Five things to know about today’s news in Leeds

Don't have time to read today's paper? We've got you covered. credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
Don't have time to read today's paper? We've got you covered. credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Don’t have the time to read the news in the morning?

No worries, here’s a review of the key headlines in Leeds today.

1. Celebrating our Rio heroes at city parade

Yorkshire’s champions from the Games in Rio were given a heroes’ welcome as they toured Leeds city centre on open-top buses to deafening cheers from hordes of supporters on the streets. A host of medal-clad stars took part in the celebration yesterday afternoon, including Leeds triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, golden girl Kadeena Cox and diver Jack Laugher. Six buses, filled with athletes from across Yorkshire and their families, set off from Leeds Civic hall before following a route around the heart of the city. Fans and onlookers hung out of windows, cheered from rooftops and gathered on the Headrow, Briggate, Boar Lane and in City square to show their appreciation of the athletes’ achievements.

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2. Corbyn plea to ‘end the trench warfare’

Jeremy Corbyn has promised to deliver ‘the socialism of the 21st century’ as he insisted that under his leadership, Labour will be a party not only of protest but also of power. In a warmly received speech to Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool days after being re-elected as leader, Mr Corbyn urged his fractured party to “end the trench warfare” and unite to take on the Conservatives for a general election which he said could come as early as next year. He risked stoking differences within his own ranks over immigration after making clear that he will not make cutting numbers of migrants an objective, despite calls from MPs including Andy Burnham. Mr Corbyn warned that voters will not be won over by a party they see as divided and urged his critics to accept the result of the election in which he defeated challenger Owen Smith by a convincing 62 per cent to 38 per cent margin.

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3. Housing plan for old brewery site

Thousands of new homes are due to be earmarked for key sites in Leeds to help address the city’s affordable housing crisis. Plans have been unveiled to transform the former Tetley Brewery site into a major housing development, offices and a 400 bed hotel. Leeds City Council is launching a consultation over proposals to build 3,000 homes in the north-east of the city by 2028. More than 200 new homes could also be built in Hunslet.

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5. Young curators win award for war exhibition

A group of young history lovers who curated an exhibition exploring the impact of the First World War in the city have won a prestigious award. The In their Footsteps exhibit, which has already had more than 22,500 visitors at Leeds City Museum, examines the devastating toll the war had on people living and working in Leeds as well as those who left to fight on the front lines. It was curated by a group of volunteers aged between 14 and 24 who have now won an award for their work. The young people from the Leeds Museums and Galleries’ Preservative Party scooped the Marsh Award for Museum Learning for the Yorkshire region at a ceremony in London’s British museum.

Read more in today’s Evening Post

6. Public meeting after racist attack in town

A public meeting in Armley next month will give residents the opportunity to raise any concerns that they have in the wake of a racist attack on a Polish man in the town. The 28-year-old man suffered head injuries during an assault by a group of up to 30 in what police say was a racist attack in Alliance Street, Armley, on September 9. Representatives from community group All Together Armley, Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police are due to be at the public meeting at Armley Library from 6pm on Tuesday October 4. Earlier this month around 200 people attended a Leeds Stand up to Racism rally in Leeds city centre to spread a multicultural message of support for migrants and refugees living in the city.

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