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Good evening, and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight:
How foreign workers are keeping industries in East Yorkshire and
Lincolnshire alive. You can only employed people who come for the
jobs. We have around 70 % of migrant workers at the factory.
The Lincoln mum fighting to save a heart unit from closing as final
appeals are made. It caused us a great worry to not know where the
future will be. And a new kit for Lincoln City as
the team prepares for life outside the Football League. I am live at
RAF Waddington. These aircraft are preparing to take to the skies and
entertain around 100,000 people and will there be sunshine over the
weekend? I will have the sole forecast later.
-- the full forecast. "We'd be lost without them." That
is the view of agricultural leaders in Lincolnshire about their non-
British workforce. But the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan
Smith, is urging businesses to take on more unemployed Britons and stop
relying on labour from abroad. Tonight, there are calls for the
government to provide better training to make the british
workforce more suitable. Paul Murphy has the story.
Two-thirds of the workforce at this onion packing factory are migrants.
That is not unusual in the Lincolnshire food processing
industry. This company says it tries to recruit British workers,
but struggles to find them. You can only employed the people who come
for the jobs. We have around 70 % of migrant workers at the factory,
and the majority of jobs that we have advertised we get very few
English, British people coming for the interviews. Iain Duncan-Smith's
comments signal a clear hardening of the stands on the use of migrant
labour. We have to ensure that our immigration service works in the
interest of Britain, enabling us to make it realistic promise to our
young people. The National Farmers' Union in Lincolnshire says the
government needs to recognise that British workers can sometimes be
unwilling or unsuitable for farm work. When employees have equipment
worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, and we are expected to take
young people on, we need an incentive to be able to train them
properly. We also need the people to come with an ethic of wanting to
work. Jobseeker's in Hull, and there are around 40 for every
vacancy, say competition is fierce. For I think at the moment I am
struggling to find work, a few years ago he it was easier. How I
think a lot of the jobs are taken up by people who come from other
countries. The British are lazy. There are so many jobs out there.
But the do not like them. Back at the onion factory, they will tell
you that nationality is irrelevant. They just want the best people for
the job, and, at this point in time, few of them are British.
Earlier, I spoke to Alp Mehmet from the independent body Migration
Watch UK. He told me he supported what Iain Duncan Smith had said
today. Of course, what he said needed to be said. For the first
time, as soon knew a member of the government has had the guts to come
out with something that a lot of people have known for a long time.
We support and encourage and welcomed what he has said. There
are jobs out there, particularly in this part of the world, in the
agricultural sector. But employers say that British people do not want
those jobs. Some may not want to, but what I look at is the overall
figures. If we have nearly one million youngsters between 16 and
24 unemployed. No one is telling me that out of that one million, there
are not those who are desperate for work. But the employers are telling
us, I have spoken to a farmer, they do not apply for the jobs. If he
does not have the migrant workers, he does not have a work force.
you look at particular areas, there may be difficulties. But I am sure
that a new area, there are many people outside the agricultural
sector who are desperate for work, and they would have liked an
opportunity. It the migrant workers do not do the jobs, and British
people do, that will cost, it will cost employers, and the tax payer
will end up paying for that, won't they? For why should it do that?
Why should we be paying for foreigners who come here looking
for work and do not get it? Because the employers will have to pay more
money. If you are saying that those who are being employed from
overseas cost less, they are cheaper to employee, they are
easier to hire and fire, they are easier to push around, I do not
think that is a good enough reason to be employed in foreigners at the
expense of British workers. What needs to change? I think that this
is something that needs to go over a period. We need to look at
apprenticeships, for example, apprenticeships were something that
were a feature of the employment scene here over many years, and
suddenly they seem to have disappeared. We need to look at
that, and we need to encourage young people to get the necessary
skills. But it is no good saying that we do not have the skills here,
when we have one million people unemployed, who we could be
training so that we have the skills base in the future. And then
complaining in 10 years' time because we do not have those skills
around, because we have not trained them. Thank you for your time.
Many people are saying that Iain Duncan-Smith is very brave of for
speaking out. What do you think about this story?
Is it time for businesses to employ more British workers and rely less
on foreign migrants? What impact would that have on an industry like
agriculture in Lincolnshire? How local people have help to
revive a struggling Lincolnshire town.
It is claimed families of children with heart problems could face long
journeys at times of extreme stress in order to get future treatment.
The NHS is planning to close our nearest child heart surgery units
in Leeds and Leicester in order to create new Centres of Excellence.
The consultation ends today, with a decision expected later this year.
Crispin Rolfe reports. A normal toddler playing ball. But
Ed was born with heart complications, which have meant two
major operations. Up until now, they have been conducted at the
Child Heart Unit in Leicester. But that now faces closure, leaving mum
Mel to wonder where her son's third operation will take place. It is
easier to know you only have one hour to go down the road. To know
that it could be two-and-a-half hours, it brings an amount of worry
to any parent. It causes me so much worry to think we might not naked
in time if he goes into heart failure. An NHS review could see
specialist child heart units close in both Leicester and Leeds,
forcing families to travel to Birmingham, London or Newcastle for
future treatment. But with only 31 child heart surgeons in England and
Wales, it is claimed a core of 6 or 7 specialist units would help staff
improve their skills for the 3500 operations which take place each
year. Although some parents agree with the mauve, others are
protesting. The committee that is giving this recommendation will go
through all the documents that have been sent through the consultation
period over the last four months, and then we will come to some
recommendations of which centres to stay open and which to close.
Hull mum Julie Chambers is supporting the move. Her daughter
Zoe underwent a heart transplant in Newcastle, which helped prolong her
short life. I would travel to the end of the earth to get at. So
travel is important, but I do it all the time, and I would do it
again. Today has been the last day of this consultation, and for
families like Mel's it is as much about the uncertainty as the
distance or change. But when the decision is made this autumn, it
seems likely that in Ed faces a long journey for the treatment
which will help him lead a healthy life.
Earlier I spoke to Cecilia Yardley from the Children's Heart
Federation and asked her what the benefits of these changes would be
for patients. These changes are all about bringing better care for
children, better care at the time of surgery and also ongoing. So
parents should be reassured that their children will have a better
quality of life after these changes. Some parents are saying they have
to travel further afield at already distressing times. And that it will
put added pressure on them and maybe even put the children's lives
at risk? We are taking very seriously those concerns, and we
have asked for particularly -- particular help for families on low
income has war who do not have access to a car. Most children only
need one operation. So the surgery changes and the travelling should
not affect families on an ongoing basis. The cardiology services, the
ongoing care and support will remain in the same places. Is there
not a danger that this is more about saving money than saving
lives? No, in fact, this review has grown out of the Bristol baby
tragedy, where it became clear that it was very important to bring
surgeons together into larger teams, doing more operations, to build up
their skills. This is an entirely clinically driven programme, to
make the lives of children better for them. Thank you for your time.
Pig farmers from East Yorkshire have been demanding a fairer deal
for their fellow farmers from one of the world's biggest retailers.
Tesco says it is working with the pig industry to help suppliers deal
with rising costs. But that didn't stop demonstrations which were held
outside the supermarket's annual general meeting today. Major
retailers are making on average �16 million per week profit out of the
pigs that pig farmers sell to them. If but the farmers are losing �3
million per week on those same animals. If there is something
fundamentally wrong when there is that imbalance, and I see no reason
why I should be subsidising the profits of the shareholders in that
meeting. Investigators say an electrical
fault sparked a fire at a Lincolnshire nightclub. People were
rescued last night after the fire took hold. More than 35
firefighters were called out to deal with the incident.
Still ahead tonight: Lincoln City unveil their new kit
as the team prepares for life outside the Football League.
And Waddington prepares for the It has been a lovely Day Today, and
we have seen some sunshine. That will be the story through the
weekend. Bright, sunny at times and mostly dry. There will be at a
range of high-pressure keeping the weather settled through the weekend
and at the start of next week. Earlier, we have broken cloud.
Three this evening, we are looking at broken cloud overnight. There
will be some clear spells, the wind will be lighter. Temperatures of 10
to 12 degrees Celsius. The sun will rise tomorrow morning at 4:35am,
and set at 9:25pm. Tomorrow, Don is bright, there will be patches of
cloud, but they will move around to the cause of the day. There will be
spells of sunshine, there is the chance of a light shower, but for
most of us it will be dry. A decent amount of sunshine, Variable cloud,
and temperatures tomorrow should be higher than today, the breeze will
be light and variable, around 16 degrees Celsius on the coast, but
17-20 degrees Celsius in Lincoln. Overnight and into Sunday, it will
be a cool night, temperatures down to 10 degrees Celsius. But on
Sunday, there sunshine continues. For the start of next week, it will
turn a milder with south-westerly winds. Temperatures around 23
degrees Celsius on Monday, a risk of showers on Tuesday are still
feeling warm. Pubs closing, shops being boarded
up, and falling school numbers - we are constantly being told how our
rural communities are struggling to survive. But one town in
Lincolnshire appears to be bucking the trend. Millions of pounds have
been invested in regeneration, and new businesses are opening every
month. Vicky Johnson has been to Caistor to see how they are doing
it. There is a real sense of renewal and optimism here. These
architects and builders have been behind the improvements. I think we
did eight projects in total. They claim it has been a big community
effort, with counsellors helping them access grant funding. It is
nice to have worked on such a success. Along with the district
council and all of the teams that have been involved. It has been a
complete success story. Much as that success is down to this man,
Roy Schofield. He spent more than 10 years lobbying the various
bodies for money. For his conversion of a chapel interest
projects. The first chunk of money was at the heritage initiative the.
That was �1.6 million. Their county council put some money into
renovate the cans bed -- the market place. This investment seems to be
paying off. A restaurant and bar opens just three weeks ago, also
new to the town are an equestrian outfitters and a deli and catering
business. It just proves confidence in the people and the town itself,
the whole place looks a bit smarter and that is an a way of getting
people to come. I have noticed the shops, everything looks prettier.
It has smartened up no end over the last couple years full stope they
have been lots of changes. Yuri Gagarin's renaissance is an example
of what can be achieved when people power is mobilised -- Caistor.
There are still a number of facilities that need to be in the
centre is, so yes, there are still buildings that we could live cat.
Caistor is certainly under going quite a transportation, and there
are whispers of yet more investment in the pipeline. So others
struggling communities could certainly learn a lesson or two
from the people of this town. It is one of the biggest events in
the Lincolnshire Callander, with more than 100,000 people expected
at the Waddington airshow. But it is not just about funfair rides and
fast jets, it is a vital fundraiser a. Philip Norton reports.
It has grown to become the largest RAF air show in the country. It
brings in around 100,000 visitors every year. It is enormous, the
single biggest engagement event in the East Midlands, the biggest
thing that the Royal Air Force does in terms of putting itself on show.
It is a great opportunity for us to bring people into our lives, and
help them understand a bit about the air force. As well as the
military aircraft, there is a lot of fun to be had. If there is a
fair, stalls, exhibitions and music. They are aerobatic displays from
this Thunderbirds and the Red Arrows. They have come all away
from Las Vegas. Last time we were here it was the year 2000, we are
very excited to be here, if we have a lot of demonstration teams from
around the world and we are privileged to be part of this show.
The Vulcan will also be flying, always a favourite at Waddington
where it was based during the Cold War. It follows a funding campaign
to return her to the skies. If the public have been very generous,
because the commercial sponsorship is not happening and we are very
dependent on the public's generosity. If there is also a
serious side. If the event raises thousands of pounds for charity,
including the RAF Benevolent Fund, which has helped Jacqui Thompson
after her husband Gary was killed. It enabled me to try to live a
normal life, knowing that one part of our lives were taking care of,
and I would be able to help the girls, and be of use to them.
final preparations now being made, and made all the noise and
aerobatics it is easy to forget that this is a vital, working
station. Around 25 % of our people are currently employed overseas.
are currently employed overseas. Hopefully, this week we are focused
on the air show here at Waddington. Those operations overseas will
continue long after this weekend's extravaganza of.
Philip is live at Waddington, probably looking very smug after
that trip of a lifetime. What a highlight this weekend?
It has been a glorious day, the sun is just going down and the forecast
is good. But there have been many aircraft arriving over the last
couple of days, including aircraft like this. If this is an Apache
attack helicopter. There have been an ever increasing number of
enthusiasts, the A 15 has been something to see, they have all
been up on ladders trying to get a glimpse of aircraft like this. For
and who better to ask what to look at than these enthusiasts? Here are
their highlights. Thunderbirds, they are very good, very fast.
Thunderbirds, definitely. It is just the aircraft and the skill of
the men are flying the aeroplanes. With some forecast for the weekend,
it promises to be lovely. The gates open at 8:00am, and the first
display is at about 10am. If the organisers are advising people not
to arrive before 10am -- a day and. It promises to be a great weekend.
The advice, bring a bit of sun cream.
Lincoln City has made its first summer signing on the day it
revealed its new strip. The club aims to bounce back into the league
after relegation last season. But as Simon Clark explains, Lincoln is
still coming to terms with demotion. It is a significant departure.
Thinner red-and-white stripes, and, at 10am, when the shirts went on
sale, there were some he wanted to be first. I think it does look a
lot better, it is a modern design and hopefully it will bring success
this season. I have a collection of sheds at home, I like it.
manager took time out to inspect the kids before naming his first
signing of the summer, Jamie take. He scored 19 in all competitions
last year, speaking to managers in the conference, I think it is
important to have players that have had that little bit of experience.
They are going to be the top two or three teams in the conference, size
wise. So to come from a small club to Lincoln is a massive move for me.
Relegation has cost up to �500,000. They are only tenor players signed
on, and training starts next week. Lincoln City head off to their
Brave New World. And unique, and a new shirt. But the big question
remains - will a player wearing the shirt be holding the Conference
trophy in May? This former captain and manager wants to see more
activity. He says fans wants to see tangible action to bring confidence
ahead of the new campaign. They have to try to get more localised
players, and get the community spirit back. That is what has gone
missing. And I think the supporters will always be behind them, but
they just wants to see some proactive business going on. Link
in a certainly hope to leave plenty of these.
Three Lincoln City Ladies players were on the pitch as the England
women's football team took on New Zealand. Sophie Bradley, Sue Smith
and Jess Clarke were all chosen for the squad. New Zealand scored after
17 minutes, with England taking an equaliser in the second half and
then that winning goal came through 20 minutes later. The final score -
England 2, New Zealand 1. Their next game is against Japan on
Tuesday. Hull FC have travelled to St Helens
with Kirk Yeaman for tonight's Superleague game following his
medical scare last weekend. BBC Radio Humberside are on air now on
95.9FM and online. Hull KR's home game against Wakefield on Sunday is
also on FM and Online. The game kicks off at 3.30pm.
They are known for their cunning, but a fox cub in East Yorkshire is
having to have daily swimming lessons after getting trapped in a
crisp packet. Basil, as she is known, is fitted with a life jacket.
She then exercises in water to help rebuild strength in her broken hip.
A daily dose of doggy paddle is exactly what the doctor ordered for
Basil after she was found dehydrated and injured, trapped in
a crisp packet. When she came in she was very poorly, extremely
dehydrated, and it was a case of, make a decision, do we try for her
or kindly let her go. And we decided to give her a chance.
helps to strengthen her broken hip. But she is not been tamed! Bahrain
is not to turn her into a pet, but you get her released back into the
wild. The quicker we can get her back into the wild, the less chance
she has of being humanised, Laura both becoming reliant on people or
even being too friendly with them. After all that exercise, a well-
earned rest. She has become a East Yorkshire's fantastic Mrs Fox.
A recap of the main headlines: Andy Murray's Wimbledon hopes have come
to an end. He was beaten in the semi-finals
for the second year in a row. And as the Government urges
businesses to employ it more or Britons, agricultural leaders say
they would be lost without foreign workers.
Tomorrow's weather: at a bright day, stop temperatures of 20 degrees
Celsius. Responses are coming in on the
subject of migrant and British workers. Steve says that people in
this country do not want to work. - - do want to work. My son has
applied for 20 apprenticeships. This e-mail says that employers
need to be aware that English citizens may feel they are