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Blaise Tapp: Offer the hand of friendship at Christmas

We are not yet out of November, but it really is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.

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Hilary Benn: We need honesty in the Brexit debate says Leeds MP

The Brexit negotiations have reached crunch point.

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A prison officer walks past a news stand in Harare, Zimbabwe Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. Longtime President Robert Mugabe ignored a midday deadline set by the ruling party to step down or face impeachment proceedings, while Zimbabweans, stunned by his lack of resignation during a national address, vowed more protests to make him leave. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Too early to celebrate a new world for the wonderful people of Zimbabwe, writes Bishop of Leeds

TEN years ago I walked from farm to farm in the Midlands Province of Zimbabwe, near to its capital city Gweru.
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Amy Green: We should celebrate our individualism

Amy Green: We should celebrate our individualism

‘You’re so happy all the time!’ ‘You’re really confident, I couldn’t do that..’

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Rob Atkinson: Nowt like a good gawp, home or away

We’re off to that there America for a few days shortly and, even though we’ve never been before, I get the feeling it’ll all seem strangely familiar when we get there.

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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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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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Kelly Pegg: We should spread love and kindness at Christmas

Just over a year ago my husband lost his very dear friend Carlton after a short and brave battle with a brain tumour.

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Blaise Tapp: Don’t worry about the small stuff...

We live in a world where we have plenty to be worried about: rising costs, stagnating wages, spiralling population growth, intense environmental pressures and the spectre of nuclear war.

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UNHEALTHY PRACTICE: GP surgeries need additional funding to deal with winter pressures.

Leeds doctor: Don’t leave GP services out in the cold

LAST winter, the NHS was unprepared for the added pressure colder weather brings because all of the moving parts that make up the National Health Service didn’t have the resources required to deliver the best healthcare.

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Waging war on tinnitus

Two years living with... tinnitus

This week I am reluctantly marking two years living with tinnitus: a horrible condition which, for those who don’t know (how lucky you are) is ringing in the ears.

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REMEMBRANCE: Wearing a poppy is a choice.

Reece Parker: The debate on poppies needs nuance

In a 2013 tweet, which seems to resurface every November, Daily Mail columnist Andrew Pierce writes that he ‘counted 132 students going into Guildford University. Only one wearing a poppy. Clearly not history students’.

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NUT JOB: Squirrels have stripped Bramley Fall Wood clean of nuts... so what does it all mean?

Neil Hudson: Nuts and the weather... and being over 40

Being over 40 has its advantages. Yes, you begin to notice bits of your body aren’t working as they should, yes your hairline recedes (if you’re a man) and of course you’re suddenly so out of touch with youth culture, it feels like you’ve been given a one-way ticket to the Antarctic.

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Kelly Pegg: When it’s time to walk away from a relationship..

With Christmas less than two months away it’s got me thinking a lot about love and how important it is having those special people around you at this time of year.

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Blaise Tapp: Let’s engage young people in democracy

When we look back on our teenage years, many of us do so with a mixture of misty-eyed nostalgia and a hefty amount of disbelief.

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Alec Shelbrooke, Conservative MP for Elmet & Rothwell: Council’s housing target is too high

Alec Shelbrooke, Conservative MP for Elmet & Rothwell: Council’s housing target is too high

For over four years I’ve argued against Leeds City Council’s over-inflated housing target.

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West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson calls for greater protection for emergency workers

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson calls for greater protection for emergency workers

Attacks on emergency workers is something that is hard to fathom.

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Rob Atkinson: Pocket money back in the day...

Rob Atkinson: Pocket money back in the day...

When I was a lad in 70s Pontefract, pocket money was rather a thorny issue.

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Sir Michael Fallon - a key ally of Prime Minister Theresa May - resigned as Defence Secretary after admitting that he touched the knee of BBC radio host Julia Hartley-Brewer 15 years ago.

Aisha Iqbal: Are we seeing the full-scale return of sleazy politics - or a growing witch-hunt?

My political awakening in the 1990s coincided with the height of sleaze-gate, a period of UK history at least partly defined by one political scandal after another, from which no level of Government was seemingly immune.

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Harvey Weinstein. Picture: Toby Melville/PA Wire

Blaise Tapp: Sitting up and taking notice of victims

Every now and again a seismic event happens which shakes both the Establishment and society in general to it very foundations.

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