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Good evening, and welcome to Look North. The headlines this evening:
The former Scunthorpe MP Elliot Morley is released after being
jailed for four fiddling his expenses.
I do not think that is, that he has served his time. Ordinary people
would still be in. There is a different role for M and everyone
else. Calls for more help for soldiers
leaving the Army with mental health problems will start after a
disastrous Liberal Democrat performance in local elections,
Nick Clegg tells Look North that voters will come back to the party.
People recognise that what we are doing is in the long-term interests
of the region, the long-term interests of the country, and that
we are doing it for the best reasons.
And find out what is causing this protest in one Lincolnshire village.
At right today to come tomorrow. All the details coming up shortly.
-- at brighter day. The former Scunthorpe MP Elliot
Morley has been released from prison after serving four months of
a 16 month sentence. He was jailed in May for fiddling his expenses.
He walked out of prison every man this morning. He claimed more than
�30,000 in false mortgage payments on his home in Winterton. Crispin
Rolfe explains the latest twist in the story.
In prison for the biggest fraud of the MPs expenses scandal -- scandal.
It was in May 2009 that the Daily Telegraph revealed he had claimed
�16,000 for a mortgage he had paid off. Two charges, under section 17
of the theft Act 1968, for false accounting, have been brought
against Elliot Morley. By February 2010, he was charged with false
accounting, but spent the rest of the year trying to use
parliamentary privilege to avoid facing justice. Her what is your
message to your constituents? Why do you not want to be tried in
record? But when that failed, he finally appeared in court in April
2011 and pleaded guilty to fraudulently claiming �30,000 worth
of expenses. In May, he started a 16 month prison sentence, only to
be freed just four months later. So what now for the former Scunthorpe
MP? His life and politics is surely over, but at least he should have a
home to go to. Crispin Rolfe joins us now live
from Scunthorpe. How has the town reacted to the news that Elliot
Morley has been released? Well, here at his home in Winterton and
also in Scunthorpe you can imagine there is some surprise at the news
he has been released. There is also some anger. But take a look at this,
delivered around lunchtime, flowers, and a message from supporters. It
says, a welcome home Elliott, could MP, first past minister and a
decent men who is not short of men's -- friends. Forward nary
people would still be in, but there is one rule for them and to a
different one for everybody else. Five he has lost his position. And
I think that he has paid for what he has done. He has been fiddling
everyone out of their money, he should have served more time. I am
not pleased he is out so quickly. He should have a longer sentence.
There is also political reaction from the Liberal Democrat
conference in Birmingham. Nick Clegg is saying that at least
Elliot Morley's case showed that no one was above the law. You have to
have a situation -- you cannot have a situation where politicians
second-guess the justice system. The most important thing is that a
punishment has been issued and that MPs have ended up behind bars. That
sends out a really clear signal, that she cannot abuse the Trust of
tax payers and had to get away with that. You had been in the town all
day. Have you seen Elliot Morley yet?
I have spoken to one member of his family, he suggested that he could
return to this home within the week, over the next few days, after his
release today of. We believe he has been released early on a home to
detention curfew order, which is basically designed for low risk
prisoners to be released early after one quarter of their sentence.
They are then attacked and left to look after themselves -- provided
with attack. Eventually that will come off. But the stain of the
shame will take longer. But the question is what his future will
Earlier, I spoke to Michael Brown. I asked him whether he was
surprised that Elliot Morley had been released so quickly. I am. We
all know that sentences lead to people getting remission. But I do
not think anyone would have expected four mum said of the 16
months sentence. I think it brings the justice system into disrepute.
Although in the eyes of the law, Elliot Morley has done the crime
and done that time, there will be a lot of raised eyebrows over this.
How is the decision to resist -- release and so early going down?
have looked at the websites of the local newspapers, and I can tell
you that it is quite clear the general public really does think
that this is an outrage. People do not understand - 16 months is not
necessarily 16 months. But it is also not four. I think it would be
more honest if judges gave an honest sentence. If in the view of
the justice system this crime is worthy of four months in jail, then
give somebody four months in jail. In a way, you could say that this
kind of white-collar crime fills up the prisons and cost the taxpayer
money. And maybe give bigger penalty ought to be withholding his
pension, making sure he pays the illicit gains, the �30,000, back.
That might be something to consider a. What career path is open to him
now? Out as soon politics is shut? Yes, I think so, some people like
Jeffrey Archer, who were jailed for a considerable period of time,
became experts on the judicial system. And they managed to
rehabilitate themselves. I am in favour of rehabilitation. I think
we have to be careful between Breen cruel on the one hand, recognising
that wants criminals come out of jail we owe them a duty of
rehabilitation. Hard though, is most of your life has been in local
government and/will government politics? Some of us who did not go
to jail lose sight some -- seats and have to find alternative work!
So I do not think we should have too much sympathy!
Elliot Morley is out of jail. If you have at view. -- if you have
the view, get in touch. After a poor local election results
for the Liberal Democrats, the party leader tells the programme
that voters will be back. As Scunthorpe veteran is calling
for the government to give more support to soldiers when they leave
the Army. It is thought that up to one quarter of them leave the
forces with mental health problems. Many suffer for years before
seeking any help. Siobhan Robbins has been to meet some of those
readjusting to civilian life. Northern island in the 1980s. At
bitter and bloody battle was raging, it was a conflict that took many
lives and scarred many more. It was not more than 20 minutes after they
had left the police station that we heard the explosion. And 1000 -- a
�1,000 bomb was hidden in a dustbin next to a wall. It exploded as the
first vehicle went past, and three Lad, Steve Wilson, private Macaulay
and private Macdonald. They were killed instantly. Years later, the
memory of Northern island still haunted this Scunthorpe soldier.
used to sleep with a machete next to my bed. I got angry, I have road
rage, thinking I was getting out of the truck, grabbing the person out
of his car or and just really going to town on him. It took him 13
years to ask for help and start putting the past behind him.
Government should fund smaller, there are over 4,000 men in
treatment for combat stress. But you can triple that. Between one-
fifth and one quarter of veterans suffer some form of mental health
problems. If there was symptoms are not recognised, either by the
veteran or by the medical public health system, and treated as
quickly as possible, they can add up over years.
After 23 years in the army, Jason Logie found adjusting to civilian
life hard. When he left in April, he had no home and no job. I feel
let down. You're just let your own devices. The family has finally
settled, but like many veterans, he has vowed that move to Civvy Street
hard. Every year, we rightly remember those who died at war. But
it is those who have returned home yet still feel they have lost their
lives but now what our support. Do you think enough is being done
to support for my shoulders when they returned to civilian life? --
former soldiers. Get in touch with former soldiers. Get in touch with
The funeral has taken place today of a 19 month-old boy who drowned
at a caravan park in Lincolnshire. Kai Game from Peterborough died two
weeks ago after falling into a lake at Skegness Leisure Park. His
parents described him as an amazing little boy.
Police hunting for a man connected with the murder in Hull eight years
ago have released new CCTV pictures. Sheik Muhammed died in 2003
following an assault in the city centre. Detectives are trying to
trace Tony Karim in relation to the attack. These images show that men
together shortly before Sheik Muhammed died.
And the report says a plan to close fire control rooms in Hull
unblinking was a complete failure. The idea was to replace the 46
smaller centres with nine at regional bases, and was scrapped
last year. The centres were due to deal with 999 calls from an area.
The Public Accounts Committee says the scheme has wasted nearly �470
million. Detectives investigating the murder
of a man in Boston say they believe they would have found the knife
used in the attack. Two local men have been arrested and bailed in
connection with the death of Janusz Smoderick. Officers are trying to
find Stephen Sleaford, who they named as their prime suspect.
The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg says he understands why many
voters in these Jorja and Lincolnshire have rejected his
party. Speaking to BBC Look North, he said the recent election
meltdown came as a direct result of difficult decisions having to be
made by the Coalition Government. Tim Iredale reports from the party
It is no exaggeration in saying that this has been a night made
year for the Liberal Democrats. In May, they lost hundreds of council
seats and were then read -- removed from power. Abi Bell now leads the
Lib-Dems in opposition in Hull. I asked her how she intends to win
back the voters the party has lost. I have been out on the doorstep,
listening to people, understanding what their issues are and working
with them for the solutions weep -- they want to see.
The main problem is many voters in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire
didn't like this man's decision to jump into Government with the
Conservatives, something the Deputy Prime Minister acknowledged when I
spoke to him today. These are controversial Times, difficult
times economic clay. People recognise that what we are doing is
in the long term interest of the Yorkshire and Humber region. We are
doing it for the best possible reasons. Do you accept they are
people in Hull and Grimsby who have turned their backs on to the -- on
you and may never vote for you again. Any compromise his treachery,
any compromise is a U-turn. That is what some say. The Lib Dems are
hoping to avoid another election meltdown like they saw earlier this
year. At present, the opinion polls show little sign of improvement in
their prospects. I asked Tim what the Lib Dems
needed to do to become a political force in our part of the world.
Politics is about branding and the Lib Dems are seen by too many
people as a toxic brand. They are associated with all the difficult
things that have been happening in Government recently, from cuts to
public spending, rising unemployment, two broken promises
over tuition fees. Politicians are held in low esteem at the moment.
Look at the reaction in Scunthorpe today, two Elliot Morley's release
from prison. All political parties are going to work harder to regain
people's trust. In the Lib Dems case, that means creating jobs
across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, so during jobs that could be
created by the wind turbines at manufacturing industry. -- securing.
They will struggle to get out of Thank you for watching. Still
ahead: At the pressure builds on Lincoln City manager, Steve Tilson,
as they face a crucial game tonight. And why a change of Rams for this
post lady has caused a stir in a Lincolnshire village. -- rounds.
Tonight's photograph is taken by a Philip Burnett, who took this
photograph of Flamborourgh cliffs. It is a big night tonight because
Sheffield is going on the weather I have had several e-mails. Ruth
says, the great thing about the digital switch-over is we can get
Peter and Paul in my area. I don't know what Sheffield have
done to deserve you, to be honest. The headline for the next 24 hours,
it is going to be wet for parts of Lincolnshire tonight. Tomorrow
looks like a better day. Brighter with some sunshine. It has been a
disappointing day. We have this by the front running along southern
areas. Right now, it is very wet across some parts of South
Lincolnshire. There could be the odd spot of rain for East Yorkshire.
It is a Lincolnshire where we are focusing our attention on at some
prolonged rain. It will push away later tonight and we will see
temperatures down to ten Celsius. The sun will rise in the morning at
The forecast for tomorrow, it looked bright first thing. It is
bright and generally dry with sunshine. The chance of one or two
showers. A windy day with that fresh south-westerly and top
temperatures of 17 Celsius. The out lock, Thursday will be dry and
bright. -- out look. The weekend looks and settled. We will give you
On to football and Lincoln City and their manager will be hoping to
kick-start their season tonight. The Imps need a win a. The problem
is they are playing a top of the table, Gateshead.
Time may be running out for Steve Tilson. His side has claimed seven
points from the last 20 games stretching back to last season.
Gateshead are the visitors tonight. It is likely to be a make-or-break
week. If we can win one of the two, get a
draw, a would be a good return and get us going. -- it would be. It is
going to be a tough game, we know that. We have to make sure we stay
in the game as long as we can. latest setback came at Luton on
Saturday. They still went down on 1-0. He has had enough time and
they don't seem to be going anywhere. I think he should go.
Relegation from the Football League on the final day of last season was
a blow to local pride. There was a mass exodus of players in the
summer. The manager feels a revival is around the corner. If we get on
a good run, the confidence bills. If you win a couple of games back-
to-back, it can soon change. will hope to stop that winning run
tonight against Gateshead. If they lose again this evening, there may
be a vacancy in the Lincoln City dug-out.
A crucial night for Lincoln City. There will be coverage of the game
on BBC Lincolnshire. Grimsby Town's majority shareholder, Mike Parker,
has ruled out a return to the club's board and becoming its next
chamber. He has told BBC that he is hoping to find investors who will
take, Rolf at Blundell Park. It follows John Fenty's resignation
yesterday. Mr Parker said fans were right to be concerned about the
future of the club. It will continue to lose money and less
performances improve. -- unless. If those losses are not supported
financially, they have only two options. They either suffer
financial problems or it cut its cloth according to its income.
Thanks to those e-mails about the school banning nuts. Minster School
is cutting that's. Parents were told about the change in policy in
a text message. A children can be allergic to milk, egg and fish. You
can't start banning all the things that children might be allergic to.
Sometimes it lulls children into a false sense of safety. We are not
sure we can never say that a school is 100% net free.
There was a big response on that story. We read every e-mail and
listen to every message. An entire village in Lincolnshire
has been mobilised after losing their beloved post lady to another
area. People in Dunston in Lincoln say their posts lady, pale, is part
of the village life. She has been given another round India by
Bracebridge Heath. Dunston villages are fighting to get her back.
Getting on with the job. This might not be the round Paul Butler is
used to bet letters need delivering in a Bracebridge Heath. It is here
in Dunston where they are missing their beloved post lady. Everybody
knows how. She is held for with the people in the village. -- helpful.
She is the eyes and ears of the village. It is a new house and all
we need to do is tell her that it is our house. You can't blame her.
The villagers are concerned that they might be making the new galley
feel unwelcome. Losing her hair so upset people that it became a
feature in Dunston's Scarecrow Festival last weekend. It has moved
350 people to sign for her return. She is part of our community. She
knows everybody, she has lived in the village all her life. She knows
where people are, she knows who people are and looks after knows --
neighbours. The Post Office has told us that changes to services in
the Lincoln area mean some customers might notice a disc --
different pace man or woman at a For now, the new postie is getting
on with his rounds. The post is still coming through the letterbox
but it is Pearl that villagers want to live ring back to Dunston. --
delivering. We wish them well. Remember last
night at the end of the programme, I was telling you about 16 year-old
Reece Mastin from Scunthorpe who has been voted through to her next
round of the Life finals of the X Factor in Australia. -- life finals.
He moved to Adelaide six years ago that is being supported by many
family and friends who still live in north Lincolnshire. He will
perform before the judges again next week after being voted through
to the next round. A fantastic story and we wish him the best.
Fingers crossed. Finally, a recap. Experts warn that
the world economy, including Britain, is at risk of a double-dip
recession. The former Scunthorpe MP, Elliot Morley, is released from
prison after fiddling his expenses. He served a quarter of his sentence.
Dry and bright with spells of sunshine. Top temperature of 18
Celsius tomorrow. On the subject of Elliot Morley, Col Twitter bed they
should be put in jail for what they have been done.
Another says he has been subject to a home detention curfew and
probation service because he is not possessed of being a serious risk