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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North.
Farmers react angrily to government claims they should
Those ministers should come here on a Sunday morning and try to find
those people, because I cannot find them.
The woman given the job of running Hull's year as Chty
of Culture says she wants to build a lasting legacy.The
government hands over ?9 million to fix potholes in East Yorkshhre
We're live at the Beverley Folk Festival, where
thousands of people are expdcted for a weekend of live music.
And a fine weekend on the c`rds but things going downhill next week I
will be back later in the programme with all the details.
Farmers in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire have reactdd
angrily to comments by a government minister th`t they
Esther McVey says the food industry should find local
But producers say local people aren't prepared to do
the jobs that migrant workers are willing to take on.
More from our political editor Tim Iredale.
These freshly picked character being washed and packed, ready for the
supermarket shelves. `` carrots are being washed. The vast majority of
people carrying out the work from overseas. Without the oversdas
workers we could not survivd. This woman came here from Estoni` to find
work. She is now an assistant technical manager at this f`ctory
and her mother is a seasonal worker here. My mother comes here for
winter, she only comes for ` winter because my dad is still in this
tourney. She spends half a xear in the factory, last year it w`s for
parsnips. There is no slowdown when it comes to workers coming here from
other European countries. L`st year saw 27% increase in migration from
other nations. But Esther McVey says that farmers should be more willing
to take on British`born workers She claims the number of new jobs going
to British workers has doubled under this government. No longer hs it
only for out of ten British Nationals getting jobs, it hs now
nearly eight out of ten. I would like to think that those farmers do
feel that they can take on British people, because we have gotten to
the standard that they are good enough to employ. `` we havd got
them. The ministers that sed that should come here on a Saturday
morning and try to find me 050 local workers, because I cannot fhnd them.
I spoke to a group of unemployed young men. Would you be willing to
take on those jobs? Yes. But foreigners are taking them on, we
are sick of them. Even housds. Some say that you are not willing to do
the jobs that the foreigners do We would do the jobs, but the
foreigners come over and get benefits and houses and do the jobs.
Not for the first time, polhticians and employers have clashed over the
reality of hiring home`grown workers.
Earlier, I spoke to Andrew Wilson from the National Farmers' Tnion
and asked him if the ministdr is right that farmers should elploy
Farms have certainly tried to employ as many local people as thex can.
The use difficulty is trying to find the people that we take the jobs. At
the moment it seems that thd migrant workers either one is prepared to go
jobs. People are saying that they do not see these jobs advertisdd. The
farmers go straight to the foreign market. In reality, that is what is
happening. They are not going straight to the foreign market. We
have conducted a survey and out of the last survey, after recent job
applications, 71% of them actually did not want to take the job. 7 % of
reddish born workers did not want to take the jobs. Sort of the local
people's fault, they do not want to take the jobs, not the lawydrs
favouring migrant workers. We are not saying that the local pdople do
not want the jobs, it is a puestion of what type of jobs are on offer.
The jobs are not permanent, UK and British`born people overcamd for
permanent jobs. Isn't that just an excuse? Do farmers simply rtle out
British workers because thex prefer migrant workers? Farmers do not have
preference at all. Are you sure 100% sure. They look for thd best
people and the people that `re willing to the remote locathons and
work long hours and put in the work on the manual labour side that is
required. What people at hole will be seeing who are watching the
television is that employers will be paying very low wages and that is
what is happening, migrant workers will work for less. Isn't that the
reality? We have is leasing the demise of their Agricultural Wages
Board, which means that workers will get the minimum wage. Farmers need
people who are willing to work in remote locations, long hours, and do
manual labour. At the moment it is migrant workers to willing to do
that. And what you say to those who say that picking cabbages is beneath
them? We're not saying that anybody is saying that it is beneath them.
You are saying that local pdople do not want to do those jobs, H am
drawing a conclusion that you think that they do not want those jobs.
The if people want those jobs then those jobs are available to them and
there are many farmers that would likely employ local people to do
those jobs. Thank you very much.
Should farmers be forced to use British workers?
Or do you understand why farmers are so resistant to
And you can see more of this story on BBC1's Sunday Politics from 1am.
Guests include the Hull East Labour MP Karl Turner
A new badge for Hull City, but some Tigers fans are unhappy
The author and journalist Rosie Millard will lead the team
organising Hull's City of Ctlture celebrations in three years? time.
She studied at the city's university and will be in charge of delivering
In a moment Rosie Millard whll be joining me in the studio,
but first Sarah Corker has lore on today's announcement.
After an eight`month nationwide search, the broadcaster Roshe
Millard started her new job today. She is now in charge of Hull's City
of Culture programme. She h`s worked all over the globe, from thd red
carpet in Hollywood to London Fashion Week. It is not the first
time she has been on this programme either. It is all a world away from
this week's walkabout on hunger `` Humber Street. Hopefully thhs can
leave a wonderful legacy of work and of the joy that comes from great
cultural production. Rosie Lillard graduated from the University of
Hull in 1987. She was the BBC's arts correspondent for over a decade and
today writes for several national newspapers. She lives in Islington
and has four children. She has a lot of knowledge of Hull, let she also
has a lot of national content. We are trying to get Hull known
nationally. Business owners in Hull's fruit market had thehr own
ideas about what priorities should be. It would be great to brhng up
festivals like the BRIT Awards and the Turner prize. She could consult
with those about how places like ours should flourish in 2017 and
beyond that. She will be pahd ?25,000 a year. First on thd to`do
list would be to recruit other senior members of the team to help
to work on those big events. She started by reacquainting herself
with a city she has describdd as inspirational.
Well, we saw her there in S`rah s report, and I'm pleased to say that
Congratulations. Are you excited? I am absolutely thrilled. Walking on
air. I read an article last year that said that you adored this
unloved city. Why have we bden unloved? I don't think that
everybody has understood Hull. It is not on the main roads north, people
have to have a reason to cole here, that is one of its great assets But
for many people they have ndver been here and they do not understand its
quirky, charming nature. It has been hit by recession and some pdople
just only got that message from it. When you are talking to the trendy
Islington set in London, do they turn their nose up? They do not get
it, do they? They are starthng to a bit more. When I worked at the BBC,
people would say, we're dightal to university? I would say Hull. And
they would say really? Apart from Anthony Minghella, who was here at
university and loved Hull. People who know Hull love it. A big job.
What transformation and the City of Culture bring to our economx?
Colossal. It can really represent... I think that a rebirth
of Hull was on the way. With the Siemens contract. That is f`ntastic.
It can happen. Look at Glasgow, City of Culture, reborn. Liverpool,
reborn. The time is right for Hull. It will be a different
infrastructure, a different city, it will have a huge effect. And what
about those who say to me, H do not have a job. I am not botherdd about
it, this will not affect me. What you say to those people who are
watching tonight? I see that the City of Culture will providd, will
life memories, it will get xou then switch our transformative stop it
will provide spectacle and ht will provide a grassroots love of culture
and of jobs. It will open pdople's eyes and hopefully train people up
into different skills. I wish you well with it, I know that wd will
see you. You will be fantastic in the role. When you read university,
you wanted to be a cancan d`ncer? I did a little bit of cancan dancing
at a restaurant! It is now sadly not there any more. What a shamd, we out
of time! Thank you for coming in. Millions of pounds is to be spent
fixing potholes, but will it be Big Crowds gather in Beverldy as the
town's folk festival gets under way. Mark says, please do not tell your
weather forecaster, but somdtimes I read watch her forecast durhng the
week. Sad or what? He probably has a beer arm fetish! Ill like it is no
wonder that people think th`t I get the forecast wrong.
It looks like a warm weekend. The weather continues to be domhnated by
high pressure, it will deteriorate next week, a lot of uncertahnty but
we are expecting it to go downhill. Showers, or eventually long spells
of rain. It has been very pleasant today, you can see on the s`tellite
picture, not much in the wax of cloud to speak about. There could be
the odd shower into this evdning, but generally it looks try `nd find.
Overnight, dry with long cldar spells. Temperatures will stay in
double figures. Down to arotnd 1 or 12 Celsius. The sun is setthng in
the evening. We will start the day with clear skies. The coast will
hang on to the best of the long sunny spells. Inland, the cloud will
bubble up. Although there is a very small risk of showers, most places
will stay dry. Temperatures will be sent as well. Along the coast,
getting up to 16 or 17 Celshus. A very similar outlook for Sunday
Variable cloud, dry, some ddcent spells of sunshine. The temperatures
could be a degree or so higher than this. The risk of some showdrs on
Monday. Increasingly unsettled. Gin`clear is whether term, hs it? Or
is that just your drink? Both, actually! Have a nice weekend.
The government has given cotncils in our area more than ?9 million to
The money should mean 150,000 potholes will be filled in,
but those responsible for m`ny of our roads say much more hs needed
Cold winters and heavy rains mean that potholes have been a growing
menace, and everyday hazard driving motorists mad.
They are hazard, they are d`ngerous. This town, same as every other time,
they are all over the place. But now money is being handed out from the
government to councils across the country to help with the problem. It
will be used to repair potholes and damaged roads, like this ond near
Beverley today. We put unprdcedented amounts of money and to get ahead of
the game. If we have had a bad winter, a frosty winter, whdre it
breaks up the road, where ground water may bubble up, that ghves
councils additional challenges and that is why this money has been made
available. East Riding of Yorkshire Council has been given ?2.5 million.
Hull and North East Lincolnshire has been given ?250,000. But thd biggest
grant was to Lincolnshire. @lmost five 5p to fix potholes in the
county. `` ?5.5 million. Thd government says it is an incentive
to do more themselves. But some councils say it is not enough to
repair the road infrastructtre. It is well received, but it only was a
very small way to fixing will problem. But by targeting the money
correctly we can get the best value out of it. ?6 million is a decent
bit of money, but we could do with it again next year and the following
year. What I would like is ` consistent high budget, not just one
year. Pressure groups say that it will only be good if roads `re
resurfaced, not just quick fix repairs.
Plans to build 12 turbines on the Yorkshire Wolds have been
EDF Energy Renewables wants to build a wind farm on farmland south
of Driffield, which could power 13,000 holes.
Some people living nearby s`y they are against the plans.
Thanks to everyone who got hn touch about the suggestion that wd could
Hull City has today unveiled the club's new crest for next sdason.
They have taken away all naled references to Hull City
and the Tigers, replacing it with a tiger?s head and
Our sports reporter Simon Clark has been asking people
The Hull City will has been through many transformations, but at its
heart has always been the Thger And the big cat remains. For
few years, this has been thd badge. But the club promised that they
would change for this coming season and that they would consult fans on
the way. That consultation process never took place, but this hs what
has been produced. Apart from the 1904, this is very much the badge
that has adorned the strip back in the 1960s. I preferred the old one.
Old one is better. I would still like to see the name Hull Chty on
the badge and the name Tigers. But we will have to get used to it. If
he wants to put a pink tiger on there, let him do it, because
In sport, Hull Kingston Rovdrs travel to Bradford Bulls tonight
BBC Radio Humberside will h`ve commentary of the match
Our tennis players have found out who they'll be playing at Whmbledon.
Lincoln's Dan Cox will face Jeremy Shardy and Beverley's Kyle
Edmund plays Andreas Haider`Maurer in the first round of the tournament
In Swaton, near Bourne, it's the World Egg Throwing Championships.
Lincoln hosts the national Tug of War Championships and powerboat
Some of the country's fastest boats will be taking part in a series
Locally run boat Hull Speed Ahead will be taking part.
And Tonight, this year?s Beverley Folk Festival gets under
way with thousands of peopld expected at the town's racecourse.
Over the years there have bden some stars perform `
This year it is Billy Bragg and Chas and Dave. It is really shaphng up to
be a great festival. Music lovers have been coming here for over 0
years. You can see Tom here who is already getting everybody in the
mood for this fantastic event. A sound check ahead of his appearance
at the Beverley Folk Festiv`l. Billy Bragg has been performing shnce the
1970s. He says that Beverlex Folk Festival is one of his favotrites.
Beverley allows me to come here and pick up a lot of people frol all
over East Riding. That is why I ve come to do it. It is not just one
odd evening in a hole somewhere The festival brings people from all
over. It gets people from Lhncoln, from Grimsby. Chas and Dave are also
playing this weekend. It is not just the music that attracts the crowd.
Organisers say that there are lots of arts and cultural activities for
people to enjoy. Lots of coledy literature, authors, poets. Lots of
events for children as well, it is great for kids and young people It
is quite relaxed environment, quite chilled place to come to enjoy the
weekend the family. It is a nice small size and they have sole good
acts here. It is a very fridndly festival. Entertaining and vibrant,
organisers will be hoping that the festival lives up to its billing.
Either any act that you havd got your eye on?
If you would find me, the w`rm up act is on. Billy Bragg is dte on and
on our's time. On Sunday we have Chas and Dave, Barbara Dickson, the
organisers have said that they want the sun to keep shining and that you
want an appearance from you. They are going to miss out on that!
But they have got Chas and Dave It is 7:55pm. If you are owing this
weekend then enjoy it. Letters have recaptured. Im`ges sure
that `` images show that Brhtish men have joined militants in Ir`q.
Top temperatures of 19 Celshus tomorrow.
A big response to British pdople not working in farms. One viewer says,
it is easy to stop farmers tsing the agencies which employ migrant
workers. The British want the living wage whereas the migrant workers are
driving wages down and are happy with minimum wage more or ldss.
Simon agrees. It is because they want the work done on the cheap and
us Brits refuse to be explohted Have a great weekend. Goodbxe.
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