Aisha Iqbal

Aisha Iqbal

Aisha Iqbal: Will ‘Whitehall of the North’ bring Leeds some real gains - and not just London price tags?

Welcome news this week that the Government is shifting 6,000 civil service jobs to a new city centre development, in what a being billed as the biggest ever commercial property letting deal in Leeds’s history.

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Aisha Iqbal: Anyone for a Yorkshire devolution referendum?

I learnt something fascinating this week about the nonsense of Government red tape and how it can impact on our everyday lives.

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COMMON SENSE APPROACH?: Leeds City Council is trying some progressive ideas as it bids to provide for the Gypsy and Traveller communities, as it has to by law.

Aisha Iqbal: Is our attitude to traveller community the last taboo?

I have to admit I have never personally had a convoy of caravans suddenly pitch up in my back yard.

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The YEP's Chris Burn test drove an electric car around Leeds earlier this year.
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Aisha Iqbal: Is Leeds’s drive towards cleaner, greener cars more than just an electric dream?

This week, we saw three significant developments at local, national and international level which suggest the electric car changeover is gathering real momentum.

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Aisha Iqbal: If Boris can smash away his debt woes, so can any of us

This week, this newspaper has been reporting on the increasing presence of loan sharks in some of our most vulnerable, deprived communities.

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A vigil in memory of Michelle Kiss, who was killed in Monday's terror attack in Manchester. PHOTO: Kelvin Stuttard

Aisha Iqbal: Suffer all our children to be free of fear

I had an oddly emotional moment earlier in the week. I was on my way home, passing through Horsforth, and I stopped at a zebra crossing to let a little girl with a bike pass, as did another car on the opposite side of the road.

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PRESS PACK: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, surrounded by photographers on the campaign trail in Pudsey.

Aisha Iqbal: When did simple reporters like me go from eyes and ears to public enemy?

Most of the time, I absolutely love my job as a regional political reporter, and I couldn’t imagine ever doing anything else. But this week, I had one of those rare moments of doubt.

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Aisha Iqbal: Need to borrow a burka, Mrs May?

Just days after the snap General Election was announced, UKIP’s leader Paul Nuttall was on television declaring that his party’s manifesto would include banning the burka or niqab.

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Aisha Iqbal: Sex and the city...a necessary coupling?

We all know sex sells - so it could be argued that the recent green-light for Leeds’s newest lapdancing club is a more than suitable reflection of the city’s supersize ambitions to be an economic powerhouse.

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Aisha Iqbal: Leaping with the fr-enemy?

As the country gets ready post-Brexit vote to opt out of the biggest political alliance in its history - and the world lurches to the political right - it seems our elected representatives at Leeds Civic Hall might be going the opposite way.

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