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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.