YP Comment: Local leadership and Industrial Strategy are linked

THERESA May and her Cabinet can’t be blamed for launching the Government’s new Industrial Strategy in the North West – Ministers are clearly exasperated by this region’s inability to strike a devolution deal and Yorkshire can expect further snubs if the deadlock persists.

high value: Marcel-Clements Fishing fleet off the Britanny coast, �23,000; below, Christ Child Blessing, exhibited by Mullany at BRAFA, �34,000.

Dealers optimistic as art fairs give first gauge of prices in 2017

One of the world’s leading art fairs opens today in Brussels. It will be the first chance to see how prices are moving in 2017.

Rred hot metal being moved across the heavy forge at the Forgemasters Works in Sheffield

Mark Casci: The Government must put its money where its mouth is on industrial strategy

Within hours of taking the oath of office, any hope that Donald Trump’s taking up residency in the White House will herald a return to the Thatcher-Reagan days of the 1980s was swept away.

Will the Government's Industrial Strategy work for Sheffield?

Louise Haigh and Danny Dorling: Theresa May’s Industrial Strategy must work Sheffield, the city of low pay

THE Prime Minister has launched her much-vaunted industrial strategy. The measure of its success has to be whether it works for cities like Sheffield and the rest of the North.

There's much greater awareness of mental health issues now.

YP Letters: Teachers must be equipped to be resilient for pupils’ sake

From: Julian Stanley, CEO, Education Support Partnership, Drayton Park, London.

Brexit continues to polarise opinion.

YP Letters: EU farming police may be wiser than some say

From: John G Davies, Alma Terrace, East Morton, Keighley.

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Can the cost of prescribed medicines be reduced to ease the pressure on the NHS?

YP Letters: No long term future for ‘free’ NHS service

From: Don Burslam, Elm Road, Dewsbury Moor, Dewsbury.


YP Comment: Action needed on pollution

POLLUTION is a killer, and tackling it is one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time.


YP Comment: May’s mission

THERESA May faces what is likely to be one of the most important discussions of her premiership when she meets Donald Trump on Friday.

What now for Yorkshire devolution?

YP Comment: Deadlock over Yorkshire devolution deal

DEVOLVED powers for Yorkshire, which hold out the prospect of such bright hopes for the region’s future, are rapidly turning into an acrimonious political wrangle which can only cause harm.

Opinion 1
Yorkshire Bank is under fire over the latest raft of branch closures.

Jayne Dowle: Weighing up statements on the future of banking

THE bosses at Yorkshire Bank say that a sharp increase in digital and mobile engagement is behind the decision to close 39 branches across the North of England.

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Nick Baines is the Bishop of Leeds.

Nick Baines: Why words matter more than ever in a post-truth world

POPULISM is clearly more than a movement of people who listen only to the facts that support the prejudices that they have already nurtured, but it can exploit assertive language in such a way as to obscure truth.

Ian McMillan

Ian McMillan: Why big isn’t necessarily better when it comes to books

How long is a piece of string? Or, to put it another way, how long should a piece of string be? Or, to put it yet another way, how long is a piece of writing and how long should a piece of writing be?

Opinion 1
A fracking rig.

YP Letters: Selectivity of anti-fracking movement

From: Sam Grant, Huntington Road, York.

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Does Sajid Javid care about the plight of the elderly?

Tom Richmond: Contempt where empathy is needed over care crisis

SYSTEMIC flaws in health policy were plain to see when Communities Secretary Sajid Javid played down the social care crisis when questioned by MPs this week.

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Theresa May delivers her Brexit speech.

Adam Bradford: Brexit and why Yorkshire sets the example for global Britain

IT was a clear, fully-fledged Brexit which Prime Minister Theresa May promised Britain this week. She used her eagerly-awaited speech to diplomats at Lancaster House to unveil her 12-point Brexit plan.

Opinion 3
President Donald Trump pumps his fist after delivering his inaugural address.

YP Comment: President Donald Trump’s hour of action arrives – and the world holds its breath

“WE must think big and dream even bigger.” So proclaimed the 45th – and most unlikely – President in the history of the United States at the end of Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ opening address which could not have been more nationalist, populist or anti-establishment in substance or delivery.

Who are the people who voted for President Trump?

Richard Heller: Why President Trump’s nemesis will be his own voters

THERE is a fine expression in American politics: you dance with the folks that brought you. It is a colourful way of saying that the first task of any elected official is to reward his or her own supporters. Lately, the colossal costs of American elections have turned their government into a vast repayment system for campaign donors and special interests.

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james Hardisty's image of Stutton woods near Tadcaster.

YP Letters: Woods that were the making of young artist

From: Michael Hildred, York.

Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke says Donald Trump needs a greater understanding of Nato's strengths.

Alec Shelbrooke: Nato needs to be hard-headed in Donald Trump’s age of unknowns

THIS weekend the Defence & Security Committee of the Nato Assembly, on which I sit as a UK representative, will gather in Washington DC for a meeting set to coincide with the US presidential inauguration.

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