Yorkshire to host Tour de France

It's just been announced that Yorkshire is to host the Tour de France - more details to follow.

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Labour: No public support for ending hunting ban

Wakefield MP and Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh has said there was no public support for ending the hunting ban, following comments from a Cabinet minister who signalled that there is no imminent prospect of a vote on repealing the ban.

Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh. Credit: ITV News

Ms Creagh responded to Environment Secretary Owen Paterson: "Most people back Labour's ban on hunting wild animals with dogs and accept there is no place for animal cruelty in a civilised society.

"People are worried about their incomes falling, prices rising and losing their jobs, yet this out of touch Tory-led Government wants to bring back hunting.

"After the recent high profile conviction of members of the Prime Minister's hunt, I hope that hunts will respect the law this year."

Government pledges support for Tour de France

The Government has pledged to do 'everything possible' to help Yorkshire as it prepares to host the opening stages of the 2014 Tour de France. It came as the county's successful bid to stage the Grand Depart took centre stage in Parliament.

MPs from across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire lined up to celebrate the achievement and ask ministers what support the Government would give over the next two years. This is what Sports Minister Hugh Robertson MP had to say.

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MPs debate Yorkshire's successful bid to host Tour de France

Yorkshire's successful bid to host the first two stages of the 2014 Tour de France will be debated by MPs in Parliament later.

Julian Smith, the Conservative MP for Skipton and Ripon, said it would be an opportunity to 'celebrate the huge economic, social and health benefits' of hosting the Grand Depart.

He added: "I am sure that the Sports Minister will also want to show his support and I hope he will be outlining in further detail how the Government will help to ensure this event is the greatest Grand Depart in Cycling history".

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