Action plan to tackle widening education didvide as poorest Leeds youngsters fall further behind the pack

Sub-standard housing conditions and a lack of proper nutrition are among the poverty factors fuelling a widening educational achievement gap in Leeds, a new inquiry has been told.

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PARTY LIKE IT'S 2023: But are our city leaders doing enough to get everyone behind the bid?

Aisha Iqbal: We’re rewriting our European story

This week, we at the YEP have been getting behind the bid for Leeds to become the European Capital of Culture in 2023.

Legal battle in Leeds ‘village’ homes plan

Legal battle in Leeds ‘village’ homes plan

Leeds City Council is getting ready for a legal battle over controversial plans for 874 homes on a former munitions factory site.

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Tackle traffic congestion ‘pinch points’ and we’ll really get Leeds moving

Tackle traffic congestion ‘pinch points’ and we’ll really get Leeds moving

Transport bosses in Leeds have made a renewed pledge to “keep the city moving” as the next stage of a major £180m overhaul of the bus network approaches.

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Wakefield MP Mary Creagh

Wakefield MP to challenge ministers over future of ‘outstanding’ arts school

A West Yorkshire MP will tomorrow urge ministers to save an “outstanding” performing arts school from the threat of closure amid warnings it could “damage the life chances” of dozens of young people.

Chris Evans.

Chris Evans highest earner at over £2m as BBC reveals top talent pay

The BBC has revealed its top talent pay - with DJ Chris Evans topping the list pocketing over £2 million.
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Northern has been asked to look again at changes it wants to make to services

Northern warned over timetable plan

A RAIL firm has been warned proposed changes to services in West Yorkshire could break promises it made to secure its franchise.

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The Cross Green Incinerator, Leeds.  PICTURE: Simon Hulme

£40m “green energy” project will be a “game-changer” for Leeds

A “flagship” heating scheme in Leeds, which will power 22,000 homes through energy harnessed from the Cross Green incinerator, has been signed off by council bosses.

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The new route for HS2 has been confirmed.

HS2: Spur to take high-speed trains into Sheffield – but Yorkshire faces long wait until 2033

Government ministers have paved the way for a Yorkshire transport revolution as they confirmed details of the route that the country’s new £32bn high-speed rail network will follow in the county.
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PIC: Alan Cross

Leeds golfers fight new ‘free’ school proposal for fairway land

Golf fans in Leeds fear that the hunt for a site for a new ‘free’ school in the north of the city could leave them without a practice pitch for the first time in almost a century - and pose a danger to schoolchildren based within yards of a busy fairway.

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Economy of Leeds ‘grew faster’ than London since Northern Powerhouse was launched

Leeds’s economy has grown at a faster pace than London during the three years since the Northern Powerhouse was launched, new figures show.

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Funding for technology to identify potential terrorists in crowds

Ministers have launched a hunt for new technology to identify possible terrorists in crowds.

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D-Day looms for site of new Leeds free school at centre of pupil places ‘black hole’ controversy

The search for a suitable site for a planned new ‘free school’ in an area of Leeds with a severe shortage of pupil places looks to have been whittled down to two options,

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Will it be lift-off for Leeds with a Yorkshire-wide devolution deal? Bill Adams of the TUC thinks so.

Bill Adams: Listen to region in drive for devolution

AS a Lancashire lad, who’s spent 18 years in Yorkshire, I was hugely disappointed to read Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry’s comments on a Yorkshire deal in this newspaper last week.

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Leeds councillor’s “subterfuge” claim over £4.8m hotel loan black hole

Leeds councillor’s “subterfuge” claim over £4.8m hotel loan black hole

A senior opposition councillor has slammed what he claims was “subterfuge and misleading information” in relation to his concerns over a mothballed Leeds city centre hotel which has left a £4.8m black hole in the public purse.

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HS2 and HS3

YP Comment: HS2 is just the beginning. Now let’s bring HS3 to the north

THE Government’s confirmation of plans to extend the HS2 network to Yorkshire should be welcomed as an indication of much-needed investment in the North.

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YEP Says: Leeds planning issues now pose so many questions

IT is surprising that after much talk about the number of homes that Leeds would need to allow to be built has now been sharply reduced.

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Coun Jane Dowson, Lord Mayor of Leeds.

Mayor profile hacked to create racist abuse

A mayor has spoken out against a barrage of social media abuse she received after falling victim to online identity theft.


U-turn on Leeds housing targets as ‘inflated’ numbers are slashed by a fifth

Leeds City Council has made a u-turn on its controversial housing targets, slashing projections of new homes needed in the city over the next decade by 21 per cent.

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PIMP AND GLORY? Temple Works  in Marshall Street, Leeds. Picture: Tony Johnson.

Aisha Iqbal: Give me jobs and investment over pimped-up industrial relics any day

At what point does our rose tinted view of the past become an obstacle to our future progress?

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