24/01/2012 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight:

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Plans to halve the Humber Bridge tolls are in doubt as the four

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councils disagree on how to finance the remaining debt.

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It is embarrassing for the region. Then next time we go cap in hand to

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the Government say we are all in agreement, they will not believe us.

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Setting up for a week on the picket line - tanker drivers walk-out over

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pay. The class of 12 year olds who've

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all passed their GCSE English three years early.

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And taking to the skies in search Cloudy tonight and not much chance

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of seeing those northern lights. Good evening. The Government has

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urged the four councils on the banks of the Humber to reach an

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agreement on the Humber Bridge debt. Until they agree, tolls can't be

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halved as promised. The deadline is next Friday. Hull City Council's

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offered to take on the bridge alone is not favoured by the Government

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bed with North East Lincolnshire rejecting a four-way split on the

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debt, the pressure is mounting. I am pleased to have been invited

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to open the Humber Bridge today. The tale of the tolls dates back to

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1981 when the Humber Bridge enjoyed a grand opening. For years, drivers

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have campaigned to reduce them. Now that is an option, the battle has

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moved on to how to do it. In December the Chancellor, George

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Osborne, agreed to halve the bridges that. The deal was that the

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remaining �182 million was underwritten by the for Humber

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councils. -- four. The suggestion was the shoulder 25% each but North

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East Lincolnshire Council says this is unfair as less people live there.

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The Government said to us that everyone is in agreement. We gave

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them that guarantee. We then start fighting like cats in the stack --

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a sack. We look stupid and the next time we go cap-in-hand to the

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Government saying we agree, we will look like fools because they don't

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believe us. 70% of the journeys take place in North Lincolnshire.

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Hull City Council were willing to take all of the debt burden but we

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understand the Treasury will not accept this. We wish to work with

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our colleagues in the other three authorities to, but the solution.

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We can't allow �150 million of Government money to go back to

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Westminster when that money could be used to reduce the burden and

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the financial pressure on businesses and the public in an

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area. It is a huge disappointment for Simon Blakely. He runs a

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haulage company in Immingham and was hoping a saving on tolls would

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help him expand. You are talking of saving thousands of pounds a year.

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You could put that somewhere else and utilise it.

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The Department of Transport told us they want to see a deal between all

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four authorities. There deadline is February and if the quarrelling

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continues, the tolls could stay at The Dida of North East Lincolnshire

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Council is Chris Shaw and he is joining me from Grimsby Town Hall.

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-- the leader. They have accused the councils of fighting like cats

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in a sack. He has a point. We are sat down trying to negotiate.

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They are squabbling from the outside. He wants to get into these

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meetings and say what he dad -- and then say what he thinks. For you

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jeopardising the deal? We are not. We have said we will pay our share

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of the deal. That money is there to night and all they need to do is to

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prepare to accept to -- hour 18%. We are not part of the dead.

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have an e-mail from Robert, saying there's hardly any difference. Get

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on with it, Mr Shaw, think of the benefits it will bring to north-

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east Lincolnshire. That is one of your taxpayers. I have for tea in

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my office saying the opposite saying, stick to your guns. -- I

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have a four macro in my office. There must be a reason why you are

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worried about this. Are you saying you don't think the whole deal is

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financially sound and could go wrong? My thing is if the deal goes

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wrong and I don't think it don't stack up, my it ratepayers in North

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East Lincolnshire will be saddled with the debt and I don't think it

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is there to do that. At the moment, we have made an offer based on tax

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payers 18% and I don't know where they can't accept that. My finance

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office has been brought in to talk about the facts and figures. They

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are worried that we have found out what the plan is. For we budge from

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that 18%? I have a for Council mandate. -- for were you budget

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from that 18%? The Liberal Democrat Party and the Labour Party, we have

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a mandate that says 18%. I am one of the only councils in the area

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that have got a mandate from their council to negotiate. Will the

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tours come down on the 1st April? We will work to bring that down.

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Somebody needs to talk to me sensibly instead of renting.

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If you want to comment, send me a text or e-mail.

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In a moment, egg farmers fear they will be -- they will be undercut

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and put out of business for following European rules.

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Tanker drivers on strike at the Conoco oil refinery and Immingham

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claim they are being asked to take pay cuts of �4,000 a year. Their

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employer says they are the best paid drivers in the UK. Average

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salaries of �45,000. The drivers walked out this morning and intend

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to stay on the picket line for a week. They union is hoping to cause

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disruption to fuel supplies. -- their union.

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Standing idle this morning, rows of fuel tankers at the refinery.

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Normally they would be on the road delivering to garage forecourts.

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Here are their drivers. They have walked out of protest at what they

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say is an attempt to cut their salaries. A reduction is offering

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us bid to �2,000 a year which is a reduction of around �4,000. What

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the other reductions are, which we have negotiated, will come down or

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so. The transport company is one of the contract is which delivers its

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fuel. They have condemned the strike by its work force. It is

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totally and called for and we have seen no reason for it to be taking

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place. We have had open dialogue with Unite on this particular issue.

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We have had one-to-one discussions with our drivers. We are

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disappointed. The protest will only affect deliveries to jet filling

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stations. They are warning the disruption will escalate. Those on

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strike say their protest is symbolic of a wider malaise in this

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industry. They are attempting to drive down the pay and conditions

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of tanker drivers across the UK. This is not just an isolated attack

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on our terms and conditions. The multi-billion pound oil companies

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are seeking a cost down agenda. other driver's account for a 5th of

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drivers from this depot. Garage forecourt shortages seem unlikely.

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Joining me is Professor Gregor Gall Gall, an expert on this. What

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reason did they have to go on strike? They may not be Asenby but

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they have to understand the proposals that they are being

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subjected to of to become self- employed, there by shade it --

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shouldering the responsibility there employee used to have. They

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will be able to understand that this is quite an attack on their

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conditions and the drivers have the ability to respond as they are in a

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strategic position to do so. There will be something of support to

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emerge if the strike collapsed -- lasts over the week. They hope the

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destruction of will be big and meaningful. The company says it

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could jeopardise the contracts of its workers. Who is in a stronger

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position? I think if the strike last for a week and there is

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further action, the drivers will be in a strong position. There is a

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possibility of fuels shortages throughout the country because of

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the oil refinery in Essex is now not delivering. There is less fuel

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in the south-east and they would be a demand for fuel from elsewhere.

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This will exacerbate the issue. The drivers have a leverage available

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to them. If they stick together and are concerted in their effort, they

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should bring it back to the bargain table. They can get the Transfer of

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undertakings so it protects their conditions. Doesn't this back-up

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the oil company's claim that profit margins are low and that justifies

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them cutting costs? For it may do that there is another factor. -- it

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may do. The oil refinery companies have sub-contracted their

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distribution networks to other companies. You have to people

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trying to get their slice of the Piet. -- two people. That puts

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pressure on the drivers' wages. There is that factor there. If

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these operations were taken back in-house by the refinery companies,

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we will not see this pressure. Thank you very much.

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Of the driver's right to stand up to protect their existing contracts

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or should they accept the claims the oil firms are walking on it

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slim profits? -- working on a slim profits? Maybe you are one of the

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The University of Lincoln is to cut his student intake by 11%, that is

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up to 700 places. The Government is asking the university to reduce

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student numbers to save money. Some of the courses could be transferred

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to Lincoln College. Half-a-million pounds is being

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given to help vulnerable people in Lincolnshire during the cold

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weather. The money which has come from central Government, will be

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used to help people with health problems stay warm over the winter

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months. Egg farmers in East Yorkshire and

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Lincolnshire fear they will be undercut and put out of business

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for following European laws. The new rules have banned eggs from

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battery hens but many countries are ignoring them.

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It was meant to put an end to this, battery chickens in cramped

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conditions. Bigger cages like he's in Withernsea were brought in under

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new EU welfare rolls from the beginning of this year.

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The birds have half as much space again per bird. They are able to

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would move around the whole area which is about the size of a

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snooker table. They have perches, dusting Mattes, they have nest

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boxes so they can lay their eggs. While they have improved welfare,

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other countries including Spain and Poland are ignoring the law and

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keeping prices low. We needed to get a level playing field within

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Europe or they will walk over us. Could poultry farmers go out of

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business? A of course. We have invested a huge amount of money and

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we all know what the financial world is like. I suppose people

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should think why should they care? We are welfare friendly, we are

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doing as they asked us to do. Support s, that is all we ask.

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legal. They say there is a quicker Guide for shoppers. In the UK, it

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is easy. You have to look for this lie in mark on the box and on the

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cake itself. Protecting illegal eggs in food which have already

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been made is a harder job. Most UK shops will only sell

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illegal acts like these been packed near Gainsborough. Cakes and pasta

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from abroad may have illegal eggs already baked in. It is frustrating.

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It has been in place for 12 years so that it is not as if people

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didn't know this was coming. Something like a quarter of the you

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eggs are currently illegal. We need to get the commission to treat

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everybody fairly said there is one rule for 27 member states which has

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been the case. In a recent interview with the BBC, the Prime

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Minister said he also wants action. With other European companies --

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countries, we have to take them to court if they did put in place the

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changes they have signed up to. National Farmers' Unions,

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supermarkets and many factories pledged to only dues legal eggs and

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there are plans for those importing illegal ones. The farmers here are

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Still ahead tonight: Quite Grimsby Town are drawing comparisons with

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Barcelona. And taking to the skies hoping for a glimpse of the

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celestial Northern Lights. Here is a picture of the sun setting at

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By the weather. I cannot believe we have the same shirts on, that will

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get everyone thinking! Is that Denham? -- gingham. Tomorrow is set

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to be milder but most be cloudy. -- mostly cloudy. There will be rain

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on Wednesday night and there is Thursday's weather. Thursday might

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not be too bad. You can see on the satellite picture an awful lot of

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clout. There is still some drizzle and light rain around. Some mist

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and patchy fog over the top of the hills. Tonight there will be

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further light rain and drizzle. Overcast skies, you can forget

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seeing the Northern Lights. The sun will rise in the morning around 7:

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Perhaps just a little bit of drizzle in places first thing

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otherwise it is a dry day, a cloudy one, but as the wind strengthens

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there will be some cloudy -- sunny spells coming through for a time.

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It will feel milder. Temperatures peaking at around 10 degrees. Some

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sharp bursts of rain developing on Wednesday night. That should clear

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on Thursday morning. Some sunshine and showers on Thursday, partly

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cloudy for Friday and Saturday but drier by then. A class of 30

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children in their second year at a school in Hull have all passed

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their GCS the English which is an exam most of their colleagues will

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not pass for three years. -- GCSE. Of mice and men by John Steinbeck,

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not exactly the kind of reading you would expect by 12 year-olds but

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these are not your average students. They have all taken their English

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GCSE three years early. I got an A. I got a B. I got an A. I got a C.

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Travels beckons and Shakespeare, the group achieved two grade A's,

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nine bees, 15 seas and four children got a D. It is not bad

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considering the school performs below the national average in GCSE

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English and maths. We learned that we can achieve anything with hard

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work. The world is our oyster. We are hoping that that ethos is

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something we can develop across the whole of the school. We can achieve

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excellence. There have been individual cases of children as

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young as six getting a good grade for a GCSE but among a whole class

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is quite an achievement. Best local author who visits the school to

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give talks things it is for a good chance. It will give them the

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confidence to believe they can achieve other things. If the

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students are not happy with the results they achieve this time

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round they can resit the exam whenever they feel ready. In the

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meantime they are still studying A- level literature. Thank you for

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getting in touch after our story about a man who was stopped from

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taking photographs in Scunthorpe. This video on the YouTube shows how

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security guards at the Golden wonder factory wouldn't let a local

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photographer take pictures of the site. It isn't illegal to take

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pictures in a public place unless there is a threat of terrorism. The

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factory owners have apologised. David in Hull says over the last

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few years clashes between over-keen security staff and photographers

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keep happening. When will someone do something to insure everyone

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knows the correct legal position? Hannah in Lincoln says, I think the

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security guards were right to stop the photographer. You have to ask

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why someone would want a photo of that building. It's not as if it

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was a tourist attraction he was taking a picture of. Paul in Hull

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had a similar experience. He sent a text to say, I was stopped in Leeds

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by a security guard while taking pictures of a beautiful old

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building. He admitted he was unsure why he was asking me to stop. Now

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this is the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain and today it's

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being compared to Grimsby. The reason is that the Mariners have

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scored more goals at home than any European club, except Barcelona.

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Looking at further comparisons, is our sports reporter Simon Clark. It

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is a war and spirited, vibrant and dynamic. So is Barcelona. Today the

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Catalan capital was compared to Grimsby because of the scoring

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prowess of both clubs. 41 have been scored by Grimsby, 43 by Barcelona.

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Barcelona cannot compare to the banks of the Humber on a bracing

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day like today. Barcelona claims the world's greatest stadium. This

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might be and 99,000 all-seater stadium but it does not boast a

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19th century stand like Brundle Park. This is football heritage.

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Beat that Barcelona! Do you think there are any comparisons between

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Cleethorpes and Barcelona? You are having a laugh! I love Cleethorpes

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but I would also like to be in Barcelona. Dig deep and the

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comparisons become apparent. supporter comes here and if he

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likes what he sees he will bring his family back. That has got to be

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good for everybody. This striker's counterpart in Barcelona is just as

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good as him on be same number of calls. And Grimsby Town are away at

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Barrow tonight. That's on BBC Radio Humberside's AM frequency. And BBC

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Lincolnshire have coverage from Lincoln City against Southport.

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Kick off is at 7: 45. Scunthorpe United face one of their biggest

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challenges this season when fourth- placed Sheffield Wednesday visit

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After the stunning northern lights display on Sunday night, sky

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watchers are taking to the skies come up over the North Sea, in the

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hope of getting a better look. A special flight's due to leave the

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Robin Hood airport. Last night 200 passengers went on a similar

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journey from Leeds-Bradford airport. The astronomer Paul Money from

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Horncastle in Lincolnshire was on board, along with our reporter,

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Spencer Stokes. Last night Yorkshire went in search of the

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Yorkshire like it's -- the Northern Lights. 140 passengers getting

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above the clouds and away from light pollution to increase their

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chances of seeing this natural phenomenon. This is a force of

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nature and it may have died off but you never know, we might be lucky

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you never know, we might be lucky again. Cabin lights went off and

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they began to scan the horizon. That is almost certainly be a

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grown-up. -- the aurora. We did not see the brilliant flashes that we

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had seen on television but we did see some elements we had not or

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would not have seen otherwise. was not as spectacular as I would

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have expected but it was still very have expected but it was still very

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impressive none the less. We have had an amazing display. Tonight was

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not as did as the last one but you never know with this. Another

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flight will leave tonight and the prediction is that there will be a

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celestial slow pace. -- showcase. Let's get a recap of the national

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and regional headlines. A warning over fuel prices after a major oil

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refinery in Essex goes bust with up to 1000 jobs at risk. Plans to half

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the Humber Bridge tolls are in doubt as the four councils continue

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to disagree over how to finance the remaining debt. And tomorrow's

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weather, a damp start but otherwise dry and cloudy with brighter spells

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developing throughout the day. It will be milder, with top

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temperatures of 10 C, that's 50 F. A response coming in on the subject

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of the tanker drivers. One person says they should get real, they

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should be thankful they have a job at all. A local employees says

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these drivers are currently and always have been the best paid. It

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