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


After that Commons vote on military action in Iraq,


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


Militantly action is needed because of the urgent threat to British


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


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


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


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


for students with disabilithes. And Hope on the Horizon `


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


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


on ISIS forces in Iraq. RAF Tornados based in Norfolk


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


countries involved in this dra attack. Britain should not get


involved because that would bring more violence into this country


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


Prime Minister has warned ddfeating the terrorists could take ydars


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


also concerned about where this might lead.


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


the founder of the Islamic Party of Britain,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


predominantly Muslims. Unfortunately because they have appropriated that


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


People get asked the articld opinions rather than whether they


are carrying contraband. It is information gathering that hs going


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


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


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


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


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


joining us. It's been estimated that ond


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


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


them looking their best for Remembrance Sunday in the cdntentary


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


previous conflicts eclipsed by the scale of destruction. More than


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


to commemorate every man from the


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


memorial is currently being revamped after


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


We have been asking for something to be done


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


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


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


it, it will be a place to put poppies and


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


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


22 men from Cherry Hinton lost thehr lives


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


is vital. They gave their all for us


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


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


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


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


those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.


Hinchingbrooke hospital has been heavily criticised by the


In a letter leaked to the BBC inspectors reported medicind


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


and high numbers of agency workers impacting on patient care.


The hospital says safety is a priority


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


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


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


A book lover from Wellingborough has fulfilled his lifelong dreal


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


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


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


Its sequel has now entered the book charts too.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


bestseller. It is justification It is justification for everything I


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


published, and sit back and see what happens.


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


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


happened. They say we all have a beginners.


Well done. Later Alex has the weather


for the weekend. the sport with Tom and a very


special garden for our war heroes. The police will be


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


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


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


going at Gleneagles, We talk to the young golfers


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


with thousands of new students settling into a new life


at university across the region But if you're


a student with disabilities, The number of disabled


undergraduates has increased in recent years, but campaigners


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


University for students with disabilities, or who requird extra


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


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


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


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


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


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


barriers preventing them from going to university. The figures have


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


than 15% of disabled people have a degree.


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


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


what. Sport now, and it is


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


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


followers of Ipswich and Norwich. Ipswich today have signed former


West Ham midfielder Jack Collison on short`term deal


after a successful trial. Town have enjoyed


a stunning September. Tomorrow, they're


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


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


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


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


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


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


team. The season so far couldn't have


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


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


surprise exit in the Capital One Cup Saying that,


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


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


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


not had too many of those this season.


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


Ian Poulter from Milton Keynes missing a tiddler


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


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


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


They've just been crowned national champions.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


years old, so there is more talent being developed.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Finally cricket, and Northamptonshire's dismal sdason


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


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


just short ` Ravi Bopara has signed a new contract.


On a brighter note, cracking weekend ahead.


Previews to all the fixtures are on the website.


A garden dedicated to injurdd veterans has been officiallx


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


Chelsea Flower Show ` including a People's Choice Award


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


in Iraq against Islamic State. Our political correspondent


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


expected overnight tonight, depending on the cloud.


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