YP Comment: GCSEs and test of exam policy

IRRESPECTIVE OF statistical subtleties, the latest tranche of GCSE results is broadly in line with previous years – two thirds of pupils meeting the Government’s benchmark and one third of students failing to achieve the bare minimum.

Handout footage from Virign Trains of Jeremy Corbyn looking for a seat on the London to York and Newcastle service.

Bill Carmichael: Jeremy Corbyn is derailed by his own spin

I DO love a good silly season story, and this August has provided us with an absolute belter.

Do children receive good careers advice?

Kirstie Donnelly: Go for gold on careers to halt region’s ‘brain drain’

THIS has been a real summer of success. Coming second in the Olympic medal table, behind only the US (despite having a far smaller population), has certainly put a smile on my face, and possibly yours too.

Opera North is looking to reach out to younger people.

Dominic Gray: Creative thinking can boost the arts – and empower communities

IN 2016, many of the challenges facing society can appear chaotic, cruel and unknowable.

The future of Sheffield will be a key test of Theresa May's commitment to the North.

YP Letters: Plea to keep civil service jobs in Sheffield

From: Jillian Thomas, President, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.

Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith is under fire for his Brexit stance.

YP Letters: Ignore the hysteria and respect the referendum result

From: Nick Martinek, Briarlyn Road, Huddersfield.

Adam Peaty became Team GB's first male swimmer to win a gold medal at the Olympics since Yorkshire's Adrian Moorhouse in 1988.

YP Letters: Unhealthy state of school sport and swimming

From: John Appleyard, Firthcliffe Parade, Liversedge, West Yorkshire.

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A school is inspected for asbestos.

Rachel Reeves: Act now on asbestos threat in schools

ASBESTOS remains a threat to thousands of children and teachers – even though the lethal risks it poses have been known for decades.

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt visiting a hospital ward.  (PA).

Jayne Dowle: Hunt’s empty slogans and reality of NHS pressures

I’ve spent a lot of time in hospital recently. Not for me, you understand, but with my dad, who is suffering from heart problems and related complications, and my two children, who are both under the care of the orthodontics department.

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The CPRE advocates more farms like Swillington Organic Farm near Leeds.

Jules Marley: Brexit is chance to change face of British farming

THERE is no denying the importance of farming, and not just because it provides a good deal of the food we eat.

Jeremy Corbyn at a rally at Barkers Pool in Sheffield this month. (Photo: Chris Etchells)

YP Comment: Labour Party hits the buffers - Leadership battle lurches on

ON the day when Jeremy Corbyn wanted to outline his plans to “renationalise” the NHS, he instead found himself fielding questions about a bizarre row with Virgin Trains over seating.

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The performance of Morrisons continues to attract debate.

YP Letters: In praise of much-maligned Morrisons store

From: H Marjorie Gill, Clarence Drive, Menston.

Fracking opponents outside County Hall, Northallerton.

YP Letters: No bribe can compensate for fracking

From: Anne Stewart, The Limes, Helmsley.

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Litter on Albion Street in Leeds.

Grant Woodward: Throwaway comments can cut littering

AS adverts in the local classifieds go, it’s an absolute belter.

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Theresa May on her Swiss walking holiday with her husband Philip.

Bernard Ingham: Now tell the defeatists to go take a hike, Mrs May

ISN’T it funny how history repeats itself?

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The Government is committed to protecting police budgets.

Brandon Lewis: Collaboration the key to more efficient policing

IT has been just over a month since I took up my new role as Minister for Policing and Fire, and from my meetings with frontline officers, chief constables and police and crime commissioners it is clear we share the same pride in our model of policing by consent.

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The debate over badger culling continues to rage. (PA).

YP Comment: Badger cull extension row - Solution needed for bovine TB

NEWS that the badger cull is being extended across England to five new areas has provoked a storm of protest from animal rights campaigners.

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Great Britain's Andy Murray consoles Argentina's Juan Mart�n del Potro following victory in the men's singles final at the Olympic Tennis Centre .

YP Letters: Pleasure to see that cheats did not prosper

From: Brian Sheridan, Redmires Road, Sheffield.

Theresa May should halt fracking plans if she cares about North Yorkshire.

YP Letters: May’s vision not-so bright for Yorkshire

From: Wendy Cross, Waterside Road, Beverley.

Should new grammar schools be opened?

YP Letters: Why not admit grammars mean poorer schools for most?

From: Geoffrey F. Bryant, Queen Street, Barton-on-Humber.

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