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Hello, and welcome to Look East, with Stewart and me.


The headlines tonight, from Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.


The Labour leader comes to this region with the party's message


We find out what it means for workers and employers here.


Can we, and should we wean our agriculture industry off subsidies


Cabbies protest in Essex as Uber drivers with a criminal


And Reginald James Watson, an old soldier with no


surviving relatives, gets a fitting sendoff


The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn came to this region today


to make his most important speech of the New Year.


He told supporters in Peterborough that, under Labour, EU


migrants who are already here would have their


And he said he would not bow to pressure to support


Mr Corbyn's defence of migrant workers will have gone down well


in many areas of multicultural Peterborough.


But he also reassured Brexit-supporting parts of this


region that he will lobby for schemes to prevent


cheap migrant labour from undercutting local workers.


Let's get more now from our political


More than 55% of our region voted to leave the EU last year in the


referendum. 61% of them here in Peterborough. Jeremy Corbyn and most


of labour were on the Remainer side, in a region by labour has always


struggled. A lot of interest in the speech from the Labour leader, one


which will play a large part in determining the fortunes of labour


in this region for some time to come.


Labour are under growing a New Year beer brand, the speech was billed as


Jeremy Corbyn's big response to Brexit.


Labour accepts those challenges that the voters have given.


Among his ideas, more money for the NHS, a crackdown on high levels of


pay, and a new policy on immigration. The advance briefing


was he would back a restriction on the numbers coming to Britain but he


did not say that. He spoke about the importance of migrants to our


economy and said improving local services was the answer.


The question of underfunding of services is crucial in this city,


Peterborough for example, this council seems more interested in


selling council housing to private sector rather than housing the


people who are homeless. You say if there was more funding,


people would be so concerned about immigration?


Sometimes there are issues surrounding shortages of services


where people are unfairly blamed. It is generally accepted theories


about the pressures caused by immigration were the reason for the


large Brexit boat. The Leave campaign say the solution is to


limit numbers, Jeremy Corbyn believes more support for local


councils is the answer. It is reassuring voters we are


listening. There was a vote in June and people have had their say.


We need to make sure we as a party of the people are listening to what


they are saying. The thoughts of people in


Peterborough? I think we should put a cap on it.


But some are hard workers. There are a lot of jobs that perhaps


we don't want to do that people do. You will have two cap numbers, there


is no other way. Why come to a probe Brexit meeting


to deliver an anti-Brexit message. Jeremy Corbyn is hoping to win new


supporters. Of course, the other big issue


for this region as far as Brexit And there's a lot of uncertainty


about what will happen Our environment reporter


Richard Daniel says many farmers May last year, the then Environment


Secretary is handed a pig. By her side supporting the remaining


campaign, the Suffolk pig farmer Jimmy Butler. Seven months on the


now supports Brexit. The weaker pound has boosted sales of his free


range pork. He doesn't qualify for EU subsidies but he thinks they


should be phased out. Subsidies don't do us any favour


with the public, they see us as a protected species. All it it is


saving on the cost of production. The money comes from the taxpayer to


be handed back to the farmer. British farmers receive ?3 billion a


year in subsidy, 55% of total UK farm income. Scrapping the payments


would have a huge impact on the way our countryside is managed. The


current system of subsidies has plenty of critics. Conservationists


say it has failed to protect biodiversity. Others say the


wealthiest land owners take the lions share of payment.


Johnson's 1800 acres near Cambridge. Last year his business received


?155,000 in subsidies. The uncertainty of the future is


worrying. We received ?90 an acre on our cat


payments. As far as income or profitability,


without that support, we wouldn't make a profit. We read quite a lot


of land as well. We will have to look carefully to see how we can


structure the farm so they can remain viable in this new climate.


His uncertainty hitting confidence? This magazine in Ipswich has


reported farm machinery sales are holding up but there is no denying


the challenge. The Government has admitted they


were not prepared for Brexit. They are coming from behind, needing to


get the best trade deals. They are trying. But we are hopelessly


unprepared. As Jimmy's optimism shows, there are


others who see the current situation as an opportunity.


We touched on farming and immigration, the major issues come


Brexit? Ten days into January and these


issues are being talked about not just by us but in a lot of


conversations taking place around office tables and businesses. Not


surprising, farming and fishing, very important industries in the


region. Immigration the main driver for the leave vote last year. A


third important issue, the future of education, science and research post


Brexit which will be addressed tomorrow by a House Of Commons


committee looking into the impact of Brexit on that sector.


How significant was it Jeremy Corbyn came to Peterborough today?


The first reason is he was coming to a major city in a major area where


many voted leave. The other is, to form a Government, Labour needs to


win sites -- Needs to win seats in places like Harlow, Basildon,


Charmouth, to win over Labour supporters again.


An inquest has been told that police charged a mentally ill man


with attempted murder so that he could be remanded


Weeks later, Dean Saunders was found dead in his cell


One police officer said they felt they were being


pushed into the decision because a psychiatrist refused


Robby West is outside the Coroner's Court in Chelmsford now.


Yesterday we heard how this father and brother were injured when they


stopped him cutting his own throat. Today focused on the event after he


was taken to Basildon police station. These suicide events had


been recorded on the police system. There was also read out on his


throat from an attempt to take his own life according to the Sergeant.


When a psychiatrist from the mental health partnership trust assessed


him, she was not aware of his intention to kill himself. The


doctor said she had not seen the police log or risk assessments, she


had not seen any red marks on his throat either. She did not section


Dean said he could be placed in a secure hospital unit because he had


not been charged. The court heard he was charged later with attempted


murder in order to get him remanded to protect him.


A man from Norwich has been charged with murdering


32-year-old Kerri McAuley was found dead at a flat


A post mortem examination was inconclusive but police believe


Joe Storey, who's 26, will appear at Norwich


A crowdfunding page has been set up to pay for her funeral.


It's already exceeded its ?5,000 target and currently


Several bunches of flowers have been left close to the block


This region has lost out to Lincolnshire in the battle


to get the headquarters of a major new windfarm.


The Racebank field is a just a short distance from the port


But the company behind it has opted to base its operations in Grimsby


The race is on to build a string of wind farms off our coast.


This is work underway to lay cables for the Galloper field off Suffolk.


Once they are completed, each wind farm needs a port


where its operations can be based for the long-term.


These operations and maintenance bases as they are called are highly


prized because they offer jobs to engineers and maintenance


The Racebank field off north Norfolk considered Grimsby,


It has come down in favour of Grimsby.


Wells felt it was in a good position to win the work as the closest


We'd like to have seen some benefits to the north Norfolk coast.


Racebank is only 14 miles from here, 40 miles from Grimsby.


I'm a little bit surprised but I'm sure they did their business plan.


They already have a base in Grimsby, I'm guessing


Wells is already the operations base for the Sheringham Shell field.


Having Racebank would have helped diversify its economy


There are currently seven operations bases on our coast either working


or waiting for their wind farms to be built.


Racebank's decision has also disappointed Yarmouth.


Though it has a strong chance of being chosen as the base


for future wind farms which are still at


There's been more news from the energy sector today.


The Government has started the process for approving


a Chinese nuclear reactor at Bradwell in Essex.


The Chinese want to build this reactor based on their own design.


It would be close to the old Bridewell station. To do this they


need the approval of UK regulators which is the process which kicked


off today, which typically takes four years, to establish the design


is safe and secure. If the UK regulators were to approve


this Chinese design, then it would be the first foothold of Chinese


nuclear technology in a major western economy, a very important


issue. Cabbies in Southend say drivers


stripped of their licences because they broke the law are back


on the streets. The resort's taxi drivers'


association claim the drivers are being used by the phone-app service


Uber. Mark Jennings is chairman of the


taxi drivers' association here, he said members were angry when another


to drivers who committed motoring offences and banned from operating


by the council was spotted back on the streets picking up fares.


For this to happen, you can imagine the level of frustration and anger


not just by the drivers but by residents, customers, people wonder


how this has happened. Drivers need a private hire vehicle


licence issued by the local authority.


The band drivers got around it by applying for another license from


Transport for London. They are now driving for Uber even


though the company has no devices to operate in Southend. Southend


Council told me how unhappy they are with the situation.


Two individuals who we know about have had their licences revoked in


Southend and have been licensed by TfL and are working for Uber.


What do you think about that? It is a scandal of epidemic


proportions, it cannot be right back one licensing authority finds them


not fit to hold a licence, yet TfL have seen fit to give them a


license. TfL told us these were serious


issues which were under investigation. A spokesperson for


Uber said they would welcome more transparent data sharing between


licensing authorities. What they are doing, there is no


point having a local licensing you might as well go to the cheapest


area then drive you like. The cabbies here say they are


worried the fact drivers previously banned are now back in the resort


could put passengers in danger and are calling on the London Mayor to


take action. You're watching Look East,


with Stewart and me. Stay with us for action


from last night's Cup tie Alex will tell us about


a freezing end to the week. Local people make sure a war veteran


gets a fitting sendoff. The Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates


is giving $9 million to a medical company in Cambridge which is trying


to find cures for The grant is coming from the Bill


and Melinda Gates Foundation. The cash is going to a Cambridge lab


called Kymab which is researching vaccines for diseases such


as HIV and malaria. The Gates' involvement will ensure


that any treatments are shared among Scientists working in this Cambridge


laboratory are taking the first steps to create vaccines that


could prevent some of the world's Work is expensive and can take years


which is why bosses at Kymab are overwhelmed after being awarded


$9 million by Bill I think it is very special


because the foundation doesn't It wants to know it is going to get


high-quality science. So it is an indictment


how good the quality And how what we do at Kymab can


really contribute to the mission of the Bill and Melinda Gates


Foundation. The company has developed


its own way of producing and testing antibodies,


the proteins that help ward off infections, by creating


genetically-engineered mice. The mice mimic the production


of antibodies in humans which helps Vaccine that could cure


whooping cough normally It's now being seen


in adults and experts say that is because current


cures aren't working. We think that is because the vaccine


received as a child is waning. What we are trying to do is generate


some antibodies that can be given as a therapy,


but also as a way of looking at vaccine design against the bacteria


that causes whooping cough. There is a certain cachet and allure


about attracting big-dollar The billionaire philanthropist is


widely considered to be the world's Money from the Microsoft founder has


enabled Kymab to grow rapidly. An initial $20 million investment


has seen the company grow from a handful


of scientists to more than 120 employees using state-of-the-art


lab equipment. Researchers here say that money


will enable them to be the first to discover vaccines,


and be the best. Mousumi Bakshi, BBC


Look East, Cambridge. Let's get the thoughts


of Martyn Postle who runs a biotech This deal is about philanthropy but


also business because the company will be able to commercialise those


axioms in developed countries? That is true. It doesn't matter how


philanthropic the founder is, the people who invest are generally not


philanthropic but financial investors.


All investment in our biotech sector is to be welcomed. How worried are


cos it might be harder to attract because of Brexit?


For companies like this, at least in the medium term, it probably won't


have any affect. Cambridge is still the Centre for European biotech and


still very successful in attracting overseas investment. But there are


risks, probably the most is the retention of scientists, about 40%


of the science base in Cambridge are non-UK nationals, not all from the


EU. I have heard stories about difficulties in attracting


scientists from overseas to work in Cambridge because of the uncertainty


as to whether their spouse will be able to get a job.


On the other side of the coin, what about the weakness of the pound? Is


that having any effect on the sector?


It is, it is good news for me, the service companies like consultancies


and contract research, we find we are even more connected than before.


Good news for the service sector. Like so many industries we hear


about post Brexit, you are suffering from the Institute of not knowing


when and what is going to happen. What would help the sector, what


would you like to hear from the Government?


First, exactly what the Government position will be in terms of


overseas scientists not having to jump through hoops to get visas.


Secondly, when it comes to start up companies, the spin offs from


university, who until now have relied on investment from the EU


investment fund, how exactly the Government will make up the money


they can no longer access. And our two teams left in the FA


Cup this year now know Norwich will be at home


to Arsenal if they can beat Ipswich will be at home to Brighton


if they can beat Lincoln. Last night, Cambridge


United threatened But ultimately the League Two


side came up just short. For fans of Cambridge United, a game


they would not miss for the world. For some top clubs, the FA Cup has


lost a little of its magic. But at this level, it


still means everything. Fingers crossed, we have


good league form. Hold to half-time, get ten minutes


then, bang, start again. League Two side to knock out


the Championship side? Leeds made eight changes


to their starting line-up, Possibly not if the first half


was anything to go by. Cambridge United looked more


determined, in truth, they dominated and thoroughly


deserved to go in front. A goal neither nor


the fans will ever forget. But if the first period


was one-sided so was the second. They drew level and the winning goal


followed shortly after. A rousing Cup tie for half


the game, it looked Leeds showed their Championship


class in the second half The first 20, 30 minutes it was all


Cambridge, it was brilliant. We did well for ages and then


there were lots of gaps. Two years ago, Cambridge made more


than ?1 million from their Cup run. A third-round exit this


year but another boost Financially it was huge and it


came after nine years The club is in a good


way and financially This allows us to maybe make one


or two signings in January And accelerate the continued


growth of the club. We want more of this,


and to put ourselves We want to make sure that at the end


of the month we are stronger for it. The focus now is


on winning promotion. That means, for the 8,000


inside last night, they have another 200 mourners packed a village church


in Norfolk today to pay Reginald Watson lived


in Ormesby St Margaret. He was 90 years old when


he died in hospital. But today, after a campaign


on social media, he was given So different from how


it might have been. He'd put aside funds for his funeral


but there were no relatives A public health burial in


an unmarked grave was a possibility. But hanks to detective work


by the Reverend Mandy Bishop, support from funeral directors,


the Royal British Legion and social media, the former rifleman


in the King's Royal Rifle Corps Amongst the 200 mourners,


some who knew Reginald, others as the vicar put it who had


come to give something back for his service


to his community and country. As a former serviceman,


I served in the Royal Air Force, the thought of someone dying alone,


being committed alone As a former serviceman,


Reginald had a lot of family. It is a brotherhood regardless


of what capacity we may have served, Because of him, we have


the freedoms we have today. Hugh Taylor, whose father also


served in the King's Rifle Corps, was wearing his blazer,


KRC badge, and war medal I walked into this church together


with some colleagues from the Royal British Legion,


thinking that we were The funeral director


with Reginal's prized possession, We have all rallied together,


along with the support of social gentleman's funeral,


to ensure release of his own funds and ensure he had the


sendoff he deserved. A rare photograph, Reginald


at the age of four with a neighbour Celebrated today, a quiet man,


a hard worker, a perfect gentleman, Some fine weather across the region,


this is a beautiful photograph showing blue sky. And a lovely


coastal scene as well. A relatively mild night with this weather front


from the west but cold weather is on the way. This is introducing more


cloud. A cloudy but mainly dry evening. Through the night there


could be spots of patchy rain as the weather front moves through. For


most of us, no lower than 5 degrees. But it may be lower than these


alleys where there are breaks in the cloud. Patchy rain first thing and


strengthening winds, this weather system brings a change. Behind it


much colder air is tucked in. The main feature will be that


strengthening north-westerly wind which will make it feel cold. But it


is a mild start with highs of 11 degrees. The weather front moves


through briskly. Brighter skies with sunshine. Mainly dry. Certainly the


strength of the wind will be a feature through the day. 10 degrees


through the morning. By the afternoon, that cold air digs in,


more like 7 degrees, feeling cold, and a cold night with a frost


likely. That will continue for a few days. Looking ahead to Thursday,


some interesting weather. This weather system comes in from the


south bringing us some rain essentially. It may turn to sleet or


snow. Some uncertainty what will happen. Mainly a brain event at the


moment but the potential is there. Collection -- Rain. A dry day on


Thursday. Long spells of hazy sunshine and high-level cloud.


Later, the rainbow push through with the potential to turn to sleet or


snow. I will give you an update tomorrow. Looking perish in the cold


by the end of the week. Fine weather on Friday and Saturday but a strong


north-westerly wind on Friday with gales on the coast. Some sharp


frosts. A colder theme on the way. Join us again after the Ten O'Clock


News here on BBC One.