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New Chamber of Commerce boss Dillon calls for far more women in STEM jobs

A dramatic increase in the number of females entering STEM positions, improvements to Leeds railway station and a massive increase in apprenticeships are the top priorities for the new president of Leeds Chamber of Commerce.

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CHECK MATE: Rachel Reeves plays  and wins  against eight Whingate Primary School pupils at once. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Chess ace Leeds MP drops into school for eight games at once

A Leeds politician and chess ace dropped into one of the city’s primary schools and showed off her skills.

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Chris Grayling in York yesterday on his way to Horsforth. He was travelling on a train that will soon be scrapped under Government proposals.

Transport secretary will not block bus franchising in Leeds ‘if it benefits passengers’

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has promised that he will not stand in the way of bus franchising in Leeds if it offers benefits to passengers.

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The former Leeds Girls High School, in Headingley.

Plan for new homes at former Leeds school ‘will cover costs shortfall’

Extra homes could be built at the former Leeds Girls’ High School as a way of making up a “significant shortfall” in costs revealed after the developer started to convert a historic part of the site, new documents show.

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Jo Cox was attacked and killed in her Batley constituency.

Cost of MPs security rises by £2m following murder of Yorkshire's Jo Cox

The amount of money spent protecting MPs has increased by more than £2 million since the murder of Jo Cox, figures have shown.

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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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Controversial plans for new homes on green belt land in Leeds could be ripped up

Proposals for thousands of new homes on green belt land in Leeds could be shelved, the Yorkshire Evening Post can reveal today.

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Mary Creagh has her say on #MeToo, mental health cuts and Universal Credit

Mary Creagh has her say on #MeToo, mental health cuts and Universal Credit

When the #MeToo campaign began, some people were surprised by the number of women who had faced sexual assault in the past.

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The Government today laid down legislation which will see Transport for the North become the first body of its kind.

Pioneering transport powers for the North hailed as ‘game-changer’ by Government

The creation of the first body of its type in the country to drive forward transport plans for the North was announced by the Government today.

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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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Four white West Highland Terriers go fo a walk. Picture by Gerard Binks.

Plan for stricter dog rules and smoking ban at play areas in Leeds

People are being urged to take part in a consultation about whether to create stricter dog control rules and ban smoking at play areas in Leeds.

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Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe has been taken into custody by armed forces in Harare.

Robert Mugabe: What now for Zimbabwe as MP urges UK support for transition to democracy?

Britain must support Zimbabwe in changing from the "nasty dictatorship" of Robert Mugabe to a democracy if that is what its people want, a British former Africa minister has said after a military takeover in Harare.
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The NHS is facing up to a long and difficult winter.

Winter is coming... and hospitals face predicted worst-ever A&E waiting times

Hospitals could see the worst ever performance for A&E waiting times this winter, a think tank has warned.

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‘Don’t punish the poor for Leeds’s air pollution woes’

‘Don’t punish the poor for Leeds’s air pollution woes’

A blanket ban on all diesel vehicles in Leeds would have a devastating impact, leading to a rise in unemployment and social deprivation, a former Government transport advisor has warned.

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A review of taxi licensing in Bradford has been carried out. Stock pic.

Bradford taxi drivers ‘may have asked family to take licensing test because of their poor English’

Aspiring taxi drivers in Bradford may have been asking family members to complete application forms for them or speak to licensing officers on the phone because of their poor English, according to a council report.

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Fintech sector needs a meaningful investment fund says challenger bank boss

Fintech sector needs a meaningful investment fund says challenger bank boss

The boss of an up-and-coming challenger bank has said that the sector is someway off from having the firepower to sufficiently challenge the mainstream banking sector and called for the establishment of a meaningful investment fund to support fintech start-ups.

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Winter break for Leeds brown bin collections

garden waste collection services in Leeds are to suspended next month for the annual winter break.

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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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