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Ukip lifts Scunthorpe candidate suspension after investigation

Ukip has lifted the suspension imposed on its parliamentary candidate in Scunthorpe, following an internal investigation into allegations of an incident at his workplace.

Barrister Stephen Howard Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Barrister Stephen Howd was reconfirmed as the party's candidate for the town after it found that the allegation had been dealt with by his chambers some time ago and should not bar him from standing in May's general election.

Austin Mitchell compares MPs to third division footballers

The retiring Great Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell has compared MPs to third division footballers as he prepares to vacate the seat he has held for almost 40 years.

Mr Mitchell, who is known for his off the cuff and outspoken views, has spoken out before the general election in May when he retires.

He told Calendar how the world of politics has changed since he was first elected 39-years-ago.

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Holly Lynch selected as Labour candidate for Halifax

Labour members in Halifax have selected Halifax-born Holly Lynch as the party's candidate for the General Election.

Labour members in Halifax have selected Halifax-born Holly Lynch as the party's candidate for the General Election. Credit: Labour Party

Holly won a vote of members at a hustings held at the Three Ways Centre in Ovenden.

The selection came about after sitting MP Linda Riordan announced she would be standing down at the next election after 10 years as the town's MP.

She currently works for Yorkshire and Humber MEP Linda McAvan.

I'm delighted and immensely proud to have been selected to represent my home town. Linda has been a strong MP for Halifax and hers will be big shoes to fill, but I have the experience and the values to be the champion for Halifax in parliament that we need. My number one priority will be to fight for the future of services at Calderdale Royal Hospital, particularly the A&E department and maternity services which so many local people rely upon.

– Holly Lynch

Barnsley marine hailed 'national hero' by Kurds

There were emotional scenes at Manchester Airport today where hundreds of members of the Kurdish community from across the UK gathered to pay respects to a former marine from Barnsley.

Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, known as Kosta, became the first Briton to be killed fighting Islamic State and is being hailed a national hero by Kurds who say he died fighting for their freedom in Syria. Today they mobbed the hearse carrying his coffin and covered it in flowers as his body arrived back at Manchester Airpoirt. Chris Kiddey was there.

UKIP candidate denies allegations of harassment

UKIP's parliamentary candidate in Scunthorpe has released a statement in response to his suspension by the party. Stephen Howd is being investigated following an alleged incident at his workplace.

Allegations of harassment have been made against me. The allegations are contested. They are now the subject of Tribunal proceedings and as such the matter is sub judice and it would not be appropriate for me to make any further comment.

– Stephen Howd

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Former Mayor of Scunthorpe jailed for fraud

A former Mayor of Scunthorpe has been sentenced to three and a half years in jail for defrauding a friend of approximately £66,000.

Jawaid Mohammed Ishaq was awarded an MBE in 2000, and is a former Mayor of Scunthorpe, former vice chairman of Humberside Police Authority, chairman of the South Humber Racial Equality Council and vice chairman of the North Lincolnshire Multi-faith Partnership.

Jawaid Mohammed Ishaq

He was jailed after being found guilty of forging a Power of Attorney document in order to gain control of shares and a bank account owned by a friend. The money fraudulently obtained is estimated at approximately £66,000.

Jawaid Ishaq was convicted of five fraud-related offences, three charges of theft, and one charge of perverting the course of justice. Ishaq was cleared of five charges on the direction of the judge and was also acquitted of one count of theft.

Peter Mann, Head of Complex Casework Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said an application had been made for a Proceeds of Crime order to recover the funds - and that the sentence sent out a clear message that no-one was above the law.

This was a flagrant breach of trust and authority by an individual who was very well known locally and had a substantial standing within the community. His friend trusted him to take care of his financial affairs while he was out of the country. Jawaid Ishaq grossly abused that trust. Rather than acting in his friend’s best financial interests, and motivated we can only assume by greed, Ishaq ruthlessly and systematically defrauded him of approximately £66,000.

– Peter Mann, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said:

Emotional scenes as Kosta is brought home

There have been emotional scenes today as the body of the first Briton to be killed fighting against Islamic state was brought home.

Around 250 members of the Kurdish community threw flowers over the van carrying the body of Konstandinos Erik Scurfield away from Manchester airport.

The former Royal Marine's body had arrived on a flight from Istanbul. The 25-year-old was killed fighting in Syria. His mother said this week she was immensely proud of the sacrifice that he had made.

Kosta is regarded as a national hero by the Kurdish community here in Britain.

Kurdish community pay respects as Kosta returns home

Crowds wait for soldier's return Credit: Chris Kiddey

Around 150 people - most from Britain's Kurdish community - have gathered at Manchester airport for the return of the body of Konstandinos Erik Scurfield.

The former Marine from Barnsley is the first Briton to be killed whilst fighting IS in Syria.

Credit: Chris Kiddey
Crowds gather outside Manchester airport Credit: Chris Kiddey
Flowers for Kosta Credit: Chris Kiddey
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