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An unconventional decision and disappointment for
Why the candidate who'll fight to keep Andrew Smith's seat will be
Also - A plea to protect badgers by changing planning laws.
How the animals are dying as housing developments are built.
The TV stars marking a million-pound milestone
As Andrew Smith spends his last few weeks as MP for Oxford East there's
dismay in the local Labour Party that the candidate who'll stand
in his place will be chosen nationally, not locally.
The speed of the coming general election has led the party to decide
on an exceptional procedure for selecting the person
He's been a local MP for nearly 30 years.
But the Labour candidate vying to replace him
Labour's Oxford East candidate will be chosen nationally
because of timescale of the snap election.
The party's National Executive Committee will sort
through applications, interview potential candidates
That's clearly caused disappointment in the local party.
"It's with the greatest regret that Oxford and District Labour Party
members will not be able to select a candidate."
But they add that it "will not set any precedent for future elections."
Andrew Smith gave me his reaction to that today.
Yes, it would have been nice if local members could be involved. We
have received assurances that in the selection process, very close
attention will be towards the calibre and relevant experience to
the candidates and close attention will be given to local links and
that is very important. Would you be unhappy if someone was parachuted
into what is considered a safe Labour seat? I have never considered
anything said Seat, you have to earn your seat. They have to show people
they are on their side and be in touch with the community. I am
certain the next Labour candidate is going to do that.
So what do people in Andrew Smith's Oxford East constituency think?
It is a shame it won't be a local process, but I can see why they are
doing it. Local person every time. They know the area and the issues.
The way the Labour Party is at the moment, I would be a bit suspect of
the candidate they chose. It doesn't bother me too much, but I think a
local person has more of an interest and someone you can go to. I don't
think it will make any difference to how they will perform as an MP.
Other parties will now be looking at the Oxford East
Candidates will be announced in the coming weeks
I hope there will be a bit of time for travel, a bit more time to
gardening and I would like a new bike.
A senior prison officer from Woodhill prison
near Milton Keynes is to stand trial for manslaughter.
It follows the death of an inmate who was found hanged in his cell
55 year-old Joseph Travers will appear at the Old Bailey next month.
He's thought to be the first prison officer to be charged
with manslaughter after a prisoner's death.
A group supporting rough sleepers in Oxford is asking homeowners
if they'd give a room to some of them.
The Iffley Open House project has squatted a number of empty
buildings in the city, drawing attention to the large
Several of them have jobs and are looking
Julius has recently started working in a pub
If you are going to manage to get a job while you are on the streets,
it's going to be really hard for you to move on from that.
Because you just need a space where you can get back after work,
have a shower and get some food, get dressed and the next
More badgers are being killed on the roads and conservationists
in Oxfordshire say the building of new housing developments
They're urging planners and builders to do more to protect the animals
Badgers have lived in this woodland in South Oxford,
for at least a century but parts of the countryside here,
and elsewhere in Oxfordshire, have been lost to new buildings.
Their habitat is being taken for development. They are being squeezed
out. They are not being able to reach their foraging areas because
there are not enough wildlife corridors for them to reach them. We
are seeing more of them being forced onto the roads and killed.
While badgers are a protected species, there are no accurate
figures to say for sure whether numbers of badgers
However given the evidence at Cumnor Hill in the Vale
there seems no doubt that badger setts are often destroyed
as development creeps in on their territory.
Oxfordshire Badger Group is also concerned about the impact
of hundreds of new homes at Barton Park.
But the City Council says artificial setts have been built for badgers.
As any kind of biodiversity, the council takes it very seriously and
we are committed to protecting them, as well as other wildlife. When a
development comes into the Council for proposal, we will consider it
and only permit it if we are satisfied there will be no impact on
badges and other kinds of wildlife. There are national laws
for protecting the countryside but some authorities go
further than others. In Milton Keynes, a charity called
the Parks Trust has been set up There is wildlife corridors that
have been put together in Milton Keynes lakes, ponds and natural
habitats. We have seen a successful development, plus protection of the
environment working hand-in-hand as a new city is developed. There are
some good examples in Milton Keynes that might work well in places like
Oxford. The number of people living
in Oxfordshire is expected to increase by more than a quarter
in the next 15 years. The challenge is to build them homes
without destroying the wildlife. One of the UK's biggest
energy companies says it's using new technology to improve
electricity networks for homes The multi-million pound investment
means a special fleet of aircraft is now being deployed to scan
the networks and keep Could this be the future
of mapping our electricity networks? This aerial scanning system
is being used by Scottish and Southern Electricity networks,
surveying our power lines, checking for trees and other
vegetation, which may lead to blockages
and electricity cuts. Obviously, trees are continuously
growing and we have to manage them on an ongoing basis and the biggest
issue is trees falling What we're able to do with this,
once all the data has been gathered, we can put it into our computer
systems, we will be able to see which trees will be a threat
to the lines and which trees aren't That lets us target
the tree cutting. This innovative mapping
system is a big investment But it wouldn't be possible
without the team of engineers With the equipment we have on board,
it sends out hundreds of thousands of flashes of light every second
as we fly over the power lines and we get a really,
really accurate, 3-D record of the line and the
position of the trees. So when we come back
we can process that data, serve it up on a 3-D platform
so the guys back in the office can see exactly where
they've got problems. Some network operators believe
the technology could lead to better maintenance work,
resulting in more A Buckinghamshire charity that
trains puppies to be the ears of their owner is celebrating 35
years in operation. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People take
on 200 puppies a year, teaching them to respond
to different sounds. This weekend the charity
welcomes more than 200 dogs on a sponsored dog walk,
and they want you to come along to. It's time to wake up,
but you can't hear your alarm. This everyday problem impacts almost
a million people in the UK. But for three and a half decades,
a Buckinghamshire charity has been We as a charity, we train clever
dogs to respond to sounds and to assist people
who are profoundly or severely deaf. We create a partnership with that
individual and the dog. It makes a huge difference
to the lives of those individuals throughout
its working life. Puppies are trained for up
to two years to respond to sound such as doorbells,
phones and smoke alarms. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People has
placed more than 2000 dogs One of those is George Street,
who is paired with Jake. I had perfect hearing
until I was about 30-40. Then gradually my hearing
has deteriorated. He's my key ring carer,
he's brilliant. He's a companion and a dog that does
a job all rolled into one. The charity doesn't get government
funding and relies on donations They help with everything
from fundraising to maintenance It changed our lives,
as much as it will hopefully We get that much out of having
the dogs and it's just wonderful. If you'd like to get involved
or just want to learn more, the charity is holding a fundraising
event this Saturday. It's the Great British Dog Walk,
it's a fantastic family day out. It's a sponsored dog walk event,
but it's suitable for everybody. You don't have to have a dog to take
part and children under 11 are free. Already we've got 200 people
confirmed and we are expecting a lot more to just turn up on the day,
there's still space is available. There's walks to suit all abilities,
so whether you are coming with ten legs, six or maybe just two,
the charity wants your help to make sure everybody can
hear about their work. You can e-mail us with any stories
at... Now more of today's
stories with Sally Taylor. The Conservative MP and former
Defence Minister has represented the constituency
for the past 20 years. Later in the programme
Alexis is looking ahead Lovely spring sunshine this weekend.
All eyes looking forward to next week in the Arctic air.
It was meant to offer a new style of rail tickets
But a government-led smart card scheme to replace paper tickets has
run millions of pounds over budget and failed to deliver -
Our transport correspondent Paul Clifton has more.
The idea was to help passengers move to smart cards, including flexible
season tickets for people who commute part time. It has not gone
well. The original cast was put at ?45 million. The final bill was 54
million. Plus a further 66 million to make London ticket machines read
mainline smart cards. The business case relied on 95% of season-ticket
holders switching. So far 8% have done so. The government has failed
on the 2015 manifesto commitment. Failed on bringing a promised back
in 2015 to bring flexible ticketing. At the same time they wasted is an
astonishing amount of tax payers money on a smart and flexible
ticketing scheme which has delivered almost nothing for passengers. 11
train operators were to offer smart cards. Only five do so. Only one
offers a flexible part-time option. Southern, Gatwick Express and South
West Trains have done smart cards there own way. The back-office
functions that make them work do not rely on the government system. This
month the Department for Transport has ended the south-east flexible
ticket programme, saying the private sector should lead the way. The
bottom line is that train companies and the government have not come
together with a common standard across the network. They have fallen
a decade behind the bus industry, where smart cards are standard.
Three years ago the London Underground moved on to contactless
bank cards, a runaway success. Yet millions of two metres, four years
to come, will use paper tickets. Something the Victorians who built
this railway would still recognise. Drivers faced long delays on the
Adrian Surrey tunnel. Bail out back north bound for a time. Nobody was
hurt, structural engineers have been checking the tunnel today.
The Solent was once the biggest oyster fishery in Europe.
450 boats caught 15 million oysters a year in the 1970s.
But overfishing killed the industry and the last fishery shut in 2013.
Now an attempt is under way to bring sustainable oyster fishing back.
Hundreds of baby oysters are being put into the water
Here's our business correspondent Alastair Fee.
These oysters carry the hopes of environmentalists,
On a pontoon at the Hamble - volunteers were today weighing,
measuring and then carefully returning them to the sea.
Most of them will be prisoners the idea is silent. Through overfishing
and disease, predation, the native oyster almost died out in the 2013,
the fisheries closed because of his stock
The broadcaster Ben Fogle - a former Portsmouth student and keen
conservationist was among those helping out.
We hope these oysters will change the whole dynamic of the silent.
Improving the water quality, bringing back bringing injection
into the economy, tourism. The cost of a dozen succulent oysters is a
relatively common problem for the gourmet.
Intensive fishing of oysters began in the 19th century.
At it's peak the industry kept 700 men at sea.
But the native Oyster population has halved in the last 25 years.
This year one million oysters will be re-introduced to the Solent.
Every month at six locations they will be studied
It knew that these ponds in mean on the monitor them easily.
Assuming these young molluscs are back in abundance.The ambition
is to have a sustainable fishery back in business in ten years.
A big milestone's been reached in the campaign to create
a new children's emergency department in Southampton.
A million pounds has now been raised.
The appeal has been helped by a charity set up by the actors
The couple became involved after the care received
by their baby daughter Ella-Jayne, who sadly died at just eight months
Fresh from our screens in ITV's Broadchurch,
actor Sarah Parish enjoys plenty of work and a high profile -
but it's this role which is closest to her heart, as a charity
It was the tragic loss of their baby daughter Ella-Jayne
which has closely linked the couple to Southampton General.
Sarah and James see a new hospital as her legacy.
They're at the forefront of a push to build a brand new emergency
department in southampton, just for children.
When your Child is in an accident you want them to get the best care
this trauma centre will give them back. Specialist x-ray rooms, 11
observation areas. Anything a child needs when they are critically ill,
this place will have. Giving them the best chance of survival.
Today was about celebrating the money already raised -
which takes the total to one million pounds.
We provide a major trauma so if dealing with seriously injured
children from the Channel Islands was an environment
where the people can work effectively for them.
At the moment the building is an empty shell and there's
a lot of hard work ahead There's still one and a half million pounds
The search is on four major donors, businesses or individuals prepared
to donate hundreds of thousands of pounds for none naming rights, a
plaque above the door. Still ?1.5 million to raise in just over one
year. Going from strength to strength.
Onto sport, and Michael Eisner, the man who wants to buy
Portsmouth Football Club, is to come to the city to make
a personal pitch to shareholders before they vote on his offer
The former Disney Chief Executive and his family
will talk to members of the Pompey Supporters Trust
at the city's Guildhall on Thursday May the fourth.
Voting packs will be sent out to shareholders next Monday.
The ballot will close on May the 19th.
Meanwhile, after clinching promotion to the Premier League on Monday,
Brighton Hove Albion are being honoured with a civic
Tens of thousands of fans who're probably only just recovering
from Monday's celebrations, will be able to cheer their heroes
again on Sunday May the 14th as they parade along the seafront
The exact route and timings for the bus tour are
A win for the Albion tomorrow night against Norwich would see them
Thousands of runners are preparing for the 2017
For Chris Arthey from Godalming, Sunday will be the fifth
But it will be the first time he's run it since being involved
I lost my spleen, broken ribs, punctured lung, bad concussion. We
both had broken arms and hands. Denise's lead was lost straightaway.
While fulfilling a lifetime ambition to ride a motorbike across America,
in 2008, they were hit by a drunk driver, veering into their lane at
80 miles an hour. Crisp' left leg was very badly damaged. They put me
in a medically induced coma, tried to save the leg, but after ten days
that did not work out. They took my leg. Chris had always competed in
enduring sports. Denise made this promise to is surging. He will run
another marathon. That is his drive, he is a runner. That does not
change, losing your leg does not change EU are. I knew he would do it
again. This leg I am wearing is a walking leg. The breakthrough came
from Chris when he found the right prostatic to compete with. For
running a use this one, same socket, but it has no need. It has this
blade, which you can bounce on. With a sole unit fitted. Before the
accident Chris had completed five of the world marathon majors, Boston,
Berlin, Chicago, New York and London. His personal best time was
just under three hours. He is setting himself a tough target for
this Sunday as well. The training has gone fairly well. Four and a
half hours plus a bit, I would be very happy. It has been a long road
to recovery, the only thing that should hold Chris' progress on
Sunday is the finish line. Good luck to Chris and already taking part in
the London marathon this weekend. The world's strongest man
was in Southampton today Zydrunas Savickas was flipping tyres
with Aaron Page from Southampton. It'll be one of the most difficult
disciplines in the Ultimate Strongman World Series UK qualifier
being held at St Mary's in June. When I was 13 years old I came to
strongman competition. For me, something amazing. I decided I
wanted to be strong. It is good to compete. Nice when people enjoy it.
He is handy if you break down! I would have in my car. Carrying
tyres. Change my diet. Onto the weather. What we talking
about, Arctic chills. We have some really cold air coming in next week.
A chance we could have wintry showers, bitterly cold. Gardeners,
beware. Steve Regan photographed the sunset
at Man O'War beach in Dorset. Jacqueline Rackham's dog
Louis enjoyed running And Ryan Curtis took this picture of
Christchurch Harbour from the air. Lovely sunny spells today, a fair
amount of cloud as well. This evening we are seeing the sunshine,
cloud returning overnight. One macro clear spells. We could see some mist
and fog patches. Where the cloud is thickest, the odd spot of drizzle.
Temperature is not as cold as last night. Dipping to around five
Celsius. Fairly cloudy start of the day. But. But the degree of Doctor
bridges reaching 14- get border tomorrow. A good deal of cloud
tomorrow. The odd spot of drizzle. One or two macro clear spells
allowing mist of folk to form. Foremost we're looking at lows of
9-10dC. Quite a cloudy start to the weekend. We will see the cloud
gradually thin and break thanks to this cold front moving southwards.
The odd spot of rain for eastern parts of Bucks. Otherwise dry, more
in the way of sunshine for the afternoon and evening. Through the
course of Saturday, high pressure building behind me. That will settle
things down. Overnight Saturday cold air is settling in. Next week old is
still in from the Arctic. Some wintry showers through the course of
Monday. In fact more so on Tuesday evening and overnight into
Wednesday. One or two macro showers possible through the course of the
weekend. Staying mainly dry. A good deal of cloud tomorrow, and also the
start of the" right running up in the afternoon. Lovely spells of
sunshine on Sunday. Monday the odd spot of rain, thunder storms
possible on Tuesday. Two Maronite we will take a look
around a 15 foot model of Winchester, finding out why this
action may labour of love for the person who made it. Thanks for