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in Ukraine. That is all from the BBC News at six. It is goodbye from me
and on BBC One Good evening and welcome to BBC Look
North. The headlines tonight. 37 years after becoming an MP, Austin
Mitchell decides to stand down. A lot of the game to made have been
rolled back by this government. A Government minister says Immingham
needs more flood protection, but won't promise more money, A fire
drives a couple out of the home they'd moved into after their house
was flooded, Politicians from all sides have been reacting to the news
that the Great Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell is to step down at the next
election. He's represented the town in parliament for the past 37 years.
The streets of Hull transformed into the set of a new film.
A weekend of two halves as far as the weather is concerned. I will be
back with the forecast. Good evening. Politicians from all
sides have been reacting to the news that the great Grimsby MP Austin
Mitchell will stand down at the next election. He has represented the
town in Parliament for 37 years. The Labour leader Ed Miliband praised
his "commitment to the people of Grimsby". In a moment, I'll be
asking Austin Mitchell why he's decided to retire. But first, Tim
Iredale looks back at his career. 21,000. Dot. Austin Mitchell has
represented great Grimsby in Parliament since 1977. He says it is
time to leave the political stage. It is time for change, time to bring
in somebody younger. All I can do is go away and weep quietly, which I am
now proposing to do. At a meeting last night, Austin Mitchell told
people he will carry on as the MP until the general election next
year, then he will step down. Austin Mitchell was a familiar face on our
TV screens long before he entered politics. As a reporter with
Yorkshire television, he covered serious news as well as
light`hearted stories. Not surprisingly, for a former TV
presenter, he was one of the leading campaigners in favour of television
cameras being introduced in the House of Commons, of that was
opposed by the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. Most people know
Austin as the local MP. It will be a hard act to follow. He has been a
great servant to the local community. We have political
differences, of course, but our aim is always to improve the lot of the
people we represent. What do we say? Out. A fierce critic of the European
Union, Austin Mitchell is one of the few Labour MPs to support Britain's
withdrawal from the EU. At one point, he changed his name to Austin
haddock to show support for Grimsby's fishing industry. People
still say it is grim up there, but Austen has made it fun. This was the
reaction from Grimsby voters. They should've gone a few years ago and
enjoyed retirement. I wish him well. These can a lot of work for
Grimsby. `` he has done a lot of work for Grimsby. I think we need
somebody new. We need somebody with new ideas. Austin Mitchell will turn
80 later this year, by the time of the next general election, he will
have represented great Grimsby in Parliament for 38 years.
I spoke to Austin Mitchell and asked why he thought now was the right
time to announce his retirement as an MP. While, I think having an
election in May, Parliament will come to an end early in April, and I
think that is time for me to go. I shall be 80 this year. I don't think
there is we will elect a geriatric. I don't want to go, actually,
because I enjoyed the job so much, but it is time to bring in a new
face, new approach, new energy. 37 years. What is your biggest
achievement? I shouldn't laugh, because it is a sad moment. I think
my biggest achievement was getting compensation for redundant
fishermen. The Tory government had refused to pay them. We managed to
get compensation. I think that is the biggest achievement. Life as an
MP is a constant struggle. It is a struggle. The continuous run of
helping people with problems is the most enjoyable thing. You always
supported the fishing industry and the trawlermen. You changed your
name. That is right. The fishing industry asked MPs to change their
name. I was the only person that is enough to do it. I got free fish and
chips. Hansard wrote to me and said, did they want my contributions to be
from Austin Mitchell or Austin Haddock and at last point I changed
back. Will you be sitting next to John Prescott in the House of Lords
in a few years' time? I doubt it. I don't think I shall go there because
I have not made any contribution to the Conservative Party. Would you
like to? Well, I would like to. Politics continues. My history has
been constant rearguard actions, against Europe, against economics of
the Liberal party and the Conservative Party. I am not going
to wish you a happy retirement because I am sure I will see many
times before. We'd like to hear your thoughts on
this story. As he approaches 80, is Austin Mitchell right to retire. How
will you remember him as an MP in this area?
Some of you have already been in touch on our Facebook page.
In a moment: battling for bragging rights in the rugby league derby.
The floods minister says it's "critically important" that
Immingham is given more protection from tidal surges. Robert Goodwill
has been at the port today to look at the damage done in the floods
before Christmas. But he's stopped short of making a firm financial
commitment. More from our Paul Murphy.
You don't need to look hard in Immingham to get a sense of the
damage caused by the tidal surge. At the charity which supports seafarers
they don't expect to reopen fully until September. The entire building
has been wrecked. The telephone systems have got to be put back in.
The alarms have to be put back on. Skirting boards, full declaration,
the far has to be built. But the floods here did much more
than damage buildings. Immingham is a major processing centre for coal,
gas and oil. Many of those facilities were knocked out and the
Government was conncered about the nations energy supply. Today the
floods minster said he wanted to learn how the government could
better protect this port. The call that goes into those big power
stations we all see on the motorway, by and large comes from here. Much
of it comes through here. It is a vital national asset. It is
important this acid is not compromised and put at risk by
another tidal surge. The port operator does not need are simple
enough. Big, stronger, coastal defences. It said that a it would
have also helped to resist the surge. This port is at the centre of
the UK's energy supply industry. If this goes out, we have major issues
for the economy. That has been There's been no commitment given to
fund improved defences, but the tidal surge revealed just how
vulnerable the nation's energy supply is, and that's perhaps the
most compelling argument for giving this port greater protection.
Recognised. Paul is still at Immingham at the moment. What was
the importance of this visit today? I think it was significant he was
here. It reflects the importance of Immingham strategically.
Interestingly, the minister told me that during those Cobra meetings
about flooding in December, Immingham was very high up the
agenda. That tells you what you need to know about how government views
this place. No extra money announced today. That was never the intention.
You could be sure that when the discussions take place, Immingham
will forget largely when it comes to funding flood defences.
Thank you. Some stories now. Two children remain in a serious
condition in hospital after the car they were travelling in crashed into
a ditch in North East Lincolnshire. It happened yesterday on South Marsh
Road in Stallingborough. Police are appealing for witnesses. A former
care home in Hull has been renovated into flat and bungalows. This
development includes 16 flats and two bungalows, and is in great
demand already. Full city council says it has a huge programme of
housing works planned over the next 12 months that will generate
construction jobs and better accommodation for local people ``
whole city council. It is the first time in a few decades such a big
programme has been in place. We are pleased to be able to start that
construction. The chief executive of whole and East Yorkshire hospitals
have announced his resignation `` the chief executive of Hull and East
Yorkshire hospitals have announced his resignation. He had been in the
role since 2010. Modern 200 men who claimed they were
abused at a former school in market Wheaton could see their cases for
compensation come to court. Saint William school, which was owned by
the catholic school, closed in 1992. There has been a long`running
legal battle over hundreds of claims of sexual and physical abuse.
It was a residential school owned by the Catholic Church, and it is
alleged that in its 40 year history, over 250 boys were physically and
sexually abused here. In 2004, the former principal here was jailed for
14 years for abusing boys at the school. He was part of a Catholic
organisation that run the school and provided teachers. The Roman
Catholic dioceses of Middlesbrough owned Saint Williams and appointed
the brothers to manage it. In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that both
organisations should share responsibility for the abuse, and
between them, share the cost of any future claims for compensation,
which lawyers say could amount to millions of pounds.
What has happened in this case now, Caroline? Solicitors acting on
behalf of of the men who claim their were abused totals about a hearing
at the High Court yesterday. During the hearing, the judge decided that
some other compensation claims should be heard in court and trial
dates will be set for May of next year. It is still hope that the
majority of the cases can be settled without the need to go to court. It
is one of the UK's longest running child abuse cases. Those who say
they were victims here just want it to be resolved.
Thank you for watching. A fire forced a couple out of their own
home. How a film in Hull could bring ?1 million to our city.
If you take a good picture at the weekend, send it in. Lee Wilson took
tonight. Thank you for that. Another picture next week. Good evening.
Good evening. All this talk of retirement. Austin Mitchell, Bruce
Forsyth. Anything you want to tell us?
Happy Easter to you as well. I bought you an expensive Easter eggs
this afternoon. Is that why you didn't answer my
phone calls? I was told you are chatting in the newsroom.
I was buying your pack. The Easter weekend. The first looks
nice. It goes downhill on Sunday. A chilly start tomorrow, but it will
be a bright the day. Beware, very chilly. Quite blustery out there.
Through the evening, we will see clear spells developing. It will
develop into a fine night. A touch of Frost to start the day tomorrow.
As big of a nippy start, but it will be nice. Dry and fine. Plenty of
sunshine. Things going downhill through the weekend. Very chilly out
there. Around average for the time of year. Even colder into Saturday.
On Sunday, ten and wetter. Everybody wants to know why you were
ringing me. Do you want me to tell them?
You are in bad books now. The cool family have lost the last
of their possessions after a fire in their temporary home.
Like many who suffered the surge, Geoff and Stephanie Cowling thought
they had weathered their worst look at the hands of of the element in
December's floods. The scene in their village. Just days ago, their
temporary home caught fire at the hands of the spring sunshine. A fire
investigation report has concluded bright sunlight coming in from one
of the windows behind me hate a mirror and directed concentrated
heat onto one of the sofa cushions, catching fire. Humberside Fire and
Rescue services very rare, and one almost impossible to foresee. They
just act to get my son a computer, mere computer, get a few things back
together, and we have lost everything again. We are back to
square one. The family were given ?3000 from their insurance company,
some of which they used to buy new household items, items they will now
have to buy or borrow again. Friends are wanting to come and help. Even
the builder wanted to take washing for his wife to watch for others.
Members of the community have offered what help they can. Some of
the residents have left money behind a bar for them to come in for a meal
and stuff. We have genetically as well. They were have many worries
about rooting for a few days. `` we have donated a meal as well. You can
always find a silver lining in even the darkest of clouds. I have just
got to keep myself together and hope things will come right. At least we
are not hurt. It could've been a lot worse. Somebody have been killed.
Dreadfully sad story. We wish them the very best.
The BBC has received numerous reports of tremors being felt in the
south of Lincolnshire this morning. They were the result of a small
earthquake which shook parts of the East Midlands at around seven
o'clock. There have not been any reports of injuries or damage. I
headed distant low rumbling sound. A slight vibration. Having gone
through an earthquake, I recognise the signs.
Humberside Airport have announced they will be offering flights to
Mallorca starting next summer. Thomson holidays will be running the
route to Palma from early May to mid October. The airport welcomes
Thomson's return and says it's down to local economic changes. Hull FC
coach Lee Radford says his roots in East Hull will be put to one side as
he takes charge of his first Super League derby tonight. Hull, whose
home is in the west of the City, travel East to Hull KR tonight and
his side go into the game having won three of the last four derbies.
Phillip Norton reports. He's used to the pressure as a
player, having had a vital role in many Hull derbies of the past. But
for Lee Radford, the fixture's been taken to a whole new level when
you're head coach ` especially if you live in the other half of hull.
You can see how important it is. Lee Radford was born on this side of
the River Hull, the dividing line for whether youre a red and white
Hull KR fan in the east of the city, or a black and white Hull FC fan to
the west. And with much of the city united with the football club's
achievements in the past week, tonight's match brings the rugby
rivalry to the fore once again. I live over that side of the city. I
can take the kids to school with a smile on my face if we get a good
result. It is a massive game. It's the 221st meeting between the
rivals. Hull KR trail FC by just one point in the league table, adding to
the importance for the Robins to turn around recent losses in the
derby on home turf. It will be a tough game. We will play the best we
can. A KR fan as a boy, Lee Radford's
done his bit for his native side of the
distribute tickets for next month's final against Arsenal. Season ticket
holders who went to Sunday's win over Sheffield United will be given
the first chance to buy Final tickets. Then after the other season
ticket holders have their chance tickets will go on general sale with
the same priority given to those who attended the cup semi final.
Five people have been selected to carry the
?1 million into the city. It is an industry. It is the thing people
need to concentrate on. The road closures and slight disruption is
worth every penny because of what comes back to their city. The
filming here will take just a fortnight. But with the film going
on global release next year, it will showcase Hull to millions.
Very exciting. Strictly speaking, they were not route masters. They
were introduced in 1954. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines. This is the search continues for
survivors following the sinking of a ferry which was carrying hundreds of
school students. Austrian Mitchell says he used to
alter rubbers in the town in Parliament and the will stand down
at the next general election. Some of the messages for Austin
Mitchell. Doris said, I did not realise he was coming up to 80, I
hope you enjoyed retirement. Another one, he has been brilliant for
Grimsby, put your feet up and enjoy retirement. Graham says, I remember
a young Austin visiting our street party for the Queens Silver Jubilee
in 1977. This is from the Queen family. Thank you, Austin, for all
the help of the fishermen. David says, it should be Lord Mitchell, no
discretion required. He has been one with the people and one for the
people. This is from Mr Blanchard. He says, thank you for looking after
the people of Grimsby from a fisherman's grandson. Nice message.
Thank you for watching. Have a happy and peaceful Easter. Goodbye.