Five things to know about today’s news in Leeds

Laura Whitmore and Ed Balls at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2016 at Elstree Studios in Hertfordsire. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
Laura Whitmore and Ed Balls at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2016 at Elstree Studios in Hertfordsire. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Don’t have the time to read the news in the morning? .

No worries, here’s a preview of the most important news happening in Leeds today.

1. Five-year question for the truth

A mum who went into hospital for a routine procedure after miscarrying her twins has been awarded a six-figure pay-out after ending up with a dislocated jaw and a long legal battle. Amanda Walker has only just received an apology from Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust –half a decade on. The consequences of a mask being forcefully put on her face prior to the operation and causing the injury contributed to the breakdown of her marriage and her being unable to return to her work in PR and advertising. She endured four corrective operations and had a titanium plated prosthetic jaw inserted which had been made bespoke in America.

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2. Ed and Naga put on their Strictly gladrags

Last night was the launch of Strictly Come Dancing, and Ed Balls, once a Labour MP for Morley and Outwood, and Naga Munchetty, once a Leeds University student and now a breakfast television personality, put on their gladrags and stepped out for the debut. They joined presenter Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman for a red carpet event at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. However, the show’s professional couple Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara said that no-one can ever fill the shoes of departing judge Len Goodman. The 14th series of the BBC show starts on Saturday, and will be head judge Goodman’s final after 12 years appraising celebrities’ cha cha chas.

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3. Architect in place to help save Leeds First White Cloth Hall

Leeds City Council’s director of city development gave the go ahead for Buttress architects to appoint a team to lead a project to rebuild and renovate First White Cloth Hall to start later this month and finish in four years. This project will bring back the semi-derelict grade II building in the city centre. The main aim of the project is to “bring back into use an important historic building and allow users to experience this”. A grant of £1.5million from the Heritage fund has been secured to be put towards these repairs.

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4. London startups are wowed by northern delights of Leeds

Leeds is showing its pulling power as the digital and tech sector is proving just capital for startups with big ideas and ambition. An increased number of firms are looking to Leeds as soaring office, accommodation and staff costs in their original home of London threaten to thwart expansion plans. The London to Leeds scheme is being headed up by Leeds startup adviser with the support of Leeds City Council and will arrange visits for companies from the south to see what the city has to offer. One company that can pay testament to coming to leeds is Byng, a software consultancy agency that helps businesses build competitive online services and products.

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5. Victoria: From Emmerdale to the Queen

The ITV’s new big drama, Victoria, has been filmed almost entirely on location in Yorkshire, with hardly a historic property missing out. Author and executive producer said that “Yorkshire has played a pivotal role, and I take my hat off to our location scouts for their tenacity and their imagination.” Some of the long list of locations that were used in filming include Castle Howard, standing in for rooms at Kensington Palace, the great drive at Bramham Park, doubling for the avenue at Windsor Castle, and Allerton Castle, playing Prince Albert’s home. Leeds was then used as a base for accommodation and post-production work. Victoria is played by 30-year-old Jenna Coleman in the new eight-hour series from ITV.

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Launch of the Leeds European Capital of Culture bid at the Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds..Leader of Leeds City Council Judith Blake pictured..10th October 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

Leeds’s capital of culture hopes are dashed as European Commission confirms UK city can’t hold title after Brexit