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£24 million boost for Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire

A multi-million pounds boost has been announced for the local economy in Lincolnshire and East yorkshire.

A total of just over twenty four million pounds has been awarded to projects and businesses there, including money for the regeneration of Cleethorpes and Scunthorpe Town centres.

Cleethorpes pier: setting for today's announcement

Three and a half thousand new homes are also planned as part of the Lincolnshire Lakes development. The funding has come from the Goverment's growth deal programme.

MP Martin Vickers, left, and Lord Richard Newby announce the good news

Future of Sleaford heritage site is uncertain

Questions are being asked about the future of a disused heritage site in Sleaford - following the announcement earlier this month that Tesco will no longer be building a new store in the town.

Plans for Sleadford

The supermarket's withdrawal of support for the area has had a knock on effect on plans to redevelop 'The Maltings' - a site on which North Kesteven District Council wanted to develop a number of houses, apartments, restaurants and shops.

The authority says it now intends to begin a fresh public consultation for residents and businesses - and says it could be six months before a decision is made.

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Unions call on government to 'Stand up for Steel'

Unions representing the region's steel workers have today launched a campaign urging the government to "Stand up for Steel" and safeguard the livelihoods of thousands of local families.

There's uncertainty at the moment for more than 4 and a half thousand people employed at Scunthorpe's Tata Steel works because it's been put up for sale by the firm.

But unions say Ministers need to do more to back one of the region's most important industries at a critical time in its history.

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Five Yorkshire stores to close

Tesco stores across Yorkshire are among 43 nationwide that the retailer has confirmed will close.

Five Yorkshire stores to close Credit: Press Association

The five stores are:

  • Doncaster (Superstore)
  • Crossgates (Metro)
  • Mexborough (Metro)
  • Woodseats (Metro)
  • Sheffield Manor (Express)

In addition, a Tesco Express store at Raymouth Lane, Worksop will close.

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2,000 Tesco jobs at risk as store closure list revealed

Tesco Credit: PA Wire

Around 2,000 Tesco workers have been told their jobs are at risk after the supermarket giant announced the location of 43 store closures.

Seven superstores and six Homeplus outlets are among the unprofitable shops identified for closure by new chief executive Dave Lewis.

Mr Lewis said: "The decision to close the stores has been exceptionally difficult to take. I recognise it will affect many hard-working colleagues, our customers and local communities.

"Our priority is to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and, wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco."

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List of Tesco stores set for closure

These are the stores that Tesco have revealed are set to close.

Superstores

  • Bedlington
  • Chatham
  • Connswater and Cregagh Road in Belfast
  • Doncaster
  • Kirkcaldy and Wrexham Dodds Lane

Homeplus shops

  • Bristol Cribbs Causeway
  • Chelmsford
  • Chester
  • Edinburgh
  • Southampton
  • Staines

Tesco Metro

  • Bicester
  • Bootle
  • Caerphilly
  • Crossgates
  • Devizes
  • Grangemouth
  • Mexborough
  • Morecambe
  • Ormskirk
  • Runcorn
  • Smethwick
  • Woodseats

Tesco Express convenience stores

  • Bearwood
  • Belvedere
  • Church Street, Ballymena
  • Heaton Chapel
  • Heybridge, Essex
  • Houghton Regis
  • Liverpool Kensington
  • Longbridge Road, Barking
  • Northfield, Birmingham
  • Raymouth Lane, Worksop
  • Sheffield Manor
  • South Tottenham High Road
  • Tredegar
  • Troon
  • Walsall Wood
  • Wealdstone
  • Whitley Bay
  • York Road, Hartlepool.

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Government working 'as fast as we can' to help Steel industry

Unions are to demonstrate outside Tata steelworks in Scunthorpe today to ask the Government for more support for the industry.

A Government spokesperson said:

The steel industry is an important part of the UK economy. It is facing anxieties, challenges and opportunities at the moment and we are working as hard and fast as we can on all of them in partnership with the sector. We have provided a multi-million pound compensation package for energy intensive industries, and will be doing more as soon as possible. To help the industry win orders we have identified a pipeline of over 500 infrastructure projects. More than £8million of government funding will support a new Tata Steel Research and Development Centre. To boost skills we are funding postgraduate research students and apprenticeships. We are also supporting the metals sector on the industrial strategy it hopes to publish later in the year.

– Government spokesperson

Unions ask PM to 'Stand up for Steel'

Union leaders are demonstrating outside a steelworks factory in Scunthorpe as part of the 'Stand up for Steel' campaign.

Steel workers want the government to bring forward the date of compensation and to regulate steel 'dumped' into the UK from Europe as it may not meet national standards.

They'll be sending postcards to the Prime Minister asking for help - he's previously said the government is working as hard as it can to increase steel production in the country.

UKIP suspend Yorkshire & Humber MEP

UKIP has suspended Yorkshire and the Humber MEP Amjad Bashir, pending an investigation into "extremely serious financial issues".

Amjad Bashir

The sixty two year old, who moved to Bradford with his family when he was eight , was elected to the European Parliament last year and is UKIP's small and medium business spokesman.

UKIP say they have suspended Mr Bashir while party officials carry out investigations into a number of issues which it considers to be extremely serious.

Mr Bashir has been informed of the specifics of the investigations which include unanswered financial and employment questions, interference with UKIP candidate selection processes and a continued affiliation with Mujeeb Bhutto, despite the party’s protests against Mr Bhutto’s involvement with Mr Bashir or UKIP.

"The UK Independence Party has a zero-tolerance policy and takes the matters at hand extremely seriously.

"The allegations against Mr Bashir are of a grave nature and we will be forwarding our evidence obtained so far to the police.

"UKIP will not tolerate anyone abusing their positions in the party, as we have a firm commitment to differing ourselves from the existing political classes.

"As a result, Mr Bashir’s involvement with the party was suspended today with immediate effect pending further investigations."

– UKIP spokesman
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