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North. The headlines tonight: The leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage, says
people in Lincolnshire are being discriminated against in favour of
migrants. It is cheap labour. But what about
ordinary, decent working families in this country?
Businesses in Lincoln urged to pay staff at least ?7.45 an hour. That
extra pound and our, we could not afford it.
Cut off by the sea ` walkers call for more warning signs after they
were stranded on Spurn Point. The 400`year old story of
witchcraft, but were the witches framed by an earl? Don't forget the
all`important five day forecast. The leader of the UK Independence
Party has told Look North xx. Nigel Farage is in Lincolnshire tonight
for a recording of the BBC's Question Time Programme. The issue
of immigration is likely to be brought into sharp focus as the show
comes from Boston tonight. One report this week claims immigration
has had a positive effect on the Lincolnshire economy with immigrants
less likely to claim benefits than people born in the country. We will
hear from Nigel Farage in a moment, but first, here's Tim Iredale.
Arriving in Lincolnshire tonight, where UKIP leader Nigel farad is
preparing to lock horns with the panel. The last time Question
Time's cameras rolled into the county, the programme was dominated
by one subject. Boston is at breaking point. The locals cannot
cope any more. Doctors surgeries, hospitals, you go down to the high
street in Austin and it is like you are in a foreign country. Dean ever
organised an anti`immigration protest in the town last year. It
prompted an in`depth report by the local council into the economic
impact of immigration. He says nothing has changed. The fact that
the government have let so many people in, and English kids cannot
get away because the Polish nationals have got the work. This
English teacher says most migrants have made a positive contribution to
the area. They are very hard`working. They have a very good
impact. I think their contribution is really good. One report claimed
that immigrants who arrived after 1999 were 45% less likely to receive
state benefit of tax credits and people born in the UK, and that
migrates from the European economic area had contributed to 34% more in
taxes than they received in benefits ` ` migrants. One report said people
from European countries were less likely to pay benefits and pay more
tax than the British. I think that is a variation on the truth, to be
honest. We need to get more people from Britain into work, into the
jobs these people are doing. As a national TV spotlight shines on
Boston tonight, I think we can expect a lively debate from this
corner of Lincolnshire. Within the last hour, I ask UKIP
leader, Nigel Farage, what the main topic would be tonight. I have
absolutely no doubt it will be immigration. It will be the fact
we're about to open the borders the whole of Romania and Bulgaria, and
it will be this report that shows in the next 25 years, the British
population is going to go up to 70 million people. I think that will
dominate tonight. This report from UCL says they contribute 34% more in
taxes than those born in the UK. That is quite a figure. Well, who is
to say? We had a report showing that non`EU migrants have cost is more
than they have brought in. Also, the EU migrants have paid more tax than
they have claimed in benefits. It may be true but it does not compute
the number of British people on benefits because they have not got
jobs because the migrants have them. We could argue until the cows come
home about the economic benefits of this benefit. What I am certain of
is when I go to something like Boston tonight, and I see in any
500% rise in the number of non`British people there since the
year 2001, their racket to cannot get primary school places, hospitals
with long waiting lists. What about those people who are employers, the
farmers? I spoke to one on the radio today and he said he would be so
good if the migrants were not there. It is a complete myth that before
Poland joined the EU, the cauliflowers rotted in the fields of
Lincolnshire. They did not. I completely understand that for big
employers, for big businesses and rich people, mass immigration has
been great. It is cheap labour. What ordinary, decent working families in
this country who find themselves unable to get work and are
discriminated against in their own country? Your leader here has been
thrown out of the party, taking five cancers with him. Embarrassing for
you? ` ` taking five councillors with him. Look, when you grow as a
party you are bound to have the odd hiccup. In the case of Chris Payne,
who was the leader of that group for a brief time, he was found by the
NEC to have put things on his Facebook that they believe to be
racist. We have got no time for that in UKIP. General election in under
two years. If you stood in Boston, would you be their first MP? I say
race. Letters get over the hurdles of the European elections in six
months, then asking the question, and I will answer it. Will you
stand? Listen, I will stand somewhere in 2015. Are you going to
stand in Boston? I will fight the European elections in six months
with the intention that UKIP causes an earthquake in British electoral
politics. I have no other thinking on my mind at the moment. Very good
to talk to you tonight. Thank you for your time. Do you agree with
Nigel Farage? Be good to hear from you tonight. We will have some
before we finish. You can see Question Time from
Boston tonight on BBC One straight after our late bulletin at 10.35pm.
In a moment: Popping pills for depression ` why there's a large
rise in prescriptions in Hull and East Yorkshire.
Businesses in Lincoln have been told they should increase the minimum
wage by more than ?1 an hour pay and pay what's known as the living wage.
The call comes from the city council, which is one of the city's
biggest employers and pays its staff the higher rate of ?7.45 an hour.
Some employers say it's not realistic. Jake Zuckerman reports.
For the lowest paid workers, the legal minimum wage is often the best
they can expect to earn. With the rising cost of living, many are
finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. It's led to a
national campaign for a higher so`called "living wage" which has
attracted cross`party support. The minimum hourly wage currently stands
at ?6.31, but the City of Lincoln Council has pledged to pay its staff
at least ?7.45 an hour. The council introduced the "living wage" in
September. It's now written to 100 businesses in the city, urging them
to follow suit. We're trying to grow the economy. Lope does help that.
There is an important economic argument for it.
Receptionist Lee Waterfield, from the Birchwood area of the city, says
earning the living wage would make a big difference to her. It is just
like, getting in from work and thinking, I would put my heating on
for an hour. You would not be so tight with your heating. Nobody
wants to have their kids running around the house in winter with
three jumpers on. In this letter the council says a
study in London found 80% of employers paying the living wage
believed that it had enhanced the quality of work of its staff, while
absenteeism fell by around a quarter." But some smaller
businesses in Lincoln say it's not realistic. That extra pound we would
have to give to the staff per hour, we could not afford to do it. We are
a very small business. For medium`sized businesses and larger
businesses, they can afford to do it. We're just coming out of
recession and are in an environment with increasing costs, energy, fuel,
business rates. It could be more than some businesses can cope with.
But the council hopes other employers will follow its example,
and that fewer workers will have to rely on benefits to top up low pay.
This is another one we want to hear from you about. You may be run a
business and think it is too much. Get in touch.
A pilot has walked away with minor injuries after his light aircraft
crash landed near Spalding. Lincolnshire police say the incident
happened just after midday at the Fenland airfield at Holbeach st
Johns. The pilot, who is 46, was the only person on board.
A man's appeared in court charged with the murder of his cell mate at
Lincoln prison. His 73 Alan Goode was found dead in his cell last
week. His cell`mate Kristof Mroz was today remanded back into prison and
will appear again in January. Network Rail has put forward its
plans for a new footbridge over the railway line in Lincoln. A bridge
would end delays for pedestrians at the High Street's level crossing,
which closes up to 12 times an hour. ?? new line The Government is
promising to think about extending electrification of the railway to
Hull. The city is not included in the plans to electrify the
Transpennine route, which will only upgrade the line as far as Selby. In
the Commons, a Hull MP questioned the Transport Secretary. White is
the electrification of the routes Hull going to stop at Selby, and
will he do everything he can to support the Hull trains proposal to
extend it to Hull? She's making yet another case for an education ` `
electrification, and I will look at it again.
There's been a 50% increase in prescriptions for anti`depressants
in Hull and East Yorkshire. Pharmacists are giving out hundreds
of thousands of doses of the drugs. And Look North has found that some
people with depression are being told to take anti`depressants
because counsellors are too busy to help them. Jill Archbold reports.
Depression affects one in every five people ` and when it does, guidance
for doctors are to treat it with psychological therapy. When John's
marriage broke down, he sought therapy for depression from his GP
in East Yorkshire. He asked us to protect his full identity. I was
told there would be three months until an assessment and another
three months for an appointment. I said that I could not wait six
months. They said all they could offer was a course of
antidepressants in the meantime. John says his medication made him
feel worse, but nationally the number of these drugs being
dispensed is at an all`time high. In 2012, the average number of
prescriptions given across East Yorkshire was around 26,000 every
month. In Hull, the figure is similarly high. Over 24,000 every
month. Figures show an increase year on year in the number of
antidepressants prescribed in the city.
The alternative or complementary treatment is talking therapies, like
this session recreated at mental health charity Mind in Hull.
People have to understand that antidepressants are not a cure in
themselves for the depression. It is a support mechanism. It will help
you get through the way you are feeling until such times as you can
access other treatments. The Humber NHS Trust say the average
wait to see counsellors in East Yorkshire is between four and six
weeks. I have a lovely daughter who helped
me through it. She made me promise not to go down the suicide route. I
have a grandson of five and she made me promise not to do anything. I
said it to myself every time I got those thoughts. I have done it
myself, where as I could have done with some help ready. Still ahead on
the programme: One of the stars of Hull City's season won't play for
two months. Hanged for casting spells, but were
the Belvoir witches framed? Keep your photos coming in.
Jon Coupland took this at RAF Stenigot, which was a Second World
War radar station. Another picture tomorrow. Good evening.
I have a message here. Peter, I noticed Paul has been on three days
in a row, time for another holiday me thinks.
It is funny you should do that. Letters look at the headlines. It is
not bad. Just like today, although it is generally unsettled, there
will be plenty of is in China around. Much of the shower activity
is in the West. There is a risk of some showers pushing in to
north`west Norfolk and South Lincolnshire perhaps. You can see a
bit of rain down to the south`east, but we are blessed in some areas. As
we head through the evening, it is basically fine. Just the chance of
some isolated showers. The breeze will ease a little bit. Nothing out
of the ordinary for early November. Temperatures will be a bit high.
We're off to another lovely start. Blue skies and a good deal of
sunshine. Just a risk of some patchy rain pushing into the far south. The
rest of us, generally dry and remaining bright. Top temperatures
similar to today, ran about nine or 10 Celsius. Saturday mostly dry.
That is the forecast. Jeff says, Paul's holiday cannot
come quickly enough, the more we see of Keeley the better. Do not say
anything. The safety of visitors to the Spurn
Point nature reserve in East Yorkshire has been reviewed after a
group of people got cut off by the high tides. Warning signs have now
been put up warning people of the dangers. Caroline Bilton has the
story. It was a day like this. The perfect
conditions to go for a walk along Spurn Point and visit the
lighthouse, but for one group of people, getting back to their cars
proved to more difficult than they expected. A couple of people were up
to their knees in water and decided to turn back.
Martin Reed was one of nine people who got cut off by the tide here.
It's a beach today, but on Sunday, water was lapping over the top. This
is where the water came over. Andy Gibson has worked for the
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust here on Spurn for years and knows only too
well of its dangers. There will be my water crossing here. You have no
idea how strong that is, or how big that NextWave is.
For the stricken group, help came in the form of one of these. A 4X4
shuttle service that's currently being used to get Humber Pilots to
their permament base at Spurn Head. We gave instructions for our driver
to shepherd that group back to safety. The principal aim is to keep
a good eye on marine traffic in the river. One of that of their other
duties is to keep a general look out around the peninsular. It is good
their vigilance helps resolve this situation. Some 70,000 people visit
this nature reserve every year. What awaits them on the other side of
this gate is an ever`changing landscape that needs to be
understood. These temporary signs and now in place. Pamela was will be
here by the weekend, in the hope that those who come here will be
more vigilant ` ` permanent ones will be here. People need to know if
they go out and it is high side, possibly there will not get back. It
is hoped visitors to this beautiful but wild place will take heed of the
warnings. A World War II veteran from
Lincolnshire who flew in dozens of missions as part of RAF Bomber
Command has died at the age of 97. Douglas Hudson, who was from
Heighington, flew Lancaster and Blenheim bombers during the war, and
won the distinguished Flying Cross for his work as a navigator. He was
also involved in the successful campaign to have a bomber command
memorial erected in Lincoln Cathedral. His family said he had
lived with prostate cancer for several years and died peacefully on
Tuesday. It has always been my hope that one day, we will help create
more awareness to the effect of the losses, those who flew in bomber
command. It is beginning to happen now, but it has taken a long time.
Douglas Hudson, who has died at the age of 97. Hull City have been dealt
a huge blow to their Premier League ambitions after a key player has
been ruled out through injury until February. Nigerian Midfielder Sone
Aluko has a torn achilles. The Club's manager Steve Bruce has also
been fined ?10,000 by the FA for his comments about a referee. Amanda
White has more. Sone Aluko has been one of only a
handful who've scored for Hull City this season. This brilliant effort
secured a 3`2 victory over Newcastle. But a lack of goals has
been a worry for City fans, today's news making it more worrying still.
It has unfortunately put a damper on everything. It has been confirmed
yesterday he has got it in his Achilles. It will keep him out until
at least February. We will wait until the specialists have seen him
and find out the best way forward for him. He will certainly be
missing for the next eight of ten matches.
Aluko's injury has also cast doubt on his future at Hull City. Talks
over extending his contract beyond the end of the season have been
suspended until his fitness can be established. And there was more bad
news for manager Steve Bruce today. Surely a bit of common sense the
referees have will say, that is not deliberate. These comments after the
Tigers controversial league defeat against Tottenham Hotspur last month
have earned him a ?10,000 fine. Surely on his mind is how to might
with this man, and cope with the growing list of injuries to ensure
more happy days in the Premier League.
It's a story which has been passed down through generations for
hundreds of years, but now a prominent historian has cast new
light on a famous Lincolnshire legend. The story centres on a
family of women, who were accused of killing two boys using witchcraft.
They were hanged at Lincoln Castle. But now a new book suggests that the
women were framed. Jo Makel has more.
It's a chilling tale of magic and murder. But were the women hanged at
Lincoln really guilty of witchcraft? In the early 17th century, Joan
Flower and her two daughters Margaret and Phillipa had been
servants at Belvoir Castle near Grantham, working for the Earl of
Rutland. When Margaret was accused of stealing and other misdemeanors,
the story is that they took their revenge, casting spells on the Earl
and his family. The story has been handed down from generation to
generation. People were terrified of these women, and people were scared
of which is in general. Once which pointed a finger at you, that was
you cursed for ever and ever. But the story of the Flower women is now
the subject of a new book by historian Tracy Borman. You would
probably be elderly, and terrifyingly, that meant over 40.
She says her research has found the women may have been framed. At the
heart of this, was quite a dark, devilish conspiracy. I think James
the first favourite, the Duke of Buckingham, wanted to marry the
sister of those two boys, and she would be a very rich woman if her
brothers died. I think it is possible that Buckingham had a hand
in their death. He framed the three local women for it and accuse them
of witchcraft, and convince everyone they were to blame. And it was easy,
says Tracy, for women in those times to be branded as witches. They
probably fell victim to the fact they were poor, they were probably
not liked in their community, so it was a way of getting rid of your
enemies, basically. Whether guilty or not, the legend of the flower
women has lasted for 400 years. And our fascination with witches will
ensure the tale lives on. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines: A recording has been released of the moment a
Royal Marine allegedly shot dead a wounded prisoner in Afghanistan.
The leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage, says people in Lincolnshire are
being discriminated against in favour of migrants.
Unsurprisingly, big response after that chat with Nigel Farage.
Somebody says, the majority of immigrants in Boston work`out and
contribute to the economy of the town. It is a town where there are
very few boarded up shops. Jeff says, businesses bemoan people not
having good English language skills and then happily employed
immigrants. Somebody else says, UKIP will get my vote. This is from
somebody who says, I completely disagree with Nigel Farage, being
able dairy and, I do not accept that we are favoured when it comes to a
position. I have never claim benefits, and worked really hard to
get where I am. Darren says, I think the diversity in Lincolnshire is the
best thing that has happened to this county. Thank you for all of those.
Join me for the radio if you can tomorrow. Good night.