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Kenya Travel Advice Update


The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice to Kenya, adding advice against all but essential travel to:

Within 15km of the coast from the Tana River down to and…

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Fri 27th Mar, 2015 | 10:00pm

Foreign Secretary Signs UK-Canada Joint Declaration


Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond met Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson in Toronto today to renew the UK-Canada Joint Declaration.

They also discussed security issues such as their…

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Fri 27th Mar, 2015 | 9:00pm

The Economic Case For HS2


Councillor Keith Wakefield, Leader of Leeds City Council, said:

'I am disappointed to see the House of Lords economic affairs committee take a negative stance on HS2. There is compelling evidence,…

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Thu 26th Mar, 2015 | 7:53pm

Cable Bank Branch Deal Represents A "Betrayal" Of Bank Customers

High Street banks could close - photo - Joshua Brown
High Street banks could close - photo - Joshua Brown
Unite, the country's largest union, has described the announcement today (Thursday 26 March) that the Business Secretary, Vince Cable has effectively given the green light to UK banks to close…

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Thu 26th Mar, 2015 | 3:49pm

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Results: Fewer Finches Visiting Our Gardens

Chaffinch - photo Alan Cleaver
Chaffinch - photo Alan Cleaver
More than 585,000 people across the country took part in this year's RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, spending an hour over the weekend of 24 and 25 January watching their gardens and recording any…

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Thu 26th Mar, 2015 | 12:01am

Foreign Secretary: Likely That Some British Nationals Were On Board Germanwings Flight


Speaking this evening, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"This is a tragic incident for those involved and their families, I send my deepest condolences to those who have lost family or…

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Tue 24th Mar, 2015 | 10:00pm

Capturing The Yorkshire Dales On Camera

Ingleborough from Twistleton Scar by Nigel Hunter - winner of the 2014 photography competition
Ingleborough from Twistleton Scar by Nigel Hunter - winner of the 2014 photography competition
A photography competition has been launched to find some of the very best images that showcase the landscape, wildlife and communities of the Yorkshire Dales.

Local charity Yorkshire Dales…

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Tue 24th Mar, 2015 | 12:49pm

PM Call With Prime Minister Netanyahu, 23 March 2015


A Downing Street spokesperson said:

"The Prime Minister spoke to Mr Netanyahu this evening. He congratulated him on winning the recent Israeli elections, and looked forward to working with the new…

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Mon 23rd Mar, 2015 | 10:06pm

Travellers To The Caribbean Warned About Chikungunya


The majority of cases (88%) were acquired on trips to the Caribbean and South America, where a large outbreak, which started in December 2013 in the French Caribbean territory of St Martin, has…

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Sat 21st Mar, 2015 | 8:33am

'Revolutionary' Plans For Northern Transport


Plans to revolutionise travel in the North, including a new 'TransNorth' rail system and new road investments, will today be set out by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, Deputy Prime…

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Fri 20th Mar, 2015 | 6:10am

Record Earth Hour Set To Unite The World On Climate Change


On Saturday, 28 March 8:30 p.m. local time, individuals, businesses, cities and landmarks around the world will switch off their lights for one hour to focus attention on climate change. As the…

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Fri 27th Mar, 2015 | 10:00pm

State Opening Of Parliament To Take Place On 27 May 2015


Parliament has been prorogued and will automatically dissolve on 30 March under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.

The Prime Minister will ask Her Majesty to summon the new Parliament to meet on…

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Fri 27th Mar, 2015 | 8:15am

Make The Most Of Tour de Yorkshire

Cyclists in North Yorks Moors - photo Tony Bartholomew
Cyclists in North Yorks Moors - photo Tony Bartholomew
Businesses are being encouraged to move into top gear for the thrilling climax of Tour de Yorkshire here in Leeds.

They are being asked to attend a roadshow at Leeds Town Hall that will help them…

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Thu 26th Mar, 2015 | 6:42pm

Whistleblowers Should Be Protected Not Threatened, Says TUC

photo - 401(K) 2012
photo - 401(K) 2012
Commenting on today's (Thursday) revelations that security services have been keeping files on MPs, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Whistleblowing is an important part of holding…

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Thu 26th Mar, 2015 | 3:35pm

New Tax Rules Help Farmers


More than 29,000 farmers are set to benefit from a new streamlined approach to paying their taxes as set out by the Chancellor in last week's Budget (18 March 2015).

For the first time farmers…

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Wed 25th Mar, 2015 | 8:05am

Andrew Williams
The Amjad Bashir Débâcle - Two Months On
By Andrew Williams
Politics Correspondent
Amjad Bashir
Amjad Bashir
Amjad Bashir, Member of European Parliament for Yorkshire and the Humber, memorably defected from UKIP to the Conservatives on 23rd January this year, announcing publicly the following day.…

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Tue 24th Mar, 2015 | 3:26pm

Foreign Secretary Visits Saudi Arabia

Foreign Secretary and King Salman
Foreign Secretary and King Salman
The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"I am pleased to be here in Riyadh today, for a series of meetings with the Government of Saudi Arabia. The United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Saudi…

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Mon 23rd Mar, 2015 | 10:10pm

Foreign Secretary Appalled By Reports Of Further Chemical Attacks In Syria

Foreign Office
Foreign Office
The Foreign Secretary said:

"I am appalled by the reports in recent days of further chemical attacks against civilians in Idlib province which have caused a number of fatalities. The Syrian regime…

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Mon 23rd Mar, 2015 | 8:08pm

Better Journeys on TransPennine Express


Rail passengers in the north of England are hoping to benefit from more seats, better services and free Wi-Fi at stations as part of a new agreement between the government and First TransPennine…

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Fri 20th Mar, 2015 | 8:52am

Osborne Is Sharpening His Axe

George Osborne MP
George Osborne MP
Commenting on the publication today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies of their analysis of the Budget, which calls on the Chancellor to come clean on who will be hit by the unprecedented cuts he…

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Thu 19th Mar, 2015 | 8:00pm

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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