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I would like to see national Insurance repurposed as a health and


social care insurance. We'll hear why Devon MP


Sarah Wollaston wants a ring-fenced fund, as a former MP says income tax


will have to rise. Also tonight - the grande dame


of the naval fleet sails back in. HMS Ocean returns to


Devonport following its They have changed my life and so


many other families' lives. On Red Nose Day, how one South West


charity is making a difference And rising to the occasion to raise


money - we're back in the kitchen, where the judging of cake baking


doesn't get tougher than this. How do you tackle the problems


being faced by the NHS? One Devon MP who's also chairman


of the Commons Health Committee She's suggesting ring-fencing money


which will be solely Dr Sarah Wollaston says


National Insurance could be used specifically to fund health


and social care. Her comments come as a former MP


in Cornwall says people need to face the harsh reality that an income-tax


rise is the only way Emergency departments throughout


England have just come through one More patients have been treated


than at any time in NHS history. At the same time, there has been


a fierce row about spending. Now a former MP for St Ives says


the public need to hear If we are being honest with people,


being honest with the public, a 2p increase in tax,


or up to 2p increase in tax, would be necessary


in order to save the NHS. In the Budget earlier this month,


Chancellor Philip Hammond said the Conservatives were funding


the NHS with a ?10 billion One of the Conservative Party's


own MPs, who also happens to be chair of the Health Select


Committee, says it is time the NHS was directly funded


from ringfenced taxes. I think there is much more support


for these kind of taxes if people know where it is going,


so I actually do think is a good idea and I would


like to see National Insurance repurposed as a health and social


care insurance and for that The Treasury is yet to respond,


but this year the Government can expect to raise more money


through National Insurance With me now is our political editor.


How likely is it that some kind of dedicated health tax could be


implemented? Sarah Williston is not alone, the former head of the NHS


has said they support the idea of a ring-fenced tax. But the Treasury


tends not to like this kind of thing, so that is an obstacle. If


you divert a chunk of existing taxation to the NHS, clearly some of


that money will have to come from somewhere else. Can you imagine the


government saying, we will spend more on the NHS but, for example,


take it from schools? Hence this proposal from the Lib Dems that


taxation overall needs to go up. But of course that will prove very


unpopular as well. The Lib Dems have made great play of this being very


difficult but we have to be realistic and grasp the nettle. I


interviewed two MPs, conservative Neil Harris and labour's Ben


Bradshaw, and they both said, yes, we agree that taxation needs to go


up to support the NHS. Here is Ben Bradshaw.


You have to look at everything, whether it's a combination of income


or National Insurance tax, more sin taxes like the sugar tax


that the health committee recommended and has now been adopted


by the government, already been very successful at reducing sugar useful.


Any ideas as to where they should come from?


Well, you can think of a number of things, fat, sugar, salt,


I think that the public would accept that perhaps more than income tax,


and I don't think we should rule out the idea that we had


when we were in government, for social care, of some kind


So the idea that this will be more popular if it falls on a specific


area or the proceeds will be directed at a specific area. How


attractive that will be to offer to the public at the general election


remains to be seen. The debate continues this weekend


on the Sunday Politics at 11am on BBC One, when Martyn's guests


will be Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw, and Tiverton


and Honiton MP Neil Parrish. A roundup now of other


stories making the news A former Royal Marine from Somerset


jailed for the fatal shooting of a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan


must wait until next Five judges at the Court Martial


Appeal Court have been urged to free Sergeant Alexander Blackman


from prison following the reduction of his murder


conviction to manslaughter. Police are appealing for witnesses


after a number of objects were placed on the railway line


in Devon, causing damage to trains. The latest incident this week


involved a train hitting a traffic sign at 65mph that was placed


on the line at Lapford Two new operators will soon be


running bus services in Torbay. It follows the announcement last


month that "Local Link" was pulling out of the fare element


of their business in April. Most of the threatened routes will


now be replaced or covered by other services.


The RNLI has released dramatic footage of this week's rescue


operation to free a whale caught in fishing nets and lines.


Crowds had gathered to watch the whale at Start Bay


in South Devon, which has been putting in a regular appearance


A number of businesses in Weymouth are refusing to pay a levy


for the business improvement district, known as BID.


The money, that is in addition to their rates, is used for projects


The schemes exist across the country and have paid for everything


from additional policing to better signage.


In Weymouth some members claim the BID team isn't doing


enough to promote the town and that the money isn't


But elsewhere in the region, BID schemes are being described


Thousands of people pack into Falmouth for Falmouth Week,


one of the highlights of the town's festival calendar, and this is just


Falmouth is now a Business Improvement District.


Once a town has adopted a BID scheme, local businesses


In Falmouth the money's being used to promote events, advertising,


signage and town improvements and the council says it has


We've been able to extend our events programme now through the year,


there's always something to do in Falmouth, there's


always something to see, and the other thing is that the town


is always busy, the shops are always active.


Local businesses say BID has brought everybody together and it works.


We're all very proud of Falmouth and the more all of our businesses


and institutions can link together, the more vibrant our town becomes,


and the better destination it is for visitors to come.


And Falmouth has changed so much in the last five years under


the BID process that it has now won an award for the best


High Street in a coastal town in the whole of the UK.


But 150 miles down the coast in Weymouth not all


Although they think in principle BIDs are a good idea, they say it's


not working well here as those running it are not doing enough


This year some of us have decided not to pay the levy and go to court.


First and foremost we would like them to listen to us.


We went to the very first AGM, there were lots


and lots of questions, some were answered, some weren't.


The second AGM, they didn't let us ask questions, they said


The third AGM, many of us didn't bother to go.


The BID manager for Weymouth has defended their record,


saying they have done a lot to promote the town,


including a Christmas festival and a seafood Festival,


but these business owners say they have witnessed BID's success


in other towns and now they want a slice of the action.


The Royal Navy's largest warship, HMS Ocean, has returned home


after a six-month deployment in the Mediterranean and Gulf.


Hundreds of family members were at Devonport Naval Base


to welcome the ship and their loved ones home.


The helicopter carrier and assault ship's crew of 500 now


have a period of leave before Ocean makes one final deployment


prior to being taken out of service next year.


Picking up where they left off, families reunited after more


It has been a long six and a half months away.


Especially without seeing the little ones and stuff.


Two weeks and I ended up having to move house


and had another baby, so now I will carry


This had been Ocean's longest deployment, and one of her last.


The helicopter carrier and amphibious assault ship is due to be


It is the penultimate deployment for HMS Ocean based


However, we have a follow-on deployment after this and we will be


sailing later in the year, so actually we're busy preparing


for that, believe it or not, even though we've come home today.


The Prime Minister, Theresa May, visited HMS Ocean during a trip


For the crew, after a tour which has taken them thousands


of miles around the Med and the Gulf, there


Missed your birthday, missed Christmas.


We will be having Christmas when we go back as well now.


Lovely scenes, I love the family who are now going to have Christmas. I


hope it is a happy Christmas. A look at how Comic Relief


is making a difference The young rugby side which has


secured a match at Twickenham. This weekend the clocks spring


forward one hour and I think we will probably get some spring weather,


even some sunshine. Now, you can't have missed that


today is Red Nose day. It's organised by Comic Relief


and is all about raising money Many charities across


the South West benefit One of them is Pete's Dragons,


which helps people who've lost Spotlight's Andrea


Ormsby has the story. Life has been very tough


for 18-year-old India Sanderson Last year, two of her


friends killed themselves. I was just in a state


of shock all the time. I didn't really know


what I was doing, I was just kind of going through day to day just


confused and I couldn't concentrate and I was just so emotional as well


because I realised it could happen to anyone and especially


because you do not know what is happening on the inside


and I worried for my family, for my closer friends,


anything could happen. Her counselling here with Alison has


been helping but it really came into its own a few weeks ago,


when a member of India's family also That helped so much,


because I could have been so much worse than I was when my two friends


committing suicide, but just knowing that Alison was here,


and I'd already learned some of the coping strategies already,


that it helped me a lot, and because I learned those


strategies I could help my family. So have you been practising


your mindfulness? Alison set up the charity after her


brother, Pete, killed himself. Now Pete's Dragons is


getting busier and busier. What we have found this year


is we are picking up historical cases where because we are the first


specific suicide bereavement support group in Devon and we have


approximately 86 suicides a year consistently, we are picking up


historical cases as well where people just haven't had any


support and they have lost a loved Just knowing that there's somebody


there who has been through the same thing and understands the bizarre,


you know, the guilt, the pain, Last year, Comic Relief provided


crucial funding for the charity. Please do get involved


with Comic Relief. I can say that their funding has


made an enormous difference to the face of this charity


and what we are able to offer. They've really changed my life


and the lives of so many other families and they deserve every


penny that they get from funding To run the service this year


alone, Pete's Dragons One of the charities to benefit


from Comic Relief money. And later we'll see how


teams from Spotlight, Radio Devon and Radio Cornwall got


on as they took part It's time for the sport now


and Andy's here with news of a top Promotion isn't enough,


Plymouth Argyle still have their sights set on winning


League Two. While Exeter City take on neighbours


Yeovil Town on Saturday, Plymouth's trip to Doncaster sees


the division's top two The hosts may have the best home


record in the league, but it won't worry the Pilgrims,


who happen to have However they'll need to be


at their best and the return to form of playmaker Graham Carey in recent


weeks couldn't have You know, I've won the title


twice in Scotland so I'd like to try and do it


in England as well. You know, the players


are all focused on that as well, so we need to go to Doncaster


and win the match to push on. Doncaster's football team may be


at home but their rugby players will be making the long journey down


to Penzance for their In the Premiership,


the Exeter Chiefs will be looking to put the disappointment of last


week's Anglo Welsh Cup final behind them when they welcome


the Sale Sharks to Sandy Park. The Chiefs will no doubt have happy


memories of the last time the two sides met just before Christmas


when they ran out convincing Of course another boost


for the Exeter faithful is the return of England winger Jack


Nowell. It will only be our fault


if we do let it slip now, because at the end of the day


we don't have to chase anyone, we're up there, we just need to keep


on picking up points where we can. So it's another good chance


for us to show what we're While the Chiefs look well set


for another final in May, one school from the South West has


already booked their The Thomas Hardye School


hammered their opponents in the last four of the National Schools Vase


competition on Saturday and next week they head to rugby HQ in London


to try and bring the trophy They are friends on and off


the field and they celebrate together reaching a Twickenham


final. Today it was back to school,


and on Wednesday the lads will swap these gates for the gates at rugby


headquarters as they share They will be far from a madding


crowd but it's not about that. Staff are stopping me


in the corridors and The kids are getting


pats on the back. Everybody wants to come


with us next Wednesday. We're taking one coach,


not everyone can come. But, yeah, everybody wants


a little part of it. It's a first for the school to send


a team to Twickenham and following the emphatic victory


in the semifinal confidence is high. It is a team of mates


and everybody knows their job. Just shouting at them


and keeping them going. I've kind of just pictured walking


out through the tunnel, just with the massive stadium,


it's sort of hard to focus on anything else


really at the moment. It is an excellent carry


by number eight John Stewart. Obviously I'm not trying to be cocky


or anything but I think if we could play how we play day in,


day out, we will be OK. The number eight may marshal


the forward pack but the backs also possess some special talent


and in fly-half Orlando Bailey Despite a sparkling performance


in the semifinal capped off by a hat-trick of tries,


the playmaker remains humble. Yes, it's obviously great doing it


for my mates because we're all such a close bunch,


and to sort of go out and do it for each other,


it's what it's all about, really. So the big question, is running out


on the hallowed turf enough or does We've come this far,


we want to win now. Of course it does matter


because it makes that memory You don't want to go


to Twickenham and lose. Obviously it's amazing to still play


there but to win there, If you can't wait until tomorrow


for your sport, the Plymouth Raiders match against the Bristol Flyers


is being shown live Tip-off at the Pavilions


is just after 7.30. Let's hope they can bounce


back in style after last Today is Comic Relief 2017,


and yesterday we saw BBC presenters from radio and television going head


to head in a Great British Bake Off style Cake Off challenge


to raise money for charity. Their task was to make a Victoria


sponge, and as we saw they did that with varying


degrees of success. Tonight we see them baking


and decorating their cakes and then trying to sell them to unsuspecting


students and staff at The winner is the one


who makes the most money. But as you're about to see it wasn't


quite as straightforward as that. Ladies and gentlemen,


you should think about getting I went to look at Martin's


mixture, my cake's gone. BBC Radio Cornwall


have vanished as well. We haven't thrown it


away, don't worry! Last time I baked a cake


was when I lived with my parents! Are you still getting


texts from your expert? Well, it's whether I can go home


tonight, really, isn't it? This is a moment we never


thought we'd see. It will be an improvement


from last time. This is one of those things that


you think when you've seen it on the internet it's going to be


a really good idea, and then you actually start doing it


and you realise it's not a good idea because it's really


intricate and really fiddly. David, is there


something to admit here? I gave the oven a little bit


of a shake, it looks like it might It does have quite


an alarming crack in it. Well, there's only two


words to say to that. It's going in the


bottom of the cake. Firstly let me say thank you very


much indeed to all of our presenters for throwing themselves into this


task with such gusto. It's very clear that some


of you spend an awful lot of time in the kitchen baking,


some of you perhaps less so. I think the most spectacular cake


and I think the one that's probably It looks like fantastic fun. Mel


Osborne's cake looked fantastic. And in true Oscar style


BBC Radio Cornwall's Mel Osborne wasn't the winner


- it was... The whole aim of the game was to


sell the cake and make the most money. My cake was rubbish but I


sold it all! Julia looked lethal with a palette knife. Three palette


knives under the cake! I couldn't possibly say is. It is very nice.


Congratulations on your win. You shouldn't eat cake just before


the weather. I want to see that all eaten up by


the time I get back. It looks like we will see some


lovely weather for the afternoon. If you have jobs queued up for the


garden, this is the weekend to do it. You may have to wrap up more


warmly than looking out the window suggests because we have blue sky


but a keen wind from the east. It will be windy, especially tomorrow,


and rather chilly at night but during the daytime it will feel


rather pleasant out of the breeze. The cloud we have seen today is


melting away from us so we have high pressure coming our wafer the


weekend. It looks like we will see the cloud in the South sink slowly


away from us. -- high pressure coming our way. We are on the edge


of the high pressure so it squeezes the isobars are bit so it is likely


to be windy on Saturday and Sunday, not so much on Sunday. By the early


part of next week we start to see low pressure getting closer so only


really for the weekend and into Monday before the low pressure


brings more cloud. That was the cloud we saw earlier today. It looks


like it is breaking up quite nicely now. It will continue to move


westwards and the skies are largely clear tonight. Ordinarily we could


see a frost because of that but there is enough of a breeze to keep


the air moving. A few places will C temperatures close to freezing,


particularly for Northern Devon and parts of Somerset. -- will see


temperatures. Tomorrow we have a blustery day but a fine day. Plenty


of sunshine, in fact almost unbroken for most of us, just a bit of patchy


cloud floating past. Winds from the north-east or East, strong at times


and quite dusty, especially over the high ground of Dartmoor, Exmoor and


Bodmin Moor. We could get pretty good temperatures but the wind will


hold those down. 14, 15 possible to stub out anywhere away from the wind


but along the coast not so warm. -- possible just about anywhere. It


will be a blustery day for the Isles of Scilly, fine weather but a bit


breezy with a top temperature of 11 or 12. Onto the times of high water.


Penzance, 2:36am and 15:01pm. For the surface, not a huge wave, the


winds will whip up the seas are bit but most of our main surfing


beaches, no more than two or three feet and predominantly clean. There


is the coastal waters forecast, the winds from the east or north-east,


five to six but occasionally seven through the English Channel.


Generally fair with a bit of a haze. On Saturday night the clocks go


forward and our so I think that means we lose an hour's sleep as we


move into Sunday. Sunday's forecast is bright and dry, a wee bit more


cloud coming our way on Sunday. By Monday and Tuesday the winds start


to change direction, southerly and south-westerly winds and the threat


of a few more showers later in the day. I will have to remind myself


not to eat cake before I do broadcast this time.


It was very nice, could have done with a cup of tea.


From seven o'clock this evening we have more from Red Nose Day. Good




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