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As Jeremy Corbyn says he doesn't want a new mayor
for Cambridgeshire - and one of the highest profile
Conservative candidates fails to make the short list.
I've heard it said, pale, male and stale. That is what it could be. And
it is disappointing. Pioneering research
into embryos in the fight against miscarriage,
but what are the moral questions? The crisis in care for
the elderly, and what that could mean for your
council tax bill. And Northampton Town have a new
manager, Justin Edinburgh signs up at six fields and promises to
reinvigorate the Cobblers this season.
First tonight, one of the region's highest profile MPs has failed
in her attempt to run for the new role of
Heidi Allen, who's MP for South Cambridgeshire,
But she's not even made the short list to be Conservative candidate.
Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has told BBC Look East
he is not in favour of even having a mayor.
So where does that leave the race for what will become one of the most
Felled at the first hurdle - Heidi Allen, thought by many to be
the most high-profile Conservative candidate in a five-horse race,
will not be Cambridge's first elected mayor.
Securing just four votes, the MP crashed out of the short list
process along with former leader of Peterborough City
The decision here has been met with disbelief.
It looks like the selection process for the Conservatives was done
She was the only woman in the room, basically, as far as I'm told.
So you think, well, maybe that's something to do with it.
I think it is down to Heidi Allen being someone who is not afraid
Possibly, that is why she would have made such a good mayor.
In a statement, a senior member of the East Cambridgeshire
I've heard it said, pale, male and stale.
Three Tory candidates will now go forward
Steve Count, the leader of Cambridgeshire County Council.
James Palmer, who leads up East Cambridgeshire.
And district councillor Roger Harrison.
The Green Party will announce its candidate this Thursday,
while both Ukip and the Lib Dems have already made their selections.
Paul Bullen representing Ukip, with city councillor Rod Cantrill
Labour has yet to select a candidate.
It's leader decidedly lukewarm at the prospect.
I'm not totally wedded to the idea of mayors that are underfunded
and given huge responsibility to deliver central
What we need is proper funding of local government.
The new mayor will take control of planning and transport budgets
But without its most recognisable candidate, will anyone notice?
Before Saturday's vote, she was the clear favourite to become the
candidate. A shoe in, even. She saw Theresa May as an ally. That went
some way to seeing of the detractors who thought she was not a true Tory.
I have spoken to Heidi Allen, who is disappointed. She says her
Westminster profile could have shaped further devolution powers. I
will support the winning candidate, however.
The Conservatives will choose in the next ten days. Labour have three
days to make their selection. Peter Dawe declaring early. The big day,
on the 4th of May. The jury in the Helen
Bailey murder trial tried to push through the sale
of her flat after she disappeared. The children's author disappeared
from her home in Royston in April. She was found three months later
in a cesspit under the house. Kate Bradbrook has been
following the trial at St Albans Crown Court,
and joins us now. Today's evidence centred around the
events of Monday the 11th of April last year, the last time Helen
Bailey was known to be alive. We were told that state she was due to
meet a solicitor about the sale of her flat. We heard from Ian
Stewart's two sons who were living at her house at the time.
The court was told that, on Monday the 11th of April,
Helen Bailey was due to meet a solicitor to arrange the sale
But instead, Ian Stewart turned up, claiming she was unwell.
Later on, after she was reported missing, he began to push
for the sale to go through in her absence.
And even mentioned invoking power of attorney.
The solicitor, Timothy Penn, said that, by July, Ian shows became
very anxious and not at all pleased to hear the sale couldn't go ahead.
We heard, too, from Ian Stewart's sons.
Jamie, seen here on the right, said his father suffered from ill-health.
And had undergone surgery to remove a cancerous lump.
He said, he couldn't even reach a dinner tray.
We heard he told police, I don't know how my dad
I couldn't imagine him wanting to do her any harm.
The court also heard how Ian Stewart's other son, Oliver,
told police in December last year that his father told him two
men came to the house wanting Helen's paperwork.
He said, on one occasion, they punched Ian Stewart in the stomach.
He said his father had implied the men were connected
The prosecution claim Ian Stewart drugs Helen Bailey
with sleeping pills before killing her and putting her body
He denies murder, perverting the course of justice,
fraud and preventing a lawful burial.
While Jamie was giving evidence, Ian Stewart was seen to weep in the
dark. We heard from a nurse who treated him on the 11th of April,
describing him as distant and matter of fact. Later this week, we will
hear from heaven Bailey's mother, and this child could last another
six weeks. -- Helen Bailey. Next - it could be a huge step
forward for fertility research, A Cambridge scientist says allowing
embryos to be studied beyond the legal limit of two weeks
could shed invaluable light on why However, religious and ethical
objections have been raised, A human embryo, and how it develops
in its very first hours. But nearly half of fertilised eggs
die even before a mother And around 20% of pregnancies
fail within seven weeks. At the University of Cambridge,
one of the worldleading embryologists now believes
experimenting on embryos past 14 days, the legal limit,
could shed light on why That's the time when three layers
of cells come together So that's the process of development
that very often goes wrong. So to be able to understand
the principles of this stage of development in humans would be
very important for preventing This mother from Cambridge
has two healthy sons. But after they were
born, heartbreak. And two that were a bit later
and did have an explanation. When you go through miscarriage,
and it is very devastating, a trauma - you want to research
to be done to prevent If it is something that can be
prevented by looking in that time period,
doing research, it has to be Father Mark Langham
is a Catholic chaplain. The law shouldn't be
relaxed, he says. Experimentation on embryos
shouldn't happen at all. It is heart-rending,
these situations, of course. But it is how important we attach
protecting the most vulnerable most defenceless forms of life
that we draw the line here, We understand people's
pain and hurt. But life in all its forms,
even the most defenceless and the earliest stages of life,
is precious and must be protected. Now, at the moment, scientists only
know how to keep embryos growing So even if there was a change
in the law, limits lifted, embryologists would have do find
new techniques to I strongly promote the opening
of this debate by involving not only scientists,
but also the public And if so, what should
be our next time point A Cambridgeshire poultry farmer
says her business producing free-range eggs could be threatened
if she has to keep her chickens Last month, the Government ordered
farmers and small-holders to keep their poultry away from wild
birds, following outbreaks of avian flu in Lincolnshire,
North Yorkshire and Wales. Carolyn Stokes has around 3000 birds
at her farm near Melbourn. Carolyn Stokes left a high-profile
job in the city to farm free range chickens -
producing two 2500 eggs per day But the latest outbreak of avian flu
has made things tough. Because we've had to keep our birds
in since early December. And not only that, we just recently
got planning permission to have our new farm shop
and our tearoom. We did really want to have
all our birds out to help us Normally, there'd be around 3000
chickens clucking away They have been there
for a month now. If they are there for another two
months, 120 days in total, For egg producers like Carolyn,
that poses a real problem. Days after a recent
outbreak of the deadly H5N8 strain in Lincolnshire,
restrictions were imposed. Although not thought to be
dangerous to humans, the commercial risk to farmers
like Carolyn is great. If flocks become infected,
it could cost producers Here in the east, we account
for over 1 million eggs. We've never produced anything other
than free range eggs. Our birds have always
run freely everywhere. We don't have battery
chickens, or barn eggs. Really, the birds have been kept
in buildings that were designed She wants Defra to better
educate the owners to For those with chickens
in the garden to the large By doing so, she hopes her chickens
will soon be free range once again. Derek Warwick, the President
of the British Racing Drivers Club, says Silverstone is in talks
with the Government about securing the future
of the Formula One Grand Prix. The BRDC, which owns the track,
suggested before Christmas it was considering activating
the break clause in its contract Still to come tonight -
Julie with the weather. And in football - the former Spurs
defender taking charge The National Health Service is under
particular pressure at the moment with many people believing
this winter is the toughest ever. Tonight three different snapshots -
life on a busy Accident The hospital buying up beds
in a care home to help And the Councils planning to raise
taxes to pay for social care. This morning Sadie Nine presented
the BBC Essex breakfast show from Colchester Hospital.
Here's a flavour. This is brand-new and it says,
"Help keep A for those With all the troubles in the NHS,
BBC Essex decided to bring our breakfast show live from the A
to see for ourselves. Sylvester was in the waiting room
after falling at work. At 7am, we spoke to this
doctor who had just come off his night shift and had been
dealing with patients. All through the night,
I've got a group of doctors It has been very tough but we have
given it our best shot. Colchester Hospital has been
in special measures, rated In the first few weeks of this year,
they have experienced I have certainly been reviewing
people in the back of ambulances as well over the New Year period
when it would have been unsafe to offload any more people
into the corridor. If there was anyone seriously ill,
we would make sure that they got We have to categorise
based on clinical need. Chief Executive Nick Hume has been
working to turn things around after last year's inspections found
some patients without pain relief I can assure the public and patients
that the care has improved. But the important thing is for me
is that we don't concentrate on getting out of special measures,
the most important thing is that we improve the care
that we give to our patients, the support that we give to families
and carers and the consequence of which will be to get out
of special measures. There is a lack of doctors
and nurses with roles going unfilled But after being stretched
to the brink at the start of this year, today,
this hospital seems to be coping. It's been quite quiet
and our callers have been mainly positive,
but there have been one or two who said they had
to have their operations cancelled once again.
Still work to be done. Experts say so-called bed blocking
is one of the main reasons that hospitals are under
so much pressure. Older people can't leave hospital
because they can't find a place in a care home or they can't get
a care package to help them go home. Ian Barmer now on one possible
solution in Suffolk. Ethel is making a cup of tea,
all under the watchful eye of an occupational therapist,
at the Glastonbury Care Home of an occupational therapist,
at the Glastonbury Court Care Home in Bury St Edmunds.
Ethel was in the West Suffolk Hospital but instead of going home,
she has been sent here. The hospital has bought 20 care home
beds and staffed them It moves patients out
of the wards and frees up space. This is a much better
environment for these patients. They are out of hospital,
it provides an opportunity for them to return to normal life,
recover, have a little bit of rehabilitation
or optimisation, before plans So it is all about moving people
through the system, is that right? It is and it is very important that
people move through the system. The A department at
the West Suffolk Hospital. If elderly people are blocking beds,
people here cannot be admitted. The care homes scheme
in Bury St Edmunds is just one small part of major changes across the NHS
over the next few years. It is all being done under
the banner of sustainability and transformation plans,
or STPs, for short. Across the east, there are seven
STPs, roughly covering They will see the NHS
collaborate with local councils And it means new ways will have
to be found to deliver that care. A key theme -
the reorganisation of hospitals. In Essex, Southend, Broomfield
and Basildon hospitals Bedford, the Luton and Dunstable
and Milton Keynes could In Cambridgeshire, there's
the merger of Peterborough The other key theme -
moving people out of hospitals for treatment in the community, like
the initiative in Bury St Edmund. It's brilliant, the personal care,
they have got everything. One thing is clear,
with an ageing population, the pressure to make changes
in the health and care A lot of those pressures on the NHS
are connected to the huge strain And that is down to combination
of funding cuts, increased staff costs and a growth in demand
as our population gets older. The Government's given local
councils permission to put up Council Tax this year to provide
extra funding for the service Andrew Sinclair is here and it looks
as if councils are doing that? The new budgets are starting to be
published and every Council seems to be putting apps Council Tax. Mainly
to support social care. Over the weekend, Norfolk said it was looking
at a 4.8% increase, about an extra ?57. Both Essex and Suffolk have
announced plans for a 3% tax increase, although Essex saying the
extra money raised will just pay for about 12 days extra social care.
Social care needs a fundamental redesign.
The government needs to look at the funding for local government
And this pressure on social care is only going to increase, isn't it?
The population is getting older as you said and more papal than ever
before will turn 70 this year. More money for social care is one option
and there is a big campaign happening about that but councils
are accepting increasingly they have to look at things differently. That
is why there is a lot of interest in what is going on in West Suffolk.
Norfolk County Council are talking about redrawing the whole way they
provide social care. And on Inside Out tonight
David Whiteley will be looking at the challenges facing GPs
in this region. And he finds out how some surgeries
are being taken over by private That's Inside Out tonight
at 7.30pm on BBC1. Time for sport now and with news
of a new man in the hot seat at Northampton Town,
here's James Burridge. Welcome to Sixfields in Northampton
and displays got used to a fair share of success last season. They
got promotion to League 2. Rob page lasted only eight months until he
was sacked last week. A new man at the helm, Justin Edinburgh, a
familiar face around these parts. Justin Edinburgh whose managerial
career took off at Rushden Diamonds five years ago,
now hoping the grass is a little I think if I could have the same
impact that I did at Diamonds, then I think the crowd
and the people of Northampton The last man here, Rob Page,
suffered really under the shadow of Chris Wilder,
who brought them promotion, so what do you need to do,
Justin, to reinvigorate this team? To stamp my style of play,
I think I have spoken... People have spoken about formations
and I think it is a difficult one, coming midway through a season,
to try and make players play in a formation that
perhaps doesn't suit them. So I think we have to pick
a formation for the players but also He will need to instil
a little steel as well. The Cobblers ran out of puff
against Scunthorpe on Saturday, conceding the winner
in the last few minutes. We are going to raise
the morale, the confidence. But I see a good sign
this morning in trading. Very good vibe, real
intensity to training. They are scared stiff
of you, aren't they? But we want competition for places
and an honesty and a trust. With the Cobblers just five
points above the N1 clash with MK Dons this Saturday,
Justin Edinburgh is keen to produce The profession continues to grow on
the Norwich boss Alex Neil after another defeat on Saturday. Paul
Lambert return this weekend with Wolves. Can Alex Neil survive?
If they lose to Wolves, with Paul Lambert in charge,
with Carrow Road as noisy and as toxic as it will be
if Norwich do lose, then it is going to get more and more
difficult for anybody at Carrow Road to justify keeping him in the job.
But we have been here before, we thought that before
The man everyone is talking about at Ipswich Town at the moment is Tom
Lawrence. The focus is on Tuesday night at Lincoln, third-round
replay. He played an important part in that game.
Tom Lawrence is making a happy habit of goals like this.
COMMENTATOR: Glorious effort. Quite remarkable goal.
He's now scored seven in all, including both goals
against non-league Lincoln in the FA Cup.
Lawrence is on loan from Premier League champions Leicester,
His all-round performances have been good, as well.
Unfortunately, that goes unnoticed when you're not scoring goals.
You add goals to performances, and of course everybody's
waxing lyrical about him, and where he's going to go
and where he's not going to go. How much he'll cost.
He is our player to the end of the season - I'm delighted.
Former MK Dons defender Jordan Spence signed today.
And 6'6" Kieffer Moore from Forest Green.
The striker has played with Lawrence before.
Did you know he could strike a ball like that?
Obviously, we were together at Yeovil.
He used to do it day in, day out in training.
Neither of Ipswich's new signings are eligible to play
in tomorrow's's replay, when Town will look to avoid
Top six is looking out of their reach.
Too good to get dragged into a relegation battle,
in my opinion, so it's more about now sort of seeing a bit
of light at the end of the tunnel. A bit more entertainment
value for the fans. A little cup run wouldn't go amiss.
Ipswich were given a real scare against Lincoln the last time.
He's desperate to avoid a repeat tomorrow, with a home draw
Some Formula 1 news, Mercedes in Northampton shire were last year's
constructors champions and that was Nico Rosberg Duan the Championship
and then retired. They are looking for Valtteri Bottas, hoping he could
be a driver for the future. Looking at a slightly, week of
weather this week? After the drama of last week, it should be much more
settled this week. High pressure in charge keeping it fine and dry. The
difficulty will be judging the cloud and how much sunshine we will get.
On the satellite picture, the cloud, best breaks in the east but
eventually they spread to most places. A lot of clear sky. We will
see cloud feeding down from the north and perhaps a couple of
showers but largely dry. Underneath a clearer skies, we could see
temperatures as low as minus one Celsius. Looking at a frost across a
lot of the region. Light winds which could mean patchy fog. Tomorrow
morning, some frost and fog and it looks like a largely dry day with a
good deal of sunshine. Potential for some or cloud in the north and north
west but it could be fairly well broken. Temperatures really
struggling. It will feel quite chilly. We hold on to light winds
and it looks like the dry conditions will continue through Tuesday
evening into Tuesday night and Wednesday. Tuesday night looking
very cold. Wednesday, high pressure in charge, this weather frontage
stayed to the north so after the frosty start, it should be a fine
and dry day with potential for quite a bit of sunshine. The north and
north west will perhaps see some thicker cloud and drizzle.
Struggling to get a few degrees above freezing. Perhaps the change
on Thursday. High pressure in charge but the weather front may drift
southwards and so we will see more cloud. They could be a little bit of
drizzle. But we may see some brightness and sunshine. Thursday is
looking a cloudy day at the moment with temperatures perhaps a little
closer to average, around seven Celsius. There is a lot of
uncertainty about the amounts of cloud right the way through the week
but at the moment, Friday is looking cloudier although we cannot rule out
a little bit brightness and sunshine and temperatures a couple of degrees
higher than the beginning of the week. It looks like that weather
will continue into next weekend so largely dry and settled but always a
lot of cloud around and some brightness and sunshine and mainly
chilly. We will see you tomorrow night, good