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Plea For Vigilance As Moors Goes On Fire Alert
People visiting the North York Moors are asked to be particularly vigilant as continuing dry weather has led to an increased risk of moorland and forest fires in the National Park. Staff from the…
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Skoda's Latest Fabia Under The Spotlight
Environment Agency Reveals 'Secret Seven' Fish
Unions Warn Of Looming Dispute Over Nestlé's Pensions 'Betrayal'
Statement From Foreign Secretary Following Latest Tunisia COBR Meeting
Leading Organists To Play At Selby Abbey's Free Concerts
Tree Provides Roots For New Design Venture
Local Artists Exhibit At Rievaulx Terrace
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Statement From Foreign Secretary Following Latest Tunisia COBR Meeting


Speaking on Wednesday evening after chairing the latest meeting of the Government's COBR emergency committee following the Tunisia terrorist attack, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"I can…

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Thu 2nd Jul, 2015 | 3:00pm

Abandoning Child Poverty Duties Marks The Return Of The 'Nasty Party', Says TUC


The announcement today (Wednesday) by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith that current targets and duties in the Child Poverty Act will be scrapped is a u-turn from the Prime Minister's…

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Wed 1st Jul, 2015 | 9:00pm

Call To Eradicate Stereotypes Of Young People


The world's newest non-profit organisation today announced that it will officially launch in January 2016. The World Youth Organisation aims to eradicate stereotypes placed on young people by…

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Tue 30th Jun, 2015 | 4:36pm

Piggy Banks Propping Up UK Recovery, Says TUC

photo - Alan Cleaver
photo - Alan Cleaver
Commenting on today's (Tuesday) GDP figures, which show that household savings are at their lowest level since before the financial crash, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Today's…

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Tue 30th Jun, 2015 | 1:30pm

FCO Minister Confirms At Least 15 British Nationals Killed In Tunisia


This evening, Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Tobias Ellwood gave an update on the situation in Tunisia. Mr Ellwood said:

"Sadly I can confirm that at least 15 British nationals were…

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Sat 27th Jun, 2015 | 9:00pm

Foreign Secretary On Government Response To Tunisia Attack


Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond offers condolences to families and friends of victims and sets out Government response.

Speaking after he chaired COBR on Friday, Mr Hammond said:

"I'd like to…

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Sat 27th Jun, 2015 | 12:39pm

Wildflower Wonders At The Yorkshire Arboretum

Wildflowers on Cedar Vista at the Yorkshire Arboretum
Wildflowers on Cedar Vista at the Yorkshire Arboretum
Spectacular swathes of wildflowers are now in bloom in the summer sunshine at the Yorkshire Arboretum. Wild orchids, pink Ragged Robin, masses of Yellow Rattle and Ox-eye Daisies, and golden…

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Sat 27th Jun, 2015 | 12:01am

Bradford Doctor To Get Ebola Medal At Downing Street Reception

Professor John Wright
Professor John Wright
A Bradford doctor is set to become one of the country's first recipients of a new medal recognising the bravery and hard work of thousands of people who helped to tackle Ebola in West Africa.

Profe…

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Fri 26th Jun, 2015 | 8:27am

PM Meeting With King Abdullah Of Jordan


Following the meeting, a Downing Street spokesperson said:

"The Prime Minister welcomed His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan to Downing Street last evening where they discussed a range of issues…

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Wed 24th Jun, 2015 | 9:00pm

Glastonbury Festival Advice For Drivers


Drivers are advised that motorways and major A roads leading to the Glastonbury Festival site, at Pilton in Somerset are likely to be busy between Wednesday 24 June and Friday 26 June as festival…

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Tue 23rd Jun, 2015 | 10:00pm

Tom Hinchcliffe
Government to Scrap Legally Binding Child Poverty Targets
By Tom Hinchcliffe
Political Correspondent

It was announced today that the government will remove legal targets to reduce child poverty.

Work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, revealed today that he will scrap the child poverty…

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Thu 2nd Jul, 2015 | 8:44am

Green Light Given To New Potash Mine

The North Yorkshire Moors contain some of the largest deposits of potash in the world. Photo © apsande
The North Yorkshire Moors contain some of the largest deposits of potash in the world. Photo © apsande
Plans for the world's largest potash mine were today approved by Members of the North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA). The mine head at Dove's Nest Farm near Whitby and much of its…

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Tue 30th Jun, 2015 | 9:00pm

Drowning Prevention Charity Issues Warning As Heat Wave Hits Britain

Water is deeper than you think! - photo Kris Williams
Water is deeper than you think! - photo Kris Williams
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, has issued a warning as temperatures across Britain are set to hit a scorching 35C.

The charity has appealed for…

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Tue 30th Jun, 2015 | 3:09pm

Planned Roadworks In Yorkshire And The Humber - Summary For Monday 29 June to Sunday 5 July

photo - Highways Agency
photo - Highways Agency
The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 26 June and could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen…

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Mon 29th Jun, 2015 | 11:05am

Prime Minister Announces Employment Support For Armed Forces Community


On the 7th Armed Forces Day, the Prime Minister has announced that the government will extend its employment support programme to the whole of the armed forces.

The Career Transition Programme…

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Sat 27th Jun, 2015 | 7:11pm

Minister For The Middle East Comments On Attack At Imam Sadiq Mosque In Kuwait City


Tobias Ellwood condemns attack and offers his condolences to the people of Kuwait.

Mr Ellwood said:

"I am appalled by the attack at the Imam Sadiq mosque in Kuwait City. I offer my sincere…

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Sat 27th Jun, 2015 | 12:31pm

Company Climbs, Cycles And Rows For Children's Charity

The Alton Cars team before the Ben Nevis Challenge
The Alton Cars team before the Ben Nevis Challenge
A group of employees from Alton Cars Group, an Accident Repair Group based in Yorkshire and Humberside, defeated the gruelling Ben Nevis Challenge on Saturday 20 June to raise vital funds for…

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Fri 26th Jun, 2015 | 7:40pm

UK Boosts Support To Nepal's Reconstruction And Recovery Effort

Nepali children - photo Ahron de Leeuw
Nepali children - photo Ahron de Leeuw
The British response to the recent devastating earthquakes now stands at £70 million, following further commitments made at the International Conference on Nepal's Reconstruction today (25…

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Thu 25th Jun, 2015 | 9:00pm

Living Streets Welcomes Pavement Parking Bill

photo - Peter Miller
photo - Peter Miller
National charity Living Streets, which campaigns for pedestrians, today (24 June 2015) welcomes North Dorset MP Simon Hoare's Private Member's Bill calling for a ban on pavement parking in England…

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Wed 24th Jun, 2015 | 12:01am

Nicky Morgan Statement On The Death Of Chris Woodhead


Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said:

" I am saddened to hear about the tragic death of Chris Woodhead, who was an immense figure in the world of education. His determination to ensure that every…

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Tue 23rd Jun, 2015 | 5:23pm

Yorkshire Word of the Day
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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