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National Park On National Radio
The Yorkshire Dales National Park will be highlighted in a new series on national radio later this month. Celebrity presenter Clare Balding spent a day with Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority…
Bolton Abbey - photo Tejvan Pettinger
National Park On National Radio
Scotland Has Decided: No To Independence
Scottish Independence Referendum: Nick Clegg Reaction
Scottish Independence Referendum: Statement By The Prime Minister
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Scotland Has Decided: No To Independence


Responding to the vote in the Scottish independence referendum, which saw the people of Scotland vote by approximately 55 per cent to 45 per cent to stay in the United Kingdom, Len McCluskey,…

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Fri 19th Sep, 2014 | 9:16am

Scottish Independence Referendum: Statement By The Prime Minister

Prime Minister David Cameron
Prime Minister David Cameron
"The people of Scotland have spoken" said the Prime Minister David Cameron following the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum.

Prime Minster David Cameron gave a statement to media at…

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Fri 19th Sep, 2014 | 9:03am

UK Urges Commitment To Peace As South Sudan Crisis Talks Resume

Sudanese children - photo by David Stanley
Sudanese children - photo by David Stanley
Ahead of substantive South Sudan peace talks resuming in Ethiopia, Minister for Africa James Duddridge said:

"I remain deeply concerned about the crisis in South Sudan. The fighting continues and…

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Wed 17th Sep, 2014 | 8:10pm

Great Crested Newts On The Move At Bempton

Bempton Cliffs - photo Terry Madeley
Bempton Cliffs - photo Terry Madeley
An amazing array of cliff-top wildlife has been uncovered at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, during work to ensure a protected species is left undisturbed by upcoming development works.

Ahead of the visitor…

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Wed 17th Sep, 2014 | 5:29pm

TUC Welcomes International Commission's Report On Low Carbon Growth

ocean and climate change - photo Mohri UN-CECAR
ocean and climate change - photo Mohri UN-CECAR
Commenting on today's report 'Better Growth, Better Climate' from the Global Commission on the Economy and the Climate, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"This excellent report by a…

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Tue 16th Sep, 2014 | 5:33pm

David Ward MP Goes Pink In Parliament For Breast Cancer Awareness

David Ward MP
David Ward MP
David Ward, MP for Bradford East has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign's flagship fundraiser, wear it pink day.

The theme of wear it pink this year is…

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Mon 15th Sep, 2014 | 4:33pm

New Measures To Protect The Countryside And Stop Abuse Of The Planning System


Proposed new measures to tackle travellers who flout planning rules and abuse the system will crack down on unauthorised sites, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said today (14 September 2014). They…

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Sun 14th Sep, 2014 | 8:28pm

Major New Funding Boost For Small British Charities

photo by SimonDavis DFID
photo by SimonDavis DFID
British charities will receive a multi-million pound boost with the launch of a new fund to help small and medium-sized organisations make an even bigger difference in the developing world,…

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Sat 13th Sep, 2014 | 10:14am

Prime Minister's Statement On The Death Of Dr Ian Paisley


Prime Minister David Cameron has paid tribute to Dr Ian Paisley's contribution to politics.

The Prime Minister said:

On behalf of the whole government I would like to express sincere condolences…

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Fri 12th Sep, 2014 | 8:40pm

Grand Futures Leeds - Creative Opportunities For Thousands Of Young People


Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House has announced an ambitious three year learning programme. Grand Futures Leeds supported by the Emerald Foundation, will open up Leeds Grand Theatre and the City…

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Fri 12th Sep, 2014 | 3:02pm

Leeds Next Generation Of Politicians Make Their Mark In Nationwide Ballot

The Leeds members of the UK Youth Parliament and deputies
The Leeds members of the UK Youth Parliament and deputies
The young people who represent Leeds in the UK Youth Parliament are currently taking part in the annual Make Your Mark ballot, the largest consultation of young people in the country.

Leeds UK…

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Thu 11th Sep, 2014 | 4:46pm

Foreign Secretary Condemns Assad's Use Of Chlorine In Syria

Syrian children - photo by Freedom House
Syrian children - photo by Freedom House
Commenting after the release of the latest report by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Fact Finding Mission, the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"The findings…

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Wed 10th Sep, 2014 | 7:57pm

Massive Public Support For RMT Northern Rail Fares Protests

photo by alistairas
photo by alistairas
Protests this morning as part of the on-going RMT campaign against cuts to rail jobs and services, bound up in the Government's proposals for the future of the Northern and Trans-Pennine Express…

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Mon 8th Sep, 2014 | 8:00pm

British Aid Worker Returns From Harrowing Visit To Iraq


Islamic Relief's Zaid Al-Rawni has just returned to the UK after seeing the charity's work providing aid to Christians, Yazidis and Muslims driven from their homes amidst the brutal conflict that…

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Mon 8th Sep, 2014 | 9:10am

Calendar Celebrates The Yorkshire Dales

Ingleborough from Twistleton Scar by Nigel Hunter
Ingleborough from Twistleton Scar by Nigel Hunter
The Yorkshire Dales has provided the inspiration for a charity calendar that will raise money to help protect and enhance this precious landscape, ensuring that it remains a special place for…

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Sat 6th Sep, 2014 | 7:00pm

Statement By Mark Burns Williamson, The Police And Crime Commissioner For West Yorkshire, on tackling Child Sexual Exploitation

Mark Burns Williamson
Mark Burns Williamson
Mr Burns Williamson said:
"No-one could have been more shocked and horrified at the scale of child sex exploitation that has been highlighted in Professor Alexis Jay's report into Child Sexual…

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Fri 5th Sep, 2014 | 7:00pm

Yorkshire Roses

Yorkshire Roses
Yorkshire Roses
The kids are back at school and York Maze has checked the giant maize maze for one last time for lost visitors before closing the gates on the 2014 summer season.

York Maze staff marked the end of…

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Fri 5th Sep, 2014 | 3:46pm

Huddersfield Siblings Travel To Africa To Donate Teaching Kits

Caz teaching in Tamil Nadu, India
Caz teaching in Tamil Nadu, India
Huddersfield's Caz Openshaw is preparing to jet off to Malawi later this month to donate teaching kits and exercise books to help local children and volunteers there.

Former Shelley College pupil…

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Thu 4th Sep, 2014 | 8:27pm

1 Million In Grants Paid Out As Childcare Scheme Hits Milestone

photo by D Sharron Pruitt
photo by D Sharron Pruitt
The childcare business grant has distributed £1 million to new childcare businesses - and there is still more money for worthy causes.

Budding nursery owners or childminders are being…

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Wed 3rd Sep, 2014 | 5:16pm

Chesterfield Marathon Fun Runners Can 'Run For Ashya'


Run for Ashya King. That's the message today from Kids 'n' Cancer, the specialist national charity which is supporting the five-year-old, who is seriously ill with brain cancer.

Race entries for…

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Wed 3rd Sep, 2014 | 4:11pm

Home Secretary Outlines Government Approach To Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation

The Home Secretary, Theresa May
The Home Secretary, Theresa May
The Home Secretary has praised Keighley and Ilkley MP Kris Hopkins for helping to bring about a change in the law to give the police new powers to tackle organised child sexual abuse.

Speaking in…

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Tue 2nd Sep, 2014 | 6:00pm

UK Pledges Further Support For Humanitarian Crisis In South Sudan

Refugees - photo: UNHCR/ F.Noy
Refugees - photo: UNHCR/ F.Noy
Britain will provide further life-saving support for the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone…

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Tue 2nd Sep, 2014 | 3:18pm

Yorkshire Smashes Sherlock World Record


Yorkshire beat the Guinness World Record for the Most People Dressed as Sherlock Holmes on Sunday (31 August) with 443 gathering from across the UK dressed as the detective.

In a dedicated…

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Tue 2nd Sep, 2014 | 8:27am

33 Children in Yorkshire & Humber Born With Heart Defects Die Before First Day Of School


An estimated 370 children with congenital heart defects, often limiting their physical ability and quality of life, will start school this week in the Yorkshire and the Humber area according to…

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Mon 1st Sep, 2014 | 8:00pm

UK Deplores Israeli Government Decision To Expropriate Land In West Bank

Israel/West Bank - photo by James Emery
Israel/West Bank - photo by James Emery
Commenting on Israel's decision on 31 August to expropriate almost 990 acres of privately owned Palestinian land near Bethlehem, the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"The UK deplores the…

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Mon 1st Sep, 2014 | 3:47pm

Scottish Independence Referendum: Nick Clegg Reaction

Nick Clegg - Deputy Prime Minister
Nick Clegg - Deputy Prime Minister
Read a statement by the Deputy Prime Minister following the outcome of the Scottish Independence Referendum.

Responding to the Scottish Independence Referendum result, the Deputy Prime Minister…

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Fri 19th Sep, 2014 | 9:11am

Sheffield Hallam Amongst Britain's Best For Gay Students


Sheffield Hallam University has been named as one of the most gay-friendly universities in the UK.

The University scored full marks in Stonewall's annual Gay by Degree Guide, and is only one of…

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Thu 18th Sep, 2014 | 9:20am

Leeds Museums And Galleries Sites Hit New Heights Of Educational Excellence

Thwaites Mills Watermill is also the owner of a Sandford Award
Thwaites Mills Watermill is also the owner of a Sandford Award
All Leeds Museums and Galleries sites across the city are now the proud holder of a prestigious education honour.

This follows Lotherton Hall becoming the latest recipient to be granted a Sandford…

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Wed 17th Sep, 2014 | 7:55pm

John Healey MP Reaction To SYPCC Resignation

John Healey MP
John Healey MP
Wentworth & Dearne MP John Healey said:

"I strongly welcome Shaun Wright's resignation.

"It is the right move though too late - I called for him to step down as did the Labour leader straight…

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Tue 16th Sep, 2014 | 9:00pm

Enterprise Challenge Finalist Spins Wheel Of Fortune

Charlie Ledger
Charlie Ledger
Circus skills performer and Sheffield Hallam University student Charlie Ledger may soon have to juggle her studies and her own business after being announced as a finalist in this year's…

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Mon 15th Sep, 2014 | 4:43pm

Nursery Gets Behind Rowing Club's Olympic Plans

Noah Brook (left) and Jacob Chapman (right) survey the new boat, decorated with handprints from the nursery
Noah Brook (left) and Jacob Chapman (right) survey the new boat, decorated with handprints from the nursery
Sunbeams Day Nurseries have funded a new boat for Leeds Rowing Club, which will be used by the club's burgeoning junior section. The substantial donation coincides with the opening of a new…

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Mon 15th Sep, 2014 | 11:23am

PM Reaction To Murder Of Aid Worker David Haines


"Today, the whole country will want to express its deep sympathy for David Haines' family. They have endured the last 18 months of David's captivity with extraordinary courage.

And now David has…

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Sun 14th Sep, 2014 | 8:00pm

UK Treatment Centre To Tackle Ebola In Sierra Leone

photo by Save the Children
photo by Save the Children
British military and humanitarian experts will set up a medical treatment centre for victims of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has…

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Sat 13th Sep, 2014 | 9:40am

Remember Scarborough!

four of the 'poppy girls'
four of the 'poppy girls'
A weekend of free arts events in Scarborough will commemorate the 1914 Bombardment of the town, including a powerful theatrical production, Remember Scarborough!

Scarborough composer John Pattison…

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Fri 12th Sep, 2014 | 4:31pm

Local Applicants Shortlisted In National Campaign Now Need Community Votes To Secure Funding

Aiden's Elephants
Aiden's Elephants
Yorkshire based community groups, Aiden's Elephants, Bud and Morley Bluebell Majorettes, have all been shortlisted for Skipton Building Society's Grassroots Giving campaign having applied for a…

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Fri 12th Sep, 2014 | 12:31pm

Minister For Europe Meets Russian Ambassador To London

David Lidington MP
David Lidington MP
Minister for Europe David Lidington met the Russian Ambassador today to discuss the situation in Ukraine.

He pushed for the removal of Russian troops and equipment, restated UK condemnation of…

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Thu 11th Sep, 2014 | 11:47am

Light Night To Celebrate 10th Anniversary In Leeds

An artist impression of Civic Hall being transformed into a Theatre of Illumination. Commissioned by Leeds Inspired
An artist impression of Civic Hall being transformed into a Theatre of Illumination. Commissioned by Leeds Inspired
Light Night is taking over the city again next month as the 'Art in the Dark' phenomenon celebrates its 10th anniversary in Leeds.

On Friday 3 October from 5pm the streets and buildings of Leeds…

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Tue 9th Sep, 2014 | 8:25am

Sheffield Hallam Graduates Laying The Path For Social Change In Kenya


Recent Sheffield Hallam University graduate, Alessandra Piper, spent her summer in Kericho, Kenya supporting entrepreneurs, stimulating enterprise, tackling poverty and bringing about social…

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Mon 8th Sep, 2014 | 4:34pm

Local Lad Gets Through To National Finals


Sam Birks, a student at Bishop Burton College studying Level 3 Horticulture, has won a prestigious place in the 2014 World Skills UK Landscape Gardening final, to be held at Birmingham NEC on…

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Sat 6th Sep, 2014 | 7:45pm

Protests Across The North On Monday As Rail Fares Rise


RMT launches new wave of rail protests across the North on day off-peak fares are axed

As part of the on-going RMT campaign against cuts to jobs and services, bound up in the Government's…

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Sat 6th Sep, 2014 | 11:28am

Key Fund Unlocked Funding for Major Regeneration Project


Unity Hall, a disused Grade II building that stood derelict for 12 years, opens its doors tonight (5 Sept) as a major music and arts venue.

The Grade II listed building in Wakefield Westgate was…

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Fri 5th Sep, 2014 | 4:22pm

FCO Announces Over 1.5m In Life-Saving Equipment To Syrian Rescue Teams

photo by Simon Davis DFID
photo by Simon Davis DFID
Tobias Ellwood announces handover of over £1.5 million worth of life-saving equipment for use by Syrian search and rescue teams

Helmet cameras, medical packs, stretchers, generators, drills,…

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Thu 4th Sep, 2014 | 9:16pm

Museum Is Revving Up For The Return Of The Annual Morris Minor Car Rally

Morris Minor Car Rally 2013
Morris Minor Car Rally 2013
The organisers don't live life in the slow lane; they have been busy arranging for over 40 cars, of all makes and models to be on display for the popular event. Cars include Morris Minors, Austin…

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Wed 3rd Sep, 2014 | 5:32pm

Bike To Work Day In Yorkshire On Thursday

Maltby storeman Craig Burns
Maltby storeman Craig Burns
More Yorkshire people are getting back on their bikes with the help of Cycle Experience as thousands prepare to cycle to their workplace as part of Bike to Work day on Thursday. (Sept 4th)

Bike…

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Wed 3rd Sep, 2014 | 4:34pm

PM Statement Following Murder Of American Journalist Steven Sotloff


Statement from the Prime Minister following the release of a video allegedly showing the brutal murder of US journalist Steven Sotloff.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

"If verified, this is a…

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Tue 2nd Sep, 2014 | 9:00pm

Firefighters Union Announce "Ring of Fire" UK Tour

photo by Alexander Cunningham
photo by Alexander Cunningham
The Fire Brigades Union has announced a nationwide "Ring of Fire" tour of the UK to highlight the devastating impact the government's austerity agenda is having on the fire and rescue service.

The…

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Tue 2nd Sep, 2014 | 5:33pm

Fly From Leeds Bradford To New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Orlando...


In a packed press conference at Leeds Bradford airport, the Irish carrier Aer Lingus has just announced twice daily flights to Dublin and, using their unique US Customs and Border Pre Clearance…

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Tue 2nd Sep, 2014 | 11:02am

Keighley And Ilkley MP Backs New Anti-Terror Measures

Kris Hopkins MP
Kris Hopkins MP
The announcement of new police powers to confiscate the passports of suspected terrorists and prevent British jihadists from coming back to the UK have been backed by Keighley and Ilkley MP Kris…

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Mon 1st Sep, 2014 | 8:04pm

New Tailoring Exhibition To Open At Leeds Museum

The proud tailoring history of Leeds will be showcased in a new gallery
The proud tailoring history of Leeds will be showcased in a new gallery
A new gallery celebrating the rich tradition of Leeds' tailoring industry is set to open tomorrow at a popular city museum.

Available to view from September 2, the permanent display at Leeds…

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Mon 1st Sep, 2014 | 7:39pm

Humanitarian Supplies Reach Amerli

photo by DFID
photo by DFID
Lifesaving UK aid for thousands of people trapped by ISIL in the Iraqi town of Amerli was delivered overnight by the Royal Air Force (RAF), International Development Secretary Justine Greening…

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Sun 31st Aug, 2014 | 8:00pm

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rovinssmall lengths of wool ready for spinning
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