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'Invest in the north of England' PM tells south-east Asia

Prime Minister David Cameron also visited the Singapore Botanical Gardens. Credit: PA

The Prime Minister has urged south-east Asian investors to pump money into the cities of the "Northern Powerhouse".

As part of his four day trade mission to the region, David Cameron told investors in Singapore that he wanted them to look at the UK "in a new way" and consider cities like Leeds and Manchester for their plans rather than just London.

I really would encourage you to look at Britain in a new way...

We want to re-balance our country and we want Singaporean and other south-east Asian investors to help us do it. That is what the Northern Powerhouse is all about.

From the North Sea to the Singapore Strait, let's get more trade flowing.

– David Cameron

Bradford's new shopping centre constructed in 100 seconds

Bradford’s latest retail centre, The Broadway Bradford, opens in one hundred days. To mark the countdown, Bradford Council has released timelapse footage of the site's construction.

The £260 million development, the largest UK retail centre to launch this year, will open on Thursday 5 November ahead of the Christmas rush.

The 570,000 sq ft centre, which will create 2,500 new retail jobs upon opening, will be the largest retail centre in the country to open in 2015.

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“After a lot of hard work and support from the Bradford community, we are now just 100 days away from opening our doors to the public for the very first time. The exclusive time lapse footage shows just how far we’ve come and it’s really exciting to see it all come together. Not only will the centre provide an unrivalled retail environment for shoppers in Bradford and the surrounding areas, but it will also deliver a significant boost to the local and regional economy whilst continuing to attract inward investment for the City’s regeneration. We are looking forward to welcoming the community through our doors on November 5.”

– Myf Ryan, Westfield Director of Marketing

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Sky announces Leeds as new hub creating 400 jobs

The broadcaster Sky has announced Leeds will be the base for its new technology hub creating four hundred skilled jobs.

Work has begun today to prepare three buildings at Leeds Dock for the facility, where new apps and website content will be generated.

In all 1000 employees will move across to the site from their current city centre offices.

Sky say they are creating one of the largest digital communities in the UK and will recruit twenty four graduates and eight apprentices from across the north of England.

Former Morrisons employee guilty of data theft

Andrew Skelton, a former employee of Morrisons supermarket has today (17 July) been found guilty of fraud, securing unauthorised access to computer material and disclosing personal data, and sentenced to eight years at Bradford Crown Court, in relation to stealing personal data belonging to nearly 100,000 Morrisons employees.

"Andrew Skelton was in a position of considerable trust with access to confidential personal information as Senior Internal Auditor at Morrisons.

He abused this position by uploading this information – which included employee’s names, addresses and bank account details onto various internet websites.

He then attempted to cover his tracks and implicate a fellow employee by using this colleague’s details to set up a fake email account.

Andrew Skelton’s motive appears to have been a personal grievance over a previous incident where he was accused of dealing in legal highs at work.

The potential loss to his victims and the sheer quantity of potentially compromised data was very significant and could have resulted in employees identities being stolen. Currently Morrisons has incurred costs of almost £2 million as a result of this fraud, costs have included professional fees, legal fees and fees incurred through attempts to safeguard their employees.

The sentence imposed today sends out a very clear message that we will robustly prosecute serious fraudsters such as Skelton who believe they are above the law.”

– David Holderness, reviewing lawyer, Complex Casework Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside

Visitor numbers up at Great Yorkshire Show

Douglas Duffin riding Richard Jenkinson’s Quidam in the Great Yorkshire Show’s Main Ring

Visitor numbers were up year on year at the 157th Great Yorkshire Show. 132,131 people attended the event as opposed to 130,989 last year.

"The Great Yorkshire Show has an amazing reputation as a superb industry showcase, as well as a fun and educational day out for all the family. Our vital role in celebrating farming excellence will continue, and the presence of our Royal patron underlines the significance of the Great Yorkshire Show to the rural community and beyond.”

– Charles Mills, Show Director

Preparations are already underway for the Society’s autumn event, Countryside Live which takes place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October.

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Katy Brown's letter to John Bercow in full

Below is the full letter sent by Katy Brown to the Speaker of the House, John Bercow.

Dear Mr Bercow,

My son Sam is six. He has Morquio Syndrome, which causes shortness in stature, progressive physical disability and early death.

There is no cure.

Sam is a little boy full of fun and life who has no idea about the silent path this disease has set for his future.

For three years he has given his young life to medical research, taking part in a clinical trial for the first ever treatment for Morquio called Vimizim.

You see Morquio Syndrome is one of those conditions with an irritatingly long name.

It’s a good job our MP Greg Mulholland didn’t use its other name – Mucopolysaccharidosis Type IVa.

He might have been stopped much sooner. It is one of the conditions that Mr Mulholland was passionately referring to in a question to the House that you so rudely and abruptly stopped.

When you stopped Mr Mulholland, it demonstrated in an instant everything that is wrong with British politics.

You wielded your power, the House guffawed and jeered, you used derogatory, mocking language.

But here’s the blunt truth behind that stopped question. For eight months Mr Mulholland has fought valiantly to represent my family and my son.

He has stood up against deep injustice and worked tirelessly to get answers and a solution, all whilst health ministers have done nothing.

He was standing up for what is right, unlike many others. Two weeks ago Sam lost access to Vimizim, the drug that has given him back his childhood.

Why? Because of gross incompetence and deep institutional failings at NHS England.

And because of the repeated failures of health ministers to hold it to account.

On Thursday, July 2, NHS England neatly played a get-out-of-jail-free card. They decided after 14 months of deliberating and three changes in decision date to not make a decision on funding the drug at all… and passed the buck to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence .

Nice, who have no expertise in ultra rare diseases and who are frantically trying to figure out how to deal with these complex conditions that they don’t understand.

This means that even in the event of a positive decision, Sam is likely to remain untreated for a further 6-9 months, with likely irreversible consequences.

And a positive decision is sadly an uphill struggle as Nice has drawn seriously flawed conclusions and not involved the right expert clinicians thus far.

I’ve heard far too many excuses, seen far too many meaningless letters, and been fed far too many broken promises. Not least from David Cameron himself.

It is abhorrent and entirely unacceptable. When you stopped that question on Tuesday, you not only took away Mr Mulholland’s voice, you took away my son Sam’s too.

A little boy with life and the system stacked against him.

You also took away a little piece of me, because despite what I’ve experienced in the past eight months, I’ve always grasped on to the hope that a little humanity remains at the heart of our political system.

I hope you accept now that this indeed was an urgent question, and one that David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt personally should be held to account to properly answer.

Yours, Katy Brown

– Katy Brown
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