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Labours Shadow Chancellor hits the road in Luton as election
When I campaign, I go to every seat Labour, Labour or Tory. People need
to know our message. -- lip. Debenhams closes it's distribution
centre in Northampton - A new hi tech cycle hire scheme
launches in Cambridge but will it mean bikes are abandoned
across the city? This is then who is hoping to break
a world record on the London Marathon this weekend and into the
Guinness book of records. Go get them, then.
Labour began their election campaign in Luton today with a visit
from Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.
He was supporting Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins
With both Luton seats Labour strongholds, why begin
Marching to battle at the very start of this 49 day election campaign.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonald here in Luton North with MP Kelvin
This is all down to you over the next couple of weeks.
This is one of only three Labour seats in our region.
Labour won this seat by a comfortable
The aim today and for the next seven weeks is to make
sure those who voted Labour stick with Labour.
After a warm reception inside, it was a soggy story outside.
On the campaign Trail to meet voters.
In seven weeks, we'll have a Labour Government.
I vote Labour and I'm still going to vote Labour
When I came here in 2001, I was so happy with this
I was earning less money, but I was happy with that.
And now I am earning more than that, but I still not happy.
In 2015, the constituency of Luton North had a
Labour in Luton South, a slimmer majority of 5,700.
You should never take people for granted.
She has called this election I think for party political
purposes, not for the interests of the country and she has seen the
polls and I think she is taking people for granted.
That is why when I campaign, I go to every seat whether
it is Labour, liberal or Tory because people need to know what our
Today, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn promised
to put power and wealth back in the hands of the people.
We, yes we, will prove the Establishment experts
And change the direction of this election.
I have never been part of the establishment.
I have always campaigned on that basis.
I have spoken my mind, or I have voted according to
Sometimes not with the whips in my party.
But do those who voted Labour last time believe the party can deliver?
I vote Labour, I have always voted Labour.
I think I am going to carry on dealing with them a lot.
I have been doing it for years, and I think
All I have done is actually voted for Labour.
So fingers crossed, Labour in the next
Labour's own supporters here may be confident
The bigger battle is convincing the rest
Andrew, why start the campaign in Luton? Two reasons. Labour knows it
has a fight on its hands and it has two shore up its votes. Why not
start into seats which have always been Labour? Kelvin Hopkins is a
long-standing friend and colleague of John McDonald, so why not pay him
a visit? The second reason is campaign tactics. In every election,
the two main parties get very excited about the M1 corridor. Seats
in Luton, Milton Keynes, Stevenage, Bedford, Northampton, Corby. These
are classic swing seats. Labour and the Conservatives fight over these.
You can wind over voters in these seats, you will probably stand a
good chance of winning the election. We will see more campaigning in the
seat? Certainly by Labour. The Conservatives do not seem to be so
worried about these. They point out that when they were one, the Tory
vote in all those seats went up in 2015. Since then, Labour's poll lead
has fallen. They are not worried. Labour believes that the message on
the NHS, on fair taxation, giving a good deal to hard-working people
will go down well with voters in these areas and will be paying a lot
of attention to the M1. Another part of our region which Labour is
reworking on now as Cambridge. Talk today of moving extra resources into
Cambridge. Very concerned that they have a battle on their hands there.
Debenhams has announced plans to close its major distribution
centre in Northampton, putting two 220 jobs at risk.
It's part of the company's wider plans to revitalise it's business
including reducing the number of products it stocks and closing
Emma Baugh is at the distribution centre now.
Very sad news tonight for the distribution centre here and also
the more than 200 people who work here. Run by DHL, it is now due to
close in two years' time. It is barred of a major review by
Debenhams who are also looking at the future of ten of their stores
and the way we shop. Staff at the Northampton store here today were
upbeat, although they weren't able to talk to us. People shopping in
the town today were still very impressed by Debenhams.
I like the brands, the clothing, designs.
Debenhams is probably the best shop that we have got in
I think if we lose it it will be another major step
towards the town centre disintegrating.
I like the perfumes, the make-up and clothes.
We have heard from DHL this evening who say that the jobs from here will
be going to Peterborough and North Yorkshire. Good news for the people
there, but not for the workers here. A prison officer has
appeared in court charged with the manslaughter of an inmate
at Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes. 55-year-old Joseph Travers is also
charged with gross negligence and misconduct in public office
after the death of Ryan Harvey. The 23-year-old was found hanging
in his cell in 2015. It's thought this is the first time
a prison officer will face trial He will next appear
at the Old Bailey on the 18th May. Police in Northamptonshire have said
that 100 extra officers across the county are to be trained
and equipped with Tasers. Until now only officers
in the regional unit covering four counties were able
to use the device. But now local officers will be
trained to use them. It's hoped they will be
able to offer a faster This is a wider roll-out to local
police and officers on the front It will certainly
help the officers in protecting them and the public
against people who are in incidence of such severity and violence where
this piece of equipment may well be A new bike share scheme in Cambridge
is proving controversial on the day The OFO project started in China
and allows cycles to be Users can then leave them anywhere
in the city once they've But there are concerns it could lead
to bikes being dumped. With congestion on four wheels
a problem in Cambridge, there is a Many of us use our bikes to get
around here, but now there is something new in this
old university city. Fresh from China where
the company claims to have 30 million active users,
with Ofo, you simply tap the bike number in the app,
unlock, and off you go. We chose Cambridge because it is
the cycling capital of the UK. Once you finish your journey,
you literally kick the stand out, put the bike
to one side, lock stand out, put the bike to one side,
lock the bike wheel and end But it is precisely
because there is no docking system like so-called Boris
bikes in London that it is causing At City Cycle Hire, they already
rented out more than 500 bikes and they are
worried about safety. We rigorously check our bikes
after every use for a customer. I can't see how this is possible
with the Ofo scheme. The visitors who come
to Cambridge, if they decide to take one of these
bicycles, they may not be familiar with the highway laws,
so they could be putting Cambridge has already had a cycle
share scheme go wrong. More than 20 years ago,
many of the green bikes Although Ofo say they know
where bikes have been left because of GPS on the smartphone
app, some still have real concerns. It could be
a dump-anywhere scheme if people aren't careful and what we
don't want is for all of the responsibility effectively to fall
on the council because there aren't even phone numbers on these bikes
if people want to get them shifted. The local council says
Ofo haven't answered all their questions,
so I How are you going to
ensure these bikes aren't left in irresponsible places
or even just a dump? We have actually paid positions,
we will be an employer within Cambridge, employing
and on the ground team to round the bikes up and make sure
that they are evenly distributed around the city
where they are needed most. The project is being
trialled for three weeks in the city,
but more yellow bikes are expected to arrive
after At the local council watching how
the scheme will work in Next tonight the latest
in our series looking at the candidates vying
to become Cambridgeshire's The winning candidate will control
a multi-million pound budget, with direct powers over
housing and growth. Tonight is the turn
of the English Democrats. Their candidate is a former
Peterborough city councillor, and says he's "pro-car" and backs
local jobs for local people. He's an admirer of Donald Trump
and if elected, has invited the US Our political reporter
Mousumi Bakshi put Stephen Goldspink I am Stephen Goldspink,
running for the English Democrats and the first thing I would do
if elected their is collect information from residents
about traffic problems and issues, transport issues, around their area
and try and get in and solve them. How much money has been set aside
for affordable housing? ?170 million, of which
70 million are to Tell us one thing that
people might not know People might not know that I am
a fan of the 1970s pop group The Sweet and that I invited
them to Peterborough in 2004 and set up
my own concert. Because I understand what people
want in Cambridgeshire. I will do my best to make sure that
any houses that we build are accessible to the majority
of the population. Where is your favourite
place to go in Cambridge? My favourite place to
go in Cambridgeshire. I guess that would have to be out
on the Fens where I live. I just love driving across the Fens,
the big open spaces. And we'll hear from the other
candidates next week. But before that there is a special
programme called A Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
tonight on BBC One at 10.45pm Meaty marathon man carrying it on
dry and Alex has the full cost. I will be here with the weather. Join
me later with all the details. -- a marathon man.
Over the last ten years smart technology has brought
It's particularly helpful for people with disabilities who can use
technology to provide discreet but invaluable assistance.
That's been the case for Marc Bilton from Dunstable who has been
using special glasses for almost two years.
Marc, who is registered blind, says wearing the OrCam glasses means
he no longer has to rely so much on other people.
Marc Bilton has Usher syndrome Type II, he has
been deaf since birth and
his eyesight started to go in his late teens.
In 2002, as a father of four young boys coming he finally
I want to do things that every dad does, take the kids down to the park
and play football, initially I could do that,
but as time went on, it got
harder and harder and reading bedtime stories and doing their
homework with them, they would have to read out what they were supposed
to do, rather than me going through and telling them how
No peripheral vision, no depth, no colour, no
Mark relies heavily on other people to help him.
But these glasses bring independence.
ROBOTIC VOICE: It is your birthday, collect ?10 from
A tiny camera focuses in on words, allowing him to read
It can be programmed to recognise products,
ROBOTIC VOICE: Please name the person in front of you
It's given me back an element of independence.
It is not making my life totally free of needing other people, but it
has given me some of the things back that I couldn't do.
Socially, Mark is more confident and relaxed.
ROBOTIC VOICE: Chicken breast burger with chips.
Would you have been able to read menu like
I wouldn't have been able to see boards or anything like
Does that make the whole restaurant experience more
I really enjoy going to restaurants now.
I'm able to do things for myself rather than needing other
You know, as sensors cameras and other
technical components can shrink in size,
the potential for more mobility and more discreet
It really is a super exciting time to be
looking at and to be using and
Mark paid almost ?2,000 to take part in the trial
alone, but he says they are life changing and are staying put.
Bowl cancer is he second most common cause of cancer death in the UK,
but not enough people from ethnic minority communities are taking up
Muslim communities have the lowest take up rate at just 30% with Hindu
That's compared to a national average of 56%.
One Northampton man who's currently battling bowel cancer
is trying to raise awareness across all communities.
Mike Cartwright has been to meet him.
Diagnosed in 2009, Nick's cancer has been
In the time left, he wants to raise as much
awareness about the disease as possible.
Today, talking to an Asian community group in Northampton.
Their children and grandchildren are perhaps more at risk now of
I think that what they're doing is adopting similar
lifestyle habits as their white European friends and putting
themselves at the same risks as their white European friends.
So they like to go and have a burger,
They are doing all of the bad things that
perhaps their parents and grandparents once doing.
The symptoms to look out for our blood
when going to the loo, change in bowel habits, unexplained weight
loss, extreme tiredness and stomach pain.
A campaign now underway to raise awareness about the disease
amongst black and minority ethnic groups.
Certain older members of communities might not read English
and so when the invitation comes through, they possibly will ignore
the invitation or struggle to understand what it is about.
There may be some cultural barriers as to
I know now what symptoms to look for.
The other things I do, I do exercise, I am a
It is still good to know that I am on the right path.
People who perhaps didn't know anything
about bowel cancer are now better informed and will be able to take
close on notice now, especially for the main symptoms
Nick's undergone surgery three times.
He has had chemo, he is terminally ill.
Bowel is now the fourth most common cancer.
I am determined to extract every last
It has not been fun, I have not enjoyed it,
but it has also allowed me to do some really amazing things.
His message, if worried the your doctor.
The sooner the diagnosis, the better the chance of
Rugby, after the disappointment of missing out on Lions' selection,
Northampton's Dylan Hartley has been confirmed as captain for England's
The hooker, who's been capped 84 times,
is joined by fellow Saints players Paul Hill, Tom Wood
Who'll be hoping to earn his first cap.
Fly-half Piers Francis, who'll be joining Northampton
from Auckland is also in the touring party.
Now we haven't had much luck picking winners over the years,
but if you were with us last week you'll have seen Eminent,
son of wonderhorse Frankel, getting ready for the new season.
Well, today he won the Craven Stakes at Newmarket
He's now 10-1 to win the first Classic of the season.
More than 30,000 people are expected to run
Among them, the worlds top athletes, the fun runners and those
And it doesn't get much more crazy than this.
Completing the 26.2 miles in under six hours with a tumble
This report from our Sports Editor Jonathan Park.
It has to weigh 25 kilos and it is bang on 25 kilos.
44-year-old Ben Lowes and his six-year-old tumble dryer.
I think some people have been saying it, but to
I and finished with my running, really.
This is more of a strength test than a running test, I believe.
I think it is a challenge and I like challenges.
Ben is very used to pounding the streets.
He has completed 29 marathons including nine in London.
At stake this time, a white goods world record.
Ben might not be the only one going for a spin around the London
Marathon course with a tumble dryer on his back, but you think you might
have competition for the record, yeah?
I do believe there is at least two others that I am
You have to beat them and I have to get
under six hours to get the title, but I am not going to worry about
I'm confident of my training and I am ready to go, fit and
This is him on the BBC show Special Forces:Ultimate Hell Week.
From the Orange team, it is marathon enthusiast Blowes.
He survived to tell the tale and will
be running in London for Racing Welfare.
The profile raising that we have received from Ben
running around with a tumble dryer on his back with racing welfare on
I think he is slightly crazy for doing it,
Ben's trained at 4am, in the snow, even been stopped by curious police
He gets a few looks in Newmarket's town centre.
People stop their cars, film, people just look
Other people, they see it and a couple of
bleep on my phone and they have donated.
Ben has pretty much heard all the gags, so all that is left to
Let's have a look at the forecast now with Alex Dolan.
A lot of cloud across the region today, but we did see some
bright spells and sunshine in places.
A lovely photo taken in Hertfordshire
Blue sky in evidence there and also some brightness
breaking through the trees in Suffolk.
Satellite images show that there is a weak weather
front moving through, it has put a lot of cloud across
much of the region through today, but there has been some gaps.
Brightness and sunshine to end the day.
The thickest of the cloud has produced one or two spots of light
rain or drizzle and that will be the trend for this evening and
A lot of cloud around and still possible there could be rain
Having said that, many places will stay dry
Temperatures will be much milder than last night, so lows of around
We may find there are a few gaps in the cloud which
will allow the temperatures to drop a little bit, but not cold enough
Starting the day tomorrow with high pressure
This weak weather front is the next one to
That is going to introduce a lot of cloud around the
No rain at all, there may just be one or two light showers.
Today it will generally be quite cloudy, there may well be some
brightness breaking through that cloud.
Quite warm temperatures despite that cloud
Temperatures climbing to 15 or 16 degrees.
The winds are going to start to switch direction to more
That is going to bring in some cooler rare, gradually starting to
cool things down and fortunately in time for the weekend. The pressure
pattern shows how that starts to happen. High-pressure getting
shunted to the west. This weather from clearing to the south and a
northerly wind sets up and that is a much cooler air source. That error
is coming all the way from the Arctic and we will have much cooler
temperatures by day on Saturday. The outlook is looking cooler on
Saturday and Sunday. There will be some sunshine around, but also the
chance of some showers, likely to be isolated. Into the outlook, says
they expect a call they generally with a lot of cloud around.
Recovering temperatures on Sunday, maybe sunshine. As for the start of
the next week? Staying cool and cloudy and will start to bring our
temperatures down overnight, as well. Close to freezing on Monday
night. Just time for a quick barometer check for you. The
pressure reading is 1033 millibars which is 35.0 inches. Not bad for
April. Now you may remember Peaky,
the talking 'ohbot' who was launched into space by primary school
children in Hertfordshire Today the first video
footage of his mission Peaky was launched using
an expanding balloon by pupils at the Roysia Middle School
in Royston in January. That's all from us here
in Cambridge for now. I'll be back with an update
at 10.30, but for now,