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He's been on assignment with the London Mayor, Boris Johnson.
A Hull MP says new rules ailed at reducing pollution in the shipping
industry could cost jobs and lead to drivers paying more at the pumps.
Ferry companies have been told to use more expensive fuel which has
less sulphur in it, but thex're worried about the extra cost.
Hull East MP Karl Turner agrees and wants the government to act
Our political editor Tim Irddale reports.
Like all forms of transport, the shipping industry is under
pressure to become cleaner, greener and more efficient.
But according to one Hull MP, ferry operators, such as P, will soon be
hit by expensive regulations which will force them to change the fuel
They're going to have to pass it on somehow.
They're not going to be able to swallow that cost.
They're either going to havd to make a decision and cancel
International rules mean th`t the sulphur content of fuel
The shipping industry claims that switching to lighter, marind diesel
And they are warning of up to 2000 job losses across the TK.
I would like the government to show a little
bit of leadership here now, and to lobby the EU to allow a transition
period, a route to compliance, as was envisaged by the
The industry even claims motorists could pay up to 3p a litre lore
for diesel because of the extra pressure put on refineries.
Something that shocked drivdrs in Hull today.
Drivers won't pay 3p a litre more for any reason,
Yes, I am worried about that, and it will make a big dent
in our family income because we travel across thd
The government has hit back at claims that it's not doing enough
Ministers say they are workhng with Europe to look at ways
of providing finance for shipping firms and ports.
It's not an announcement th`t happened today, yesterday,
This is something the industry has had over shx years
Extra fuel costs was one of the reasons given
for the scrapping of the Harwich to Denmark ferry service.
Many hope Hull's ferry routds don't suffer a similar fate.
Is there any chance of the government making
Not for the first time, thex will argue their hands are tied by
regulations. The shipping industry wants to equip new technology on
their older vessels. Many whll argue that what will happen if thd east
coast ferry routes are cut back or even closed, worst case scenario,
traffic will get on the roads, driving south to the Channel ports,
creating congestion. And pollution, which is what they are trying to
stop. Thank you.
This evening I spoke to Jamds Cole from the environmental pressure
I asked him why making ferrhes use more expensive fuel was a good
idea if it led to lorries h`ving to travel further to get to ports.
I think what we are hearing and what you are saying is that the
government needs to look at reducing the impact of all modes of
transport, and we need to look at how we transition to a lower impact
economy in the best possibld way. What's more important dash of ferry
sailing or ferry sailing behng lost, and jobs, or reducing sulphur
emissions? That is not a fahr question. That is the questhon on
the table at the moment, isn't it? We have to look at the big picture.
In the big picture, we don't have a choice of moving to know a `` of
moving to a low impact economy. We have one planet of limited
resources. If we are to thrhve and have an economy that thrives with
businesses that thrive, it's not whether we can afford to make a
change, it is if we can afford not to. We will follow that story.
East Yorkshire has one of the highest number of convictions
74 people were convicted in the county last year,
the fifth highest in the UK and higher than Greater Manchester.
There are now calls for tougher punishments to deter abusers.
Concerns about allegations of bullying and harassment
at the Hull and East Yorkshhre Hospitals Trust have been dhscussed
Shortly after the former Chief Executive Phil Morley resigned
in April, a health watchdog published a highly critical report.
There are also worries about staff morale and recrtitment.
The head of the trust meets councillors tomorrow.
The debts facing Lincolnshire's hospitals are among the highest
Figures from the Labour Party suggest the United Lincolnshire
Hospitals Trust has a deficht of nearly ?26 million.
A five year plan's being developed to help the Trust meet
The Environment Secretary h`s defended the government's rdcord
on flood protection following criticism by a committee of MPs
Owen Paterson spoke to farmdrs at the Lincolnshire Show who had
expressed concern about sea defences.
He also rejected claims by ` select committee that his department wasn't
doing enough to protect comlunities at risk of flooding.
The report attacked us for `sking to do things which we are alre`dy
doing. We are spending a record sum of money. There is no one w`rrant as
elastic behind these flood defences. There is no one that sees
the economic value of protecting high quality agricultural l`nd. That
was Owen Paterson. Typhoons from RAF Conningsbx's
3 Fighter Squadron have been used to intercept
Russian aircraft as part of a NATO Four aircraft and 100 personnel
left Lincolnshire in April. Yesterday, the British jets
intercepted and escorted fotr It's been a fine day
and through this evening We are finally going to see that
cloud developing, a very we`k front bringing one or two spots
of light rain or drizzle later, temperatures overnight fallhng back
to around 13 or 14 degrees. So, a cloudy,
perhaps damp start to the d`y, once again we will see
an improvement. It will become largely dry
and brighten up as well. By tomorrow afternoon, therd should
be some sunny spells around. It won't feel quite as warm
as it did today. Temperatures that little bit
fresher along the coast. Not a lot more sunshine, but largely
dry conditions with just thd odd Thank you. If you're going to the
show tomorrow, enjoy. Thank you for watching, we're back tomorrow at
6:25am. I will see you tomorrow night as usual. Thank you for
watching. Good night. Celsius. The outlook for the weekend
is looking pretty good. If you have outdoor plans, plenty of
fine weather, warm nest the south. Is today, warm nest