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Good evening, and welcome to Look North. The headlines this evening:

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The former Scunthorpe MP Elliot Morley is released after being

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jailed for four fiddling his expenses.

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I do not think that is, that he has served his time. Ordinary people

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would still be in. There is a different role for M and everyone

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else. Calls for more help for soldiers

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leaving the Army with mental health problems will start after a

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disastrous Liberal Democrat performance in local elections,

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Nick Clegg tells Look North that voters will come back to the party.

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People recognise that what we are doing is in the long-term interests

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of the region, the long-term interests of the country, and that

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we are doing it for the best reasons.

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And find out what is causing this protest in one Lincolnshire village.

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At right today to come tomorrow. All the details coming up shortly.

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-- at brighter day. The former Scunthorpe MP Elliot

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Morley has been released from prison after serving four months of

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a 16 month sentence. He was jailed in May for fiddling his expenses.

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He walked out of prison every man this morning. He claimed more than

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�30,000 in false mortgage payments on his home in Winterton. Crispin

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Rolfe explains the latest twist in the story.

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In prison for the biggest fraud of the MPs expenses scandal -- scandal.

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It was in May 2009 that the Daily Telegraph revealed he had claimed

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�16,000 for a mortgage he had paid off. Two charges, under section 17

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of the theft Act 1968, for false accounting, have been brought

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against Elliot Morley. By February 2010, he was charged with false

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accounting, but spent the rest of the year trying to use

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parliamentary privilege to avoid facing justice. Her what is your

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message to your constituents? Why do you not want to be tried in

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record? But when that failed, he finally appeared in court in April

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2011 and pleaded guilty to fraudulently claiming �30,000 worth

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of expenses. In May, he started a 16 month prison sentence, only to

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be freed just four months later. So what now for the former Scunthorpe

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MP? His life and politics is surely over, but at least he should have a

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home to go to. Crispin Rolfe joins us now live

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from Scunthorpe. How has the town reacted to the news that Elliot

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Morley has been released? Well, here at his home in Winterton and

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also in Scunthorpe you can imagine there is some surprise at the news

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he has been released. There is also some anger. But take a look at this,

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delivered around lunchtime, flowers, and a message from supporters. It

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says, a welcome home Elliott, could MP, first past minister and a

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decent men who is not short of men's -- friends. Forward nary

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people would still be in, but there is one rule for them and to a

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different one for everybody else. Five he has lost his position. And

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I think that he has paid for what he has done. He has been fiddling

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everyone out of their money, he should have served more time. I am

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not pleased he is out so quickly. He should have a longer sentence.

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There is also political reaction from the Liberal Democrat

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conference in Birmingham. Nick Clegg is saying that at least

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Elliot Morley's case showed that no one was above the law. You have to

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have a situation -- you cannot have a situation where politicians

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second-guess the justice system. The most important thing is that a

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punishment has been issued and that MPs have ended up behind bars. That

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sends out a really clear signal, that she cannot abuse the Trust of

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tax payers and had to get away with that. You had been in the town all

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day. Have you seen Elliot Morley yet?

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I have spoken to one member of his family, he suggested that he could

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return to this home within the week, over the next few days, after his

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release today of. We believe he has been released early on a home to

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detention curfew order, which is basically designed for low risk

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prisoners to be released early after one quarter of their sentence.

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They are then attacked and left to look after themselves -- provided

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with attack. Eventually that will come off. But the stain of the

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shame will take longer. But the question is what his future will

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Earlier, I spoke to Michael Brown. I asked him whether he was

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surprised that Elliot Morley had been released so quickly. I am. We

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all know that sentences lead to people getting remission. But I do

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not think anyone would have expected four mum said of the 16

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months sentence. I think it brings the justice system into disrepute.

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Although in the eyes of the law, Elliot Morley has done the crime

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and done that time, there will be a lot of raised eyebrows over this.

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How is the decision to resist -- release and so early going down?

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have looked at the websites of the local newspapers, and I can tell

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you that it is quite clear the general public really does think

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that this is an outrage. People do not understand - 16 months is not

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necessarily 16 months. But it is also not four. I think it would be

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more honest if judges gave an honest sentence. If in the view of

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the justice system this crime is worthy of four months in jail, then

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give somebody four months in jail. In a way, you could say that this

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kind of white-collar crime fills up the prisons and cost the taxpayer

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money. And maybe give bigger penalty ought to be withholding his

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pension, making sure he pays the illicit gains, the �30,000, back.

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That might be something to consider a. What career path is open to him

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now? Out as soon politics is shut? Yes, I think so, some people like

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Jeffrey Archer, who were jailed for a considerable period of time,

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became experts on the judicial system. And they managed to

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rehabilitate themselves. I am in favour of rehabilitation. I think

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we have to be careful between Breen cruel on the one hand, recognising

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that wants criminals come out of jail we owe them a duty of

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rehabilitation. Hard though, is most of your life has been in local

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government and/will government politics? Some of us who did not go

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to jail lose sight some -- seats and have to find alternative work!

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So I do not think we should have too much sympathy!

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Elliot Morley is out of jail. If you have at view. -- if you have

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the view, get in touch. After a poor local election results

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for the Liberal Democrats, the party leader tells the programme

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that voters will be back. As Scunthorpe veteran is calling

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for the government to give more support to soldiers when they leave

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the Army. It is thought that up to one quarter of them leave the

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forces with mental health problems. Many suffer for years before

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seeking any help. Siobhan Robbins has been to meet some of those

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readjusting to civilian life. Northern island in the 1980s. At

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bitter and bloody battle was raging, it was a conflict that took many

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lives and scarred many more. It was not more than 20 minutes after they

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had left the police station that we heard the explosion. And 1000 -- a

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�1,000 bomb was hidden in a dustbin next to a wall. It exploded as the

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first vehicle went past, and three Lad, Steve Wilson, private Macaulay

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and private Macdonald. They were killed instantly. Years later, the

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memory of Northern island still haunted this Scunthorpe soldier.

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used to sleep with a machete next to my bed. I got angry, I have road

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rage, thinking I was getting out of the truck, grabbing the person out

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of his car or and just really going to town on him. It took him 13

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years to ask for help and start putting the past behind him.

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Government should fund smaller, there are over 4,000 men in

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treatment for combat stress. But you can triple that. Between one-

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fifth and one quarter of veterans suffer some form of mental health

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problems. If there was symptoms are not recognised, either by the

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veteran or by the medical public health system, and treated as

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quickly as possible, they can add up over years.

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After 23 years in the army, Jason Logie found adjusting to civilian

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life hard. When he left in April, he had no home and no job. I feel

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let down. You're just let your own devices. The family has finally

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settled, but like many veterans, he has vowed that move to Civvy Street

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hard. Every year, we rightly remember those who died at war. But

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it is those who have returned home yet still feel they have lost their

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lives but now what our support. Do you think enough is being done

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to support for my shoulders when they returned to civilian life? --

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former soldiers. Get in touch with former soldiers. Get in touch with

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The funeral has taken place today of a 19 month-old boy who drowned

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at a caravan park in Lincolnshire. Kai Game from Peterborough died two

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weeks ago after falling into a lake at Skegness Leisure Park. His

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parents described him as an amazing little boy.

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Police hunting for a man connected with the murder in Hull eight years

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ago have released new CCTV pictures. Sheik Muhammed died in 2003

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following an assault in the city centre. Detectives are trying to

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trace Tony Karim in relation to the attack. These images show that men

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together shortly before Sheik Muhammed died.

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And the report says a plan to close fire control rooms in Hull

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unblinking was a complete failure. The idea was to replace the 46

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smaller centres with nine at regional bases, and was scrapped

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last year. The centres were due to deal with 999 calls from an area.

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The Public Accounts Committee says the scheme has wasted nearly �470

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million. Detectives investigating the murder

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of a man in Boston say they believe they would have found the knife

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used in the attack. Two local men have been arrested and bailed in

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connection with the death of Janusz Smoderick. Officers are trying to

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find Stephen Sleaford, who they named as their prime suspect.

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The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg says he understands why many

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voters in these Jorja and Lincolnshire have rejected his

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party. Speaking to BBC Look North, he said the recent election

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meltdown came as a direct result of difficult decisions having to be

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made by the Coalition Government. Tim Iredale reports from the party

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It is no exaggeration in saying that this has been a night made

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year for the Liberal Democrats. In May, they lost hundreds of council

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seats and were then read -- removed from power. Abi Bell now leads the

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Lib-Dems in opposition in Hull. I asked her how she intends to win

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back the voters the party has lost. I have been out on the doorstep,

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listening to people, understanding what their issues are and working

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with them for the solutions weep -- they want to see.

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The main problem is many voters in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

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didn't like this man's decision to jump into Government with the

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Conservatives, something the Deputy Prime Minister acknowledged when I

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spoke to him today. These are controversial Times, difficult

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times economic clay. People recognise that what we are doing is

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in the long term interest of the Yorkshire and Humber region. We are

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doing it for the best possible reasons. Do you accept they are

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people in Hull and Grimsby who have turned their backs on to the -- on

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you and may never vote for you again. Any compromise his treachery,

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any compromise is a U-turn. That is what some say. The Lib Dems are

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hoping to avoid another election meltdown like they saw earlier this

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year. At present, the opinion polls show little sign of improvement in

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their prospects. I asked Tim what the Lib Dems

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needed to do to become a political force in our part of the world.

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Politics is about branding and the Lib Dems are seen by too many

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people as a toxic brand. They are associated with all the difficult

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things that have been happening in Government recently, from cuts to

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public spending, rising unemployment, two broken promises

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over tuition fees. Politicians are held in low esteem at the moment.

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Look at the reaction in Scunthorpe today, two Elliot Morley's release

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from prison. All political parties are going to work harder to regain

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people's trust. In the Lib Dems case, that means creating jobs

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across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, so during jobs that could be

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created by the wind turbines at manufacturing industry. -- securing.

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They will struggle to get out of Thank you for watching. Still

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ahead: At the pressure builds on Lincoln City manager, Steve Tilson,

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as they face a crucial game tonight. And why a change of Rams for this

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post lady has caused a stir in a Lincolnshire village. -- rounds.

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Tonight's photograph is taken by a Philip Burnett, who took this

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photograph of Flamborourgh cliffs. It is a big night tonight because

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Sheffield is going on the weather I have had several e-mails. Ruth

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says, the great thing about the digital switch-over is we can get

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Peter and Paul in my area. I don't know what Sheffield have

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done to deserve you, to be honest. The headline for the next 24 hours,

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it is going to be wet for parts of Lincolnshire tonight. Tomorrow

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looks like a better day. Brighter with some sunshine. It has been a

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disappointing day. We have this by the front running along southern

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areas. Right now, it is very wet across some parts of South

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Lincolnshire. There could be the odd spot of rain for East Yorkshire.

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It is a Lincolnshire where we are focusing our attention on at some

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prolonged rain. It will push away later tonight and we will see

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temperatures down to ten Celsius. The sun will rise in the morning at

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The forecast for tomorrow, it looked bright first thing. It is

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bright and generally dry with sunshine. The chance of one or two

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showers. A windy day with that fresh south-westerly and top

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temperatures of 17 Celsius. The out lock, Thursday will be dry and

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bright. -- out look. The weekend looks and settled. We will give you

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On to football and Lincoln City and their manager will be hoping to

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kick-start their season tonight. The Imps need a win a. The problem

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is they are playing a top of the table, Gateshead.

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Time may be running out for Steve Tilson. His side has claimed seven

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points from the last 20 games stretching back to last season.

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Gateshead are the visitors tonight. It is likely to be a make-or-break

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week. If we can win one of the two, get a

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draw, a would be a good return and get us going. -- it would be. It is

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going to be a tough game, we know that. We have to make sure we stay

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in the game as long as we can. latest setback came at Luton on

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Saturday. They still went down on 1-0. He has had enough time and

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they don't seem to be going anywhere. I think he should go.

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Relegation from the Football League on the final day of last season was

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a blow to local pride. There was a mass exodus of players in the

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summer. The manager feels a revival is around the corner. If we get on

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a good run, the confidence bills. If you win a couple of games back-

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to-back, it can soon change. will hope to stop that winning run

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tonight against Gateshead. If they lose again this evening, there may

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be a vacancy in the Lincoln City dug-out.

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A crucial night for Lincoln City. There will be coverage of the game

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on BBC Lincolnshire. Grimsby Town's majority shareholder, Mike Parker,

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has ruled out a return to the club's board and becoming its next

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chamber. He has told BBC that he is hoping to find investors who will

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take, Rolf at Blundell Park. It follows John Fenty's resignation

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yesterday. Mr Parker said fans were right to be concerned about the

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future of the club. It will continue to lose money and less

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performances improve. -- unless. If those losses are not supported

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financially, they have only two options. They either suffer

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financial problems or it cut its cloth according to its income.

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Thanks to those e-mails about the school banning nuts. Minster School

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is cutting that's. Parents were told about the change in policy in

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a text message. A children can be allergic to milk, egg and fish. You

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can't start banning all the things that children might be allergic to.

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Sometimes it lulls children into a false sense of safety. We are not

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sure we can never say that a school is 100% net free.

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There was a big response on that story. We read every e-mail and

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listen to every message. An entire village in Lincolnshire

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has been mobilised after losing their beloved post lady to another

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area. People in Dunston in Lincoln say their posts lady, pale, is part

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of the village life. She has been given another round India by

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Bracebridge Heath. Dunston villages are fighting to get her back.

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Getting on with the job. This might not be the round Paul Butler is

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used to bet letters need delivering in a Bracebridge Heath. It is here

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in Dunston where they are missing their beloved post lady. Everybody

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knows how. She is held for with the people in the village. -- helpful.

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She is the eyes and ears of the village. It is a new house and all

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we need to do is tell her that it is our house. You can't blame her.

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The villagers are concerned that they might be making the new galley

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feel unwelcome. Losing her hair so upset people that it became a

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feature in Dunston's Scarecrow Festival last weekend. It has moved

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350 people to sign for her return. She is part of our community. She

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knows everybody, she has lived in the village all her life. She knows

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where people are, she knows who people are and looks after knows --

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neighbours. The Post Office has told us that changes to services in

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the Lincoln area mean some customers might notice a disc --

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different pace man or woman at a For now, the new postie is getting

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on with his rounds. The post is still coming through the letterbox

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but it is Pearl that villagers want to live ring back to Dunston. --

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delivering. We wish them well. Remember last

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night at the end of the programme, I was telling you about 16 year-old

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Reece Mastin from Scunthorpe who has been voted through to her next

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round of the Life finals of the X Factor in Australia. -- life finals.

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He moved to Adelaide six years ago that is being supported by many

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family and friends who still live in north Lincolnshire. He will

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perform before the judges again next week after being voted through

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to the next round. A fantastic story and we wish him the best.

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Fingers crossed. Finally, a recap. Experts warn that

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the world economy, including Britain, is at risk of a double-dip

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recession. The former Scunthorpe MP, Elliot Morley, is released from

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prison after fiddling his expenses. He served a quarter of his sentence.

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Dry and bright with spells of sunshine. Top temperature of 18

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Celsius tomorrow. On the subject of Elliot Morley, Col Twitter bed they

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should be put in jail for what they have been done.

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Another says he has been subject to a home detention curfew and

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probation service because he is not possessed of being a serious risk

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