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Hello and welcome to Look East. Wednesday's headlines here.

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?13 million lost, as Corby Council says it

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will not try to recover the overspend on its new building.

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They lost control of the project and allowed costs to spiral.

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We are no not going to be able to recover this ?13 million,

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which is an enormous loss for the people of Corby and the

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A booming young population in Peterborough,

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We speak to the designer of the iconic '70s children's bike.

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And how long as the beautiful weather going to last? Join me later

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to find out. won awards for its design and has

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become a Corby landmark. But building the Corby Cube cost

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the taxpayer ?13 million Now Corby Borough Council

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has publicly admitted that they are writing off that debt

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and will no longer actively Opposition politicians have dubbed

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the whole affair "appalling" and say the council "lost control

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of the project". The icon has come at a cost. After

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years of wrangling, the Council have decided they have no chance of

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getting back the ?13 million overspend. The Administration

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managed the project appallingly. The lost control of it and allowed costs

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to spiral. We will know not get the money back, which will be enormously

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damaging for Corby and the surrounding villages. Not

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surprisingly, the news is not condone well. Ridiculous. They could

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have used the money for extra housing. There should be a

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full-scale enquiry. They seem to think they can use people's money in

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any way the world. Nearly seven years after it opened, parts of the

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building have still not been finished. The top floor was going to

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be a restaurant. Then plans were revealed for it to be turned into

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offices, but no one has moved in yet. In a previous statement, they

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said the feelings or so we are with other parties connected with the

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Corby Cube. They see them is insufficient evidence to show that

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the conduct of the parties is the sole problem with the overspend.

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They say that lessons have been lay. They had this to say about

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large-scale programmes. We realise that these big scale projects on

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teams do not come in on time and on budget. We are realistic about that.

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It is not the first overspend. The Cambridge gated bus was over ?60

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million over budget. The gated bus for Luton was over ?6.5 million

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overspend. And the abbey was over ?1.4 million overspend. And over ?2

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million was spent on the solar farm project, which was then shelved. I

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can Corby, the Corby Cube is the centre of the regeneration, but it

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does ask a question of whether councils like Corby should again

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undertake such huge projects. So, why do councils

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overspend like this? I asked an expert in local

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government, from the London School of Economics, Professor Tony

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Travers. Of course, big projects do not

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come around very often, so whereas councils will

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be relaying roads or putting up streetlights or mending

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schools, in some cases, quite regularly, they will not be doing

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that with major theatres or big projects very often

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and there is just always the risk that that the skills needed to do

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those are less present Is it also that council offices

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and councillors are also not really qualified to deal

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with the financial arrangements necessary for these

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large-scale projects? I think, in fairness to councils,

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they often get it right. We have seen examples of tramways

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that run over budget or big But central government also gets

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them wrong at scale, as well, So there is a wider public

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sector problem here, but occasionally, councils do get it

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wrong and not only in places Is there enough good quality advice

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available to councils when they have taken

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on this kind of thing? The question of advice is a crucial

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one, because obviously councils do seek advice from various companies

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who are used to big The problem may be that

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all of the advisory industry, at some level, may have a vested

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interest in big projects So, getting really good advice

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and keeping the project motoring, when the taxpayer can

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always step in at the end, is a little different from me

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or you getting some work done on Should local councile

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with a lower council tax take lower their expectations and not

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take on these big projects? The problem is that

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councils, who have the are ensuring it is attractive to

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look at, has good facilities and has things that makes people want to go

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there, to invest in business and to live there, they do

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have to undertake these Nor have town centres left we did

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not do that in the past. The trouble is, getting the expertise. Getting

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all that expertise in one place is more difficult and may become more

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difficult in the years to come. A human rights committee has been

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grilling experts on how best to manage mental health problems

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in our prisons. A record number of people killed

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themselves in prisons Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes had

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the highest number of suicides, with seven prisoners taking

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their own lives in that period. Mousumi Bakshi was watching

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the hearing at the House of Commons It was a distinguished panel of

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speakers from both sides of the committee. The mother of Stephen

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Lawrence. Harriet Harman. It is about the ability of the prison

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service to deal with mental health issues. Around 70% of the prison

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population has some sort of personality disorder. At one point,

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two of the presence in the region were described as toxic. These

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included Woodhill Prison. Prisoners expensive and ineffective. It does

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not help quash conviction numbers. If we put people into

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community-based provision, put them into good community projects, we

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might have the more effective way of dealing with the problems which lead

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people into the prison system in the first place. A more radical

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solutions where proposed? Yes, you remember the Justice Secretary said

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?100 million would be put into the prison service to hire more

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officers, staff, nurses. But one key witness suggested that a specialist

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prison be built to house some of the more critically ill inmates. People

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who have to reoffend because of their mental health issues may have

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to be in a more secure environment. We might be better dedicating a

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pleasant to these people, these individuals and our people trained

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to deal specifically with them, rather than have the situation

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really are in the prison population amongst everyone else. More

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witnesses will be here over the next few days. Thank you very much. The

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former Northampton chairman has seen off a motion by the council to reap

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the money that the loan term. Are Now, we are always hearing

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about the challenges of an ageing population and how

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services will cope in future. But the city of Peterborough

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has another problem - how to support the rising number

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of young people who live there. One in three people in Peterborough

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is under the age of 25. It is one of the fastest-growing

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cities in the country, with an expected growth rate overall

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of 28% in the next decade. But the youth population

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will grow by more than 50%. So, how is the city coping?

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Emma Baugh reports. how do you get young people away

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from their mobile phones? The answer, it would appear food.

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Businesses identify the and the nightlife needs of teams. The focus

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tends to be on older people who are more affluent. Younger people tend

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to just fall off adults have gone. But it is not just sweet treats that

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are helping young people. It is about schemes to help them into the

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work place. They are getting some great experience and gaining

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professional qualifications, as well. Has it help? It has steadily

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been good experience. Probably a lot better than what they would of got

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that university. It is not the same for everybody, but it was very good

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for me. This year, a consumer group said the city was the best place in

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the country for young people and families to move to. As you can

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afford to buy a house, it is still one of the cheaper places in the

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country. And for young people, there seems to be a better support

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network. But not everyone is convinced. It needs to be something

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like the job opportunities for young people. My husband wanted to go to

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university. As a teenager, life is OK but rather boring. We want to do

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as much as they possibly can. It is always difficult. We are listening

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to what young people have to see. As the city continues to expand, the

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challenge is to make sure the city has something for everyone and

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retaining the young people by developing them as the city grows.

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A new foot and cycle path has opened, connecting villages in south

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The cycleway, running along the A10 from Meldreth, cost over ?500,000

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and is the first project from the Greater Cambridge City Deal.

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The aim is to provide safe, car-free routes between local rail

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stations and key work areas like the Melbourn Science Park.

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That is all from the team here on the west side of Look East.

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Stay with us for our special guest - the man who invented the

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Alex has got the weather and a new search begins in Essex

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It's Day Three of the Look East Referendum Road Trip.

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we are re-visiting the places we went to in June

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to find out what people think about Brexit.

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and last night went to Northamptonshire.

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Tonight, we take the road to Cambridgeshire

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where there are concerns around the availability of labour

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While in Silicon Fen, the focus is more on where to recruit

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Hannah Olsson is at the wheel for tonight's report.

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On the road in the Fens, it may seem a long way

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from Westminster but the effects of Brexit are far reaching.

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And even here the debate over the EU is still growing.

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7000 people in Cambridgeshire work in farming,

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growing the food that ends up in our supermarkets.

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8000 tonnes of leeks a year are grown by this

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farm and they rely on migrant workers to pick them.

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But after the Brexit vote, coming to the UK is

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no longer the first choice for many Eastern Europeans.

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Most of them, you know, they like to go more

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to Europe countries, like

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Sweden, Denmark, because Brexit and they are thinking of the future,

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That's why they are taking a different kind of choice and the

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After harvesting, the leeks arrive here

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But in the future, will there be enough workers to

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keep our supermarket trolleys full of produce?

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We're trying to make as much as we possibly can and apply

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technology where we can but if we can't find the jobs,

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the workers to fulfil our jobs, we will go and find

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the workers which means we will take our business abroad.

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It's not just workers that farmers are

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concerned about, there is also changes to subsidies.

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They have got to sort out trade, where that has got to be, where the

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Labour is going to come from so we can anticipate, from that subsidies

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to make us more productive, more technically efficient in the future.

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At the moment, the government has promised subsidies will be matched

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until 2020. But after that, there are no guarantees. From farming to

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pharmaceuticals, in Cambridge, developing drugs is big business.

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When pharmaceutical giant moved to this camp later this year, it will

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become one of the leading medical research centres in the wild, more

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than 17,000 people working here. It is what we do with Brexit itself.

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You see the building behind me represents real optimism about what

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Cambridge can become if it is a real player in the global environment

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which has been since its inception. There is a lot of optimism that can

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be greeted from it as well, it is certainly not doom and gloom and you

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don't feel that in Cambridge at all. That option -- opinion is not shared

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by many. There are still questions what the pharmaceutical industry

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will look like after Brexit. He at the outcomes research UK drug

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discovery Institute, they are developing the dementia drugs of the

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future. Like the farm, they have questions over funding and

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immigration. They also want to make sure there are no issues with drug

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regulations. The moment we do that wrap the whole of Europe with the

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European medicines agency, if we lose that agency, we will have to

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have our own process. I do not think we know at the moment what that

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would look like. The concern that people have is that we might find

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ourselves behind the rest of Europe in our ability to access the most

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exciting new medicines. Keeping cross-border trials running

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and collaborative with partners overseas is what the scientific

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committees that is needed now to keep it in the driving seat. --

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scientific communities. And tomorrow night, Andrew Sinclair

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will bring the mini to Norfolk to get the views of people

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in fishing and farming. And a new bicycle came on the market

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like nothing before it or since. which is the subject tonight

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of a BBC documentary. Released in 1970, it

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is arguably Raleigh's Motoring journalist

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Mark Hughes got one There was just no way once

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you've seen that as a ten-year-old kid, there was no way

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you couldn't have that. It was just lust, that is

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the only way you could Grown men still talk about that name

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back. Tom Curran is the man who designed the Chopper. He is in our

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Cambridge studio. Why do you think it became so iconic? I ought to

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explain that in my design of it, I wanted every project to be a huge

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success. I think the Chopper was a bit unusual in that it was a bit

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unlike any other bike and it really caught the imagination of children.

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I always meet people who either had one or desperately wanted one. It

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just became a great success. We had a lot of those in our newsroom today

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talking about it as well. What did you do to come up with the idea? How

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did you come up with the idea, especially of the saddle? The

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Raleigh, Raleigh needed to compete with something in America. They came

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to me and asked me to design something which would compete with

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this bike but had a different kind of flavour. I was very keen to make

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it like a dragster with a big wheel at the back and a small wheel at the

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front. I think that made it different from any other bike. It

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had a lovely gear shift which children liked a lot and the saddle

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was fun. It had make-believe springs on it, you may notice. It was all

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about the looks, it was not necessarily the best bicycle to ride

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but it was all about how it looked. It... I am not sure I am quite with

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you. I was just talking about the fact

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that the looks of it was so important rather than what it was

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like as a right. -- ride. I have got one in my home, I am not answering

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your question. I have got one in my home and it belonged to my

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first-born who said a long time ago, early 70s and it was restored by the

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Chopper club. I have got an 11-year-old grandson and he has got

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his eyes on it. He drove it down my garden and went down some steps as

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well. Get me back on track, if you will. You have invented so many

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things as well as the Chopper. Including the also iconic marble run

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which I think both your children and grandchildren have loved playing

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with. I am glad you mentioned the marble run. I am so proud of that

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because it has given pleasure to properly millions of children. --

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Raleigh too. I thought of it in 1970 and we made a prototype and it has

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been running ever since. I was one of the people who love that as well.

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Thank you so much for talking to us, Mr Karen. Thank you.

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It's cold and dark, the shops are bursting

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and the chances are the finalists will come from Essex,

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Today, the search for a new star got underway in Essex on Clacton Pier.

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# Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside

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# Oh, I do like to be beside the sea #.

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If you want to find fame and fortune on reality TV, this is

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where the X Factor journey starts - auditions in the spring.

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Olly Murs, Matt Cardle and Louisa Johnson are all

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In a room next door to the bowling alley, the

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Clacton hopefuls are trying their luck.

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I found out yesterday so I was like, why not?

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# I'm leaning on a lamp post on the corner

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Natalie Imbruglia could be good, I think.

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Go on, give us a little burst of that now.

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# I thought I saw a man brought to life

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# He was warm, he came around like he was dignified #.

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Waiting in the queue for more than two hours

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is 28-year-old Toni Parker, she works for Asda and has always

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For as long as she can remember, Toni has had a stutter

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and would break down in tears when asked

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No, it was always, I always used to sing a lot as a child and do

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karaokes and everything and it was always all OK, the singing.

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For the X Factor audition, Toni sings

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an Alanis Morissette song called Thank You.

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We can't film the audition itself but...

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I have to wait either for an e-mail before I know

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It is a long way between here and the X Factor final at Wembley

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just before Christmas but if today proves anything, it proves that this

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Mike Liggins, BBC Look East, Clacton.

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He was desperate going. You could've gone on. Let's get the weather.

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Blue sky today. 18 Celsius in Essex. Beautiful scene here in Suffolk

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coastline and lots more lovely photograph sent in today showing the

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fine weather. It is going to change a little bit through tomorrow, more

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cloud around that ending the day on a clear night. It is expected to ten

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quite misty as we go through the night, down to around six Celsius.

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We start the day tomorrow with some mist bad thing. This weather from

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coming in from the west will turn things cloudy. It should be a bright

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bat for many of us, once the mist, some good sunshine, particularly

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across eastern counties drain the morning. Across western counties,

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the cloud coming in from the west so it is going to cloud over and it

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will not be as warm as it was today. Up to 12, 13 Celsius. A notice or

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breeze as well from the south-west. The evening and overnight, some

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patchy rain but not expected to amount to very much. A splash of

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rain for many others. And we are getting towards the end of the week

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and into the weekend, looking unsettled. Some rain later in the

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day on Friday, much of the day does that drive but cloudy. This is how

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it shapes up for the next few days. We get a cold night for tomorrow

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night, worth noting once that weather front has me through. We are

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into cloudy forecast for much of the day on Friday with some rain

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arriving later. Looking mostly for here in the east in the weekend,

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temperatures lifting to mid teens. Not so much of the sunshine.

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Thank you. We've had an e-mail to from Karen to say she was the only

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girl who 'The UK has voted to leave

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the European Union 'Ukip leader Nigel Farage

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celebrated the result, 'declaring that dawn was breaking

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on an independent nation. 'Prime Minister David Cameron is

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expected to resign 'The pound fell sharply as the

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referendum result became apparent, 'and traders are bracing themselves

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for panic when the markets open. 'and England are confident

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of advancing to the next stage 'ahead of their upcoming European

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Championship game against Iceland.'

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