25/01/2012 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. On the programme - the

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contrasting stories in a challenging economy. We do hear of

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factory closures and the industry and people cutting back but I

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cannot stress enough it is the reverse for us. Everyone is cutting

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down on what their spending and certainly our customers Tonight as

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fears of another recession grow, we'll hear the differing

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experiences of people and businesses.

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A Hull MP tells us getting the Humber Bridge tolls down is key to

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the area's future. They have to. One of the issues about the economy

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is removing the barriers to growth in Hull. The tolls across the

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Humber Bridge are one of those barriers.

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Also coming up on tonight's programme: The NHS defends sending

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three senior officials to Florida costing tax payers thousands.

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And the father and daughter graduation success story. A windy

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night with some rain later, all the As fears grow of another recession,

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just how fragile is our economy in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

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The number of people out of work in our area continues to grow, big

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names like BAE Systems are cutting posts, but renewable energy

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companies hold a lifeline. One report this week raised concerns

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about the skills gap and there are still concerns over the Humber

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Bridge Tolls. Tonight, we'll have the story of the economy from

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across the region. We start in Grimsby where one company says it's

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bucking the manufacturing trend. Phil Connell reports.

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In times of recession, selling food can be a good idea. Whatever

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happens, we all need to eat. For this dish company in Grimsby,

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business has never been better. secret of our success is because we

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have decided to invest in the future rather than what most people

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might do it in hard times is to make cuts. We have spoken to

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consumers about what they think is important. For others, today's

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gloomy predictions have brought concerns. This organisation in

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Grimsby has just lost �15,000 of funding. Another victim of councils

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tightening their belts. It is difficult have allowed their Caporn

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hand and beg money to keep us going. There may come a time when there is

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no alternative and the money runs out. Fears of a new recession and

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impacting differently on manufacturing and local services, a

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region where the economy is creating winners as well as losers.

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Phil Connell reporting on how manufacturing and local services

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are dealing with the downturn. The most recent jobs figures show

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11,000 more people unemployed in Yorkshire and the Humber and 7,000

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in the East Midlands. So what's the outlook for those who are facing

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redundancy or for those who've recently lost their jobs? Emma

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Massey reports from East Yorkshire. Frank Melton has been working at

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BAE Systems for 23 years. Last September, the company announced

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900 job losses. He and his fellow work colleagues are facing

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redundancy. I will survive one where the other. It is the younger

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ones, those under 50, who have to think about their families. They

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can either stop where they are or move. When Pauline King was made

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redundant from MFI she looked for similar work locally but with no

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success. So she set up her own business as an entertainer. I think

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it is there but you need to wait for it. I thought, if I play my

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cards right, it is not bad. There is work out there but he cannot be

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afraid of their the lows. Two people having to make their own

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way in what could possibly end up being a double-dip recession.

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economy is growing at half the rate in 2011 as it was in 2010. All of

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us in our constituencies see the effects of this. Whether or not

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people have managed to find work, when it comes to economic recovery,

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everyone is looking for some good news.

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Emma Massey on how unemployment is having an impact in East Yorkshire.

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Today's figures make disappointing reading for small businesses and

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they lie at the heart of the economy in Lincolnshire. The

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county's Federation of Small Businesses says their members face

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a very difficult future as the economy continues to struggle.

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Simon Spark has spent the day finding out how this major part of

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Lincolnshire's economy is facing the challenges.

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It's a busy, bustling success story. Since its opening in April last

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year, Caistor's new arts and heritage centre continues to thrive

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despite launching in an economically challenging year.

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we opened, we had not a clue as to whether they would get one or 300

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people through a door. From day one, the cafe takings, which we rely on

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to sustain the project, has been fairly consistent. You have to keep

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things fresh. You have to have a reason for people to what to come

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back again. That is what people are doing. We have come from Scunthorpe.

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It is so nice here with good coffee. But this is a business run

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voluntarily. Elsewhere in Lincolnshire, the retail sector has

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been hit hard with many stores discounting heavily to survive, a

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problem that's forcing smaller businesses to close, like this

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ladies fashion shop in Lincoln. releases up for renewal and

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business is not good enough to renew. I have not got the

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confidence to renew. I do not want to go and enjoy doing what I am

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doing but I cannot afford to stay. After eight years of trading, Anita

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can wait no longer for a recovery that hasn't happened yet.

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Within the last hour, I've been speaking to Nick Boles, the

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Conservative MP for Grantham. I started by asking him why we're not

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seeing an improvement in the economy. The trouble is they're not

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any quick fixes on easy answers. We have this huge debt burden. Not

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just the government debt but also personal and business debt which we

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built up over a long period of time. What we're doing as a country is

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trying to work it off. Every family has tried to do it and the

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Government is doing it and growth will suffer until we have got

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through a good amount of that. have a 17 year high for

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unemployment. On the brink now of another recession. How much longer

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is this going to go on for? Can you put a table at? Anyone who tries to

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predict that kind of thing it is probably a full unless there are

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much better economist than I am. I think the first thing to say it is

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that I hope we're not going, and they don't believe there is any

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reason yet to think, that we're going into a recession along the

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lines of a couple of years ago. Negative growth is very small.

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Those figures are often adjusted. I think the prediction for the

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officer budget responsibility was for two quarters of very slightly

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negative growth. I do not want people to be frightened into

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thinking we're going into a serious recession. If the eurozone

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collapses, all bets are off. What we're doing his bumbling along at

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the bottom are not getting any left, like an aeroplane that cannot take

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off. What we need to do is try to get off the ground. As I said,

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getting our debts down makes that harder. You do need to get off the

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ground because you are the government. Can you understand the

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sheer frustration of people? Frustration and fear for the future

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and for their families. How to cope with the bills coming in and will

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they be in a job and a couple of years? I understand all of it. We

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take total responsibility but we really believe it when we say to

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people that it would be a disaster to try to change course. Almost the

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only thing we have on our side right now is that we have some of

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the lowest interest rates in the world. Anybody who has a mortgage

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or a bank loan or any business with an overdraft, they know what it

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would do to them and how much worse it would be if there was interest

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rates went up. The Government must get to it plans to cut public

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spending in get borrowing down. Then, the economy will have the

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room to grow. If we change course now, we will have a worse situation

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and will have thrown away of the good work we have done over the

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last couple of years. Our contact details coming up in a

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moment. The Government says cutting tolls on the bridge will provide a

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huge boost to the economy of East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Our

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Political Editor Tim Iredale is at the Humber Bridge tonight. Are we

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any nearer to that happening? think today's economic news will

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have increased the pressure on local politicians to sort out this

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a rock -- long-running saga. A few weeks ago, I stood on a Humber

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Bridge with the Chancellor, George Osborne, as he announced that the

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bridge would be at the centre of the government's plans to boost the

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economy of northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire. This will be

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done by the Government reducing the outstanding debt on the bridge and

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with Paul has been reduced by half to �1.58 each way for cars. This

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has not happened yet, largely because the four local authorities

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and the Humber have not been able to agree what to do with the

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remaining debt. North-East Lincolnshire Council is concerned

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about divvying that up for ways. Tonight, that North had spoken to

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Alan Johnson, local MP here and former cabinet minister, and he

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says it is essential this is sorted sooner rather than later.

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One of the issues about the economy is removing barriers to growth in

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Hull. Brittle's across the Humber Bridge are one of those barriers.

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The government and in essence offering us �115 million. For local

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authorities to turn their back on that by failing to reach agreement

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across the Humber would be catastrophic. I do not think that

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will happen. We understand Alan Johnson, other local MPs and other

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council leaders will attend a meeting in Hull on Friday to try to

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finally find a solution to the debt issue on the Humber Bridge. I think

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it is the political equivalent of heads being banged together. Thank

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you. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this story. What's the

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key to future success in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and how

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has the economic downturn affected Police investigating the

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disappearance of Hull woman Diann Conboy have found a body. The 47-

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year-old went missing from her home in Orchard Park more than a month

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ago. Searches have been taking place since then. The body which

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was found in the Welwyn Park Avenue area of the city has yet to be

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formally identified. An underwater search team has been

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called to Boston after a body was found in a river. The discovery was

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made this lunchtime in the Wyberton West Road and Linley Drive area of

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the Town. An investigation is now person died.

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Farmers in Lincolnshire have been warned they could be targeted by

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criminal gangs looking to steal metal and equipment. There's been a

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big increase in farm thefts across our area according to the insurance

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company NFU Mutual. As well as fuel and livestock, thieves are

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targeting machinery for its scrap metal and selling it abroad. Their

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primary targets seem to be copper and lead. There is a scrap value to

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any sort of machine and any machine not secured, is gone. We're also

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seeing international gangs targeting tractors and we know that

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most of the big tractors that have been stolen in the rear are going

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abroad, often to Eastern Europe and then distributed throughout the

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world. That is a big business, accounting for maybe �20 billion

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From Tue for watching. Still ahead, the NHS defence

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sending senior officials on a trip to Florida, costing thousands.

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Celebrating together, the first of The picture is of sunset at

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Driffield. Very nice! Thank you for that comment! I have forgotten what

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I was going to say! Tonight, quite a bit of rain to

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come from the West. It clears, and much of tomorrow will be bright,

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with sunshine. A few scattered showers. The weather front will

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print shop bursts of rain after midnight, then we are back in the

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clearest off for Thursday and Friday. -- be clearer stuff. A lot

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of uncertainty for the Further Outlook. It is mild out there. A

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lot of cloud. The wind will pick up ahead of the weather front. After

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midnight, the rain will come from the West. If you have got an early

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Cnut for the morning, it will be A wet start, but the rain should be

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clear off the coast from nine attempts. Then, it is brighter,

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with sunshine. Plenty of sunshine in between the showers. The strong

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wind will ease. Like to win tomorrow. The temperatures are

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close to the long-term average. Be very similar forecast for Friday.

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Sunny spells and scattered showers. Then, a battle looms for the

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weekend. It will get a bit colder. Many people have pointed out that

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yesterday they suggested there should be a statue of us in Hull!

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It would be so expensive. It would have to be press, to match your

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skin tone! -- it would have to be brass! I will just be a small one!

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The NHS Trust has defended a decision to send three of its

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managers, including the chief executive, to the United States,

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for a three-day conference. The event took place last week at this

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hotel on Florida's Delray Beach. The trust have said that the

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conference covered areas which would benefit -- which will benefit

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The trust has to make savings of �95 million over the next three

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years. The news of the trip drew a mixed response in Hull today.

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With the technology we have got at the moment, I do not understand why

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a trip to Florida has any need. is difficult for nurses to find

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work. It is a waste of money. depends what the conference was. It

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could have been of some use. There is no need to make these trips any

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more expensive than they have do. Earlier, I spoke to Emma Boon from

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the Taxpayers' Alliance. She says it is hard to justify the trip when

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the NHS is trying to save money. Leadership is important, training

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is important, we want managers to know what they are to win, but it

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is worrying that tax payers have picked up the bill for a trip to

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the United States, especially at a time when costs need to be kept

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under control. The trust has -- trust should have considered if

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this was the best possible value. They are trying to learn how to

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improve the care they provide to patients in East Yorkshire. If it

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does that, you would be happy? have got to be sensitive to the

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fact that there is pressure on their budgets, and perhaps they

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could have been an alternative to the training in the UK, perhaps

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they did not need to send all three marriages. The tax payers will not

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look kindly on this. Given that the trust has got to make savings of

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�95 million over the next three years, �5,500 is a drop in the

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ocean. It is not about the sum of money. We could say that about lots

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of different things, and it adds up to millions. Billions, in fact. We

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have got to view the principle. Did it have to take place in the state?

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Did they have to send so many people over? Could they have done

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at some other way? Could they have reduced the cost? Tax payers will

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be asking the questions. The chief executive is reported to have said,

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if you want a world class service, you have to involve world-class

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people. If you start going down that road, you could justify all

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sorts of costs. Tax payers expect those sorts of costs to be kept

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under control, and there are questions to be asked about whether

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or not tax payers should have footed the bill, given that it was

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in the United States and several members of staff went out. They

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were not fulfilling their duties while they were away. That

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represents a cost as well. You might want to comment on the

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story. We look forward to hearing from you. Should the trust be

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spending the money on training over Start the text with the word

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McNaught. The father of attendance and is

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calling for a change in the law after being refused compensation

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following his son's murder. The body was found in waterways across

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northern Lincolnshire. His father replied to the Criminal injuries

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compensation Authority, but they have turned him down, citing his

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previous criminal convictions as one of the reasons for the refusal.

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A 10 million pound investment combined with the recent return of

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student midwives means that the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston is

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facing a much brighter future, according to health officials. Last

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year, the Care Quality Commission issued a series of reports

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criticising standards at the hospital, but managers say many

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improvements have been made. More money is being spent here than

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in the last three years put together. More than �4 million on a

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new intensive care unit. 2.5 million on the endoscopy department.

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1.2 million on a brand new MRI scanner. This means that many

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patients will not now have to travel great distances for their

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MRI scans. For the cancer imaging, we could not do this here. The

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patient had to travel to Nottingham, Grantham, so they were doing some

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work, but some of them had to go to Nottingham. Now, we can do it in

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Boston. The new investment could not come at a better time. Boston

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has had a poor run of things. It is nice they are trying to get it back

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to normal. If the surroundings are nice, you feel nice cover you feel

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better about it. You feel as though you are being well looked after.

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2011 was a torrid year for the hospital, with a series of critical

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reports by the Care Quality Commission, a police investigation

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into a member of staff and the nursing and midwifery Council's

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decision to withdraw students. But the new improvements are now

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helping boost morale. culmination of all of the work

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coming together has been a huge morale boost. It has come at a

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great time, on the back of improving quality and results. It

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is great news. Additional facilities in the end Oscar de

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department means more patients will be seen more quickly. It will allow

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us to have 3000 more procedures a year, and it will shorten and

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waiting times to two weeks. Hospital managers say they hope the

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package of improvements will signal a bright new future for the

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hospital. They said they are confident the next report from the

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Care Quality Commission will signal how much progress has been made.

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Three of our football clubs played last night. In League One,

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Scunthorpe United went behind in the first minute, and it lost 3-1,

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to Sheffield Wednesday. Grimsby Town's winning run came to an end

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when they conceded a late equaliser. Lincoln City are five points clear

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of the relegation zone. When most fathers go to a

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university graduation ceremony, it is to watch their child get their

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degree. Today, one father from Lincolnshire broke the mould by

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joining his daughter to actually graduate himself. The university

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thinks it is the first time a father and child have ever

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graduated together. Graduation is a proud day for any

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student, but for two from this University, today was extra-special.

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Not only was Leah Warriner-Wood collecting her master's degree, but

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her father, Derek Warriner, was as well. We have both look forward to

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it, we were surprised we would be graduating together. It has been

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the most amazing, enjoyable day. When I went up myself, I was proud,

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and I was proud of my father. fathers come to see their children!

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Yes! I have got to see mine, from a different perspective! She

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graduated a few minutes before I did. It was wonderful. I am full of

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pride. It is a really wonderful day. As well as their day jobs, they

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have been studying hard at their homes in North Hykeham. They took

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conservation and theatre and consciousness. For two generations

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to graduate on the same afternoon, it is a first for the University of

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Lincoln. We normally see students graduating, and it is a wonderful

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day for them, and for their parents, who have shepherded them through

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their academic careers, but when the parent and the daughter

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graduate at the same time, it is a wonderful experience. Today may not

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be the last time that they graduate together. They are now thinking of

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If you have got a story you think we should know about, senders and

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e-mail. The main headlines.

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The economy in reverse, the UK's output shrank at the end of last

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year. There will be a meeting of Labour

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politicians to discuss the issue stopping a deal over the Humber

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Bridge debt. The weather for tomorrow, the rain

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clears, then it is much brighter, with sunny spells and a few

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scattered showers. Responses coming in on the story

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from the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust about the officials on

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the trip. One person says, how dare they? It is criminal, considering

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the way they are cutting essential services are. One person says, it

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is a disgrace that the NHS have used thousands in sending senior

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officials to America for a jolly. The money should have been used for

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the vulnerable patients. One person says, it is outrageous they can

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waste money on trips to America when patients cannot get cancer

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treatment. How can we take them seriously? One person says, can we

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