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Rail chief pledges to keep Leeds and the North moving as two-day strike looms

A rail boss has pledged to keep Leeds and the North moving as a fresh wave of train strikes looms next week.

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Leeds East MP and Shadow Justice Minister Richard Burgon

‘Letting private sector run our prisons is simply immoral’ says Leeds MP and shadow justice Minister

Catapulted into the Shadow Cabinet a year after being elected, Leeds East MP Richard Burgon is calling for a wholesale overhaul of the country’s overcrowded prison system. Aisha Iqbal reports.

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Leeds's double Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams with a one-off first ever "boxer Barbie", which was  unveiled for International Women's Day. PHOTO: Mattel/PA Wire

Aisha Iqbal: If you object to a boxing black Barbie, then perhaps you’re suffering from white privilege

When I was about eight years old my daddy bought me a doll.

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‘Be bold on transport funding, and get the North on track’ Yorkshire MPs tell Government

Yorkshire MPs have led calls for the Government to adopt a “bolder, more ambitious approach” to transport spending to help all the UK’s regions - and especially the North - to flourish.

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Mary Creagh, MP for Wakefield. PHOTOS: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Mary Creagh: ‘I want to bring Wakefield out of Leeds’s shadow and into the future’

It’s probably not often that Wakefield and Coventry get discussed in the same sentence.

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The new police squad will target reckless drivers in Leeds and Bradford.

‘Semi-covert’ traffic cops deployed to tackle ‘hardcore’ of reckless drivers

A new 25 strong team of specialist traffic police - armed with a fleet of undercover cars - is to be deployed in the battle to deal with the “hardcore” of reckless drivers plaguing communities in Leeds and Bradford.

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Leeds domestic violence funding slashed by 60 per cent

AN MP who was the country’s first ever Minister for Women is demanding Government intervention to enhance and protect funding for Yorkshire’s domestic violence refuges.

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Harriet Harman MP  in Leeds, 25th January 2017.  Pic: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Harriet Harman: ‘Yorkshire could produce the first female Labour leader’

Harriet Harman was five months pregnant when she first became an MP in the early 1980s.

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The Government is considering a range of measures to tackle gambling addiction. Photo: PA

North’s first NHS clinic for “problem gamblers” to be launched in Leeds

LEEDS could be the location for the North’s first dedicated NHS clinic for gambling addicts.

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Leeds council signed collapsed Carillion despite warnings because it ‘did not want to trigger firm’s going bust’

LEEDS City Council has today admitted it went ahead with hiring doomed contractor Carillion for a major infrastructure project - despite concerns about its finances months ago - because it didn’t want to be the one to trigger the firm’s downfall.

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History is in the re-making for cherished Leeds heritage building Temple Works

When Jonathan Kenny was a child, his parents drove him around Leeds, showing him their favourite parts of their home city.

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Gamble Hill Croft, Bramley is one of the Leeds tower blocks earmarked for new fire safety work.

£22m post-Grenfell fire safety plan for Leeds tower blocks

Leeds City Council needs to spend £22million on upgrading safety measures at its high rises - and is creating a special tower blocks task force to implement them - in the wake of the Grenfell fire tragedy, the YEP can reveal.

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Mohammed Saddique, 88, wears medals won by his father Ghulam Hassan during naval service in both world wars. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

‘We must celebrate all our war heroes and heroines’ - Leeds honours forgotten British Muslim soldiers of World War One

He left his home in a Kashmiri village aged just 15 to join the British Merchant Navy, and ended up playing his part in two world wars.

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Coun Judith Blake,  leader of Leeds City Council.

Judith Blake: From the Leeds United terraces to the corridors of power

From the terraces at Leeds United to the school gates to the corridors of power, Judith Blake’s journey to heading up Yorkshire’s biggest and most influential council has been a far from conventional one. Aisha Iqbal reports.

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West Indian Carnival, Chapeltown Leeds..Nisha Pankhania..28th August 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

Forget Europe - let’s host our own ‘Yorkshire Year of Culture’!

Peace broke out in the Leeds council chamber as a motion urging the city to ensure it can still reap rewards from its stalled bid for the European Capital of Culture title won cross party backing.

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£30m business rates bonus for Leeds and its neighbour cities

£30m business rates bonus for Leeds and its neighbour cities

Councillors in Leeds have welcomed a potential a £30m boost to the public coffers, after the city was chosen as one of the pilot areas for a new Government scheme allowing local authorities to retain 100 per cent of their business rates.

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CAMPAIGN: Bob Ward, Heidi Farrar and Neil Hollingworth at Leeds Civic Hall

Leeds road safety campaigners’ call for action over ‘ineffective’ 20mph zones

Road safety campaigners from Chapel Allerton have urged councillors to help make the city’s 20mph zones more effective, after fears they are hard to read and are being ignored by motorists.

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Could a global pharmaceutical firm be about to land in Leeds - bringing £1bn of growth with it?

Leeds could soon be the home of a major global pharmaceutical plant - with hopes high that it will ultimately generate £1billion of growth for the city region.

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Go-ahead for huge new Leeds industrial park which will bring 500 jobs

Go-ahead for huge new Leeds industrial park which will bring 500 jobs

Planning chiefs have given the green light for a brand new industrial development at a flagship east Leeds site - and hopes are high that it could bring 500 jobs to the city.

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Which Yorkshire MPs spoke up for voters - and who stayed silent in 2017?

The Yorkshire Post analysed the parliamentary performance – in terms of debates, questions asked and voting record – of our region’s MPs. Aisha Iqbal reports.

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