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Leeds waste strategy to be overhauled after recycling rates plummet

Leeds council bosses are launching a major review of the city’s recycling strategy following a plummet in rates.

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Temple Mill, Marshall Street, Holbeck, Leeds.

Aisha Iqbal: 2023 reasons for saving Leeds’s Temple Mill?

Just a few weeks ago, I wrote in this very column that I wasn’t sure about the fuss being made about fashion brand Burberry’s apparent pulling out of plans to restore the historic Temple Mill in Holbeck as part of a factory project.

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Is £1million ‘hole’ in Leeds council’s childcare budget down to double fee increase - or free places provision?

Is £1million ‘hole’ in Leeds council’s childcare budget down to double fee increase - or free places provision?

Leeds’s children’s centres have been left with a £1 million financial “hole” after a price hike led to a sharp drop in fee paying users, a senior opposition councillor has claimed.

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Pay staff better to improve “unacceptable” standards of Leeds care homes

Poor pay is fuelling a staffing crisis in Leeds’s care homes - which is in turn driving down overall standards to “unacceptable” levels.

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£5m revamp will give some love back to Leeds city centre’s own ‘mini Soho’

£5m revamp will give some love back to Leeds city centre’s own ‘mini Soho’

The so-called ‘Grand Quarter’ is like Leeds’s “own mini Soho” and investment in it could be integral to the success of the city’s European Capital of Culture bid, senior councillors have been told.

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Temple Works , Marshall Street, Leeds. Picture: Tony Johnson.

A piece of Leeds heritage for £1?

One of Leeds’s oldest and most cherished heritage buildings is to be auctioned next month, with a starting price of just £1.

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Date: 11th November 2017.
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Leeds Grand Quarter GV's, Pictured Merrion Street, Leeds.

£5m bid to upgrade and protect ‘a vital piece of Leeds city centre’s history’

Renewed plans to upgrade and protect one of Leeds city centre’s most important and historic cultural quarters have been revealed.

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Sir Michael Fallon - a key ally of Prime Minister Theresa May - resigned as Defence Secretary after admitting that he touched the knee of BBC radio host Julia Hartley-Brewer 15 years ago.

Aisha Iqbal: Are we seeing the full-scale return of sleazy politics - or a growing witch-hunt?

My political awakening in the 1990s coincided with the height of sleaze-gate, a period of UK history at least partly defined by one political scandal after another, from which no level of Government was seemingly immune.

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Aisha Iqbal: Why has ‘culture’ become such a dirty word?

Why has ‘culture’ become such a dirty word for some people?

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Families’ fury over u-turn on residents’ parking plan near Leeds United’s stadium

Families living near Leeds United’s stadium are fuming over the scrapping of a matchday residents’ parking scheme designed to stop football fans’ cars clogging up their streets, according to a councillor.

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New era? The site of the former Matthew Murray High School in Holbeck earmarked as a possible site for a new training ground for Leeds United

Green-light for Leeds United training ground and ‘sports village’ plans

COUNCIL chiefs have given the initial nod to plans for a new Leeds United training ground to be developed at a former school site.

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A British Rail Class 155 diesel multiple unit (DMU) at Leeds station. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

‘Critical’ Government legal decision imminent on Northern Powerhouse transport masterplan

The body set up to oversee transport funding and decision-making across Yorkshire and the North is set to take a significant and “critical” step forward in attaining genuine devolved powers to transform connectivity in the region.

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YORKSHIRE'S FINEST: (L-R) Rosie Summers, Leeds Young Persons Film Festival; Dave 0, Studio 12; Jez Colborne, Mind the Gap; Summer Knight, Location Runner for Victoria; Shay Moradi, Running the Halls; Maariah Hussain, Ackley Bridge; Moshin Ahmad, True North; Miles Watts, One&Other; Richard Orillo;  Oliver Semple, Monster Island Films; Hugh Mann Adamson, Let There Be Light Productions; Suman Hanif, Documentary Maker; Sarah Broadbent, Orillo.

‘Bringing Channel 4 to Leeds will spark a creative revolution’ - young Yorkshire stars back campaign

A new campaign has today been launched to persuade Channel 4 to move to Leeds - with a pledge that it will spark a revolution in the creative and screen industries in Yorkshire and across the North.

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Leeds loses increasing numbers of NHS staff post-Brexit...but recruits them back again

LEEDS has bucked a national trend which has seen a rise in NHS workers from EU countries leaving Britain after the Brexit vote.

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Aisha Iqbal: Yorkshire devolution drama is just a game of divide and rule

Aisha Iqbal: Yorkshire devolution drama is just a game of divide and rule

In amongst all this talk of devolution – and the will they or won’t they of Yorkshire being handed a joint, pan-county deal – one thing sticks out like a sore thumb to me.

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Opinion: Where did it go wrong for Theresa May in Leeds?

Leeds was always going to be a hard nut to crack for the Conservatives if they had pretensions to doing anything other than hanging on to their seats.

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A vigil in memory of Michelle Kiss, who was killed in Monday's terror attack in Manchester. PHOTO: Kelvin Stuttard

Aisha Iqbal: Suffer all our children to be free of fear

I had an oddly emotional moment earlier in the week. I was on my way home, passing through Horsforth, and I stopped at a zebra crossing to let a little girl with a bike pass, as did another car on the opposite side of the road.

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College masterplan for flagship Leeds city centre site scaled down and delayed after going over budget

College masterplan for flagship Leeds city centre site scaled down and delayed after going over budget

Plans for a brand new college campus on a flagship city centre regeneration site in Leeds have been forced back to the drawing board after the construction costs went over budget.

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PRESS PACK: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, surrounded by photographers on the campaign trail in Pudsey.

Aisha Iqbal: When did simple reporters like me go from eyes and ears to public enemy?

Most of the time, I absolutely love my job as a regional political reporter, and I couldn’t imagine ever doing anything else. But this week, I had one of those rare moments of doubt.

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