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Hello and welcome to Look E`st. at Westminster.

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After that Commons vote on military action in Iraq,

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we seek the views of British Muslims on the streets of Luton.

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Militantly action is needed because of the urgent threat to British

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security. We do not want to get involved because that will bring

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more violence to this country. We report on the race to spruce up

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our war memorials in this cdntenary In tonight's special report,

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it's back to college and it's back to the same old problems

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for students with disabilithes. And Hope on the Horizon `

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an award winning garden deshgn There's been a mixed response

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from the region's British mtslims to the Commons vote backing air strikes

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on ISIS forces in Iraq. RAF Tornados based in Norfolk

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could be in action within hours Some Muslims have told Look East

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they fear a backlash on the streets In Westminster parliament w`s

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debating button's next move. The Prime Minister says joining action

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against IS is in the best interests of the country. In return where

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Muslims make up 20% of the population not everyone agrdes. It

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is not helping. It is bringhng more anger. They should be concentrating

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on our own security in this country. This local businessmen disagrees. He

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thinks Britain should intervene If it is threatening innocent people 's

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lives then militantly action is necessary. If there is anything that

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button can do they should do it Today's debate has had little to do

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with religion and everything to do with politics. This MP is against

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intervention. 57% are against the action. They deserve a voicd in

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Parliament. Other MPs found at a much tougher decision. I have been

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knocking on doors. I asked people what their opinion is. Most people

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think it is a tough call but mostly but think we should take action

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Back in Luton views remain divided. Militantly action is needed because

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there is an urgent threat to British security and the security of the

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region. That needs to be de`lt with immediately. There are alre`dy 0

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countries involved in this dra attack. Britain should not get

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involved because that would bring more violence into this country

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British air strikes against IS in Iraq could begin within days. The

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Prime Minister has warned ddfeating the terrorists could take ydars

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While many in Luton supports the UK's involvement for now, m`ny are

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also concerned about where this might lead.

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Well joining me now from our Luton newsroom, is Dr Sahib Bleher,

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the founder of the Islamic Party of Britain,

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What is your reaction to thd news of air strikes? It has been an

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overwhelming vote in favour. It is disappointing. It does not reflect

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the mood in the country necdssarily. We created this situation bx air

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strikes, I arming local rebdls. We treat as destabilisation in the

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Middle East. We created IS. Now we want to deal with the probldm with a

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solution that has already bden found bankrupt. It will be the sale thing

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again and it will get more dntangled and it will be more difficult to

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solve the problem. This is going to be something even bigger. Wd might

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be dragged into a war and Sxria We should not have got involved. But we

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have heard that there are some Muslims who think this is a good

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idea. They do not want to bd tied with the brush of Islamic State

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Nobody wants that. This is ` self`declared Islamic State. There

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is nothing Islamic about it. They kill people in the most an

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acceptable way for no justifiable reason. The victims of them are

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predominantly Muslims. Unfortunately because they have appropriated that

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label other Muslims are associated with that. But this does not mean

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you must support warmongering on the other side. Are you worried that

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there will be a local reacthon to this, a backlash against Muslims in

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Luton and Milton Keynes? Yes I am because the more irresponsible

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elements of the media played towards that. Anybody who opposes w`r and

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argues for peace is going to be labelled a potential terrorhst. And

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then people take it out on others in the streets, on Muslims and Hindus.

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It is dividing British socidty. You have had experience of backlash

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yourself. Tell us about that. We have had an unhelpful policx in the

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past and it is still being run through successive governments. It

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is cold the Respect policy. People are encouraged to spy on each other.

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People get asked the articld opinions rather than whether they

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are carrying contraband. It is information gathering that hs going

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on. I have experienced that myself. People who work for charitids are

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kind of accused of collecting funds knots to help people in Irap or

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Syria, but actually to fund terrorism. That is unhelpful and it

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creates a climate of fear and suspicion. This is neither the way

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forward in Britain nor is it the way forward abroad. Thank you for

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joining us. It's been estimated that ond

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in ten of the region's war lemorials There's been a rise in applhcations

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for grant money to cover thd cost Towns and villages are keen to have

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them looking their best for Remembrance Sunday in the cdntentary

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year of the First World War. It was the war to end all w`rs. All

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previous conflicts eclipsed by the scale of destruction. More than

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700,000 British servicemen were killed. 100 years on from the

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beginning of the First World War how we remember the fallen is more

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poignant than ever. But somd war memorials like this one in

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Cambridgeshire are in need of sprucing up. This memorial hs Grade

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II listed and will be renov`ted with money from Cambridge Chty

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Council. And a few miles aw`y in Cherry Hinton 44 of

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these cherry trees were planted by women from the WI in the 1940s. One

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to commemorate every man from the

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village who lost his life dtring the First World War. Cherry Hinton's war

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memorial is currently being revamped after

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receiving more than ?13,000 from the city council and developers.

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We have been asking for something to be done

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is here for probably six or seven years. There was a memorial here but

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it was so low to the ground a lot of people didn't realise we had one.

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But now it is going to be going up by five or six feet, you will see

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it, it will be a place to put poppies and

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crosses and an area to stand on on the 11th of

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the 11th where they can havd a service around the memorial.

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22 men from Cherry Hinton lost thehr lives

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in the Second World War and this 81`year`old veteran says thhs work

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is vital. They gave their all for us

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so why should they be forgotten I just can't give words to express how

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I feel about it because thex gave so much. So they must be remembered.

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Nationally there are more than 100,000 monuments. The War Lemorials

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Trust say there's been a surge in funding applications to comlemorate

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those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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Hinchingbrooke hospital has been heavily criticised by the

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In a letter leaked to the BBC inspectors reported medicind

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cabinets left open to patients, poor hand`washing by staff

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and high numbers of agency workers impacting on patient care.

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The hospital says safety is a priority

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A thousand jobs could be crdated at a new business park in Bedfordshire.

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The site at Millbrook is currently a test track for cars,

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Plans have been approved for a ?35 million technologx park.

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A book lover from Wellingborough has fulfilled his lifelong dreal

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of becoming a best selling `uthor at the age of 69.

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Alan Davey's novel Autumn on Angel Street has sold 3,000 copies

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and climbed to No 1 in the charts for the Internet site Kindld.

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Its sequel has now entered the book charts too.

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Alan Davie, a man who has loved words all his life. That he left

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school with few qualifications, got a job in a bank, became a lhfe

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coach, and then gave it all up to write. I devote a lot of tile to

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doing this when I could havd been doing other things. It validates the

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decision that all I ever wanted to do was write. This is the h`rdback

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of the novel he first wrote 20 years ago. Now rereleased it has climbed

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to number one. There is your book, a number one

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bestseller. It is justification It is justification for everything I

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have done in the past, all the time and effort devoted to it. There is

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the sequel. That is currently 4 . This is the typewriter his dad gave

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him as a boy. His novels first draft was written on it. A Victorhan love

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story. Two families from different sides of the tracks. It was early

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before dawn, but the rain would still have kept the Valley dark Not

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that she needed weight to know what the Valley of the plate.

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You become your own publishdr and your own agent. Write the book,

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published, and sit back and see what happens.

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His gene of becoming a succdssful writer has happened. His go`l is now

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two novels a year. `` his albition of becoming a successful wrhter has

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happened. They say we all have a beginners.

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Well done. Later Alex has the weather

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for the weekend. the sport with Tom and a very

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special garden for our war heroes. The police will be

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in the area this evening, shx months since Mr Attfield's body was

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discovered in Lower Castle Park Still to come tonight ` Alex will be

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looking ahead to a warm weekend Plus, as the Ryder Cup team get

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going at Gleneagles, We talk to the young golfers

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from Essex who hope to be following It is Freshers Week,

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with thousands of new students settling into a new life

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at university across the region But if you're

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a student with disabilities, The number of disabled

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undergraduates has increased in recent years, but campaigners

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say much more needs to be done. Thousands and thousands of teenagers

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across the UK have just left home for the very first time. Ovdr the

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next three years at least, they will live and work in a new placd, filled

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with strangers, often far away from their family and friends. K`te is

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one of them. She is from Warrington, and has just st`rted at

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the University of East Anglha in Norwich, 235 miles away. Kate has

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muscular dystrophy, and reqtires 24`hour care. She was deterlined to

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go to university, but admits she had her doubts. We never really said it

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out loud, but we both sort of, it was a bit like, are we going to get

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there? And if I get there, will I be able to hack it, or will I just come

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home? I going to spend the rest of my life living at home with my

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parents? Which I do not want. This is an induction run by the

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University for students with disabilities, or who requird extra

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help. One of the reasons Kate chose East Anglia was because of the

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support it offers. We want students with disabilities, whatever their

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disability, to be able to access the full range of what the univdrsity

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has to offer, the learning `nd teaching, the social experidnce and

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the opportunity to get involved in volunteering and all sorts of clubs

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and societies. But many young people believe there are still too many

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barriers preventing them from going to university. The figures have

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improved ` up from 5.4% of the student population to 8.6%. But less

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than 15% of disabled people have a degree.

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The next three years will bd long and hard for Kate. Just getting here

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was tough enough. But she is determined to succeed, no m`tter

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what. Sport now, and it is

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an important weekend for golf fans, Plenty of football, too,

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with the battle at the top of Yes, potentially very excithng for

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followers of Ipswich and Norwich. Ipswich today have signed former

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West Ham midfielder Jack Collison on short`term deal

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after a successful trial. Town have enjoyed

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a stunning September. Tomorrow, they're

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at home to Rotherham and looking at the table, a chance to move into the

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top six with a fourth straight win. It gives an optimism around the

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town, and at the ground tomorrow. That has to be to put slightly,

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because Rotherham are no mugs, and it will be a tough game, as are all

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games in the Championship. But it helps the spirit, and it helps

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individually how you feel about yourself, and collectively `s a

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team. The season so far couldn't have

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gone much better for Norwich. Free`scoring, just the one league

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defeat, second in the table. But a draw with Birmingham `nd a

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surprise exit in the Capital One Cup Saying that,

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victory at struggling Blackpool We do not have to go all guns

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blazing, we have just got to win the game. It would be ironic and nice at

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times if we could just win ` Game 1`0 and it is an awful game. We have

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not had too many of those this season.

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Now for all golfers out there, have a look at this.

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Ian Poulter from Milton Keynes missing a tiddler

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A heavy defeat meant he was dropped from this afternoon's foursomes

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And from some of the world's best to the best juniors in the country

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The Essex under`18s will have their own Ryder Cup hopes one day.

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They've just been crowned national champions.

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These guys at this level all have a natural ability, and our job has

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been to home that ability. They all have the ability to go further. They

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are good golfers individually, but put them together and they have

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proved to be the best in thd country. The Essex U18s boys team

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have been on quite a journex. We won the singles in the afternoon, we

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never lost a game. Ryder Cup format? Similar, yes. Georgd is one

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of seven golfers with a new, silver companion. They spent hours striking

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balls at this course near M`ldon. But there was time today for a quick

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look at the mother of all m`tchplay competitions, the Ryder Cup, a

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tournament any aspiring golfer would love to be part of. Some of them

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will perhaps become professhonals. Some will become touring pros. Some

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will become citydwellers and play golf as a past time. But I would

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like to think we give them the opportunity to fulfil their dream.

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It is too early to say wherd golf will take these Essex boys, but in

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the short term, a new piece of kit should help them on their w`y. Radar

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tracks the ball, `information about speed, distance and accuracx. What

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is next for you? This is my last year of juniors, so next ye`r I will

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be going to play the amateur events. Then hopefully I will go to America

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to play golf, with a scholarship. This victorious Essex boys team will

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be broken up, as they each love on. The county coaches players from 12

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years old, so there is more talent being developed.

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Two of English rugby's biggdst beasts go head to head tomorrow

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Champions Northampton host darly leaders Bath ` the form teal so far.

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It is a game the Saints can't wait for, in front of a capacity crowd.

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People are coming here to bdat us, and we know that, and we like that,

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we want that. We want to make sure that every game we go into, we want

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to win. We do not want to bd a trick pony, we want to get to the

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finals again and again. We have got a settled squad. Pre`season was

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good, and we have shown that in our first three games.

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Finally cricket, and Northamptonshire's dismal sdason

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After last year's promotion, they are relegated without winning

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Better news for Essex today, after their promotion quest came up

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just short ` Ravi Bopara has signed a new contract.

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On a brighter note, cracking weekend ahead.

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Previews to all the fixtures are on the website.

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A garden dedicated to injurdd veterans has been officiallx

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It is called Hope on the Horizon, and it won a prize at the

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Chelsea Flower Show ` including a People's Choice Award

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After the show, the garden had to be taken apart and put back together in

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its permanent home. Moving `n award`winning garden from Chelsea to

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Colchester has had its challenges. Simple things like trying to move

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A40ft treat! It is not very straightforward! Just making sure

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that everything is dealt with very delicately. For many injured in war,

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the road to recovery is long. We Hope on the Horizon garden hs

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designed to represent that journey, a journey more than 600 vetdrans

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have made here at the Help for Heroes recovery centre. It hs about

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convincing people they are safe it is an environment we have tried to

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engender from the start, th`t when people arrive here, they fedl safe.

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If they feel safe, they can forget about their concerns and st`rt

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thinking about the future. Lark was diagnosed with post`traumathc stress

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disorder a decade ago. Last year he left the services and spent four

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months receiving treatment here You can hear the water, you can see what

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the garden represents, but lore importantly, you are surrounded by

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recovery. Yes, it is a warm blanket around you, but you have thd ability

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to let that blanket go and be able to treat yourself. The hard

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landscaping material I have used is's, to represent the physhcal

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well`being of the soldiers. As you move through the space, it becomes

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more and more refined, like the soldiers do in recovery. Out the

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back, it is essentially finhshing recovery and using the spacd to go

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on into their futures. The garden took 12 weeks to replant following

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Chelsea. Now the garden has been officially opened, the healhng can

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start ` a safe place for those to reflect, with a symbolic horizon

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giving hope to the future. Back now to our lead story `

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the decision by the House of Commons to approve plans for air strikes

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in Iraq against Islamic State. Our political correspondent

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Andrew Sinclair was in the Commons How did our MPs vote? As expected,

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most of them voted for air strikes, but four voted against, the Essex MP

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John Baron, Richard Bacon, the Cambridge MP Julian hump it and the

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MP for Luton, Kelvin Hopkins. But the vote masked some real concerns

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held by a number of our MPs about what exactly we are getting into

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here. Peter bone, for Wellingborough, said today that he

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questioned whether air strikes would really be enough. He feels ht is

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only a matter of time beford we get involved in Syria as well. James

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Pace, the Cambridgeshire MP, said he was worried about the lukew`rm

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support of neighbouring Arab states. There is a sober feeling here that

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we could be at the start of something very big, which whll go on

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for a very long time. What struck me was how many of our MPs havd felt

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the enormity of the decision they are taking. Many have consulted with

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constituents, many have felt and thought long and hard about how they

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will vote. This is an incredibly difficult decision, just like last

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year, when we were asked to vote on Syria. The question is, are we going

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to save lives or put more lhves at risk? I am new into Parliamdnt, I

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look back at the lessons of things like Iraq, and it is clear that

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these things are complex, there can be no more grave decision for an MP

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and to send our Armed Forces into fight. This leaves the way open for

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jets from RAF Marham to go hn? Yes, and it could happen as soon as

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tonight. The Prime Minister paid tribute to what he called otr

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inspirational Armed Forces, who will be putting themselves in harm's way.

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He was talking about the personnel of RAF Marham. So, they havd decided

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we are going in, and we now await to see what happens.

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Let's have a look at the we`ther. It is going to be a pretty good weekend

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of weather, feeling quite w`rm, but there will be quite a bit of cloud

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around at times. Today was ` case in point. Some of us had beauthful

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sunshine, others had quite ` lot of cloud. This front has not qtite

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cleared through yet. It is where we get these breaks that we cotld get

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some mist and fog patches overnight tonight. They are likely to be quite

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patchy. In the early hours of tomorrow morning, the frog could be

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quite dense in places. Therd is a real variation in temperatures

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expected overnight tonight, depending on the cloud.

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