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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

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

Right To Challenge Yellow Lines And Unfair Parking Charges

photo by www.insurancerevolution.co.uk
photo by www.insurancerevolution.co.uk
A new right could allow local residents or local firms to raise-up a petition that will require a council review of the use of yellow lines and unfair parking charges, Local Government Secretary…

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Sat 30th Aug, 2014 | 12:21pm

Over One Million Searches For War Heroes' Wills


A huge collection of poignant messages from Britain's fallen First World War heroes has been viewed more than one million times.

The heartfelt documents, detailing soldiers' last wishes, were put…

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Fri 29th Aug, 2014 | 2:47pm

Statement From Dan Jarvis, Member Of Parliament For Barnsley Central:

Dan Jarvis MP
Dan Jarvis MP
"Like everyone, I am horrified at the appalling revelations about the abuse of young people in Rotherham.

As the country comes to terms with this shocking news, we must not lose sight of the fact…

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Thu 28th Aug, 2014 | 3:32pm

One Million Voters Applied To Register To Vote Since New Government System Launched

photo by Alan Cleaver
photo by Alan Cleaver
Over one million people have applied to register to vote since the new online voter registration system went live in June, and there is over 90% satisfaction with the new online service, it was…

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Wed 27th Aug, 2014 | 8:30pm

Hobby Horses Raise Over 1,000 For The Real Thing


On Saturday 23rd August a herd of hobby horses completed a 5km Fun Run in Roundhay Park to raise much-needed funds for Hope Pastures Horse and Donkey Sanctuary.

Trustees, supporters, volunteers…

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Wed 27th Aug, 2014 | 9:56am

Architects Raise 2,500 For Charity

Team HLM on day of departure in Sheffield
Team HLM on day of departure in Sheffield
At the end of July a team of 7 cyclists from Sheffield-based architects HLM set off on a 740km charity bike ride, from Sheffield to Paris - part of the company's 50th anniversary celebrations - to…

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Tue 26th Aug, 2014 | 5:28pm

Update On Ebola In A British National Working In Sierra Leone

Ebola virus
Ebola virus
A British national healthcare worker residing in Sierra Leone, who has been diagnosed with Ebola virus disease, is being repatriated.

The Department of Health, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS…

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Sun 24th Aug, 2014 | 8:00pm

Edible Couture At Ebor Festival


Fashion is always top of the agenda at York Races, and this week's Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival unveilled a dress that is entirely "this season", made from "this season's" summer Yorkshire…

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Sat 23rd Aug, 2014 | 12:04pm

A Man On A Mission: Land's End To John O'Groats - As You've Never Seen It Done Before

Nigel at Land's End
Nigel at Land's End
Former Butcher, Ex-Royal Marine and Special Forces veteran, Nigel Thomas, to ride 1940s single gear Butcher's Bike for charity from 18-30 August 2014

Ex-Royal Marine and Special Forces veteran,…

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Fri 22nd Aug, 2014 | 9:35pm

Foreign Secretary Condemns Alleged Murder Of James Foley


Following the release of a video allegedly showing the murder of US journalist James Foley, Philip Hammond made the following comments during media interviews:

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond…

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Wed 20th Aug, 2014 | 6:10pm

UK Delivers Tents For Displaced Families In Northern Iraq

WFP food supplements arrive in Erbil after being transported by DFID. Picture: WFP
WFP food supplements arrive in Erbil after being transported by DFID. Picture: WFP
Two Department for International Development-chartered Airbus cargo flights landed in Erbil today carrying 45 tonnes of "Plumpy'Doz" food from the World Food Programme (WFP) and 515 family-sized…

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Wed 20th Aug, 2014 | 3:48pm

York Leukaemia Survivor Features in Charity Photo Exhibition

Johnny Pearson
Johnny Pearson
Johnny Pearson, 44, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2010 and had his transplant two years later. In 2014, Johnny and his donor Sean ran the London Marathon together, to raise money…

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Tue 19th Aug, 2014 | 3:22pm

Commuters To Hand Over An Even Greater Slice Of Their Pay Packets To Train Companies Next Year

photo by TUC
photo by TUC
Commenting on the inflation figures for July, published today (Tuesday), in which RPI inflation - the measure used to set season ticket rises and most pay settlements - rose by 2.5 per cent, TUC…

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Tue 19th Aug, 2014 | 11:45am

MP Strengthens Calls For Leeds Bradford Airport Rail Link

photo by Mark Winterbourne
photo by Mark Winterbourne
Leeds North West MP, Greg Mulholland, has tabled a parliamentary motion and also responded to a government consultation to call for a rail link between Leeds Bradford International Airport and…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 6:55pm

PM Call With President Poroshenko


The Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to President Poroshenko earlier today about the situation in Eastern Ukraine.

A Number 10 spokesperson said:

"They discussed the Russian humanitarian convoy…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 2:42pm

Scuba Team Pay Homage To Maritime Disaster Victims

BSAC divers joined RNLI crew members to row The William Riley lifeboat from Scarborough to Whitby
BSAC divers joined RNLI crew members to row The William Riley lifeboat from Scarborough to Whitby
Scuba divers from Yorkshire marked the 100th anniversary of a maritime disaster which claimed more than 80 lives.

They rowed around 20 miles, from Scarborough to Whitby, in the same lifeboat which…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 10:30am

PM Call With President Poroshenko

credit: futureatlas.com
credit: futureatlas.com
The Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to President Poroshenko earlier today (15 August) about the situation in Eastern Ukraine.

A Number 10 spokesperson said:

"They discussed the Russian…

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Sat 16th Aug, 2014 | 1:12pm

Learning Disabilities Charity Given Fundraising Boost

National Express staff who wore fancy dress as part of a fundraising day at Bradford Interchange for Hft
National Express staff who wore fancy dress as part of a fundraising day at Bradford Interchange for Hft
Fundraising activities hosted by staff at National Express have raised in excess of £600 for learning disabilities charity, Hft.

Employees took part in a sponsored walk and hosted a…

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Sat 16th Aug, 2014 | 12:05pm

COBR Meeting On Iraq: 15 August 2014


A Number 10 spokesperson said:

"The Defence Secretary chaired a COBR meeting on the latest situation in Iraq earlier this afternoon. The International Development Minister, representatives from…

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Fri 15th Aug, 2014 | 9:34pm

Foreign Secretary Calls For Smooth Transition Of Power In Iraq

U.S AirForce photo by Tech.Sgt.Rick Sforza www.army.mil
U.S AirForce photo by Tech.Sgt.Rick Sforza www.army.mil
Speaking before his attendance at the Foreign Affairs Council, where Iraq is on the agenda, the Foreign Secretary said:

"Prime Minister Maliki's decision to place his support behind Prime…

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Fri 15th Aug, 2014 | 2:47pm

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

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

National Park Owes Big Debt To Volunteers

Dales Volunteers north east team members
Dales Volunteers north east team members
Volunteers are lending a huge helping hand to the job of keeping the Yorkshire Dales National Park in tip top condition.

As well as celebrating the 60th birthday of the creation of the National…

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Sat 30th Aug, 2014 | 9:11pm

Foreign Office Minister Promotes Political Unity On Visit To Iraq

photo by U.S. DOD
photo by U.S. DOD
Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood visited Iraq this week with the Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, and the Government's Security Envoy to the Kurdistan…

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Fri 29th Aug, 2014 | 3:10pm

Boost For Burma With New UK Funding

International Development Minister Desmond Swayne, talking to a business woman who has benefitted from a DFID-supported micro-finance scheme in Burma. Picture: DFID
International Development Minister Desmond Swayne, talking to a business woman who has benefitted from a DFID-supported micro-finance scheme in Burma. Picture: DFID
Desmond Swayne announces new funding for Burma while on a visit to the country

The UK remains committed to supporting Burma to reach its potential as a peaceful and prosperous country that…

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Thu 28th Aug, 2014 | 4:24pm

High Street Could Be Boosted By 212 Billion 'Purple Pound' By Attracting Disabled People And Their Families

photo by Charlotte Gilhooly
photo by Charlotte Gilhooly
Thousands of high street businesses could effectively be turning away the custom of 1 in 5 people by not attracting disabled people, the Minister for Disabled People Mark Harper said today (27…

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Wed 27th Aug, 2014 | 8:36pm

New UK Aid Package For Iraq Focuses On Vulnerable Women And Children

Iraqi children at Newroz camp - photo Rachel Unkovic/International Rescue Committee
Iraqi children at Newroz camp - photo Rachel Unkovic/International Rescue Committee
Justine Greening travelled to Iraq to see first-hand how UK support is helping people affected by the fighting

Britain is assisting desperate Iraqi civilians, including the most vulnerable women…

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Wed 27th Aug, 2014 | 8:00pm

Minister For Middle East Welcomes Gaza Ceasefire

homeless in Gaza - photo by Physicians for Human Rights
homeless in Gaza - photo by Physicians for Human Rights
The Minister for the Middle East, Tobias Ellwood, today (26 August) welcomed the Egyptian brokered ceasefire.

Minister Ellwood said:

"I welcome today's agreement by all parties to a ceasefire.…

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Wed 27th Aug, 2014 | 9:00am

Government Security Envoy To The Kurdistan Region Of Iraq Appointed


The government is increasing efforts to defeat ISIL terrorists, appointing Lieutenant General Sir Simon Mayall as Government Security Envoy.

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

"The…

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Sun 24th Aug, 2014 | 8:00pm

FCO Minister Condemns Iraq Mosque Attack


Tobias Ellwood condemns attack on Iraqi mosque killing more than 70 people & calls for inclusive government to fight terrorism.

Reacting to news that more than 70 people had been killed in an…

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Sat 23rd Aug, 2014 | 6:18pm

FCO Minister Deeply Concerned By Russian Convoy Entering Ukraine

Minister for Europe, David Lidington
Minister for Europe, David Lidington
Minister for Europe David Lidington criticises 'provocative' entry into Ukraine of Russian convoy

In response to reports that a Russian convoy has entered Ukraine without the Government of…

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Sat 23rd Aug, 2014 | 12:00pm

Yorkshire Industrial Heritage Attractions Win International Recognition


A major new Yorkshire industrial heritage route, which has won international recognition, has been unveiled this week.

The Elsecar Heritage Centre in Barnsley, the National Coal Mining Museum in…

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Fri 22nd Aug, 2014 | 4:56pm

Statement on James Foley


A statement from Number 10 following the release of a video allegedly showing the brutal murder of US journalist James Foley.

A Number 10 spokesperson said:

"If true, the brutal murder of James…

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Wed 20th Aug, 2014 | 6:00pm

Funding Boost For Humanitarian Workers On World Humanitarian Day


The UK is providing more than £1 million to improve the personal safety of humanitarian workers who put themselves at risk to help others, International Development Minister Desmond Swayne…

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Tue 19th Aug, 2014 | 7:21pm

Yellow Bikes Raise More Than 5,000 For Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Neil McNair and his wife Jane with one of the yellow bikes
Neil McNair and his wife Jane with one of the yellow bikes
The wooden yellow bikes that helped welcome the Tour de France to the Yorkshire Dales this summer have raised £5,250 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Carpenter and award-winning guesthouse…

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Tue 19th Aug, 2014 | 12:15pm

COBR Meeting On Iraq: 18 August 2014


The Foreign Secretary chaired a meeting of COBR today (18 August 2014) to discuss the situation in Iraq.

A Number 10 spokesperson said:

"The Foreign Secretary chaired a meeting of COBR this…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 8:00pm

FCO Over Reported Military Incursion Into Ukraine

picture by futureatlas.com
picture by futureatlas.com
The Russian Ambassador Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko was summoned to the Foreign Office this afternoon to meet Acting Permanent Under Secretary Matthew Rycroft.

Mr Rycroft asked the Ambassador…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 2:45pm

Napoleons Leeds Present Yorkshire Air Ambulance With 4,100

L-R:  Nicky Massen, Regional Fundraising Manager for the YAA. Sandy Kopec, General Manager at Napoleons Casino & Restaurant Leeds. Leon Baranowski, Yorkshire Air Ambulance Aircrew Paramedic
L-R: Nicky Massen, Regional Fundraising Manager for the YAA. Sandy Kopec, General Manager at Napoleons Casino & Restaurant Leeds. Leon Baranowski, Yorkshire Air Ambulance Aircrew Paramedic
This month Napoleons Casino and Restaurant in Leeds presented the Yorkshire Air Ambulance with a cheque for £4,100 following a spree of fundraising and a charity Cyclathon which took place…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 11:24am

Russian Ambassador Summoned To FCO Over Reported Military Incursion Into Ukraine

credit: futureatlas.com
credit: futureatlas.com
The Russian Ambassador Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko was summoned to the Foreign Office this afternoon (15 August) to meet Acting Permanent Under Secretary Matthew Rycroft.

Mr Rycroft asked…

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Sat 16th Aug, 2014 | 1:20pm

UK Aid Arrives For Displaced Iraqis Across Northern Iraq

Supplies being checked before being air-dropped over northern Iraq. Credit: Cpl Neil Bryden RAF/MoD/Crown Copyright
Supplies being checked before being air-dropped over northern Iraq. Credit: Cpl Neil Bryden RAF/MoD/Crown Copyright
Britain has delivered thousands of kitchen sets to go to Iraqis in refugee camps in northern Iraq, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

Two Airbus flights…

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Sat 16th Aug, 2014 | 12:42pm

Hunters Heroes Raise Over 7,000 For Cancer Research UK


Local estate agent, Hunters Property Group, were delighted to sponsor the 'Hunters Heroes' for their 127 mile bike ride last week. The team of five boys, all of whom are aged eleven, successfully…

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Sat 16th Aug, 2014 | 8:06am

British Heart Foundation launches Bag It. Beat It


This September, British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops are urging Yorkshire and the Humber locals to donate bags full of unwanted items to their local BHF shop to Bag it. Beat it. Every bag donated…

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Fri 15th Aug, 2014 | 4:06pm

Scarborough Lifeboat Challenge

The fundraising team rowing the William Riley in 2010
The fundraising team rowing the William Riley in 2010
Scuba divers from Yorkshire are taking part in a charity challenge to mark the 100th anniversary of a maritime disaster which claimed more than 80 lives.

They will row 20 miles in a lifeboat which…

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Thu 14th Aug, 2014 | 7:55pm

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