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Hello. Thank you for joining us. The headlines tonight: Thousands of
workers in East Yorkshire and lipping shire take part in what
unions call the biggest strike for a generation. -- Lincolnshire.
worked for 16 years. This is something I really, really believe
in. Almost 200 schools are affected and other services close as workers
down tools. Also on the programme tonight, why
this controversial private road to an MP's house will be dug up less
than a month after it was laid. And the children preparing to sing on
stage with one of the world's biggest soul groups.
$$TRANSMIT. Join me me for a detailed forecast including a look
at this weekend's weather in 15 It has been called premature and
wrong. Today, thousands of public sector work ers across East
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire walked out in a row over pensions. Schools
have been the biggest casualty with thousands of teach urs out on
strike. In East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire over 150
schools have been closed or partially closed while in
Lincolnshire it is estimated around 40 schools have been disrupted.
Across Britain, unions estimate hundreds of thousands of people
have taken to the streets to protest in what's been described as
the biggest action of its kind in a generation. In a moment, we'll look
at what impact it has had in this area.
First here's Crispin Rolfe. They rallied in their hundreds across
Lincoln and Hull. The strikes involved not just teachers but
coastguards, lecturers and even defence transport striving driving
instructors. And all for just one reason. ALL:: No cuts no pension
cuts. Why now? The evidence we are being shown is there is no deficit
yet they are still asking us for more money. I don't under Stan that.
Everyone is having to take a slice of pain. Why not teachers? We
already have. We've taken it for three years. In the war over words
between Government and the unions, image is everything. It is
interesting to note some other teaching unions criticised this
strike. The question for parents across East Yorkshire and
Lincolnshire is what they will make of seeing teachers protesting like
students instead of teaching them. I don't think we are acting like
students. We are exacting our democratic rights. The Government
says the public sector pension bill are rise to �30 billion pie 2015,
many protesters feel betrayed by the sudden change in terms. Frpblgs
we'll work for loppinger periods of time, pay more into our pension and
receive less. I'm concerned the way the Government's presenting this as
an attack on gold- -plated Government sector cuts.
Would parents want their children and grandchildren? I wouldn't want
to have them being taught by a dad's army of teachers. But the
Government maintains the pensions burden is unsustainable. Whether
there is more disruption or a return to talks this is one area
where they are not prepared to U- turn frplt the number of placards
show the strept of feeling but the question for the Government is how
do they balance the books with a deficit they claim are in existence.
It is a problem the country, they argue, simply has to face. With
hundreds of teachers on strike and a number of other civil servants
protesting today, what has the impact been? Simon Spark has been
finding out. With nearly 200 schools disrupted
today, the biggest impact of the strikes was always going to be on
childcare. This playgroup in Hull saw more children having to attend
with some frus straighted parents. It is stupid. School's school. They
say about keeping your kids off if they are ill but they keep the kids
off just cos they want more money. But some accepted what was
happening. It is inconvenient for some. There is a cost itch kaigs.
But, people have to stand up for their rights -- implication.
other areas, different professions supported the cause. These men are
Lincolnshire prison officers. They are not allowed to strike but have
taken annual leave to support today's action. For prison officers
working on landings, restraininging prisoners at the age of 66 is
ludicrous. There was similar support at Hull Prison. Staff using
their lunch break to protest. But apart from minor dis ruption, most
services were unaffected. Jobcentres stayed open. So did the
courts and the coastguard kept on a skeleton crew. Many are still going
into work because lives are at risk. They are work hard for that low pay.
But they are thoroughly behind this fight, along with everybody else.
The public bearing the effects of today's action spoke of their hope
for a quick resolution. The possibility of that is still
unknown. Nick Boles is the Tory MP for gram
tham and Saddam for the and the Parliamentary Private Secretary to
the Schools Minister. I spoke to him a while ago asking him what he
thought to today's industrial action. I think they were wrong. I
want to pay tribute to the many public sector workers, even members
of the unions who called the strike, who wept to work. Three quarters of
the nation's schools were open today. Some did go on strike. We
are in the middle of discussions firstly. We have not reached a
final position. It seems pretty strange to go on strike snt middle
of a discussion that the Government's entered into in good
faith. These strikers claim your Government wants to rip up the
contracts it has with them and change the rules part way through
their working lives. That is not true. We've made clear all through
this accrued rights, the rights people have earned in their career
to date will be maintained. We are talking about future arrangements.
Yes, that means for people who are currently teachers, their pensions
would be changed for the years that are left in their working lives.
But what we have to look at is we are paying, as a Government, and
that means the taxpayers are paying, over 14% contribution into
teachers' pensionerss -- pensionss. Name me anyone in private sector
which gets that level of contribution. The A TL have never
been on strike before. What else could they do to get their message
across? We've understood the message already. That was loud and
clear. We didn't need people to actually cause children's education
to be in ter upted. Many working parents to have to take a day off
work. Businesses to actually lose business because they've lost
employees who have to look after their kids. That is entirely
irresponsible behaviour on the part of the union leadership. Just not
constructive when the whole country's facing a really serious
problem and we all have a tighten our belts. Hasn't coalition
mishandled this? Especially the chief Treasury Secretary saying the
Government wouldn't back down over pension reform. The Government
doesn't seem prepared to reach any compromise and that's what's wound
everyone up? We're not backing down on pension reform. But we are open
to suggestions as to how to reform pensions. What we have to do is ask
whether it is fair for taxpayers who are working in the private
sector, who could only dream of pensions like people in the public
sector get, to pay taxes to contribute to enable people in the
public sector to retire several year earlier then them on final
salary schemes that are very, very generous. I just don't think that's
fair. I don't think most people in the country think that's fair.
Thank you very much. The Conservative MP nick bowls. Now
the strikes are over, let me know your thoughts. Have teachers and
civil servants made their point today. If you're a teacher watching
tonight, do you feel today's strikes will change anything? Was
it worth it. If you're parents as After last night's programme, which
was later than normal, a big response on this support story. A
Thank you for those. Look forward to getting your comments tonight.Le
Burglars have raided the home of a couple who were killed in a fire in
Hull over the weekend. Victor Crowther and his wife Anna died
after the fire swept thrie their home in Montrose Street on Saturday.
The emergency services said it was of the most father association
they'd ever faced. Stamford Museum has had its funding
withdrawn and has closed. Some of the arplt facts will be rehoused at
the town's library. Moves to close St Bede's school in
Boston have been finalised today. The school was described as failing.
Three years ago it recorded the second worst GCSE results in the
country A plan to merge it with Haven High will no go ahead.
Contractors are to remove a driveway controversially resurfaced
free of charge at the moment of Beverley's MP Graham Stuart.
Workers laid the drive using materials left over from road
repairs on Hengate. But the move led the MP to being strongly
criticised. Paul, this is an unusual story,
putting a tiny lane in Beverley in the national headlines? Who would
have thought, Peter, 50 metres of Tarmac could provoke such a furious
row. There are those who belief using waste Tarmac in this way is a
great use of resources and saves on landfill. Those who believe that Mr
Stuart should not benefit from publicly-funded Tarmac and
neighbours who believe this ancient lane has been vandalised by its use.
Earlier, we spoke to one of Mr Stuart's political opponents who
has reported him to the Parliamentmentry ombudsman. This is
very much a judgment call. I feel a great amount of sympathy for the
neighbours who have been very upset by this. The fact Graham allowed
this to happen in the first place and that he can't see the
legitimate point we are making about him de deriving an indirect
benefit. He refusing to recognise that shows bad judgment on both
parts. I gather Mr Stuart's fallen out with his neighbours over there
as well? They quite liked their lane with all its potholes. They
didn't want Tarmac on it. They claim the Stuarts have never
consulted them about laying the Tarmac in the first place. Here's
what one had to say a little earlier. It is a quiet, tranquil
little back lane, been that like that over a00 years. Nobody wanted
the Tarmac down: When Mrs Stuart built her house, that was a problem
in itself with all the traffic and etc. Afterwards, she asked how she
might repair the lane, and the one thing we said was we don't want
Tarmac down the lane. Mr Stuart himself has issued a statement
tonight which says it was his wife who asked for the Tarmac to the
laid. No payment was taken-the- contractors didn't know who she was
and it was a good use of waste Tarmac. This tale has more twists
and turns than the lane itself. On Monday, the contractors will turn
up again to dig it all up. It is hoped that after that, peace might
break out in Beverley, although those neighbourly feelings might
take some time a heal over. Paul, thank you.
The time is 7 .42. Still ahead tonight: The final Cod Wars forced
big changes in life on the docks. And taking to the stage, the Hull
children performing with one of the If you have a picture you're proud
of, send it in. Tonight's is the poppy sunset at Thoresway, not far
poppy sunset at Thoresway, not far from Market Rasen.
Good evening. Did you catch up on your sleep after last night?
Tweeting at 4.00am! Somebody snitched on me! Karen said can we
have more of the late night shows. I watched the boys in bed. The mind
boggles! I've started so I'll finish. Before the water shed
tonight? The headline is pleasant for most places. After a sunny
start, it will tend to cloud over. The main thing is high pressure
will establish itself for Friday and over the weekend. Looks a
pleasant forecast for the Waddington airshow. That's
certainly good news. Right now, there are some pretty lively
showers coming in across East Yorkshire and into northern parts
of Lincolnshire. Those showers will continue to feed in from the north-
west. One or two rumbles of thunder are possible. There are some good
spells of sunshine over parts of Lincolnshire. Those clouds melting
away. All parts becoming dry and clear with lowest temperatures down
to 8 Celsius in Goole. That's 46 It looks like we are off to a
glorious start to the day with lots of blue sky and broken sunshine. As
temperatures rise, it does look like the skies will tend to cloud
over during the day. The afternoon mostly dry. Rather cloudy. Some
sunny intervals. A very small chance of a light shower. Many of
us dry. There will be a light north-west breeze. It is one of
those in the sunshine it feels quite warm. Top temperatures not
too exciting but pleasant innocentless. 19 Celsius. That's 66
Fahrenheit. For the Waddington airshow this weekend, just a 10%
chance of a light shower but it looks like it will be a dry weekend.
Partly cloudy, some sunshine. That's the way of the whole of the
region. Staying dry into Monday of next week.
No-one can quite believe you read that one out! Least of all, me!
Right, see you tomorrow. Right, see you tomorrow.
Look forward to it! Role tifs of people using eight
council-run care homes in Lincolnshire say their own health
could be seriously affected if they are closed. Councillors say the
move will save money and improve choice. But each the county's
private sector has cast doult on whether there are enough care homes
in the right places -- dout. Our communities correspondent Vicky y
Johnson has more. Most were elderly, some were frail but all are United
in their opposition to close the care home sooner than expected.
Staff told them at an imprompt ewe meeting that the expected three-
year reprieve is now unlikely. are proposinging to close in March
of next year. Many of those attending look after relatives at
home and use Line lands for a day's respite. Without it, they claim
this couldn't cope. I had him for two-and-a-half years on my own
without these breaks that I now get and I just completely snapped.
wake up in the middle of the night and think about it. And oh dear.
will be absolutely diabolical for everybody. Phil is a union rep. She
says morale is plummeting among care staff because the council have
so far failed to come up with a coherent strategy for the closures.
Why put it out unless it is in concrete what is going to happen.
That's how the council has operated all the way along. They keep
changing their mind from one day to the next. Councillors insist
closures should lead to an improved service. But the Lincolnshire care
association is casting doubt on whether there are enough private
centres spread across the county. Ghee graphically we are not sure
whether the care hopes are appropriately placed in the air yas
where there are a great deal of need. The local authority needs to
carefully think about where it will buy places from within the
independent sector. A final decision's expected next week to
seal the fate of both the care homes and the people they look
after. A young gymnast from Beverley has
won four medals at the World Special Olympics in Greece. Mary
Nolan took a gold and three silver medals as Britain claimed 72 medals
in total at the championships in central Athens.
Intr National Rugby League is returning to Hull after a four-year
absence. England play New Zealand as part of a four-nations series
involving Australia and wells. Hull City agreed a pre-season friendly
with Liverpool next month. When the Cod Wars brought an end to
almost all fishing from Hull and Grimsby, few people could see a
bright future for the Humber docks. It is now hoped green energy will
bring thousands of jobs to the ports once again. For our final
look at life on the dorks, Jo Makel has been considering the changing
fortunes of the Humber. A traditional way of life was about
to change forever as the fishermen found themselves at the heart of a
political storm. I protest on behalf of imagine's Government.
Your action is illegal. Trawler nets were cut and ships were rammed
as the third and final cod war escalated out of control. It got
rough in between the Icelandics and English trawlers. There was some
arpblgy bargey. Tried to push them out of the way. It got very heated
at times. I was fishing in Iceland one time, a gun boat captain got
irate and shot at one of the trawlers. Iceland wanted to ban
foreign trawlers from her waters but the fishermen were prepared to
fight back in any way they could. They gave us extra very, very large
bags of pepper. You were told to make small pepper bombs to throw at
the Icelandic gum boats. Sometimes the gum boat was coming up to you.
Sometimes we had sacks of spuds and pelted them at them. In 1976, the
British Government gave in to international pressure and agreed
to the ban. The most important fishing grounds were lost. The moj
ority of fishermen put the blame on Governments and politicians rather
than the Icelanders. The ships which were working, there was that
much of a Scrabble for jobs you'd had 100 going after one job. It was
sad to see. The Cod Wars started the decline of the fishing industry
in this area but the commercial docks have spent the last 20 years
building on their traditional imports and exports and are now
entering a new phase. As we move away from the carbon-based power
generation towards carbon-free powerbaseed generation, the ports
will play their part in that. whale oil to coal, gas and
petroleum, the Humber ports have a long association with energy. Now
companies like ABP want the ports to be a major player in renewables.
Frpblgs the big plans are based on the north bank to develop green
port Hull which hopefully will see see mens develop a wind turbine
factory at the port there. Grimsby's very well placed to take
shank of the new windfarms which will be developed off shore,
operations and maintenance bases are already being developed in
Grimsby. Here in Immingham, we think the offshore development will
need slightly larger support vessels and Immingham will be
ideally placed for that. There's excitement about the future. But
with such a rich history surrounding the docks, should we be
doing more to celebrate our past? We've great things in the area but
we could do much, much more. A step in the right direction was the
clipper race. Let's do more. Why not have an iconic building which
shows us about man's engagement with the sea to compliment the deep.
We should be really proud of our long and enduring links with the
sea and the way we've opened up the world from this estuary. We are at
least lucky to still have the memories of those people who made
theirs a life on the docks. It was like walking into a another
life being down on the dock. It is sad now that that is all gone. It's
all gone. We had that comradeship contrary to what people say. They
were great men. The docks were gold without any doubt. The dockers had
the money and the dockers spent it. Most blokes went to sea not for the
money, it was a way of life. No moaning. Didn't have to wry about
having a shave or wash, clean your teeth. A lovely life, it was.
knew everybody, you were virtually all in the same industry. A village
within a city. Love looking at the old pictures.
That was the last in the series looking at life on the docks. There
is more on our website. We want to hear more of your
memories of the docks. Email us or Many youngsters dream of singing
alongside a famous pop band. For these children at Victoria Dock in
Hull, Victoria Dock Primary, they are getting the chance to do that
this evening when they go on stage with the soul singers The Drifters.
# You're more than a number in my little red book #
For over 50 years, The Drifters have been singing unforgettable
hits. They've sold over 200 million singles and toured the world. But
tonight, they are singing with schoolchildren from Hull.
# You've got to search for the hero inside your self much much # This
is the final rehearsals before the drifters play Hull's City Hall.
When the music starts I want to see you all rocking like this. Victoria
Dock Primary's among 40 UK schools to sing with the group to give more
youngsters a taste of performing on stage. They sing so well. They are
very professional. Somebody once told me never to work with kids and
animals. Animals I don't know, but kids, definitely, they work.
not all were sure who The Drifters are. Some knew and got very excited.
Some didn't have a clue. One of the children said, isn't that a
chocolate bar? I said it is, it is also a band! But the children's
parents are certainly chuffed. were really excited. My grandma was
as well. They was very proud of me. They know The Drifters. They are
very famous. They were quite surprised. Tonight, the children
will perform two songs with the band. If not for them, then
certainly for their parents it will be a night to remember.
# Saturday night at the movies, who cares what picture we see #
Fantastic big night for the pupils of Victoria Dock school. Finally a
recap of the headlines: Thousands of people in East
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire joined workers across the county in what
unions claim is the biggest strike for a generation. Here, almost 200
schools were disrupted. A dry and sunny start. Clouding
over. Most play places staying dry. Top temperatures tomorrow, 19
Celsius. That's 66 Fahrenheit. More response on the industrial
action today. Alex "public sector workers didn't
cause this mess. Kids can learn a lot from the strikers about
standing up to bullying" "Public sector strike is out of order. I do
not relish a higher tax bill to keep them happy" "I'm a retired
public sector worker. I paid extra contributions to help increase it
slightly. I'm 76 and still working to help pay the bills. Come on