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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.

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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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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 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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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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West Yorkshire Police is set to use up most of its reserves by 2022.

West Yorkshire Police will have used up most of its reserves by 2022

West Yorkshire Police’s reserves will be mostly used up within five years because of the funding crisis facing the force, the county’s police and crime commissioner has warned MPs.

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Lord O'Neill has criticised the commitment of Theresa May's Government to the Northern Powerhouse

Show us you’re committed to Northern Powerhouse, Theresa May urged

One of the architects of the Northern Powerhouse project has called on Theresa May and two of her senior Cabinet colleagues to explicitly commit to giving the North’s strategic transport body the same powers as its counterpart in London.

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A think-tank report says 'Millenials' and 'Generation Z' will need to unlock the potential of the North.

Young people ‘will inherit a North rich in assets but poor in opportunity’, says think-tank

Brexit will have nearly twice the impact on the North’s economy by 2030 as it will on London’s, according to a report published today which urges the Government to “devolve real economic power” to the region.

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Keep us involved on trans-Pennine rail plans, council leaders urge Grayling

Keep us involved on trans-Pennine rail plans, council leaders urge Grayling

West Yorkshire's council leaders have urged Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to keep them involved in decisions about the planned upgrade of the trans-Pennine rail route.

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Transport Minister Chris Grayling met with Yorkshire council bosses yesterday to discuss railway problems.

Under-fire Grayling faces Yorkshire council bosses over region’s railway woes

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling met with Yorkshire council leaders yesterday to discuss the future of major rail projects in the region amid mounting anger over his failure to attend a Commons debate on the subject.
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Gavin Williamson, right, has taken over from Sir Michael Fallon, left, as new Defence Secretary.

Scarborough-born Gavin Williamson named as new Defence Secretary

Gavin Williamson has been named as the new Defence Secretary this morning, following the shock resignation of Sir Michael Fallon in the wake of the Westminster sleaze scandal.
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Former West Yorkshire Police chief constable Mark Gilmore arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

My career ended too soon, says ex-Yorkshire police chief after court hearing

The former Chief Constable of West Yorkshire has claimed that his police career was ended “prematurely and unnecessarily” after he retired from the force while facing a possible public misconduct hearing.

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Ex-Chief Constable Mark Gilmore 'could have tried to disprove misconduct claims by remaining a police officer'

Ex-Chief Constable Mark Gilmore 'could have tried to disprove misconduct claims by remaining a police officer'

Former West Yorkshire Chief Constable Mark Gilmore could have tried to disprove the misconduct allegations against him by remaining as a police officer rather than retiring, a High Court hearing was told today.
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Ex-Chief Constable Mark Gilmore 'was facing second wave of allegations from police colleagues'

Ex-Chief Constable Mark Gilmore 'was facing second wave of allegations from police colleagues'

West Yorkshire's former Chief Constable was set to face a 'second wave' of damaging claims about his personal conduct when he decided to retire from policing, a High Court hearing was told today.
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Ex-Yorkshire Chief Constable accuses crime tsar of abusing investigation process against him 'for political purposes'

Ex-Yorkshire Chief Constable accuses crime tsar of abusing investigation process against him 'for political purposes'

West Yorkshire's former Chief Constable has accused the county's crime commissioner of abusing the misconduct investigation process against him for "political and media purposes".
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Yorkshire ‘isn’t immune’ to the drug epidemic ravaging the US

It would be “naive” to assume that the UK is immune to the opioid drug epidemic that is killing tens of thousands of people a year in the US, a leading public health expert has warned.

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West Yorkshire Police horse Connor

‘Handsome and hard-working’ West Yorkshire Police horse dies at age of 19

A West Yorkshire Police horse described as “handsome, hardworking and consistently brave” has died after 14 years serving the force.

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Former West Yorkshire Chief Constable Mark Gilmore.

Northern Ireland’s police chief faces probe over criminal investigation into ex-Yorkshire Chief Constable

Northern Ireland’s police chief is facing an investigation into alleged misconduct in public office following a complaint by West Yorkshire’s former Chief Constable about the criminal inquiry that saw him suspended from his job.

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West Yorkshire Police are piloting a predictive policing algorithm designed by University College London academics.

I predict a break-in: Yorkshire police use cutting-edge technology to deter burglars

A Yorkshire police force is aiming to cut crime using pioneering predictive technology which shows officers specific streets where burglars are likely to strike.

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Branch Road in Armley. Pic: Google Maps

Leeds street robber snatches jewellery from around woman's neck

A woman had a necklace snatched from her neck in Leeds after being targeted by a street robber in broad daylight.

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