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Welcome to North West Tonight with Roger Johnson.
As the Government loses the Supreme Court case on Brexit,
some local MPs call for a second public vote.
The builder who's barricaded himself inside an historic station
masters house in a dispute over renovation work.
Network Rail have left me with no choice but to do this and make a
stand against them. Angry locals give this Lancashire
road sweeper the brush off. I'm in the most romantic room in
what has been described as the most romantic hotel in Europe. It is
right here in the north-west, but where? Cheers.
We had our say back in June - just over half of us
here in the North West - 53% - voted to leave the EU.
But after today's Supreme Court ruling, our MPs will
They'll have the vote on triggering Article 50 -
a development that's left many Remain supporting MPs
Do they vote with their conscience or vote with the will of the people?
Our political editor Nina Warhurst has been following developments
Today has been described as a victory for parliamentary
sovereignty. The 650 men and women who sit in their will after all get
to vote on whether we leave the European Union. In just a minute I
will have a round-up of how the MPs intend to vote, but first how the
news has been received across the Northwest. For a slice of life in
post-Brexit Britain we have come for breakfast. These are four or five
months old. Jim and Roger's family have been
farming for generations. We first met brothers Jim
and Roger last May - You were the Brexiteer and you were
the remainder. And you were throttling each other! But he has
recovered. Have you been at each other's throats ever since? Not
really. We do not discuss it that much. It is like fait accompli. We
have to just get on with it, and the country has to get on with it. It
was 52-48, we have to get on with it. Everyone has to make the most of
it and try their best. Blackpool is the place that voted
more emphatically to leave Listen back to what people
here told us at the time - It is just a small island, and it is
to fool. We have too many foreign people taking advantage of the
system. Many still have the same concerns -
and are optimistic about I voted to leave, and I think we
have more chance of leaving Europe than being told what to do by the
Germans and French. I think we have a better chance outside than staying
in. I think it is being made out that everyone who voted leave are
racists and bigots. We are not. We're just seeing the bigger
picture. in warrington has been a growth
industry over the last few years. Back in June - Boris who runs this
place thought Britian had What future do you see for Brexit
Britain? Do you think you will still be here? Because no one else, even
your Prime Minister in her speech, obviously my plans changed and they
are still changing. With so much still to be thrashed out, the
uncertainty he feels is felt by many. So big implications for
everyone across the North West, but what has been the reaction here? 53%
of people in the north-west voted to leave the European Union, and so,
for most people's MPs it is relatively straightforward. They
will vote to trigger Article 50 because that is how their
constituents voted. But MPs in Manchester, Liverpool, Wirral,
Sefton, Stratford and Stockport, they are the ones who face a crisis
of conscience. To the vote as the majority of the people in the UK
did, or as constituents did, to stay. One MP facing that dilemma is
Lucy Powell. What way will you vote? On the second reading that will come
next week, the first stage of the bell, I to trigger Article 50
because although I do not want to leave the European Union, I voted
and campaigned to remain, but the act of Parliament is to give effect
to a referendum that I supported. It is just the beginning of the
process, we will be laying down amendments and holding the
government to account. There will be a vote at the end on the deal the
government has got. There is no blank cheque but I feel it is my
responsibility to enact it. Even though 60% of people in Manchester
voted to remain? I know it will be hugely disappointing, but the
problem with referendums as it is binary, yes or no macro, and we
voted to leave. It is not what I wanted but it is what is happening.
It is not a proportionate vote, you cannot say we will only leave by
52%, we either leave or do not. Most MPs across the north-west agree with
Lucy. I spoke to Geoff So far only Jeff Smith,
MP for Manchester Withington, and Luciana Berger, MP
for Liverpool Wavertree, and Louise Ellman, MP for
Liverpool Riverside, have told me they could
vote against triggering Article 50 in keeping
with their personal views, As for the Lib Dems,
their line is clear - they will reject Article 50
unless there is a promise of a public vote on
the final Brexit deal. they voted for it, it is the
decision, it will affect generations to come. It will affect the economy.
It will have a lot of significant consequences. To rule them out of
the final say and leave that to MPs or just the Prime Minister, I think
is the wrong way to set about it and shows the government does not have a
grip on the situation. The Lib Dems are unlikely
to get their way and for there to be But once Article 50 is triggered,
that's when the really carving out a deal that
everyone agrees with. But today a significant. By the end
of the week, one way or another, we will be leaving the European Union.
The Isle of Man's strict abortion laws are to be reviewed,
At the moment, it is only allowed under certain circumstances.
Many women have to travel to clinics in the UK because of tight
A member of the House of Keys has been told he can start work
on the proposed changes, to bring the rules in line
The small steps, but this is the start of a process. So I can sit
down and create a law that can go to consultation so we can bring our
laws up-to-date. Tributes have been paid
to a promising young cyclist from High Peak -
who died in his sleep on Friday. 15-year-old Charlie Craig
from Hayfield was an apprentice Paralympic champion
Dame Sarah Storey said his death The fountains in Manchester's
Piccadilly Gardens They'd been out of action
since September last year due The display includes 180 jets,
propelling water up to six A builder has barricaded himself
into an historic house Dave Anderson says Network Rail
owe him money for work he carried out on the Station Master's House
at Ribblehead near Ingleton The Wirral-based contractor says
he's spent four frustrating years trying to sort it out and has now
run out of patience. He says he'll stay put
until the issue is resolved. Our Chief Reporter,
Dave Guest, has the story. The station master 's house is an
ideal place to get away from it all, especially for railway enthusiasts.
It sits right next to the historic Ribblehead viaduct. It is available
for weekly lets, but the man who booked in last Friday says he will
not move out any time soon. Builder Dave Anderson worked on the
restoration on the property in 2012. He has been in a financial dispute
with the building's owners, Network Rail, since. He tendered for a
contract worth ?150,000, but he says the work actually cost far more than
that because it was more complex and expensive than he had been led to
believe originally. So now he has barricaded himself into the building
and is refusing to leave until the matter is resolved. He is not
prepared to leave the upstairs room and come out of the property, so we
have to speak to him from here. The only way we will hear him is by
sending him a microphone. Isn't this all a bit extreme? I have been
forced into this position because of the actions of Network Rail. If you
can prove they all your money, why not go through the courts? They are
such a big national company, they know I have no money, they know that
I have lost my business and house, I borrowed money on the house to fund
the job and it has all gone. They have had two internal
investigations, they have gone through legal challenges and
solicitors. Does that not suggest it is you who is in the wrong? Not
really. I want the public to know, I want a public investigation. What of
the police physically tried to kick you out? I do not think they can
because I have secured myself in really well. Dave says his protest
is peaceful, but it is the only way of breaking the impasse with his
dispute with Network Rail. We will follow that story. In the meantime
Network Rail has released a statement. They say, we are aware of
the situation and are keen to speak to him to understand his concern is.
Until we have spoken to him and establish the facts, it would not be
appropriate to comment further on appropriate to comment further on
this at this time. Metrolink have apologised
after trams across Manchester saw Many commuters took to social media
to voice their frustrations The company say freezing fog
overnight lead to ice We have seen the tram network Corp
very well in extreme conditions of snow and ice before, it is just an
unfortunate combination that affects them badly. If the weather continues
to improve we should be OK. One of the region's most
prestigious manufacturers Bentley in Crewe says
2016 was a record year. It's taking on more
apprentices and has big plans for training and recruitment
which it says makes its future The firm also says there's
little if any fear that leaving the European Union
will dent its future The motoring press was a bit sniffy
about Bentley's Bentayga. But sales of this aristocratic
automobile already make The customers' reaction has been
superb. We made 5500 last year, and we are delighted with what we have
done with it. Coupled with the fantastic workforce which have put
so much effort into what has happened in 2016. Let us look at all
sales figures in more detail. In 2008, during the recession, they
suffered like most businesses. Figure started to bounce back, and
last year... Up to 100 apprentices will be taken
on this year. There's opposition to the plan
because some roads will be closed. The firm says it's
about opportunities. The number of apprentices -- the
majority of our apprentices come from the local area, so for people
to see that they can build and grow their career here, it can only be a
good thing. With Brexit on the cards, what is the future? We're
looking at good deals from the government in terms of what they can
do with our European partners and get really back into some stability
because this uncertainty is not helpful. That is echoed by business
experts. BR in a great place, a nice client base in America, high-end UK,
and the Middle East as well. The client base is hopefully untouchable
for Bentley. Bentley's first diesel car -
and perhaps a nod to critics and customers concerned
about the environment. Mark Edwardson, BBC
North West Tonight, Crewe. A lot of wistful sigh and looking at
those cars! Find out why the turnstiles here at
Oldham athletic will be turning a little more than usual.
Europe's most romantic hotel is closer to home.
When people in Accrington complained about piles
of litter in their street, the council promised
A mechanical street sweeper was sent to deal with the problem.
the sweeper simply drove past it and disappeared.
Much to the embarassment of Hyndburn Council,
the incident was filmed and has now been seen around the world.
You'll find the odd bit of rubbish along Bath Street
But nothing like the mess that was driving local
There was a lot of it, wasn't there? There were 12 bags in total that we
finally collected. A minimum of 100 bottles.
Council officials leapt into action
Kevin Carroll has his own camera pointing at the street.
Basically he did a U-turn, zigzagged around the rubbish, and off he went.
It's more a fly past than a direct attack.
This is not so much clean and tidy as Laurel and Hardy.
It was a little surprising, and a bit comical as well. The council has
issued an apology to the people who live here, and it accepts that the
street sweeper wasn't acting up to what it calls its usual high
standards. It says it will be investigating what happened here in
more detail. Locals were so fed up,
they cleared the litter themselves. They should not have had to do that.
No, it was an isolated incident and the overall environmental services,
the people who work for them have got passion for it and work hard. On
this occasion they have slipped up. Unfortunately for the council,
the slip-up is being Stuart Flinders, BBC
North West Tonight, Accrington. Have embarrassing. It is a bit. It
is more of a fly-tip than a fly-past.
Sport now, and it promises to be a bumper crowd at Oldham Athletic
this evening as the Latics take on Peterborough in League One.
Stuart Pollitt's at the ground and he can explain all.
I suspect the turnstiles are significant. They are queueing up
outside, and they are going to be coming in tonight for no cost.
That's right, free entry for Oldham and Peterborough fans.
Well, it's not the case that Oldham don't need the money -
But what it needs more at the moment is an upturn in fortunes.
Second bottom of League One, tonight is new manager
John Sheridan's first game back in charge here for a third time.
Apparently they're expecting up to 8,000 tonight -
5,000 more than an average weekday game.
I may take up the offer, and I take my son then, we did it last year,
they charged a fiver or something and I went down. But I do not
support Oldham. I might turn up. In need to recruit more scouts, more
kids, get their ambitions high, and feel the oxygen of a real stadium.
Would you be tempted if it was free? No, because I am not interested in
football. I'm thinking about taking my little girl, it is her first
football game. I am joined by the chief executive here. What is the
thinking behind the initiative? We have a new manager here, we want to
get behind him, get some momentum going. We have a poor season, been
poor at home, so you can either sit back and wait for them to get
better, or you can try to help. So we are trying to get the crowds in,
to try to get the team is going, build on it, and everyone coming
tonight who enjoys it may come back on Saturday. The take-up has been
excellent, they are expecting up to 8000. There is a real buzz about the
place. We would have got 3500 at the most on a cold night in January, but
we're expecting 8000. You mentioned the new manager, John Sheridan back
in charge after three years. He was sacked in January after... We were
very keen to get John back in when he was available, the issue with not
going to happen before that, nothing to do with us. I think there are
some ulterior motives with what they have come out with, but I will not
see any more at this stage. You're needing a good run to get out of the
relegation zone. Yes, it is going to be tough this year. We're not hiding
behind anything. We have been very poor at home and haven't scored
goals. So tonight we hope can be the turnaround from that, get the cloud
going and get a few goals to build from there. It has not been the best
of times for Oldham. What is the overall health of the club
financially? The transfer embargo did not cause us much of an issue,
it was just one of those things. We're now looking forward to a
strong end to the season and hopefully we can regroup and build
on words. Thank you very much for your time.
Manchester United will have to move 2,600 season ticket holders to make
space for an extra 300 spaces for disabled supporters,
The work will reduce the ground's capacity to 73,000 but has been
The Lancashire skier Dave Ryding has been back in action this afternoon
after his history making second place at the weekend.
Dave became the first British skier to make
Today he's lying in fourth place after his first run
We will update you in the late bulletin. That is all we have for
you. Full commentary on the match on the radio. Free entry for the fans
coming intimate. But, of course, the food is not free. Our cameraman has
already bought up if for ?3. I am surprised he has only had one!
Three weeks until Valentine's Day, the busiest -- my busiest day of the
year. You might be making secret plans to whisk your loved one away
for a romantic date. But where to go? Boundary Park? There is no need
to go that far! That is because a boutique hotel in the north-west has
been voted the most romantic in Europe by an online travel site, but
we visit? -- where is it? Forget Paris with its boulevards and Venice
with its waterways, for true Romance check out Chester and the Edgar
house Hotel. Jeremy and Lindsay from Liverpool are here to celebrate
is the setting and the atmosphere is the setting
created by the owners. It is like a created by the owners. It is like a
family home. Are you feeling romantic? Definitely! It is hard not
creating a romantic atmosphere? In creating a romantic atmosphere? In
rose petals on the bed and get a rose petals on the bed and get a
glass of champagne to settle in with. Thank you. What more could you
want in your luxurious room but a copper bath filled with bubbles?
There is even a home cinema where you can snuggle up and watch your
favourite romantic comedy. Will tell certainly worked its magic on these
two, back for a second time. Are you feeling romantic? Yes, definitely.
It is gorgeous. A lovely place. It is really nice being on the river,
and going for a walk after. We have had a few proposals, so we do
special things if we know there has been a proposal, would pop up with a
bottle of champagne. Chester makes a difference to us, it is a romantic
city within its own right. On the streets of Chester, romance is alive
and well. Thank you very much! You're on your lunch break? Yes, we
are. It is life coming year. It is a nice city. We are really lucky to be
together at our age, nearly 80. Do you feel romantic been here
together? Tee not really, we feel cold. Back at the Hotel, love is in
the air. OK, you two, get a room! Diane knows how romantic Chester is.
I was there this morning with Keith the cameraman. Not even a kiss!
Pictures have captured exactly what happened first thing this morning. A
little frost, and a fair bit of sunshine for many places as the day
went on. Tomorrow will continue much the same, but Thursday is very cold
and windy. At the moment there is a lot of cloud cover around. The cloud
has moved in over the last couple of hours. Some rain moving in, but not
from everyone. There is a small chance you could catch some fogger
messed early doors, but no weather warnings for our area. The overnight
temperatures are not too bad, so it is better than last night. There
will not be frost first thing. When the sun comes up it will not be a
bad day. The cloud cover moves in now and again, but the breeze picks
up as the day goes on, so it will feel a little chilly. On Thursday
year daytime temperature may just be one Celsius. Leitner have a look at
this handsome fellow. Visitors to the Sea Life Centre seem
to think this frogfish bears a striking resemblance
to a certain US President. You might get the impression
that history is just a record Very often,
the line between fact and fiction In this series, I'm exploring how
three turning points in our history have been manipulated to become
our greatest historical legends. I want to be entertained.