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Rabbit Ings Volunteer Scoops Award At The Land Trust Awards 2015
National land management charity, the Land Trust named Chris Sayer as joint winner of Volunteer of the Year in its awards ceremony this week. Chris volunteers at Rabbit Ings near Barnsley on a daily…
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PM Sets Out His Vision For The Country In A 'One Nation' Queen's Speech


Ahead of the Queen's Speech today (27 May 2015) Prime Minister David Cameron said:

"Behind this Queen's Speech is a clear vision for what our country can be. A country of security and opportunity…

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Wed 27th May, 2015 | 2:00pm

Chocolate-Loving Volunteers Sought For BBC Experiment

photo - Austin Kirk
photo - Austin Kirk
Chocolatiers across York are joining forces to find chocolate enthusiasts to participate in an experiment taking place in York on 1 June for the BBC TV show, 'Trust Me, I'm a Doctor'.

Around 100…

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Tue 26th May, 2015 | 9:00pm

New Protection For Horses As Fly-Grazing Act Comes Into Force

photo - William Murphy
photo - William Murphy
The Control of Horses Act 2015 makes changes to the law to deter people from illegally grazing or simply abandoning horses on public and private land, which is known as 'fly-grazing'.

As many as…

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Tue 26th May, 2015 | 2:50pm

PM Call With President Putin, 25 May 2015


A Downing Street spokesperson said:

"President Putin called the Prime Minister this afternoon to congratulate the PM on his 'major success' in the election.

"During the 30 minute phone call,…

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Mon 25th May, 2015 | 10:00pm

Scarborough Songwriter's 20-Year Case Of 'Elementary' Mistaken Identity

Neil Fitzpatrick
Neil Fitzpatrick
For the last 20 years, an award-winning Scarborough songwriter has been receiving royalty cheques from the BBC for his apparent acting role in Sherlock Holmes and the Blue Carbuncle, despite the…

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Sun 24th May, 2015 | 10:00pm

PM Statement: Ireland Vote To Legalise Same-Sex Marriage, 23 May 2015


The Prime Minister said:

"My heartfelt congratulations to the people of Ireland, who have voted today to introduce same-sex marriage. Just over a year ago, we introduced same-sex civil marriage…

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Sun 24th May, 2015 | 8:00pm

Minister for Middle East Condemns Suicide Attack During Friday Prayers In Saudi Arabia


Speaking upon hearing the news of the tragedy yesterdy, Tobias Ellwood said:

"I strongly condemn this morning's attack at the Imam Ali mosque in al-Qadeeh. I offer my sincere condolences to the…

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Sat 23rd May, 2015 | 9:33am

Defence Scientists Support Efforts To Defeat Ebola

Dstl lab technicians at work in Sierra Leone
Dstl lab technicians at work in Sierra Leone
The MOD's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has an active research programme on Ebola and has developed expertise in handling and manipulating the virus.

Dstl has supported the UK…

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Thu 21st May, 2015 | 9:50pm

FCO Minister Expresses Concern For People And Historic Sites In Palmyra


Commenting on reports that ISIL forces have reached the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Palmyra in Syria, Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood said:

"ISIL's presence in the ancient site of Palmyra…

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Thu 21st May, 2015 | 9:15pm

Sajid Javid Outlines Ambitious Enterprise Bill


government commits to Enterprise Bill in first Queen's Speech
red tape to be cut by at least £10 billion and for the first time target independent regulators
EU Commission also set…

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Tue 19th May, 2015 | 11:47am

FCO Minister Condemns Ongoing Violence In Burundi


Speaking today James Duddridge said:

"I utterly condemn the murder of opposition leader Zedi Feruzi and his bodyguard on Saturday and the grenade attack on Friday which left at least two people…

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Tue 26th May, 2015 | 11:00pm

One Year On From Ebola Reaching Sierra Leone

photo - UNMIL/Emmanuel Tobey
photo - UNMIL/Emmanuel Tobey
Development Secretary Justine Greening said:

"A year ago today it was confirmed that the deadly Ebola virus had reached Sierra Leone. In the months that followed this terrible disease swept across…

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Tue 26th May, 2015 | 3:05pm

PM Meeting With Jean-Claude Juncker, 25 May 2015


A Downing Street spokesperson said:

"The Prime Minister hosted Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, at Chequers this evening for a working dinner.

"The talks focused on…

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Mon 25th May, 2015 | 10:10pm

Signing Of New Law In Russia Which Could Hamper Work Of NGOs


Minister for Europe, David Lidington, has expressed deep concern about the adoption of a law which could hamper the ability of international human rights non-governmental organisations (NGO) to…

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Mon 25th May, 2015 | 9:16pm

PM Meeting With President-Elect Buhari Of Nigeria, 23 May 2015


A Downing Street spokesperson said:

"The Prime Minister welcomed President-elect Buhari of Nigeria to Downing Street this morning. Both leaders congratulated each other on their recent election…

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Sun 24th May, 2015 | 9:00pm

FCO Minister Visit To Tunisia


Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East and North Africa said:

"I was delighted to make my first visit to Tunisia.

"In my discussions with Tunisian Ministers and political leaders I…

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Sat 23rd May, 2015 | 9:35am

FCO Minister Welcomes UNC Consultations Intended To Restore Peace Process In Yemen


Responding to the announcement, Tobias Ellwood said:

"I welcome the UN Secretary General's announcement that consultations will start on 28 May in Geneva. These are intended to restore progress…

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Thu 21st May, 2015 | 10:00pm

Foreign Secretary Meets Ghanaian Foreign Minister


The Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, and Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, today met the Ghanaian Foreign Minister, Hanna Tetteh, to discuss the UK - Ghana relationship. Following the…

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Thu 21st May, 2015 | 9:30pm

Transport Secretary Welcomes Suspension Of Rail Strikes

photo - Tim Brockley
photo - Tim Brockley
The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has welcomed the news that the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) and Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) unions have suspended their strike…

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Thu 21st May, 2015 | 4:05pm

Highways England Removes Roadworks For Bank Holiday And Rail Action

photo - West Midland Police
photo - West Midland Police
Roadworks will be lifted from the vast majority of motorways and major roads across the country next weekend to help Bank Holiday travellers.

Highways England always removes as many roadworks as…

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Tue 19th May, 2015 | 8:00am

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parzleto stroll, saunter, go cautiously
Definitions kindly supplied by the family of the late Arnold Kellett, wordsmith of the Yorkshire Language
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