£22m post-Grenfell fire safety plan for Leeds

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.

Tracey Crouch, who has been appointed minister for loneliness. Picture: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Minister for Loneliness is testament to Jo Cox, says the MP who now sits in her constituency

THE APPOINTMENT of a Minister for Loneliness is testament to the “tenacity and determination” of the late Yorkshire MP Jo Cox, the politician who now represents her constituency said.

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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.

An agreement over the long-running Yorkshire devolution saga was closer last night.

Yorkshire devolution: Calls for Government to act as council leaders reach agreement on interim mayor

The Government was coming under pressure today to agree to proposals for a two-year mayoral term in South Yorkshire, a major stepping stone on the path to a full region-wide devolution deal, after a significant concession on the issue by the leader of Sheffield City Council.

Residents walk between destroyed buildings in Syria (AP photo).

Syrian refugees arrive in Leeds to be resettled across Yorkshire

Refugees fleeing conflict in Syria have arrived in Leeds on a charter flight ready to be resettled across Yorkshire and the Humber.
The Tour de Yorkshire finishes in Scarborough

Plans to bring another major sporting event to Leeds as city vows to carry on with year of culture bid

A major sporting event could come to Leeds after business and civic leaders vowed to press ahead with plans for a year of cultural celebration despite Britain being excluded from the formal European Capital of Culture process.

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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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Yorkshire transport is to undergo a major overhaul.

The North is watching: Ex-Chancellor's warning to Government as 'revolutionary' 30-year Yorkshire transport vision is unveiled

A radical overhaul of ticketing and high speed rail travel between Leeds and Manchester in half an hour are at the centrepiece of a 30 year vision for transport in the North laid out today.
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Andrew Jones MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough.

Harrogate MP Andrew Jones on new business role within government

The Harrogate and Knaresborough MP has dismissed claims that he was demoted in the latest government reshuffle and said he would ‘throw himself’ into his new role.

Stewart Golton: Is Leeds’s housing policy fit for purpose?

There is no more basic need in civilised society than that of ensuring that you and your neighbours enjoy a secure home of your own, and that the next generation can count on the same for them.

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Leeds City Council deals with 67 illegal traveller camps in six months

Leeds City Council has dealt with 67 unauthorised gypsy and traveller encampments in a six month period, and has invoked its legal powers on 21 occasions to move convoys on, new figures published by the authority reveal.

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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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Unions are wanting answers after the collapse of Carillion.

We hadn’t signed ring road deal with Carillion, say Leeds council bosses

A Yorkshire council today insisted it had not signed off a contract for a vital £115m ring road with Carillion after the stricken construction firm went into liquidation.

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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Fewer than half Leeds’s roads routinely gritted as priority

Less than half of Leeds’ roads are routinely gritted on a priority basis, analysis reveals as the council stresses additional resources are available if the city were to experience extreme wintry weather.

A new report lays out the jobs that could be created in the Leeds City Region by HS2.

Fast track to jobs: Strategy to help Yorkshire take full advantage of HS2

An extra 41,000 jobs could be created in West Yorkshire and its surrounding districts in the next three decades if civic and business leaders take full advantage of HS2, according to a new report.

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Yorkshire devolution: Deal inches closer as Rotherham leader takes 'pragmatic' approach

Yorkshire devolution: Deal inches closer as Rotherham leader takes 'pragmatic' approach

The prospect of an agreement over Yorkshire devolution is closer to becoming reality after the leader of Rotherham council revealed he was willing to accept an unelected Sheffield City Region mayor serving a term of only two years.
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Banks start with immigration checks on millions of accounts

Banks and building societies have started immigration checks on millions of current accounts under a Government crackdown.

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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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