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Hull MP calls for more sexual education in schools

A Hull MP is calling for more sexual education in schools.

Diana Johnson says learning about relationships could help young people identify whether they're being groomed and reduce the risk of them becoming victims of sexual abuse.

The Government needs to do more in a range of areas to protect children from abuse and to support parents. One particular area where schools can help is by teaching children how to recognise inappropriate and suspicious behaviour, such as grooming. Pupils in every type of school need to be taught more about personal relationships than just the basic old-fashioned biology lessons of the past. We are reminded regularly in the news of all the opportunities and dangers that confront young people today. In our free, open, high-technology society we cannot protect youngsters totally from every conceivable danger and the increasing opportunities that potential abusers have. However, a modern education should give young people skills that tilt the odds in their favour - and firmly against those seeking to harm them. It would also help the fight against other costly social ills such as relationship breakdowns, domestic violence and unplanned teenage pregnancies.

– Diana Johnson MP

Home Affairs Committee to discuss Rotherham abuse scandal

The Home Affairs Committee will take evidence on historical child abuse today.

Keith Vaz MP Credit: Press Association

Among those giving evidence will be Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf, who chaired an independent inquiry into the issue.

The Committee, chaired by Keith Vaz MP, will be looking to find out exactly who knew about the abuse after 1400 cases were identified in a report.


Army medics fly from Yorkshire to fight Ebola

Army medics trained in North Yorkshire have left the country this morning to join British efforts in fighting the Ebola outbreak.

Army medics fly from Yorkshire to fight Ebola

Among them are personnel from the 35 Squadron, 5 Medical Regiment.

They will man the Ebola Training Academy in Sierra Leone, which will supply five treatment centres currently being built by the UK.

High winds cause road closures

Roads around Bridgewater Place in Leeds are expected to be closed for a period this morning as a result of high winds.

Roads around Bridgewater Place in Leeds are expected to be closed for a period this morning as a result of high winds.

The restrictions are in place due to a wind tunnel effect created by Yorkshire's tallest building in stormy conditions.

Bosses at the Humber Bridge say they are monitoring the weather.


Straw fire may have been started deliberately

It is believed a huge fire which destroyed thirteen thousand bales of straw at a storage site in Linconshire was started deliberately.

Three children have been arrested after the fire which is still burning more than twenty four hours after it broke out.

The straw was for use at the nearby Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant which only started its commercial operations a month ago.

Martin Fisher reports:

Clegg hails Sheffields jobs boom

Nick Clegg has welcomed news that 7,000 people have found employment in the last three months in Sheffield.

Clegg hails Sheffield jobs boom Credit: Press Association

Latest ONS figures show that 25,000 people have found jobs since 2010 and the number of people on Jobseeker's Allowance has fallen by over 4,000 since May 2010.

Rather than experiencing a ‘post-Soviet meltdown’ as local Labour MPs predicted, we are experiencing a post-Labour jobs boom.

What’s particularly encouraging is that our great northern powerhouses like Sheffield are leading this economic recovery - seeing huge improvements in our local infrastructure, more investment available for local businesses to expand and support for taking on record numbers of apprentices.

– Nick Clegg

Seriously ill children take trip of lifetime 'dreamflight'

It has been described as the trip of a lifetime for children with serious illnesses and disabilities. Every year, the charity Dreamflight takes nearly two hundred 8 to 14-year-olds to Florida, where they visit theme parks, meet Disney characters and even go swimming with dolphins.

A number of children are from Yorkshire, travelling from Wakefield, Barnsley, Sheffield and Huddersfield. They flew out this weekend, and reporter Lauren Hall was there to wave them off.

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