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Aisha Iqbal

£22m post-Grenfell fire safety plan for Leeds tower blocks

Leeds City Council needs to spend £22million on upgrading safety measures at its high rises - and is creating a special tower blocks task force to implement them - in the wake of the Grenfell fire tragedy, the YEP can reveal.

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Councillors Pat and Graham Latty.

Here come the Lattys! Veteran councillor couple will be new Leeds Lord Mayor and Mayoress

A veteran councillor couple are set to be the next Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Leeds.

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Calls to ban protests outside Leeds abortion clinic with new style ASBOs

Campaigners are calling on the authorities to use new anti social behaviour legislation to ban protests outside a Leeds abortion clinic.

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Leeds’s gender pay gap far from closed as thousands of women council workers languish on lowest pay rung

Thousands of Leeds’s female council workers continue to languish in the lowest pay brackets - but women are also among the authority’s highest earners.

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Mohammed Saddique, 88, wears medals won by his father Ghulam Hassan during naval service in both world wars. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

‘We must celebrate all our war heroes and heroines’ - Leeds honours forgotten British Muslim soldiers of World War One

He left his home in a Kashmiri village aged just 15 to join the British Merchant Navy, and ended up playing his part in two world wars.

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Coun Judith Blake,  leader of Leeds City Council.

Judith Blake: From the Leeds United terraces to the corridors of power

From the terraces at Leeds United to the school gates to the corridors of power, Judith Blake’s journey to heading up Yorkshire’s biggest and most influential council has been a far from conventional one. Aisha Iqbal reports.

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The council chamber at Leeds Civic Hall

Aisha Iqbal: Enough bluster - let’s make 2018 the year of the people

Big words and bluster are a staple of the Leeds Civic Hall diet at any time of the year, but they are especially prevalent in January, when our politicians - like the rest of us - are refreshed from the festive break and are eager to start anew.

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West Indian Carnival, Chapeltown Leeds..Nisha Pankhania..28th August 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

Forget Europe - let’s host our own ‘Yorkshire Year of Culture’!

Peace broke out in the Leeds council chamber as a motion urging the city to ensure it can still reap rewards from its stalled bid for the European Capital of Culture title won cross party backing.

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£30m business rates bonus for Leeds and its neighbour cities

£30m business rates bonus for Leeds and its neighbour cities

Councillors in Leeds have welcomed a potential a £30m boost to the public coffers, after the city was chosen as one of the pilot areas for a new Government scheme allowing local authorities to retain 100 per cent of their business rates.

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CAMPAIGN: Bob Ward, Heidi Farrar and Neil Hollingworth at Leeds Civic Hall

Leeds road safety campaigners’ call for action over ‘ineffective’ 20mph zones

Road safety campaigners from Chapel Allerton have urged councillors to help make the city’s 20mph zones more effective, after fears they are hard to read and are being ignored by motorists.

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Insults fly as Leeds housing targets debate gets heated

Leeds’s controversial housing targets dominated proceedings at today’s full council meeting at Leeds Civic Hall, the first of 2018.

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Could a global pharmaceutical firm be about to land in Leeds - bringing £1bn of growth with it?

Leeds could soon be the home of a major global pharmaceutical plant - with hopes high that it will ultimately generate £1billion of growth for the city region.

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March 2017:  Joe Taylor and Dreda Blow preview Northern Ballets new production of Casanova, at a launch event to Leeds business leaders to back the Leeds 2023 City of Culture Bid.  Picture: Tony Johnson.

Can Leeds salvage a legacy from the doomed 2023 European Capital of Culture bid?

Leeds councillors will debate how the city can go about salvaging a meaningful legacy from its seemingly doomed European Capital of Culture bid for 2023.

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Go-ahead for huge new Leeds industrial park which will bring 500 jobs

Go-ahead for huge new Leeds industrial park which will bring 500 jobs

Planning chiefs have given the green light for a brand new industrial development at a flagship east Leeds site - and hopes are high that it could bring 500 jobs to the city.

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File photo of police on patrol in Albion Street, Leeds.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Police pledge to tighten resources as figures reveal crime is up 15% in Leeds city centre

Crime in Leeds city centre’s hotspot areas has shot up by 15 per cent in a 12 month period, new figures reveal.

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Coun Jack Dunn, Leeds City Council's  lead member for parks

Long-serving councillor resigns from Leeds Labour group amid “fit-up” claims

A LONG SERVING Leeds Labour councillor has resigned from the party amid claims of a “fit up” linked to his stance on a controversial green belt housing development.

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A boarded up shop.

Aisha Iqbal: Greed is the real cause of Leeds’s empty homes crisis

There’s a house and attached shop at the end of my street which has been empty for as long as I have lived there.

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How will Leeds council’s 2018/19 budget affect you, your family - and services in your city?

Families in Leeds are being warned to brace themselves for another difficult year as the city enters its ninth year of living under austerity.

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Calls for more action to bring Leeds’s 5,000 empty homes back into use

A senior opposition councillor is calling on Leeds council bosses to do more to tackle the “stubborn core” of 5,000 properties lying empty in the city.

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Which Yorkshire MPs spoke up for voters - and who stayed silent in 2017?

The Yorkshire Post analysed the parliamentary performance – in terms of debates, questions asked and voting record – of our region’s MPs. Aisha Iqbal reports.

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