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The Yorkshire Post says: European Capital of Culture decision smacks of petty vindictiveness

EVEN though it was widely accepted that a British city would become European Capital of Culture in 2023, there was always a likelihood that a way – or excuse – would be found to scupper this.

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Prime Minister Theresa May and Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond during a visit to Leeds College of Building, a specialist further and higher education construction college. PA

The Yorkshire Post says: Theresa May and Philip Hammond’s unity in Leeds delivers a positive message

THERESA May and Philip Hammond’s bonhomie during the Budget has now extended to Leeds where the Prime Minister and Chancellor made a joint visit to highlight the Government’s skills, housing and construction agenda.

Prime Minister Theresa May and Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond during a visit to Leeds College of Building, a specialist further and higher education construction college. PA

Bill Carmichael: Philip Hammond has at least steadied the ship

FAIR play to “Spreadsheet Phil” for a Budget that was far from spectacular, but which did the job of steadying the ship and shoring up Theresa May’s under fire premiership.

Chancellor Philip Hammon

Budget 2017: British workers facing ‘two lost decades’ of wage growth

Workers are facing “two lost decades” of wage stagnation with the poorest households facing the biggest squeeze, according to leading think tanks, as they warn the “age of austerity” is here to stay.

A road traffic sign is in front of the Union Jack and the European Union flag hanging outside Europe House in Smith Square, London.  Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Aisha Iqbal: Brexit is the mother of all messy divorces - and Leeds is like a poor child stuck in the middle

News today that European officials have told the Government UK cities won’t be allowed to bid for the European Capital of Culture in 2023 is heartbreaking for Leeds’s own hopes for the lucrative title.

Brexit Secretary David Davis.

YP Letters: Boycott would give us upper hand with EU

From: Michael Dennis, Ripon.

Will Brexit talks proceed to trade talks next month?

YP Letters: How we got into Europe and why we need a fair exit deal

From: Roddy P Taylor, Kingsway, Goole.

Will lessons be learned from the Grenfell Tower fire?

YP Letters: Council housing’s history of towering failure

From: Robin Ashley, Sheffield Road, South Anston.


Leeds’s capital of culture hopes are dashed as European Commission confirms UK city can’t hold title after Brexit

Leeds’s hopes of becoming European Capital of Culture in 2023 have been all but dashed after the European Commission confirmed a British city cannot hold the lucrative title post Brexit.

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Tunde Okewale, who was awarded an honorary doctorate of law from Sheffield Hallam University this week.

‘More needs to be done before we see a real impact on lives of BME people in our communities’

MOST OF the people I grew up with are either dead or in prison. I was very fortunate, I grew up in a strict African family and my parents decided that I would become either a lawyer or a doctor. Personally, I had ambitions to become an athlete.

Michael Gove

Michael Gove denies accusation that Tories think animals don't feel pain

Michael Gove has sought to draw a line under accusations that the Government does not recognise the ability of animals to feel pain following a row over its position on animal sentience.

Budget 2017: Hammond and May put on united front on visit to Leeds College of Building

Chancellor Philip Hammond today threw down the gauntlet to Yorkshire’s cities to show him plans for high value transport schemes after his Budget was criticised in the region for focusing on areas with metro mayors.

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Jayne Dowle: Stamp duty cut won’t deliver the homes we need

THERE is an ancient pinfold opposite my house, one of the few left in South Yorkshire. It’s a long time since livestock enjoyed the unsurpassable rural views over the Dove Valley. These days it’s a favourite with dog walkers and it’s the best place for sledging in the winter.

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Philip Hammond hard at work on Budget 2017

The Yorkshire Post says: Why Philip Hammond's Budget 2017 is clearly NOT for Yorkshire

In a Budget supposedly for Millennials and first-time buyers, as the Government belatedly tried to court those younger voters wooed by Labour during the election, Philip Hammond did little to convince families here that this was a Budget for Yorkshire.
Chancellor Philip Hammond holding his red ministerial box outside 11 Downing Street, London, before heading to the House of Commons to deliver his Budget. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 22, 2017. See PA story BUDGET Main. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Budget 2017: Yorkshire fears being left out in the cold as Hammond’s stamp duty cut comes under fire

The Chancellor included a surprise move to abolish stamp duty for most first-time buyers as part of efforts to tackle the UK’s housing crisis in a Budget speech delivered today amid mounting gloom about the nation’s economy.

The budget has sparked concerns over front-line services

Bleak prospects for front-line services in North Yorkshire following Budget announcements

North Yorkshire County Council has warned that residents face 'bleak prospects of further tough decisions' on front-line service following the Chancellor's Budget.
John McDonnell

Budget 2017: Hammond has failed to grasp ‘the scale of the emergency in our public services’

Labour has condemned today’s Budget as proof of an “out-of-touch Government” that has failed to recognise “the scale of the emergency in our public services”.

Chancellor Philip Hammond

Budget 2017: NHS bosses warn of ‘difficult debate’ over future of services

Health bosses have warned that the country faces a “difficult debate” about what patients should expect from cash-strapped NHS services, after the Chancellor’s latest cash injection was criticised for failing to plug the funding gap.

Worker inspecting rolls of steel.   PA Wire

Business Rate relief welcomed as Chancellor insists Government is listening

The decision by Chancellor Philip Hammond to grant a reprieve on controversial business rates as part of a string of tax changes has been given a near unanimous welcome from business leaders in a move which is set to save companies as much as £2.3bn.


Budget 2017: Yorkshire risks missing out on transport fund as Chancellor prioritises metro mayors

Yorkshire risks missing out on much of the Government's promised £1.7bn fund to deliver local transport schemes, as Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed half the total would go to areas with elected metro mayors.

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