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  1. Updates on Thursday 16 April 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Friday

Live Reporting

By Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

Get involved

The debate is over - Have a good evening

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Thank you for joining us for our election debate updates.

If you want to hear the Derby North debate in full you can

listen again here.

This time next week it will be the turn of the candidates for Erewash.

Local Live will be back at 08:00 on Friday with news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Derby North: Could they work in a coalition?

BBC Radio Derby

The final question for the panellists is which political party they would least like to be aligned with.

Debate panel
  • Lucy Care (Lib Dem): "We would find it difficult to work with UKIP as we are a pro-Europe party."
  • Tilly Ward (UKIP): "We wouldn't have a lot in common with the Labour party or any pro-EU party."
  • Alice Mason-Power (Green Party): "I cannot imagine us going anywhere near the Conservatives."
  • Amanda Solloway (Conservative): "I can't see us working with the SNP."
  • Chris Williamson (Labour): "I'm absolutely opposed to any coalition with any other party."

HS2: What the candidates said

The panellists sum up their views on the HS2 rail line.

  • Alice Mason-Power (Green Party): "A waste of time and money."
  • Amanda Solloway (Conservative): "It isn't just about time, it's about capacity."
  • Chris Williamson (Labour): "HS2 is a fantastic opportunity for us to build the rolling stock in Derby."
  • Lucy Care (Lib Dem): "I haven't seen the evidence showing HS2 is an answer to a problem."
  • Tilly Ward (UKIP): "It's a vanity project. There are better things to spend our money on."

HS2 - Is the cost justified?

The next audience question comes from Roy Alcock, who asks if the money spent on HS2 could be better spent elsewhere?

Artists' impression of HS2

Social care: 'Older people like choice'

Lucy Care (Lib Dem) said she believed the private sector had a role to play in social care.

Lucy Care

She said: "One of the things older people like in life is choice, and with people now having personalised budgets, it's much easier for different providers be providing choice within that system.

"So the role of the private sector and the public sector can be complementary - and I don't think one should be put above the other."

Social care promises

Ian Skye

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

The candidates each explained their party's vision for social care to me.

Ian Skye

Alice Mason-Power (Green Party) says her party has a "fully-costed" commitment to free social care for everyone over 65 and will spend more on mental health care.

Tilly Ward (UKIP) says her party has a committed to merge health and social care together so they can work more effectively together.

Amanda Solloway (Conservative) says more financial support would be given to carers under a Tory government.

Derby North debate analysis

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Chris Williamson was one of the MPs who signed a letter saying Labour should not sign up to austerity.

You can read the letter


Have your say

BBC Radio Derby

Are the Derby North candidates answering the questions?

Have your say on

Twitter with #derbydebates.

Don't forget, you can listen to BBC Radio Derby's election debate online


Social Care

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Question from Jim Froggatt in the audience - '"Why is no-one is talking about the crisis in social care?"

The panellists are being asked whether their party would invest more money if elected.


Chris Williamson (Labour) says his party would appoint 5,000 care workers and "recast" the NHS as the "National Health and Social Care Service".

Lucy Care (Lib Dem) wants to see more appropriate housing made available so people can be more self-reliant "in their own communities".

Derby North debate: Britain's history of debt

Alice Mason-Power (Green Party) tells the room Britain has been in debt "since the Napoleonic Wars" and the deficit has been used by the coalition "to penalise people at the bottom end of our society".

Alice Mason-Power

Williamson: Firms should 'pay more tax'

Chris Williamson (Labour) has been talking about getting major firms to pay more tax.

Chris Williamson

He said: "The corporate sector is avoiding paying corporation tax on an industrial scale - Rolls-Royce, for example, hasn't paid any corporation tax in this country for many, many years."

Derby North: 'Scrap HS2'

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

The candidates have been telling the room how they would reduce the UK's deficit.

Tilly Ward

Tilly Ward (UKIP - pictured) says pulling out of the EU and scrapping HS2 would put more money into the economy, Alice Mason-Power (Green Party) suggests making the richest members of society pay more tax and Lucy Care (Lib Dem) says her party would cut less than the Conservatives, but borrow less than Labour.

Getting the deficit down

BBC Radio Derby

The candidates are asked how they would tackle the UK's deficit.

Amanda Solloway

Amanda Solloway (Conservative - pictured) says the plan is "to continue what we've been doing so far" as well as making sure people are earning more, so they can spend more.

Chris Williamson (Labour) says his party would "invest in our economy" to get people into more secure, better paid occupations, which would in turn generate more tax revenue.

Have your say on

Twitter with #derbydebate.

Derby North: The debate gets going

Ian Skye

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

The debate starts with the candidates introducing themselves before naming one issue they consider the most important at this General Election.

Debate audience

Lucy Care (Lib Dem) feels safeguarding the NHS is key, while Alice Mason-Power (Green Party) says ending austerity and stopping air pollution is important.

Amanda Solloway (Conservative) says keeping the economy on track is crucial, Tilly Ward (UKIP) says pressure on public services needs to be addressed while Chris Williamson (Labour) tells the room he thinks the cost of living, the NHS and reform of the social security system are all important issues.

Derby North: Election debate

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Welcome to our coverage of the first of BBC Radio Derby's three election debates.

Candidates for Derby North took questions from the public at the University of Derby.

Listen live or follow updates here on Local Live until 19:00.

Election debate

The debate featured (from left to right) Lucy Care (Lib Dem), Alice Mason-Power (Green Party), presenter Ian Skye, Amanda Solloway (Conservative), Tilly Ward (UKIP) and Chris Williamson (Labour).

Dry and cloudy overnight

BBC Weather

It should be mainly

dry overnight although will remain cloudy at first with perhaps an isolated shower.


Forecaster Sara Blizzard says: "Cloud should break up to give some clear spells later in the night."

Fine for term-time holiday mum

BBC Radio Derby

A 25-year-old mum from Derby has been fined £165 for taking her two children out of classes for a holiday.

The city council took legal action after the head teacher refused to allow the children - who cannot be identified - to miss lessons for ten days in October.

Listen: Derby North election debate

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

From 18:00, you can listen online to

BBC Radio Derby's first election debate, featuring Derby North candidates taking answers from the public.

University of Derby building

We're also be posting updates and photos of the debate - recorded at the University of Derby last night - on Local Live during that hour.

Lord Janner will not face child sex abuse charges

Labour peer Lord Janner won't face child sex abuse charges because

the severity of his dementia makes him unfit to stand trial, the Crown Prosecution Service says.

The abuse allegations relate to residents in Leicestershire children's homes between 1970 and the 1980s.

Mick Creedon

Last year a former detective sergeant with Leicestershire Police, Mick Creedon (pictured)- now chief constable of Derbyshire Police - told a national newspaper that in 1989 he was ordered not to arrest Lord Janner and not to search his home.

Council staff may get time to vote

Derby City Council is

considering giving its staff time off to vote in an effort to end a turnout "crisis".

A polling station at Market Hall in Swadlincote, Derbyshire

The authority has had a lower than average turnout with a quarter of voters taking part in some wards.

A report made several recommendations including allowing time off to cast a ballot and using social media to engage with young people.

Musician is power-lifting record holder

BBC Radio Derby

A musician from Derby is preparing for the European Championships in power-lifting after just a year of doing the sport.

Steve Machin who runs the Derby School of Music won the 75kg

power-lifting category and also broke six records at the weekend.

steve machin
Steve machin

Speaking on Ian Skye's Breakfast Show, Mr Machin said: "It's totally different to bodybuilders' big muscles - with power lifters it's strong tendons and strength."

News on the hour

Lisa Teanby

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

In my

17:00 bulletin, a mum from Derby has been fined for taking her two children out of classes for a holiday.

Nick Knowles and DIY SOS team spotted in Heanor

Derby Telegraph

Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team

have been spotted in Heanor by Derby Telegraph readers.

Friends Jodie Stone and Liz Gallagher snapped the star in the street with his hardhat and work clothes on.

Last month producers for the show put an appeal out for "kind-hearted trades people" to offer their skills and time to help a family in Heanor.

Vote 2015

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Don't forget from 18:00

you'll be able to hear the first of BBC Radio Derby's election debates - featuring Derby North candidates taking questions from members of the public.

Election debate

We'll also be bringing you photos and updates on Local Live as the debate - recorded last night - is broadcast.

Accolade for Rolls-Royce

The Boeing Company

has named Rolls-Royce as one of its best suppliers.

Rolls-Royce factory
Getty Images

The Derby-based aero-engine maker was praised by the US firm for keeping costs down and delivering orders on time.

News on the hour

Lisa Teanby

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

In my

16:00 bulletin, a mum from Derby has been fined for taking her two children out of classes for a holiday.

Pub to replay England's World Cup win

A Derbyshire pub is planning to show the whole of England's world cup final victory from 1966 on a big screen to celebrate St George's Day.

The boss of The Steampacket, in Swanwick, said showing the match in full would be "the perfect way to honour the Patron Saint of England" on 23 April.

Sunny spells but not as warm

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

This afternoon should stay dry with the cloud breaking at times to allow some sunny spells but it's cooler than of late with highs of 15C.

Your photos

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Steve Fedun for this wonderful photo of the view of Ladybower Reservoir from Bamford Edge.

Ladybower Reservoir
Steve Fedun

Email or
tweet us if you've taken any great photos you'd like to share with readers of Local Live.

News on the hour

Lisa Teanby

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

In the news at 15:00: The general election moves ever closer and as part of

BBC Radio Derby's special debates we asked candidates in Derby North who they definitely would not form a coalition with.

You can hear the full debate from 18:00 and coverage here on BBC Local Live.

Hasselbaink bemoans 'time-wasting'

Nigel Cash

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was unhappy with what he saw as time-wasting tactics on Carlisle United's part in

last night's 1-1 draw with Burton.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Getty Images

He said: "I'd prefer the referee to go to the goalkeeper or the person taking the throw-in to go quicker as we're losing the flow of the game and that's to the benefit of them."

Vicar's Detroit mission

BBC Radio Derby

A vicar is visiting Detroit to look out how the church could help if Derby's manufacturing industry collapsed, as happened there.

Rev David Downing, from the Central United Reformed Church in Derby, is to spend two weeks in the US city to see how it has tried to bounce back since filing for bankruptcy in 2013.

News on the hour

Lisa Teanby

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

A dispersal order granting police extra powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in a Derby park comes into effect this weekend.

You can hear more on this story in my

14:00 bulletin.

Laser pens prompted crackdown


police crackdown on nuisance behaviour at Allestree Recreation Ground was prompted by complaints about young people shining laser pens at cars and houses.

There have also been complaints about teenagers drinking, making noise late at night and riding mopeds across playing fields.

Ruff landing

Derbyshire Police's dog section

has shared this photo of PD Stan being trained to sniff out explosives on a plane.

PD Stan
Derbyshire Police

Worry over badger shooting

Ashbourne News Telegraph

The shooting of a badger in a village near Ashbourne has led to a

fresh purge on wildlife crime in the area.

The High Peak Badger trust says wildlife crimes in North Derbyshire have hit an "all-time high" as detectives carry out an investigation on an incident in which a badger was shot in Turnditch.

Rams press day

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

I'm at Moor Farm where Derby County's Jeff Hendrick is speaking to Natalie Jackson from East Midlands Today.

Jeff Hendrick

School places announcement

Derbyshire County Council

tweets: Parents waiting to hear about their child's primary school place can find out today

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

New powers come into effect his weekend allowing Derbyshire Police to deal with anti-social behaviour in one part of the county.

Find out more in my

13:00 bulletin.

Police target Allestree pests

Police are planning

a crackdown on nuisance behaviour in and around Allestree Recreation Ground this weekend.

Dispersal order map
Derbyshire Police

A 48-hour dispersal order comes into force from 18:00 tomorrow giving officers extra power to move on any individuals or groups they suspect is likely to break the law or cause disorder.