Northern postpones key rail improvements in Yorkshire - and blames delays to Manchester electrification scheme

Three key improvements to rail services in Yorkshire will not happen in May as promised because of delays to an electrification scheme in the North West.
9 March 2018......     Bradford MP Judith Cummins at the BASF chemical plant in Low Moor in the city.  Picture Tony Johnson.

Judith Cummins interview: Bradford children are going to A&E to have their teeth pulled out - it’s a crisis

She’s just taken on a shadow ministerial role at a crucial point in the UK’s Brexit negotiations, but Bradford MP Judith Cummins is just as concerned about the state of young people’s teeth in her home city. Rob Parsons reports.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid.  Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Yorkshire devolution: Javid promises to “carefully consider” detailed plans

Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid has promised to “carefully consider” detailed proposals for a Yorkshire-wide devolution deal submitted by the region’s council leaders.

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Dewsbury MP grills transport Minister over rail delays

Dewsbury MP grills transport Minister over rail delays

West Yorkshire MP Paula Sherriff has secured a meeting with a Transport Minister about local rail issues after what she described as "five months of ducking-and-diving meetings".

Council leaders in Yorkshire have submitted a document seting out the powers a Yorkshire mayor could have.

Vision for the future: What powers could a ‘One Yorkshire’ mayor have?

For many months, it has been the subject of intense discussion and debate in the region’s town halls as well as the corridors of power in Whitehall and Westminster.

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Transport Secretary Chris Grayling

£3bn in TransPennine rail improvements ‘must be just the start for the North’

The £3bn of upgrades promised for a major rail route across Yorkshire should be “just the start of much-needed significant transport infrastructure investment”, one of the region’s most senior civic leaders said tonight.

Richard Flint, chief executive of Yorkshire Water, and Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

It’s a wake-up call: Yorkshire Water boss responds to Gove’s stinging criticism of industry

The chief executive of Yorkshire Water has admitted his industry must “show new standards of public accountability” after a senior Minister warned major utilities firms that they must clean up their act or face tougher regulation.

Michael Heseltine

Yorkshire devolution: Heseltine warns of ‘tribal instincts’ jeopardising historic deal

The prospect of an historic Yorkshire devolution deal could be put at risk by politicians “pursuing their tribal instincts to protect what they have now got”, former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine warned today.

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16 Feb 2018.... Political interview with Ed Cox, head of think-tank IPPR North. Picture Scott Merrylees

Ed Cox interview: Why a One Yorkshire deal could at last bring ‘proper devolution’

The director of think-tank IPPR North, Ed Cox, has repeatedly challenged the Government to maintain its commitment to the Northern Powerhouse agenda to help boost economic growth. Rob Parsons reports.

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Model politician: Yorkshire MP's Lego alter-ego launches social media account

Model politician: Yorkshire MP's Lego alter-ego launches social media account

A Yorkshire MP is offering a new model for politicians' social media accounts - by posting pictures of his own Lego alter-ego at work in his constituency.
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Leeds MP pledges to make ‘as much noise as possible’ to save UK basketball

A Leeds MP is to lead a debate on the future of basketball in the Commons after pledging to make “as much noise as possible” on the issue.

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West Yorkshire Combined Authority has called for a change to the way rail improvements are planned.

West Yorkshire transport bosses call for ‘urgent overhaul’ of rail infrastructure planning system

The way much-needed improvements to the rail network are planned and delivered needs an urgent overhaul, according to Yorkshire transport bosses.

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Bring in price cap urgently to end long-running energy rip off, demand MPs

Energy price cap plans must be introduced urgently to stop millions of loyal and vulnerable customers being ripped off, a powerful committee has told the Government.

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Lord O'Neill, left says northern schools should be a priority for new Education Secretary Damian Hinds

School visits should be a must for employers in North, says ex-Minister

Employers in the North should be morally obliged to go into local schools to make sure young people know about the range of possible jobs available to them, an influential former Treasury Minister has claimed.

West Yorkshire and The Dales

Thousands of homes to be built at six Yorkshire sites with help of £5bn infrastructure fund

Around 4,000 new homes could be built at six development sites around Yorkshire after the Government revealed the projects in the region to benefit from a £5bn infrastructure fund.


Northern schools ‘must be at top of Minister’s in-tray’

Improving schools in the North should be “at the top of the in-tray” for the new Education Secretary, according to a major study published today.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid arriving in Downing Street. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Yorkshire devolution: Minister finally agrees to meet council leaders over region-wide deal

Yorkshire council leaders will present their plan for a region-wide devolution deal to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid at a long-awaited meeting this month.

I quit: Yorkshire MEP resigns from senior Ukip role as pressure grows on leader Henry Bolton

I quit: Yorkshire MEP resigns from senior Ukip role as pressure grows on leader Henry Bolton

The pressure on embattled Ukip leader Henry Bolton to stand down intensified today as a Yorkshire MEP announced his resignation from a senior party role

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Now 18 of Yorkshire's 20 councils have agreed to back the 'One Yorkshire' devolution deal.

Yorkshire devolution: United front as Wakefield council leader Peter Box now backs region-wide deal

Yorkshire was presenting a united front on devolution today after an 18th council leader came out in support of a region-wide deal.

Date: 3rd January 2018.'Picture James Hardisty.'Andrea Jenkyns, Conservative Member of Parliament for Morley and Outwood, at home in Gildersome, with her baby boy Clifford, aged 9 months.

Andrea Jenkyns interview: A ‘mad’ year combining motherhood with Westminster life

Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns is back in the Commons after a ‘mad’ year which saw her give birth and get re-elected within a few weeks of each other. Political Editor Rob Parsons went to meet her.

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