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Think tank calls for North Yorkshire’s district councils to be abolished or merged

Local councils responsible for services including waste collection and local planning in rural parts of Yorkshire should be abolished or merged with a larger county council to save money, a leading think tank has claimed today.

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The Government today laid down legislation which will see Transport for the North become the first body of its kind.

Pioneering transport powers for the North hailed as ‘game-changer’ by Government

The creation of the first body of its type in the country to drive forward transport plans for the North was announced by the Government today.

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A review of taxi licensing in Bradford has been carried out. Stock pic.

Bradford taxi drivers ‘may have asked family to take licensing test because of their poor English’

Aspiring taxi drivers in Bradford may have been asking family members to complete application forms for them or speak to licensing officers on the phone because of their poor English, according to a council report.

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West Yorkshire Police is set to use up most of its reserves by 2022.

West Yorkshire Police will have used up most of its reserves by 2022

West Yorkshire Police’s reserves will be mostly used up within five years because of the funding crisis facing the force, the county’s police and crime commissioner has warned MPs.

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Lord O'Neill has criticised the commitment of Theresa May's Government to the Northern Powerhouse

Show us you’re committed to Northern Powerhouse, Theresa May urged

One of the architects of the Northern Powerhouse project has called on Theresa May and two of her senior Cabinet colleagues to explicitly commit to giving the North’s strategic transport body the same powers as its counterpart in London.

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The Sun sets behind Drax Power Station. Drax bosses are backing the re-opening of the Skipton to Colne line. Picture by Simon Hulme

Leading Yorkshire firms back re-opening of Skipton-Colne rail link

Two major Yorkshire businesses have backed plans to re-open an 11-and-a-half mile rail link between Skipton and Lancashire which has been closed for nearly five decades.

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Barnsley councillors.

Barnsley and Doncaster to vote on devolution deal next month after councils back poll plan

A public vote on whether Barnsley and Doncaster should support the One Yorkshire or Sheffield City Region devolution deals will take place next month after councillors unanimously backed the plan.
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A think-tank report says 'Millenials' and 'Generation Z' will need to unlock the potential of the North.

Young people ‘will inherit a North rich in assets but poor in opportunity’, says think-tank

Brexit will have nearly twice the impact on the North’s economy by 2030 as it will on London’s, according to a report published today which urges the Government to “devolve real economic power” to the region.

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Andy Shackleton of the campaign group SELRAP

Green light nearer for bid to re-open vital rail link between Yorkshire and Lancashire

Measuring 11-and-a-half miles from end to end, it represents little more than a thousandth of the length of the UK’s total rail network.

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Keep us involved on trans-Pennine rail plans, council leaders urge Grayling

Keep us involved on trans-Pennine rail plans, council leaders urge Grayling

West Yorkshire's council leaders have urged Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to keep them involved in decisions about the planned upgrade of the trans-Pennine rail route.

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Transport Minister Chris Grayling met with Yorkshire council bosses yesterday to discuss railway problems.

Under-fire Grayling faces Yorkshire council bosses over region’s railway woes

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling met with Yorkshire council leaders yesterday to discuss the future of major rail projects in the region amid mounting anger over his failure to attend a Commons debate on the subject.
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The proposed route for HS2 travelling through South Yorkshire was revealed in July.

‘Still work to do’ to aid South Yorkshire residents affected by HS2 route

Two South Yorkshire MPs say there is “still work to be done” in securing the best possible compensation deal for residents affected by the proposed HS2 line running through the county.

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The Red Arrows at RAF Scampston in Lincolnshire.

Bid to save Yorkshire BAE jobs goes on as PM refuses to back early Hawk order

A Yorkshire MP says she and others will continue to lobby the Government to help save 400 threatened BAE Systems jobs in the East Riding after the Prime Minister appeared to rule out making an early order of its Hawk T1 aircraft.

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All change in the cabinet as PM Theresa May replaced out-going Sir Michael Fallon with Scarborough-born Gavin Williamson as Defence Secretary, and then appointed Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith into his role as Chief Whip.

Cabinet shuffle sees Yorkshire MPs handed key roles in Theresa May's team

Two Yorkshire MPs have been handed key roles in Theresa may's cabinet following the shock resignation of Sir Michael Fallon.
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Gavin Williamson, right, has taken over from Sir Michael Fallon, left, as new Defence Secretary.

Scarborough-born Gavin Williamson named as new Defence Secretary

Gavin Williamson has been named as the new Defence Secretary this morning, following the shock resignation of Sir Michael Fallon in the wake of the Westminster sleaze scandal.
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Former West Yorkshire Police chief constable Mark Gilmore arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

My career ended too soon, says ex-Yorkshire police chief after court hearing

The former Chief Constable of West Yorkshire has claimed that his police career was ended “prematurely and unnecessarily” after he retired from the force while facing a possible public misconduct hearing.

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Ex-Chief Constable Mark Gilmore 'could have tried to disprove misconduct claims by remaining a police officer'

Ex-Chief Constable Mark Gilmore 'could have tried to disprove misconduct claims by remaining a police officer'

Former West Yorkshire Chief Constable Mark Gilmore could have tried to disprove the misconduct allegations against him by remaining as a police officer rather than retiring, a High Court hearing was told today.
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Ex-Chief Constable Mark Gilmore 'was facing second wave of allegations from police colleagues'

Ex-Chief Constable Mark Gilmore 'was facing second wave of allegations from police colleagues'

West Yorkshire's former Chief Constable was set to face a 'second wave' of damaging claims about his personal conduct when he decided to retire from policing, a High Court hearing was told today.
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Ex-Yorkshire Chief Constable accuses crime tsar of abusing investigation process against him 'for political purposes'

Ex-Yorkshire Chief Constable accuses crime tsar of abusing investigation process against him 'for political purposes'

West Yorkshire's former Chief Constable has accused the county's crime commissioner of abusing the misconduct investigation process against him for "political and media purposes".
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Yorkshire ‘isn’t immune’ to the drug epidemic ravaging the US

It would be “naive” to assume that the UK is immune to the opioid drug epidemic that is killing tens of thousands of people a year in the US, a leading public health expert has warned.

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