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UK Government Will Match Public Donations To Ebola Appeal
The first £5 million of public donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal on the Ebola outbreak will be matched by UK aid. The British government will activate the UK Aid Match…
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Three Male Zebra Sharks Hatch At The Deep
Talented Duo Graduate Towards A Career In Architecture
Photographer Of Romanian Miners' Plight Receives World Praise
Barter Business Offers Innovative Swap-Shop Option
Yorkshire Smokehouse Receives Award From BBC Good Food Show
Leeds Dock Market Launches
Harrogate Rugby Club Welcomes Scandinavian Visitors
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Leeds Dock Market Launches


Leeds Dock Market launches this Halloween weekend with dockside market stalls, award winning street food, live music and a pop up bar serving fantastic real ales and corking cocktails.

We'll have…

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Fri 31st Oct, 2014 | 3:05pm

Government Moves To Privatise Probation Will Put Communities At Risk, Warns TUC


Commenting on the naming today (Wednesday) of the government's preferred bidders for running the probation services in England and Wales, the TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"The…

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Thu 30th Oct, 2014 | 1:36pm

Young People Host Prestigious Awards Event

The young people organising the Child Friendly Leeds Awards
The young people organising the Child Friendly Leeds Awards
A group of young people have begun planning the child friendly Leeds awards 2015, a ceremony rewarding the young people, adults, places and organisations helping to make Leeds a fantastic city to…

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Tue 28th Oct, 2014 | 3:19pm

Poppy Sculpture Starts Remembrance Day Season At Beverley Minster

Martin Waters
Martin Waters
Thousands of poppies handmade by schools, community groups and museum visitors across the Humber region will form part of a special Remembrance Day art installation at Beverley Minster from 29…

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Mon 27th Oct, 2014 | 12:41pm

Richard Trinder
HS3 Plans Welcomed By Most
By Richard Trinder
Editor

A new proposal to build a 'Channel Tunnel' style high speed link between Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield has been broadly welcomed across the region.

A proposed new trans-Pennine rail tunnel, that…

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Mon 27th Oct, 2014 | 9:37am

UK Secures 800M European Ebola Commitment

Children in Sierra Leone - photo: Jullen Harnels
Children in Sierra Leone - photo: Jullen Harnels
David Cameron gets European leaders to pledge more funding to fight Ebola.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has secured a EUR1 billion (£800 million) funding pledge at the European Council…

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Sun 26th Oct, 2014 | 9:00am

UK Urges Iran To Reconsider Death Penalty


Following the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, Foreign Office Minister, Tobias Ellwood MP, calls on Iran to end the use of the death penalty.

Tobias Ellwood, Foreign Office Minister for the Middle…

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Sat 25th Oct, 2014 | 9:00pm

Foreign Secretary Condemns Terrorist Attack In North Sinai


Foreign Secretary condemns the terrorist attack against the Egyptian Armed Forces in the North Sinai.

Speaking after the attack the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"I strongly condemn the…

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Sat 25th Oct, 2014 | 1:04pm

Foreign Secretary Condemns Terrorist Attack In Jerusalem


Speaking about the terrorist attack in Jerusalem the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"I offer my condolences for Wednesday's terrorist incident in the Ammunition Hill area of Jerusalem,…

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Fri 24th Oct, 2014 | 6:54pm

David Ward MP Welcomes 760,000 Boost For Young Children In Bradford

photo by bonnerlibrary
photo by bonnerlibrary
Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers in Bradford are set for a £760,000 cash injection to help around 2,600 three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.

Children…

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Fri 24th Oct, 2014 | 5:27pm

Scarborough Musician And Songwriter Gets Shortlisted

Neil Fitzpatrick
Neil Fitzpatrick
Scarborough musician and songwriter Neil Fitzpatrick is celebrating today after being shortlisted in the prestigious UK Songwriting Contest.

Formed in 2002, in association with The BRIT Trust (of…

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Thu 23rd Oct, 2014 | 12:12pm

PM Meeting With President Tan Of Singapore


A Number 10 spokesperson said:

"The Prime Minister welcomed President Tan of Singapore to Downing Street this afternoon. The Prime Minister congratulated President Tan on being awarded the King…

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Wed 22nd Oct, 2014 | 9:00pm

Women's Minicab Safety Fears Increase After Peers Give Go-ahead To Deregulation Clause

photo by Jacob Botter
photo by Jacob Botter
Women's safety when they use private hire vehicles was put in jeopardy when the House of Lords agreed a proposal that that will mean they could be collected by a 'rogue' operator when they…

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Wed 22nd Oct, 2014 | 6:08pm


Tue 21st Oct, 2014

Dear Editor,

22 October - A Day Of Hope For Those With Polio And Post Polio Syndrome


For many of those living with Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) in the UK, Wednesday 22 October is a day of hope. Some 120,000 people in this country are still living with the debilitating…

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'Outstanding' Anti Poverty Group Nominated For National Award


This month Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central, has nominated Church Action on Poverty in Barnsley for the Paul Goggins Memorial Prize.

The request for nominations was made by the All Party…

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Mon 20th Oct, 2014 | 9:37am

40% Of People In Yorkshire Have Never Donated To A Local Charity


New research conducted by Localgiving, based on a sample of 2,000 UK adults, reveals that despite clear concern for the welfare of their local community, a large proportion of people in Yorkshire…

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Sat 18th Oct, 2014 | 1:45pm

Napoleons Unveil New Look After 2 million Investment


Today Napoleons Casino & Restaurant at Owlerton in Sheffield will officially cut the ribbon & unveil its new facilities following a £2 million refurbishment & extension which has been…

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Thu 16th Oct, 2014 | 3:52pm

Will PM Recognise Palestinian State?


At the weekly Prime Minister's Question Time, David Ward, Member of Parliament for Bradford East, asked the Prime Minister whether he will be following the House of Commons example and recognise…

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Wed 15th Oct, 2014 | 6:07pm

Mulholland Calls For Leeds-Bradford Airport Rail Link Decision Soon


In the House of Commons today, MP for Leeds North West, Greg Mulholland, called for a decision on a rail link to Leeds-Bradford Airport to be made locally and soon.

Speaking in a debate about…

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Wed 15th Oct, 2014 | 5:31pm

New Cancer Support Centre Opens In Skipton

MP Julian Smith opens the new Cancer Support Centre in Skipton
MP Julian Smith opens the new Cancer Support Centre in Skipton
A new centre in Skipton to support people affected by cancer has been officially opened by MP Julian Smith. Over 70 people, including health professionals, local businesses and community groups…

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Wed 15th Oct, 2014 | 8:36am

Paul Blomfield MP Challenges Nick Clegg Over "Unfair" Cuts For Sheffield

Paul Blomfield MP
Paul Blomfield MP
Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, today challenged Nick Clegg in Parliament over the Government's "unfair cuts to Sheffield City Council".

Speaking at Deputy Prime Minister's question…

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Tue 14th Oct, 2014 | 5:12pm

Prison. Who Cares?


It costs the taxpayer £35k per year to keep someone in prison and we are currently locking up over 80,000 prisoners. Yet why is the prison gate too often just a revolving door for many…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 6:36pm

The Yorkshire Children Of Courage Awards 2014 - A Spectacle Of Courage, Bravery And Fun!


The St. James's Place, Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards 2014(YCCA), in association with Arrow Cars took place at New Dock Hall, Leeds on Friday 10th October and raised a phenomenal…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 8:00am

Repairs Completed On Well-Used Path

Mill Gill path - before - photo Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Mill Gill path - before - photo Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Walkers heading to Whitfield Gill in Wensleydale will find the route is a lot easier to navigate thanks to work by volunteers and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA).

Sixteen…

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Sat 11th Oct, 2014 | 12:11pm

Warming Up For Countryside Live

Adele Zebrauskaite and her father Darius with expert farrier Jason Gajczak
Adele Zebrauskaite and her father Darius with expert farrier Jason Gajczak
Three-year-old Adele Zebrauskaite had a sneak preview of the world-class farriery competition which takes place later this month at Countryside Live, on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October 2014.

In…

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Fri 10th Oct, 2014 | 8:00pm

Foreign Office Minister Condemns Israeli Settlement Announcement


Speaking after the announcement, Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood said:

"The UK condemns the Israeli government's announcement this week to advance plans for 1060 new housing units in…

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Thu 30th Oct, 2014 | 4:29pm


Tue 28th Oct, 2014

Dear Editor,

Polio Is Still Something To "Salk" About For 120,000 Survivors

Jonas Salk, a man who saved millions of lives worldwide with the discovery of a vaccine to fight the spread of Polio in 1953, would be 100 years old today (28 October). Whilst the day seems the…

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Local Businesswoman To Rescue Children From Human Traffickers!

Rachel Salway wearing STOP the Traffick! Bracelets
Rachel Salway wearing STOP the Traffick! Bracelets
Rachel Salway who lives in Sheffield and runs a fair trade fashion website was traumatised by the stories of lives affected by human trafficking, including a recent story of a lady who was…

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Tue 28th Oct, 2014 | 10:44am

Transport Minister Backs MP Mulholland On Airport Connectivity


The Transport minister Baroness Susan Kramer has backed Greg Mulholland MP's calls to improve connectivity to Leeds-Bradford airport.

As MP for the airport, Mulholland has long called for a rail…

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Mon 27th Oct, 2014 | 10:27am

Andy Harris
Land Rover & Virgin Galactic Offer Chance To Win Trip To Space
By Andy Harris
Motoring and Property Editor

Land Rover and Virgin Galactic announced a global partnership in April 2014 against a backdrop of SpaceShipTwo, the world's first commercial passenger-carrying spacecraft and Land Rover's new…

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Mon 27th Oct, 2014 | 9:08am

British Summer Time Ends This Weekend

British Summer Time ends this weekend. Photo: Chris Downer
British Summer Time ends this weekend. Photo: Chris Downer
Clocks go back 1 hour tonight marking the end of British Summer Time.

That's right British Summer Time ends this weekend. The clocks will be changing on Sunday at 2am when we put the clocks back…

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Sat 25th Oct, 2014 | 10:00pm

Switch For Bigger Daylight Savings

photo by Earls37a
photo by Earls37a
Use the extra hour gained when the clocks go back this weekend to switch energy supplier and save £200 on average on bills.

With the clocks going back this weekend households are being…

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Sat 25th Oct, 2014 | 7:00pm

BBC Yorkshire Helicopter Heroes Team Scoops Top Award

Ian Cundall, (third from right) with the Helicopter Heroes team that won the award
Ian Cundall, (third from right) with the Helicopter Heroes team that won the award
The team that produced the hit BBC Helicopter Heroes series, following the work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, has won a major award.

The BBC Yorkshire team scooped the prestigious Guild of Air…

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Sat 25th Oct, 2014 | 12:16pm

Social Work Students Follow In Lecturers Footsteps To Uganda

 Donna Travis, Jeanette Gilmartin and Amy Roberts with the children from Wells of Hope Academy
Donna Travis, Jeanette Gilmartin and Amy Roberts with the children from Wells of Hope Academy
Huddersfield social work students were so inspired by the trip their lecturer made to Uganda last year, visiting families where the fathers of the household were imprisoned, they self-funded their…

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Fri 24th Oct, 2014 | 6:42pm

Tenth British Aid Flight Delivers Medicines For Ebola Treatment Facilities In Sierra Leone

photo by DFID
photo by DFID
This was the UK's tenth aid flight and carried the first batch of medicines, including morphine and antibiotics, from the UK for the 92 bed treatment facility in Kerry Town, which is nearing…

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Fri 24th Oct, 2014 | 11:34am

500,000 Community Boost From Commissioner Crime Fund

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson
West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson
More than half a million pounds, £567,000, has now been awarded to charities, voluntary groups and other organisations across West Yorkshire under the Police and Crime Commissioner's Safer…

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Thu 23rd Oct, 2014 | 12:01am

Foreign Secretary Meets General John Allen


Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond met U.S. General John Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, in London today. Speaking after the meeting, the Foreign…

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Wed 22nd Oct, 2014 | 8:30pm

Search Begins For HS2 Residents' Commissioner


Recruitment is now under way to find a Residents' Commissioner to help those who may be eligible for Government compensation and cash payment schemes because they live very close to the new…

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Tue 21st Oct, 2014 | 12:23pm

Fireman Vows To Scuba Dive Again After Horrific Accident


A Bradford man being treated for severe spinal injuries after a terrible mountain bike accident has vowed to be back underwater with his beloved British Sub-Aqua Club within a year.

Peter Lau,…

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Tue 21st Oct, 2014 | 11:26am

Roundhay Is Royal Horticultural Society's 'Best Public Park'

The city of Leeds has once again hit the heights at the annual Britain in Bloom awards.

Held this year in Bristol, Leeds was recognised in the 'Large City' group category of the acclaimed awards with…

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Sat 18th Oct, 2014 | 2:59pm

West Yorkshire's Crime Commissioner Seeks Members For Misconduct Panels

The Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson
The Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson
Independent members are being sought by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner to sit on misconduct panels which hear cases against police officers.

The vacancies have arisen after two of…

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Sat 18th Oct, 2014 | 1:36pm

Lack Of CPR Skills In Yorkshire And The Humber Could Cost Lives


Less than half (46%) of adults in Yorkshire and the Humber have been trained in lifesaving CPR - a shortfall that could lead to people needlessly losing their lives to cardiac arrests, according…

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Thu 16th Oct, 2014 | 6:00am


Wed 15th Oct, 2014

Dear Editor,

Anne Strikes A Stylish Blow For Polio, PPS And Disabled Fashion

Anne Wafula Strike
Anne Wafula Strike
I would like to congratulate Paralympian and British Polio Fellowship ambassador Anne Wafula Strike on receiving her MBE and for using this achievement to make the case for those like herself…

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Prime Minister Receives Much Needed Charity


Ten volunteers from the Keighley area travelled to No. 10 Downing Street last Wednesday and were thanked by Prime Minister David Cameron for their devotion to Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.

The…

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Wed 15th Oct, 2014 | 5:16pm

Rogue Landlords Are A Health Risk


Renters health at risk in Yorkshire and the Humber as rogue landlords fail to carry out repairs. Housing and Homelessness charity Shelter calls for ban on revenge evictions as renters fear…

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Tue 14th Oct, 2014 | 5:16pm

Kris Hopkins Attacks Labour's Opposition To "English Votes For English Laws"


Keighley and Ilkley Conservative MP Kris Hopkins has criticised the Labour Party for announcing its intention to boycott discussions set-up to examine the future role of English MPs in the wake of…

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Tue 14th Oct, 2014 | 4:20pm

The 'Disgrace' Of Pensioner Poverty


Age UK Sheffield is backing a major new campaign to end pensioner poverty by urging the city's older people to ensure they are not missing out on vital benefits.

The city charity has added its…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 5:57pm

Scientists Spruce Up Woodland

The volunteers
The volunteers
Scientists from IDEXX Laboratories in Wetherby got their hands dirty helping to care for a young woodland in Nidderdale.

The team of volunteers joined woodland experts from local charity Yorkshire…

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Sat 11th Oct, 2014 | 6:00pm

David Ward MP Calls For Calm Over Fighting In Kashmir

David Ward MP
David Ward MP
Bradford MP, David Ward, is urging both the Indian and Pakistani Governments to cease all cross border aggression, which has seen the worst outbreak of violence in Kashmir for a decade.

The…

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Sat 11th Oct, 2014 | 10:35am

Ebola Update: Chief Medical Officer Advice On UK Screening


A statement on the introduction of screening at UK travel destinations has been issued following advice from the Chief Medical Officer.

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

"The UK is continuing…

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Fri 10th Oct, 2014 | 7:56pm

Yorkshire Word of the Day
clameto spread, esp. butter on bread; to smear with anything sticky
Definitions kindly supplied by the family of the late Arnold Kellett, wordsmith of the Yorkshire Language
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