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Look North. The headlines tonight. The great divide. How Hull is losing
out to London in the economic recovery. Give city 's war powers
and responsibilities. Fewer displays and more engineers.
The MoD explains how it reacted to the death of a Red Arrows pilot.
The Roman arch that could be closed to traffic unless more money can be
found to repair it. The footballer sacked for attacking
a fan. The FA is yet to decide if it'll punish his club. Swapping
their Swapping their sequins for overalls
` the celebrity dancers supporting Sports Relief in their home town.
A changeable and often unsettled week. We will have the latest.
Good evening. The minister in charge of developing Britain's cities has
told BBC Look North that Hull is really motoring despite a new report
which shows the city is being left behind in the economic recovery. The
report from Centre for Cities says Hull has missed out on investment
and growth in recent years. But the Government Minister Greg Clark says
jobs and opportunities are being created. In a moment, we'll be
hearing from Mr Clark, but first, our Business Correspondent Paul
Murphy has been looking at the report.
What does it say? Peter, today's report claims many
northern cities are being left behind in the UK recovery. That for
every one public sector job created in London, two are lost in other
parts of the country. That the average weekly wage in Hull is
nearly half of what it is in London. The Centre for Cities believes it's
time governments started giving greater priority to the North.
Give cities more powers and responsibilities so they can affect
their places more, give them more control over services and budgets so
they can spend on the things that matter to them and their people. In
some ways, give them some of the powers that we see London has had
for the last decade or so. There are some positives though. The report
says Grimsby has some of the highest number of start`up businesses in the
UK. I've been to see one of them. This is an unusual start`up
business. But it is a success. He teaches a forum of street gymnastics
cold parkour. I wanted to find something that I wanted to do. You
have to find something engaging to do if you are working. Why is
Grimsby a hotbed of new business? In the town, they claim the business
support network is second to none. I think the difference we have had is
that if you are sitting at home in Grimsby, wanting to start a
business, all you have to do is pick up a phone and you will get a
meeting with someone who will encourage you and ease you through
some of the challenges of starting a business. The report's overview of
the local economy is mixed. But some believe we are turning the corner.
We are waiting for some big investments to come along. Things
are going in the right direction. The regional growth fund is one way
that companies like this one in Hull are trying to compete with the rest
of the country. These are desirable fashion accessories. People look at
manufacturers that can do that kind of leather goods. They want quality,
handmade leather goods. It is only a few weeks since the government to's
city deal gave more power and influence to the region, but
today's report says more must be done.
I've been talking to the Minister for Cities, Greg Clark, and asked
him why Hull is missing out on growth and investment? It isn't. In
the most recent figures for the last year, the fall in unemployment in
Hull is one of the biggest in the country. Actually rivalling London.
I got the impression that Hull has got momentum behind it. I got the
impression that we need 16,500 jobs just for the city to get to the
national average of employment. Don't get me wrong, Hull as well as
some of the other cities across the country have started some way back
for many decades now and we are doing everything we can to drive
that forward. Last time I was in Hull just before Christmas, I signed
a city deal to invest in skills to make sure that the jobs being
created will be filled by people locally. But for every public sector
job created in London, two are lost in Hull. We don't want to be bottom
of the employment league tables. Hull is not bottom of the employment
league table. The most recent figures show that Hull is really
motoring when it comes to job creation. There's a big reduction in
unemployment in Hull. Why doesn't it feel like that? Why will people be
shouting at the telly as they watch you say that? Everyone knows that
Hull, for many years now, has had and has been behind other places in
the country. But equally, I know from my frequent visits to the city
over recent years that there is a sense of greater optimism. Jobs are
being created, we have seen that. They also talk in this report about
the brain drain. If you are a young graduate, you leave Hull University,
you can't get a job in this city, you go to London and that is why it
is happening. It is not true that you can't get a job in the city. If
you talk to some of the engineering businesses in the area, their order
books are starting to fill and one of the reasons that the City Deal
was about investing in skills is to ensure that as people get jobs,
other people come in behind them that have the skills that are needed
to take up the opportunities that they are. `` that are there. It is
important to invest for the future and this City Deal that was agreed
following proposals made by leaders, not just in Hull, but across the
Humber, from councils and businesses from both sides of the Humber,
saying this is what is needed. The government backed that.
Thank you. The ministers saying that whole is motoring, and that you can
get a job here. `` Hull. We'd like to hear your views on this story.
What's your experience of Hull's economy? Is it on the up, as the
Minister says, or are jobs and new businesses hard to come by?
In a moment. Why hospitals hope that letting patients rate their doctor
will improve care. The Red Arrows have cut back on the
number of displays they perform to try and ease pressure on the team
following the death of one of its pilots. Flight Lieutenant Sean
Cunningham was killed when his ejection seat went off as his
aircraft was on the ground at RAF Scampton two years ago. Today at an
inquest into his death, the Ministry of Defence outlined what lessons
have been learnt. Caroline Bilton reports.
This was the man who came to speak on behalf of the MOD. He would set
out just what had changed at RAF Scampton following the death of
Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham two years ago. The inquest here at
Lincoln's Cathedral Centre has over the last three weeks heard criticism
of how the team operates, how staffing was worringly low, training
was poor and timetables tight. The MOD says it has addressed all of
the 59 recommendations made in the official service inquiry. Staffing
has changed. Red Arrows displays have reduced by 20% in an effort to
reduce pressure on the team. Engineering manpower has increased
by 25% after it was found the squadron was understaffed by 40
people. Five new training courses have been introduced and the seat
firing handle on the ejection seat has been redesigned, as has the
crucial nut and bolt that prevented Sean's parachute from deploying.
They are currently undergoing trials. Sean Cunningham's family say
they want to make sure the safety of other servicemen and women is
protected in the future. It's hoped today's recommendations will go some
way to achieving that. The coroner has now heard all the evidence in
this case. He will now spend the next two days going through all of
that and he says he expects to be able to conclude earlier than first
thought. We are expecting this inquest to end this Wednesday.
Humberside Police have launched a murder investigation after the death
of a man from multiple stab wounds in Hull. 51`year`old Keith John
Opray was found dead at his home on Wareham Close in Bransholme on
Saturday. Officers are now appealing for anyone who may have seen him in
the days leading up to his death. A 44`year`old man has been arrested
and released on bail. A teenager has admitted stabbing his
grandparents in their bed while he was high on methadrone. The jury at
Hull crown court heard that Irene Dale died in the attack last April.
17`year`old Luke Dale denies murder and attempted murder. The case
continues. Police say they need help
identifying a man who says he does not know who he is. He may have lost
his memory because of some sort of traumatic experience. He gave his
name as Tony Thorpe. The Football Association says it
will read the referee's report before taking any action against a
Goole Town player who confronted fans after being sent off. The club
already sacked captain Karl Colley after he stormed into the stands and
swung a punch at hecklers. Manager David Holdsworth has also left the
club to be replaced by Curtis Woodhouse, as Crispin Rolfe reports.
Sacked for losing his head. The moment Goole AFC captain Karl Colley
confronted a heckler, seconds after being sent off against Coalville.
The man restraining him is now the new manager after David Holdsworth
left the club. Curtis Woodhouse has been a professional boxer in his
time but won't want any more fisticuffs when the two teams meet
again in Coalville in less than a week.
He was being taunted, but having said that, that is no excuse. It is
part and parcel of the game. You are going to get abuse from fans, home
and away, he should just have walked straight down the tunnel out of the
way. Today, the Football Association
said... Goole lost this game 3`0. They will
hope their former captain's actions will not lose them more than a poor
score line. Hospital patients in East Yorkshire
are being asked to rate their doctor's performance in the hope
that it will highlight areas for improvement. Last month, 3,500
people gave feedback on their experience and hospital managers say
the ratings are already showing results. More from our health
correspondent Vicky Johnson. When booking a hotel, many of us
will go online to see how it rates. Now patients are able to do the same
about hospitals and doctors. It's a survey...
Last month, 3500 patients completed these short questionnaires at Hull
and East Yorkshire's hospitals. Feedback forms in general are only
going to give some sort of advice to this hospital how they could treat
people better. It gives them some idea on how long you have waited.
Every day, Rachel Pearce sifts through scores of patient feedback
forms and online comments, most are positive, but it is the negative
ones which prompt change. One of the things patients were negatively
putting on feedback forms was that they never see Ward sisters. Ward
sisters now have their own clinics where patients can speak to them
along with their relatives. For surgeons like this man, the
extension of the feedback scheme will have real benefits for patients
and their doctors. I think patients will be able to
choose the doctor that most matches their needs. Also, those doctors
that are consistently not very good, the whole point is that they need to
have evidence for that. Human nature says that we all think we are above
average at what we do but we're not. Some of us are good and some of us
are not very good. I think this will raise standards.
The vast majority of patients do leave positive comments about their
hospital experiences. It is hoped by broadening this scheme and
encouraging more to take part, it will help drive up standards even
further. Patients here have already shown they like leaving the
feedback. More than 30,000 of them have done so in the last year. It is
hoped that more can be persuaded to give their opinions on those who
treat and care for them. Thank you for watching. Still
ahead. I am here to see in Scunthorpe United can beat third
place Fleetwood town. And the celebrity dancers who swapped their
sequins for overalls to support a BBC charity.
Some pictures are just coming in. It is turning colder.
Did you have a nice weekend? Did you manage to get to bingo?
Why don't you just read the weather forecast?
You should try it, you would like it.
It looks and unsettled and changeable week, dominated by low
pressure. A cold snap on Wednesday night. We have not had too bad an
afternoon. Some showers this morning, but most of us have been
break this afternoon. But the scattered showers will return from
the Southwest this evening and overnight. Some further west might
be on the short side. Perhaps a bit of heel. `` Sharp said, and perhaps
a bit of hahil. It is a breezy and unsettled day
tomorrow. Rather cloudy at times. Bands of showers pushing in from
their Southwest. The further west you go, the more frequent and heavy
doors showers will be. Those temperatures, feeling quite chilly
and fresh long the coast. Highs of 6`7 degrees. Wednesday looks quite
wet at first. Thursday, a little bit colder. On Friday, brighter at
first, but clouding over later. From Mike. Has Paul shaved his
eyebrows? Actually, the same thing. They are falling out like the rest
of their here. It could be the strain of working
with me. See you tomorrow.
A meeting is taking place in Lincoln around now to decide whether to
spend an extra ?80,000 to continue work on one of the city's historic
landmarks. The Newport Arch dates back to the third century and has
already received a ?60,000 Heritage grant for repairs. But structural
engineers have discovered that more work is needed to allow traffic to
continue driving through it. Jessica Lane reports.
The only Roman arch in England which still has traffic driving through.
But there are concerns that if an extra ?80,000 isn't found, the arch
could eventually become unsafe and the traffic stopped, causing major
problems for local businesses. People don't stop immediately, but
they do see things in shop windows and are then liable to come back
another day. If we have got no traffic, we have no customers. In
the past, it has been disastrous for us. Takings have gone down
tremendously. We had the road closed off for the water board once, and
again for repaving the area. The Newport Arch has been standing
since the third century and has been damaged by cold winters and general
corrosion over the years. ?60,000 was awarded by English Heritage last
year, but when that work started, more problems were found. Back in
1964, this lorry crashed into the arch leaving the road closed for
months. It's thought that was when cement based mortar was used on
repairs. That now needs to be replaced with lime mortar. English
Heritage said... The council leader agrees.
It's not going to affect day`to`day spending on services. It is an
essential repair which we must do and make sure we look after a hugely
important part of Lincoln's landscape.
The City of Lincoln Council says closing the road would be a last
resort. It's discussing the money at a meeting this evening. If approved,
they will work out a new timescale for the repairs to get this Roman
arch right up to date. Thanks to everyone who contacted us
after our report on how more than ?150,000 will be spent on
translation services for foreign workers in Lincolnshire.
There was a huge response to that. Hull City will travel to Brighton in
the fifth round of the FA Cup ` their reward for beating Southend
United. Tomorrow, the club is back in Premier League action at Crystal
Palace. But the football action begins tonight as League Two leaders
Scunthorpe United face third placed Fleetwood Town. Our sports reporter
Simon Clark is there. Simon, what kind of form are Scunthorpe in ahead
of this game? This is Russ Wilcox's 12 games in
charge. Hull city and Scunthorpe United played in Essex on Saturday.
Let's head to Dagenham to see how Scunthorpe got on.
This was a match where two points slipped through the fingers. United
stormed into a three goal lead at Dagenham. Dion Burton then made it
two for the Iron before being injured. The evergreen Paul Hayes
scored to make it 3`0. In ever worsening conditions, Dagenham
fought back, scoring two in quick succession. Minutes from the end,
players retired due to a fierce storm. Back on they came and Luke
Norris clinched a draw close to the end leaving the table very tight and
United in need of another win today. Down the road, Hull City were making
light work of heavy conditions at Southend United. After surviving a
couple of scares, Matty Friars opened the scoring. The striker
showed he was back in business with another at the death. City now face
Brighton and Hove in round five. We are in the last 16, it gives us a
chance to progress to the quarterfinal. That would be terrific
if we could get there. We will approach it in the same way as we
have the other cup ties. Tomorrow, the Tigers go to Crystal
Palace with new boy Shane Long in to make his debut.
It is a team that comes up every year and you think they will do
well. They started the season well. The future is bright and I am
looking forward to playing and training. Back at Langford Park, the
keeper makes his 100th appearance for the club tonight. A reminder
that Radio Humberside will have full commentary on that game.
Sports Talk is on air at the moment with all the build`up. Kick`off is
at 7.45. Strictly Come Dancing stars Kevin
Clifton and Karen Hower swapped the glamour of the ballroom for a garage
workshop in Grimsby today. They visited a group in Grimsby which
helps disadvantaged young people get into work. Phillip Norton reports.
Swapping dancing shoes for breaks shoes and a whole different type of
clutch. Today, it was a break from the dance floor to see how Sport
Relief money is being spent in Grimsby. Having grown up here in
Grimsby, it is brilliant to see the evidence and the results of the
money that has been raised being put into helping these guys out.
This project was given ?30,000 by Sport Relief, helping young people
without qualifications or who have suffered other problems to get back
onto the street. Without these, they would have nowhere to go. They have
been told they would never succeed. But they have got practical skills.
I like to do this. It gives me qualifications and hopefully I will
get a job. It was also a chance to put the students' handiwork through
its paces. And the reward... I got my hands dirty and I loved it. It is
a great way of having them stay focused and very positive. The
patients they put into it is incredible.
In 2012, Sport Relief raised almost ?70 million for projects like this.
Well done to them. You can raise money for sports relief as well.
Just go online. Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines.
Farms and homes remain under water in Somerset. The Government promises
action ` too little, too late say local people.
A Government minister tells Look North that Hull is motoring, despite
a new report saying the city is falling behind in the economic
recovery. Tomorrow's weather. Unsettled with
variable amounts of cloud and scattered showers, one or two on the
heavy side. Maximum temperature six Celsius. Moderate southeast wind.
We had a big response after speaking to the Minister for cities.
The government are blinkered to whole's job market. John says it was
a good point made about Hull University graduates. I had a job
after graduating, but have to look elsewhere for better work.
Mikaeel says Tom thanks for asking those questions. The North South
divide gets wider every day. David says, I am well educated, an
experienced office worker. I have a good CV, but I have difficulty even
getting interviews. The Minister for cities is not on the same planet as
me. Paul says the minister does not know
what he is talking about. He goes on about engineering, but not everyone
wants to do that. Thank you for all of those. Have a
nice evening. Join me on the radio at midday tomorrow. Good night.
Would you mind doing that thing when you gather everyone together?