Jayne Dowle

Jayne Dowle: HS2 on wrong track if it fails to spread the benefit

Am I the only one missing a connection? In all the arguments I’ve had on the subject of HS2, the major plus-point I’ve accepted is that we would end up with a new station here in South Yorkshire to whizz us directly to London in super-fast time. And of course, to whizz London directly to us, so that we can all enjoy mutual economic, employment, social and cultural opportunities.

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Education Secretary Justine Greening is being urged to reform work experience.

Jayne Dowle: Lesson in the importance of world of work

I KNOW the Government has a lot on its mind, but I call on Education Secretary Justine Greening to urgently re-think the policy on work experience.

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Theresa May at last week's G20 summit.

Jayne Dowle: PM’s deaf ear led to a disaster movie scenario

TODAY marks the anniversary of Theresa May becoming Prime Minister. There won’t be much of a celebration at Number 10. We’re not exactly putting the flags out on our street either.

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Rural Britain must not be forgotten about, says Jayne Dowle.

Jayne Dowle: Countryside can’t be enclave for the affluent

I’M not sure I want to live in an “enclave of the affluent”. We moved house last year. It wasn’t a purposeful decision to be closer to the countryside.

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HS2 should be stopped in its tracks, says Jayne Dowle. Do you agree?

Jayne Dowle: Why HS2 should be stopped in its tracks now – it’s an indulgence

I’M reporting from the HS2 frontline in South Yorkshire. The good news is that acres of ancient woodland just minutes from my front door are not about to be churned up and lost forever in the name of progress.

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What has happened to neighbourliness?

Jayne Dowle: Everybody really does still need good neighbours

I WAS interested to read this new survey about neighbours. We moved house last year so we’ve been on a steep learning curve acquainting ourselves with the habits of those who share our daily habitat.

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Jayne Dowle: Clearing the air a decade on from the smoking ban

Jayne Dowle: Clearing the air a decade on from the smoking ban

IT’S 10 years since smoking was banned in public places in England. Can you remember the furore at the time? Do you recall the dire warnings that restaurants, cafes and public houses would close their doors for good, and national life would never recover?

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Prince Harry has spoken about the future of the Royal family.

Jayne Dowle: Royal Family is guiding light in toughest of times

IT has been a terrible few weeks for Great Britain, but we should consider ourselves very lucky. We have a Royal Family providing a guiding light in the toughest of times, rising above the clamorous fray, the blame-shifting and the political point-scoring and showing us what they are really made of.

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The Queen met firefighters following the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Jayne Dowle: Why I feel London’s pain and fear for all our futures despite the Queen’s reassuring leadership

I LIVED in London for 14 years. I still visit the capital, and skirt its sprawling outskirts to see family in Kent and Surrey. I remember the sheer energy of the
West End and the beauty of the River Thames and exactly where to stand on the Tube.

A graduation ceremony at the University of York.

Jayne Dowle: Listen to lost generation in ‘them and us’ Britain

WILL someone please listen to Alan Milburn? The former Labour minister has produced yet another report for his Social Mobility Commission. It finds that young people are deeply pessimistic about their chances of getting on in Britain’s “them and us” society.

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Michael Gove is a surprising choice as Environment Secretary.

Jayne Dowle: Pastures new for Michael Gove... can he be a breath of fresh air?

I’M sure that Michael Gove is delighted to be back at the
heart of the Government. However, his appointment as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs might appear something of an odd choice.

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Is Theresa May heartless?

Jayne Dowle: Theresa May’s big failing was appearing not to care at all

I’LL give you a clue. It’s a four-letter word. It begins with ‘c’. And it is the key to everything about this General Election and the bitter aftermath.

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Every vote cast today will honour the victims of the Manchester and London terror attacks.

Jayne Dowle: Your vote is vital in these troubled times

THE simple act of putting your cross in a box today might seem an inadequate response to the despicable acts of terror in Manchester and London. Yet this democratic right, available to more or less every person over the age of 18, is just the kind of freedom those who attack us would take away.

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Some people feel there is little sign in Barnsley that an election is taking place. (Scott Merrylees).

Jayne Dowle: Election seems to be happening elsewhere

DAYS away from a General Election which will decide not just the fate of our country, but its place in the world, you could be forgiven for thinking that nothing was happening at all in my small corner of Yorkshire.

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Official figures published last October showed that nearly a third of teachers who began work in Englands state schools in 2010 were not in the classroom five years later.

Jayne Dowle: They must learn how to find the right teachers

Every so often I get the urge. It can be spurred by a chance conversation with my children. Or a persuasive advertisement on the television. Anything, really, that sets me thinking about returning to the classroom as a teacher.

What can be done to tackle congestion?

Jayne Dowle: Yorkshire’s roads to nowhere as a simple journey becomes our ‘mission impossible’

I HOPE you’re not reading this stuck in Bank Holiday traffic. You have my sympathy if so. Last Thursday, I set off to drive the 12 miles from our house in Barnsley to Sheffield with my partner, Simon, a builder.

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People attend a peace vigil in Trafalgar Square following the Manchester suicide bombing.

Jayne Dowle: We cannot despair in facing every parent’s nightmare

A PARENT’S job is to protect and reassure. How might we do this when a suicide bomber can enter the foyer of a concert arena and kill more than 20 people, including children and teenagers, while injuring and traumatising many, many more?

What is ebing done to stop the scourge of litter and flytipping?

Jayne Dowle: Enforce the litter laws everywhere, not just in towns

HERE’S a question for local councils. How is it that I can be pounced on by an enforcement officer in a town centre and fined £75 for dropping a sweet wrapper, but not be caught if I drive into the countryside and deposit three overflowing bags of litter by the side of the road?

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Jayne Dowle: Yes your vote does count, so make sure you register. This is not a party political broadcast

Jayne Dowle: Yes your vote does count, so make sure you register. This is not a party political broadcast

IF you don’t do it for your country, do it for your credit record. Registering to vote sounds about as exciting as a Saturday afternoon spent filing your bank statements.

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Children are in danger of becoming addicted to iPads and other electronic gadgets, says Jayne Dowle.

Jayne Dowle: Hi-tech toddlers born into world of iPad isolation

I WAS browsing the local “Items for Sale” pages on my Facebook the other day. There are some weird and wonderful things available on there, but this one really took my eye. A pushchair for sale, complete with an integral iPad stand.

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