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As the main provisions of the Care Act come into force today, Leonard Cheshire Disability's Campaigns Director, Andy Cole, said: "As the Care Act comes into force today we are still waiting for…
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Foreign Secretary Congratulates Nigerians On Election


Following confirmation in the early hours of today that Muhammadu Buhari has won the Nigerian elections, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"I congratulate Muhammadu Buhari on his election…

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Wed 1st Apr, 2015 | 2:19pm

Royal Mail Celebrates Yorkshire's Comedy Greats With New Stamps

Published on April Fool's Day, the 10 stamps feature individuals, duos and groups who have brought wit and laughter to millions


On April Fool's Day Royal Mail will launch of a set of stamps to…

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Wed 1st Apr, 2015 | 8:01am

Open Letter To The International Olympic Committee: Welly Wangling


Upperthong, North Yorkshire - March 2015
Welly Wanging Federation (WWF)
Open Letter to the International Olympic Committee President,
Mr. Jacques Rogge 

Mr President,

We are writing to you as we…

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Wed 1st Apr, 2015 | 12:01am

Hundreds March In Leeds Anti-NHS-Privatisation March

Photo by Sean JukesPhoto by Sean JukesPhoto by Sean JukesPhoto by Sean Jukes
Hundreds of campaigners have staged a march through central Leeds - protesting against what they describe as the 'increasing privatisation' of the health service.

The protesters are worried about…

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Tue 31st Mar, 2015 | 1:19pm

Planned Roadworks In Yorkshire And The Humber: Weekly Summary For Monday 30 March To Sunday 5 April

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

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Sun 29th Mar, 2015 | 8:00am

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

Hull Dad Urging Others To Get Involved With Diabetes Support Groups

Rick Merrylees and daughter at Diabetes UK event
Rick Merrylees and daughter at Diabetes UK event
Rick Merrylees' daughter Zoe was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of eight. Joining a local diabetes support group helped the family manage his daughter's condition and form lasting…

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Wed 1st Apr, 2015 | 9:59am

EU Rules Could Ban Chocolate Easter Eggs

Last of the Easter eggs?  With Sophie Jewett at York Cocoa House
Last of the Easter eggs? With Sophie Jewett at York Cocoa House
A court case by French egg producers could lead to a British tradition being ruled illegal under EU law. If the producers are successful in their appeal to the European Court of Justice,…

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Wed 1st Apr, 2015 | 12:01am

Tour de Yorkshire Festival Gears Up

Tour of Infinite Possibility
Tour of Infinite Possibility
The Tour de Yorkshire Festival starts tomorrow (Wednesday 1 April) and features over 200 performances and exhibitions taking place throughout Yorkshire.

The festival runs until the final day of…

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Tue 31st Mar, 2015 | 2:40pm

Yorkshire Schools Invited To Donate Books To South African Children


Schools in Yorkshire are being invited to donate books to schools in rural parts of South Africa, as part of a competition to learn about farming in the country.

The 2015 Help a South African…

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Mon 30th Mar, 2015 | 12:33pm

British Summer Time 2015

photo - Stephen Hanafin
photo - Stephen Hanafin
Clocks go forward tonight as the country enters British Summer Time.

That's right British Summer Time starts this weekend. The clocks will be changing on Sunday at 1am when we put the clocks…

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Sat 28th Mar, 2015 | 8:00am

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

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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

Yorkshire Word of the Day
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