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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight...
A month after the budget, the backlash begins over tax on pies
and caravans. This is a mistake, it will decimate
the industry. We do until the country is in a
better position. In the Commons, local MPs are about
to put the case for East Yorkshire's caravan industry.
the Government's holding firm. It is a right that we tried to have
a level playing field with an a our tax system.
By-law be assessing a day of protest and debate live from
Westminster. Remembering the Lincolnshire
Vulcan's bombing raid on the Falklands 30 years ago today.
Why this young musician doesn't have to blow his own trumpet.
And a wet night developing in places, the Met Office have a
warning in places. Some of the rain could be heavy and thundery,
especially at first. Join me for Good evening. The Treasury Minister
has told Look North that he is listening to concerns about VAT on
static caravans, but at the same time the Government is committed to
a level playing field on the whole issue of VAT. Tonight MPs from East
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are raising the issue in a Commons
debate. There are fears that it could lead to thousands of job
losses. It comes at the end of a day which has seen renewed protests
against the Chancellor's plans. We are live at Westminster in a few
moments, but first our Political Editor, Tim Iredale, has this
report. As MPs prepare to debate the so-
called caravan tax, of the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, Dodge
protesters, as he met with the Institute of Directors in Hull City
-- in Hull, a city which many claim will be hit hardest by the measure.
The deal was very factual and genuine.
He has taken that away, there has been an extensive consultation
period for the caravans, and he has said proved to me the impact you
think it is having, fat Julie, and that is what we will go away and
work with partners to put that to him, so we can walk into George
Osborne and David Cameron and prove our point. A national Caravan
Council estimates up to 7,000 jobs could be lost in manufacturing, the
supply chain and the holiday industry if VAT is levied on static
caravans. Labour have accused the Government of underestimating the
impact. We are in a double-dip recession.
This could be point one of Plan B. Not introducing VAT on static
caravans on the head, that is part of Plan B, really. The But today
the Treasury minister told Look North that the Government won't
ignore its critics. We do think it is right we tried to
deal with static caravans fairly and consistently with other
products, but obviously we want to listen to concerns about the impact
and we want to listen to exactly how this would work, what the
border line would be. Earlier in the day, there was a very different
VAT protest at Downing Street over the so-called pasty tax. Members of
the Lincolnshire-based family bakery Pocklington's travelled to
the capital to call on the Government to look again at moves
to add VAT on freshly-baked products, such as pies and sausage
rolls. Where it will penalise our
customers is when they buy a family steak pie, take it warm and warm it
up for their banner. A lot of people are looking at cheaper ways
of eating, eating out less and cooking at home, they cumin and by
apartheid that has just commit of the oven to eat at night and they
will have to pay 20 % VAT on it. Ministers say the controversial VAT
changes are about ironing out anomalies in the tax system, but
that seems to be little consolation to those who took part in a day of
protest at Westminster. Tim is live in the Central Lobby of
the Houses of Parliament for us this evening. Where does this leave
us over this whole issue of VAT on static caravans?
Now, Peter, MPs from different parties and different backgrounds,
from different parts of the country, are standing in the Chamber of the
House of Commons to tell the Government exactly what they can do
with their so-called caravan tax. Tonight's debate was secured by
Graham Stuart, Conservative MP for Beverley and wholeness. He raised
the issue, not just the effect on manufacturing, but also the effect
on tourism. A two or three out of every ten
people going into the bakery down the road and spending money in the
pubs, the importance of rural visitors to the economy away from
those directly employed in the manufacture, however important they
are, is immense, and I think that is why there was such a groundswell
saying this is an issue that should be reconsidered.
A Graham Stuart speaking in the past half-hour. Last week's stock
the biggest Conservative rebellion since the vote on student tuition
fees. The Government won the vote on VAT on static caravans, but only
by a slim majority of 25. Four Tory MPs from East you pinch -- East
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire rebelled. MPs say this debate is all about
sending a further message to the Government. They believe this is
attacks on jobs. The minister today told BBC look north that they
believe the Government is listening, and MPs want to see actions backed
with words. Health workers in Lincolnshire say
they will fight plans which would see them paid less than colleagues
in the South of England. The Health Secretary Andrew Lansley says
nurses and hospital porters should have higher salaries if they live
in more expensive areas of the country. Mr Lansley has been on a
private visit to the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston this afternoon.
Tarah Welsh reports. Other old key protest, but feelings
are running high. -- a low-key protest. The Health Secretary did
not see their signs, but they told me plans for low wages are run in
sold. Nick Charlton from Boston has been a nurse for 15 years. He says
his profession is being attacked. We already have the pay freeze for
the last three years, we have the attack on our pensions coming in,
which will cost us more money and balance that against energy, petrol,
food prices going up. The Government proposes healthcare
workers input or areas will be paid less. In Greater London the average
house price is around �406,000, in Boston it is 135,000. To reflect
that, nurses will be paid less in places like Lincolnshire.
They are doing the same job, so why should they get more money?
The tis cheaper to live around here, but it to is a very demanding job,
so I think they should be paid fairly.
It is all very well, but with zoned pay, fuel is not zoned, shopping is
not zoned. The does a lot more expensive than
London and we need NHS workers. A some parts of the South will be
more expensive than the north. I'd think people should be paid
according to their ability to work. Do the man in charge of health in
Boston borough council told me the proposals were fair.
In the inner London area it is very expensive indeed, so pay rates have
to reflect the cost of living in what are the area of the country
you are living in. We had had a lot of problems recruiting people, so
if we bring regional pay to Lincolnshire, I think the people of
Lincolnshire will be majorly disadvantaged.
We will have major problems trying to attract staff from larger cities
to Lincolnshire. Nurses say there were wages would
bring down their standard of living and the standard of staff willing
to come to work here. I'm joined by David Kirwan from
UNISON, which represents health workers in Boston. Good evening.
Why shouldn't you colleagues in the very expensive South be paid more
than those in the cheaper at areas of the country?
I think all of amid members do the same job and did deserve the same
payment. Regional pay would make it almost impossible to recruit into
this area of the country. Lincolnshire and Boston in
particular are likely to be areas considered to be less expensive to
live in and pay would be reduced. By the average house price is
�135,000 in Boston, �406,000 in London. You don't think they
deserve more in the South? Bar at think you would be hard pressed to
find a nurse in London living in afford hundred and �6,000 house.
The nurses are priced out of London and have to go to a plain areas to
live. I think in Boston other expensive and people's lifestyles
counteract the difference in housing costs, such as transport.
Very good transport systems in London, not sought in Lincolnshire.
The only a handful of people protested against Mr Lansley today,
that shows a lack of interest in the issue, doesn't it?
Not at all, that shows that Andrew Lansley kept his whereabouts are
very secret and did not reveal any timings for is that it. He actually
cancelled the visit overnight and rescheduled it this morning. A lot
of our supporters felt the visit had been cancelled. Those on
regional pacy it is an effective use of NHS funds. You are good at -
- you agree with that? No, it is not, because it means all
the best staff will be in the same areas where they can get higher pay.
In Boston in particular, if staff go down the road to Cambridge they
will be paid more. The by queue for talking to us tonight.
-- thank you for talking to us. And we'd love to hear your thoughts
on this story. What do you think? Is it fair that nurses in Boston
and other rural areas should be People in the fastest growing town
in East Yorkshire say they have concerns about a major new
development. Hundreds of houses are planned for land near the BAE
systems factory in Brough, which is closing down. The plans were
discussed by East Riding Council this afternoon. There will also be
a new hotel and business park, as Vicky Johnson reports.
Housing for jobs? No, very short term. Not strategic at all. I think
it is a good thing, yes. It will bring more people to the village.
Mixed reaction to a �100 million housing project planned for Brough.
If approved, around 750 homes will be built on this land near the BAE
systems factory. There will also be a hotel, a nursery and shops and
offices. Developers say the development should create 700 new
jobs. But campaigners are against There are two major objections in
terms of schooling and traffic. The education system in this part of
the East Yorkshire is already overloaded. These 700,000 houses
will probably generate some 1,400 or 1,500 cars. -- these 700 houses.
These will probably end up on the main road, which is already heavily
congested. BAE Systems, a major employer in the town, recently
announced it would end manufacturing at its Brough site
with the loss of more than 800 jobs. Rather than create work there are
fears the development would in fact adversely affect small businesses.
It is not just the residential development, it is a big commercial
development, and I believe it is too big for this village, and we
have a negative impact on small businesses like ours, and like this
cafe, for instance. East Riding of Yorkshire Council have this
afternoon agreed to the plans but they now need to go to the
Secretary of state for final approval.
Of course we will follow that story. Thank you for watching.
Still ahead tonight... And the young musician who's
blowing away the competition. Bob Wallis took this of the Far
Bob Wallis took this of the Far Ings Natures Reserve at Barton.
If you have a picture you are proud of, please send it in.
Good evening. Our favourite e-mail from Beaumaris it today, I would
like to know why Paul big nose Louth and refuses to name a but
fantastic town. -- ignores. Do you are going there next month,
our review, Peter? Yes, Monday the 14th, if memory
serves. Do you know how to get their?
At the you want to give the The warning is in place yet again,
especially for parts of Lincolnshire, the Met Office
warning it could cause localised flooding. Tomorrow a slow
improvement, East Yorkshire could get better, but patchy rain of one
on a cross parts of Lincolnshire -- off and on. It will bring patchy
rain across Lincolnshire, this front, whereas across East
Yorkshire we're hoping things will be a little better. Low pressure is
very much in charge again. Thunderstorms pushing up from the
south-west. It has been bright at times, sunny intervals, but this is
an area of heavy rain that will gradually push across most places
this evening and overnight. Heavy downpours scattered at first a
cross Lincolnshire, rain gathering across East Yorkshire, pushing
southwards, reaching most parts with the exception, perhaps, of the
Wash, we will seek temperatures of six or seven Celsius by dawn. Sun
rising at 533 am. It is a grey, damp, chilly start with outbreaks
of rain across all parts. A bit of a clearance across East Yorkshire
trying to get across Lincolnshire, but patchy rain never far away. All
probably a little better across the East. -- hopefully. It will be a
cooler feel with a moderate, northerly wind. Saturday looks
better after a damp start, becoming mostly dry, but then the wet and
very windy develop -- weather develops on Sunday. That is the
develops on Sunday. That is the forecast.
The Two people have been seriously injured in a crash in East
Yorkshire. A military vehicle was involved in the collision at
Swinefleet near Goole this afternoon. Our reporter, Emma
Massey, is live near the scene. Emma, what can you see?
Eye among the A-road 61, a long straight road with deep ditches on
either side. I am around 400 yards away from the accident. -- the A61.
Sorry about that, the line to Swinefleet was not very good. We
will get more to you later. One of the longest distance bombing
missions in aviation history has been remembered today. 30 years ago,
during the Falklands war, the RAF's Vulcan bomber flew from RAF
Waddington in Lincolnshire - almost 4,000 miles - to bomb the runway at
Port Stanley. This morning crew members from that mission gathered
at Robin Hood Airport, where the last flying Vulcan is based. Dan
Johnson reports. The Vulcan bomber, on show today to
remember a Mark -- remarkable mission. 30 years ago it was months
from being scrapped when the Falklands war brought a new lease
of life. It was to fly to the Falklands and bombed the runway at
Port Stanley saw it could not be used by Argentinian jets. It would
be the longest bombing raid in history.
Suddenly to be called up to drop conventional bombs on a
sophisticated, modern enemy in a big, slow, vulnerable Vulcan, the
bombing Agassi was abysmal, really. We did not think we would be called
upon to do it. But they did. At RAF Waddington
plans were furiously drawn up. Planes were a degraded and at the
crew had to be trained. The Royal Air Force had never been
a to the fore once in its life. There were no maps of how to get
their! They use a base at Ascension Island
as a staging-post, but the distance was still beyond the Vulcans' range,
so a set of 11 tanker planes were needed to refuel in the air.
There was a crew of five in the cramped Cockpit and it is a journey
of 8,000 miles to the Falklands and back. It was a 16 hour round trip.
The buyer was not aware of feeling particular retired because it was
all new and quite exciting. It was not until they had all gone and
suddenly we were on our own that the realisation came that we were
going into attack an airfield, which we had never done before,
that we were starting off the Laura, if you like. And they started on
the front foot, making it to Port Stanley, dropping their bombs and
hitting the runway. Few the airport buildings were skeletons blown
apart by British bombardment. It was an incredible aviation
achievement and made it more difficult for the Argentinian jets
to attack British ships that were heading to the Falklands.
Today, there is just one from -- Vulcan left flying. The mission has
changed, but the same Pru is still at the controls. When you hear it
is a unique sound, a particular hole only this aeroplane does. To
hear that is what generations ought to be able to hear in the future.
The key being at flying costs millions every year. Today's test
flight means thousands more can enjoy that the unique sound at beer
shows this summer. -- air shows. The lot of people interested and
remembering that bombing raid at Port Stanley 30 years ago today.
Thank you for all your emails, texts, tweets and messages after we
told you that Hull City council had been forced to apologise to parents
across the city for any confusion over primary school places. Emails
have been sent to some parents in error, telling them which school
their children will go to, while other parents are still waiting for
news. One mum has said she is so angry she might home-school instead.
We talked about this on the radio, as well, and there was a big
response. A big and mixed response response. A big and mixed response
from you on this. Steve in Hull says, "My daughter is due to start
in September and we have an email saying she has not got into the
same school as her older brother. This means that one child will be
late for school everyday and one child will be left waiting at home
time until I get there." And Rob in Louth agrees. He says, "I think
it's unacceptable the way parents have been kept in the dark over the
school places and certainly coming down to having to have third choice
school should never happen." But Lee from Hull thinks, "Parents
really need to stop moaning about what school their kids go to. Their
kids will get free education. And having a little tantrum about it is
Baku for all of those e-mails and texts after the programme last
night. -- thank you. The music pupil from Hull is at --
has been given the chance to see his composition turned into an
orchestral arrangement. He is one of 10 winners of a national
competition. He will get to work with professional musicians before
it is played at the Royal Opera House in London.
It is a normal Thursday lunchtime orchestra practice at St Mary's
College in Hull. One member of the class has composed a piece of music
that will be performed for a completely different stage. 15-
year-old de Gaulle has composed a fanfare for the Royal Opera House
in Covent Garden, London. -- Diego. It will be played to modify people
when a performance is about to That started it as a tango, but it
developed into a fanfare. A pittance and South American guitar,
and summed some of -- trumpets like you would expect in a tango. It is
mainly for full orchestra. But, the exciting bits is yet to come. This
is the third here of the competition, and as part of the
price he will get to work with renowned composer Duncan jump and,
who incidentally lives in look and -- Lincolnshire. They will get the
arrangement ready to be recorded by the full orchestra of the Royal
Opera House. The I can't get it into my head I am working with
someone that fairness. I think it is brilliant, it will be
inspirational for him to see his own work in the hands of
professionals, the music technicians as well as the expert
composers. It will be wonderful to see it coming through in a
professional standard. This is just the beginning for him, really, at
what a start. It is onwards and upwards and we will offer as much
support as we possibly can, and hopefully we have a top composer on
our hands. All 10 it will finish their recordings on tenth June.
Fantastic, a great story, well done to him. If you have a story you
think we should know about, they of as first, send me an e-mail and let
us know. -- think of us first. Let's look at the main regional and
national headlines tonight. Rupert Murdoch tells the Leveson
Inquiry he did not know about the phone hacking scandal because his
staff hid the extent of the illegal behaviour.
Banned the Treasury minister has told the BBC look north he is
listening to concerns about VAT on static caravans.
Back to that story, and tonight a debate is being held on the issue
in the House of Commons. Amid political editor is back with us.
What has been said so far? Per in the past hour a procession
of MPs from all sides have stood up to criticise their caravan tax.
Let's hear from former Labour Cabinet minister, Alan Johnson, the
MP for Hull West. There are a number of caravan manufacturers in
his consistency, and he was talking about fears voiced by the business
community. Da I spoke to Lord Haskins this
afternoon, the chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership, the
business leader in Hull. His view is the damage from this measure
will act, at -- will, at a stroke, remove all the advantages of our
two Enterprise Zones and Local Enterprise Partnership. Should not
the voice of business take precedence in this debate? Alan
Johnson speaking in the Commons in the past half-hour. The Treasury
minister, David Koch, did respond to MPs, and he said he believes the
attacks on static caravans -- the tax on static caravans are fair --
is fair. He says it is a boat ironing out anomalies on at the tax
system. He does not see why VAT should be levied on touring or
mobile caravans, but not on static caravans. I tell you what, he and
other ministers here have a real job on their hands convincing MPs
at Westminster. Our next news tonight is at 10:25pm. Talking
about regional pay a few minutes ago, one Twitter, I don't think it
is fair to expect people who did the same job but work in a
different region to be paid any more or less. As a nurse myself, I
might pay should reflect our skills, experience and abilities, not
demographic location. A live 20 miles away from where I work in a
rural area. It costs me much more to get to work than someone who can
hop on a train. Another viewer says, I thought this country had equal
opportunities legislation, just to ensure people were paid the same
for doing a job. But another viewer says, the NHS must review the cost
of the country will go bust. The best healthcare already goes to
private -- is through private providers, so why are the unions up
in arms? Another viewer says, the Tories and Lib Dems want to expand
the north-south divide. They will not increase the pay in the south
so workers there will not be better off, but they do want to cut pay in
the north. Because they are typical Tories, they want to rush policies
because they know they will not be in Government much longer. Big
response of all of those, thank you for that. Join me on the radio with