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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


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John Mann MP uses Twitter to gather alleged historic abuse information

John Mann, the MP for Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire, has taken to social media to gather information about allegations of historic child abuse.

No further action following Galloway's Israel speech

Respect MP George Galloway will not be prosecuted over remarks in a speech during which he declared that Bradford was "an Israel-free zone".

No further action following Galloway's Israel speech

The comments, made by the Bradford West MP in August, caused an outcry on social media and complaints were made to West Yorkshire Police. Today, the force said the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) did not believe there was sufficient evidence to support charges but also said it had logged it as a "hate incident".

West Yorkshire Police received a number of complaints about the content of a speech made by Bradford MP George Galloway on August 2 this year. A full investigation has been carried out, which included Mr Galloway being voluntarily interviewed under caution. A file was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service for advice on whether any offences had been committed and they have now concluded that there is insufficient evidence to support any charges. West Yorkshire Police always takes complaints of hate offences seriously and wants victims and witnesses to come forward with confidence knowing that any reported incidents will be thoroughly investigated. West Yorkshire Police has recorded this matter as a hate incident.

– Chief Superintendent Paul Money, Leeds District Commander

In one part of his speech which can be seen online, Mr Galloway said: "We have declared Bradford an Israel-free zone.

"We don't want any Israeli goods. We don't want any Israeli services. We don't want any Israeli academics coming to the university or college.

"We don't even want any Israeli tourists to come to Bradford even if any of them had thought of doing so.

"We reject this illegal, barbarous, savage state that calls itself Israel. And you have to do the same."

Mr Galloway was filmed in front of the Palestinian flag.

MPs defend Yorkshire voice as Parliament discusses Scottish devolution

Yorkshire MPs have demanded that the region's voice isn't diluted as parliament debates more powers for Scotland.

Tory MPs from our region, including Beverley and Holderness's Graham Stuart, say if there is greater Scottish devolution, then Scottish MPs should be prevented from voting on English matters.

But Labour are not keen on the idea, which would see them lose the influence of their 41 Scottish MPs:


Lincolnshire County Council searching for additional £90 million savings

Lincolnshire County Council must save an extra £90 million every year to 2019.

Lincolnshire County Council must save an extra £90 million every year to 2019.

Since 2011 the council has save around £150m but now says that more must be done to cut costs across its services - meaning the budget will have been almost halved in a decade.

Councillors are asking residents to submit their views on how the money can be saved.

Over the next few years, our income will continue to be reduced significantly, and we’re going to have to cut back on our spending accordingly. We’ve already started to reduce our operating costs by making efficiency savings wherever possible. Our senior management team has already been cut back even further, saving us an additional £2m each year. We need to decide which services we believe are essential and which, while desirable, could be reduced, delivered in a different way, or even stopped.

– Cllr Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council,

Famous faces on new stamps

Grantham's most famous face will feature on a new range of stamps from today, to mark 200 years of the office of Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher will adorn first class stamps. That is despite the Iron Lady's famous opposition of the privatisation of the Royal Mail - which was sold a year ago.

Thatcher's face will appear on 1st class stamps Credit: Royal Mail

Huddersfield's Harold Wilson will also make an appearance. Providing political balance, he's one of the two Labour politicians - the other six are Conservative.

Harold Wilson will provide political balanc Credit: Royal Mail

Godfrey Bloom leaves UKIP

Controversial former Yorkshire MEP Godfrey Bloom has announced he is resigning from the UK Independence Party.

Godfrey Bloom is leaving UKIP

The party withdrew the whip from him in September last year after he described a room full of women as "sluts" following a rant about racism.

Mr Bloom said he left "with a heavy heart", and blamed the speaking ban imposed on him by the party and the behaviour of its "Guru-like" Chairman Steve Crowther.

He also issued a stark warning to one of its newest members - Douglas Carswell, telling him to "watch his back".

Thirty years since IRA attempt to bomb Margaret Thatcher

Thirty years ago this weekend a massive bomb aimed at killing the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and her cabinet, went off at a hotel in Brighton. It is an event which could have dramatically changed the history of British politics.

Five people died and 31 were seriously injured in the IRA attack at a Conservative Party Conference at the Grand Hotel. Now ahead of the anniversary new details have emerged about what happened.

They include how Baroness Thatcher reacted and even a letter she wrote to her hairdresser a few days later, apologising for cancelling an appointment.

Kate Hemingway reports:

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