20/04/2017 Look East


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In the programme tonight... Douglas Carswell who became the first Ukip

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MP says he will not stand again in Clacton. In mental health trust

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apologises to this man after their neglect contributed to his death.

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Hundreds attend the meeting in Southwold tonight.

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Douglas Carswell, who became the first Ukip MP in 2014 says

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he won't stand for re-election in Clacton and instead will back

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It was just last month that he stood down from Ukip

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Now he says after helping win the referendum last June,

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We'll hear from him in a moment after this report from our political

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In many ways, today's news is not a surprise.

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Ever since he left Ukip last month, Douglas Carswell has been

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telling people he has achieved his long-standing

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ambition of getting us out of the European Union.

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Once again, Clacton becomes an important seat to watch.

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I think Douglas knew he could not win here on an independent

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This is a Ukip town and he has recognised that.

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If he supports the Conservative candidate, it does put us

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I am today leaving the Conservative Party and joining Ukip.

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His decision to defect to Ukip and when the subsequent by-election

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At the time, he cited local concerns over housing and GP shortages

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as his main reason for leaving the Conservatives but it

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subsequently emerged that this was all part

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of a plan to pressure on David Cameron not to go back

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on his promise to call an EU referendum.

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His stance on issues like immigration often put him

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There were several attempts to have him thrown out.

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He tried to undermine everything we stood for for a very long

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time in terms of policy, in terms of campaigns.

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He became an MP first for Harwich and Clacton 12 years ago and built

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One reason why he felt confident about joining Ukip.

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His decision to become an independent and now

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to leave altogether may have cost him support.

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The man cannot make his mind up and now he does not

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If he keeps changing it about, what chance do we have

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Rarely out of the news, this part of his career

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is at an end and for Clacton, a new era begins.

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When I spoke to Douglas Carswell, I asked him if he'd made

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the decision to step down because he knew this time

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In all the time I stood for election, I only lost once and that

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I am more than happy to fight elections.

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I want to fight elections if they serve a purpose.

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We have a Prime Minister who wants to

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ensure that the Brexit result last June is delivered.

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That is why I went into politics and I couldn't

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possibly in all fairness and conscious run against her.

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When you say job done, you are referring

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Have you really achieved what you have set out to there?

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There are enormous pressures on local services and it bothers me

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I was not as successful as I hoped I would be in terms of

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I have a solid record of putting local first and

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make sure we safeguard local services.

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All politics starts and ends locally.

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We have been to Clacton, locally today and I have to

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Most of the reaction has not been very positive, Mr Carswell.

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We have had people saying you flipped

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We do not know what he stands for and neither does he.

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That does not look like a good track record

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I can look back at his solid record of being returned as

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the local MP, not of questions to do with Europe or Ukip or at the

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As a local candidate I put the local people

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The leader of Tendring District Council said you

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are a bit like the terminator and he expects you to be bad.

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That is one of the kinder things people have

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I do not really think I am like the terminator.

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For a start, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a

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I have had a wonderful, wonderful 12 years.

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It has been a lot of fun and I have really enjoyed it.

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It is time to say job done and move on.

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That is right for me and it is right for

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And that is the end of politics for Douglas Carswell?

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The family of a man who died in the care of a mental health

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trusts in this region, say funding cuts are to blame.

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Neil Jewell had schizophrenia and died in 2014. An inquest found that

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neglect contributed to his death. Neil Jewell's family back

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in Norfolk, packing up been living out of during

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the three week inquest. They have had to wait years

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to have his story heard. The 42-year-old had paranoid

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schizophrenia, living independently he was visited weekly by a care

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worker he knew well but when the trust needed to save

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money, that changed. He wasn't seen for nine months

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and ran out of medication. This started a chain of events

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that led to his death. Against usual policy,

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he was placed in a private nursing The staff there could not cope,

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so he was restrained and There he was tranquillised

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and neither his heart At the mental health unit the next

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day, he had a cardiac arrest. Having to sit by his

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bedside holding his hand off the life-support

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was just awful and just

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watched him die again. It really affected us quite badly

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and you just cannot take in what has happened and just

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to let him go like that was awful. The family is pleased the inquest

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recognised both neglect and cost When they make these

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life changing, as it happened, reorganisations,

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it is the people that

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must be at the centre of these decisions and

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The Norfolk and Suffolk foundation trust says it...

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It says it has already improved training but the

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family wants those in charge to acknowledge the consequences of

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More than 300 people have attended a public meeting

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What happens on the site of the Old Cottage hospital.

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A community group is hoping to buy it and build low cost homes before

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To decide the future of this old hospital.

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Standing vacant for two years, they want to stop this

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hospital being sold for development and hope

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it can be bought by the

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It would be a tragedy if this building was

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turned into second homes or market homes for residencies here because

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this town really needs new business, needs

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new people to join the

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community and what we would like to do is to turn

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this into a business hub or a community hop.

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Another option is affordable homes, which

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The range of prices can be anything from

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254 for a small one-bedroom flat up to the house behind us

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which is beyond the market at ?2.57 million.

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No one knows how much the hospital is worth

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but on the open market it could go for a ?1 million or more.

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Tonight, they announced a bid had been

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submitted to the NHS and asked if second home

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owners would be able to

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dig deep and raise the money but will they?

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I should not say this but I might be shamed into it.

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We have a place here which was meant to

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A lot of them went to second home owners who

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We need to have a library and many to have

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Do not underestimate Southport people.

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The few members of the public looking through those final plans.

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The NHS say the word get the best value from the site.

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These guys have still got a long way to go.

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A lot of money needs to be raised, even if

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Coming up now the weather with Alex, but form the rest

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Good evening. More clouds across the region tonight. Not as cold as it

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was last night. The thickest cloud could produce light rain or drizzle.

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Some clear into roles. Lows of five Celsius. Those temperatures will

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recover by the end of the night. Tomorrow, a fairly settled pattern.

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This weather system coming down from the north will bring cooler here for

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the weekend. Tomorrow, despite the cloud cover, it should be warm.

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Highs of 16 Celsius. A lot of cloud generally and the bright spell or

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sunshine. The winds will be fresh through the day and switching

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Roundtree north-westerly direction. That will bring cooler a for the

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weekend. week for much of the UK and for more

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about that and the UK outlook, Helen Willetts.

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The sunshine make such a difference this time of year, only 12 or so

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degrees under the cloud today but 19 in eastern Scotland not far away

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from St Andrews. Also in

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