20/11/2011

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Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Jon Sopel and Tim Iredale are here with the top political stories of the week.

  • Immigration Anger in Lincolnshire and A pipeline too far for Yorkshire's greenhouse gas?

    IMMIGRATION ANGER
    "A somnolent and kindly town upset, alarmed and riven by mass immigration in its hardest and most uncompromising form" - Those were the controversial words written by Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens on a recent visit to Boston in Lincolnshire.
    His article prompted one local resident, Dean Everitt to organise an anti-immigration march through the town to protest at the effect mass migration has had on the jobs market in this corner of Lincolnshire.
    The march would have taken place this weekend, but was called off following talks with the local council, which has set up a task force to look at the effect mass migration is having on the local economy.
    Dean Everitt tells the Politics Show’s Tim Iredale that he has met with Home Office officials but says he is not happy with the Government's response and doesn't rule out further protests against immigration.

    A PIPELINE TOO FAR?
    Thousands of manufacturing and power generation jobs could be under threat if Yorkshire’s carbon capture project doesn’t meet viability targets which have already led to the scrapping of a scheme in Scotland.
    The Yorkshire project would involve liquefying carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power stations;steel mills and chemical plants from as far apart as the banks of the Humber to North Yorkshire..
    The greenhouse gas would be piped sixty kilometres out into the North Sea and be stored forever in depleted oil and gas fields.
    The technology has been used on a much smaller scale elsewhere but Yorkshire is looking to create the largest carbon capture and storage network in the world.
    The only way it can be afforded is through billions in European grants alongside matching funding from UK taxpayers.
    As Len Tinle reports, it has to be in place by 2020 or EU emissions controls would mean the biggest polluters would have to shut down- with the loss of tens of thousands of jobs.
    In the studio Presenter Tim Iredale discusses the issues with Julian Smith, Conservative MP for Skipton, and the UK Independence Party MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber Godfrey Bloom.

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