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Christa Ackroyd: The real truth behind my BBC sacking

I hate elephants in the room, don’t you ? So this week I thought I would address one which may come between us if I don’t, my sacking by the BBC. Not to go over old ground. Dad always used to tell me: ‘Never look back... It’s not the direction you are travelling in’. Good advice, Dad. Not always easy. But before we go any further, it wasn’t a tragedy. It’s not, as Mum would say, ‘the end of the world’. Having been a journalist for 40 years I have seen too much tragedy to ever call it that.

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New ways are being considered to promote the Yorkshire Dales to a global audience.

Yorkshire Post Says: Survive and thrive. Creating a niche market for Yorkshire Dales

ALFRED Wainwright once said of the Yorkshire Dales: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.”

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The Yorkshire Post says: A hollow promise. Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘kinder politics’ as anti-Semitism and Momentum row simmers

“I DO not believe in personal abuse of any sort. Treat people with respect. Treat people as you wish to be treated yourself.”

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New data protection laws come into effect next month.

Sarah Power: Data protection vital to post-Brexit UK. Why it matters...

NEXT month sees the introduction in the UK of the much-heralded General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new set of laws governing the use and storage of digital information, and designed to protect our sensitive personal data in an increasingly connected world.

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Greg Clark is the Business Secretary.

The Yorkshire Post says: Brexit failings of Civil Service. Business department not ready

GREG CLARK is widely regarded as one of the Cabinet’s more able ministers. As Business Secretary, he has developed an Industrial Strategy that reflects his humble upbringing in Middlesbrough – his father and grandfather were both milkmen – and the importance of rebalancing the national economy in favour of the North.

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Should online retialers like Amazon face a postcode levy on every transaction?

GP Taylor: Make the internet giants pay for death of our shops

IN the seaside town where I now live, there are more charity shops and cafes than any other kind of business. The charity shops sell a careful percentage of new goods and the cafes welcome hungry tourists.

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Should the House of Lords be reformed?

Bernard Ingham: Brexit and Theresa May’s big chance to put House of Lords in its place

WALTER Bagetot, in The English Constitution, wrote that a severe though not unfriendly critic of our constitution felt that “the cure for admiring the House of Lords was to go and have a look at it”.

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What now for Brexit?

YP Letters: How can a vote on Brexit deal be called ‘undemocratic’?

From: John Turley, Dronfield Woodhouse.

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Are villages like Staithes geared up for tourists?

YP Letters: Seaside struggles with the volume of visitors

From: Edward Grainger, Botany Way, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough.

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Theresa May faces fresh Brexit battles.

The Yorkshire Post says: Brexit – and a lack of clarity on customs union

THERESA MAY’S latest Brexit battle, namely the difficult dilemma over whether Britain should remain part of the EU customs union, can be traced back to the original referendum on European Union membership in 
June 2016.

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Holly Lynch MP with Chief Inspector Nick Smart, Chair of West Yorkshire Police Federation, on a walkabout  in the Piece Hall, Halifax.

The Yorkshire Post says: Emergency action. Use full force of law to protect the protectors

IT is testament to the persistence of Halifax MP Holly Lynch, and her supporters, that the House of Commons is, potentially, days away from approving landmark laws that would result in more draconian punishments for those abuse and assault members of the emergency services.

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Prime Minister Theresa May hosts a meeting with Commonwealth leaders, Foreign Ministers and High Commissioners in relation to the Windrush generation, at 10 Downing Street, London, on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Andrew Vine: Windrush saga lays bare our immigration muddle

THERE is no more emotive, and even toxic, subject in British politics than immigration, which makes the mess that the Government has got itself into especially damaging.

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Do you think energy drinks should be sold to those under 16?

Anna Turley: Time for a ban on energy drink sales to children

TO many of us, the sight of a child drinking a can of energy drink might not be something that we would even take a second look at – it has become so commonplace now – but in the last 10 to 15 years there has been an explosion in the popularity of these drinks, particularly among children and adolescents.

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Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May's political fortunes continue to fluctuate.

Chris Moncrieff: Trouble ahead for switchback PM

THIS has been the Prime Minister’s most dizzying period of switchback politics since she entered 10 Downing Street.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave hospital with their new-born son who is fifth in line to the throne.

The Yorkshire Post says: New generation. Baby joy for Duke and Duchess

THE Royal family’s joy after the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a third child was spontaneously shared by the country at large as news of the arrival spread before a town crier outside St Mary’s Hospital, London, even had a chance to maintain tradition and make the formal announcement to wellwishers gathered on the street.

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Email takes up as much as 25 per cent of a working day. Picture PA wire

Mark Casci: GDPR could press delete button on unwanted emails

The law of unintended consequences has provoked a wry smile from myself several times in the last few weeks.

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TV presenter Chris Packham.

YP Letters: Moorland for grouse shoot key to wildlife

From: Sonya Wiggins, Co-ordinator, Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group.

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What can be done to relievec congestion on the Woodhead Pass?

YP Letters: Increasing road capacity will not bring solutions for Parks

From: Anne Robinson, Campaigner, CPRE South Yorkshire, Stafford Road, Sheffield.

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Should there be a second referendum on Brexit?

YP Letters: Brexit vote a shot across Government’s bows

Brexit vote a shot across Government’s bows

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Sir David Attenborough's Blue Planet II series has changed the terms of the debate on the environment.

Jayne Dowle: Why kitchen roll ban the first step to a greener country

ONE small step for our household, and a huge step towards saving the planet? Not quite. I’m talking about our recent domestic decision to ban kitchen roll. It may not have the grandeur of the Prime Minister’s ambitious statement on stamping out plastic drinking straws, cotton buds and stirring sticks, but it’s a start.

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