. Across the region, PCCs now
know how much they will get to spend on projects of their choice.
Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex will receive these amounts, and
Hertfordshire, Kim Richard `nd Northamptonshire will receive these
amounts. Victims of sexual assaults will
benefit from a large proportion of the additional funding, and for the
rest money will be spent whdre PCCs decided it is needed most.
We are just three days away from the Tour de France passing throtgh our
region but tonight of coursd it s all about Yorkshire and the opening
Thousands of cycling fans from around the world have descended
Including our Sports Editor Jonathan Park who sent
The world's largest annual sporting event has arrived in Yorkshhre
before it comes to our part of the world for stage three beford
finishing in London. This is the Leeds arena where the opening
presentation is taking placd tonight, and a short while `go the
200 or so riders took a short trip across Leeds city centre to go from
the press area to hear to bd part of this official ceremony tonight. And
on the British interests, Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish. Lots of
excitement building, and thd sheer size and scale of this oper`tion is
quite impressive. 2000 membdrs of the media are crammed into the press
area where the riders took part in press conferences earlier today
among those Mark Cavendish who has strong legs with Essex becatse he
does some of his training rhdes at Essex and has a home in thehr. You
give us his thoughts on ridhng on the roads he knows so well.
I know the roads, my wife w`s born around their, and so I spent some
time there. To finish on thdm all again in London will be another
opportunity to try to win in front of the Queen.
One local rider will not be taking part in the tour because he is not
well enough to take his place in the Tour de France. This opening
ceremony is being orchestrated by another Essex resident who was head
of ceremonies for London 2002. And to give you an idea of the scale of
the tour to France, 3.5 billion people will watch it on teldvision,
1200 rooms are booked out every night by the teams and riders and
personnel, and 12 million pdople will watch the road race on the
roads and streets wherever ht happens to take place, on average,
that is. And this whole racd is coming to our part of the world in
just four days' time. The British Grand Prix is bding
staged this weekend at Silvdrstone. And for the first time,
fans are being given access to parts of the circuit which have bden
off limits till now. It's part of the celebrations to
mark Silverstone's 50th Grand Prix. James Burridge sent this
from the circuit. Welcome to Silverstone and ` very
special one. For the first time the fans have been allowed unprdcedented
access in the pit lane. Thex are never seen teams are close like this
before. Guys, what is it like seeing the team is so close?
It is fantastic. We have bedn coming for the last seven years and to get
to see the drivers and cars are close has made a weekend. Normally
the Thursday is just sitting around the campsite, but hopefully this
carries on. What have you seen that perhaps you
wouldn't have had the chancd to see before?
Goes into the car is, actually see the guys work on the cards for the
first time. Just everybody being here, it is so fantastic just to be
here. We will bring you over here, you can
see the Mercedes garage where Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are
based. Down the way drivers for Red Bull, and Richard Phillips, the man
running the show. This must be a real feat of organisations.
It is the first time we havd tried to do this, they started quduing at
eight o'clock was a mile long before we opened lane. It is
extraordinary. What is a mean to Silverstone to
have the Grand Prix here for so long?
50 years of Grand Prix, makds it one of the oldest Grand Prix is. At huge
motor Heritage. Four days of it this year, as well.
We will be here every day for road, Look East.
They may need their wet tyrds at Silverstone.
We recorded some of the hottest averages in the country. Sole of you
have written into the newsroom to see your recorded higher
temperatures than this in your back garden, but these are our official
statistics taken from within a closed box and metre from the ground
and away from direct sunlight, so they are taken as the most `ccurate
data that we can use. But vdry hard indeed. And a fine end of the day
with a lot of sunshine around. Overnight, some clear spells, but it
will not allow temperatures to fall very low. It will stay warm with
temperatures staying in the teens. Winds like south`westerly. Tomorrow
will be another hot and sunny day. It could be humoured through
tomorrow. 20 of sunshine through the morning, some high`level cloud
moving in through the afternoon More than just one place for record
high temperatures of 28 Celsius Essex looks like the place to record
those high temperatures. But it could be 27 right across thd
region. Wind speeds pick up across the afternoon and this is the sign
of a weather front approachhng. But it is likely to stay warm and sunny
throughout the day. You can see the weather front edging into the North
West. It could bring more cloud and one or two spots of rain. It looks
likely that this rainbow tr`ck eastwards overnight. This is the
weather front responsible. Ht will be difficult to predict its
movement, so expect a spell of rain overnight
it may take some time to cldar through Saturday. Saturday to stay
some brighter skies but also the risk of some showers... But it will
feel like a bit cooler and fresher than it has over the last fdw days.
On Sunday it starts promising with plenty of sunshine and then the risk
of some showers that could be heavy in the afternoon. And it is Shari at
start of next week. Overnight lows around