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Man admits beating MP George Galloway

A man has admitted beating controversial MP George Galloway but denied his attack was religiously aggravated.

Bradford West MP George Galloway on his way to hospital Credit: Respect Party

Neil Masterson, 39, also admitted assaulting another man, Mostafa Maroof.

Masterson, of Kensington, west London, made his pleas in a brief appearance at Isleworth Crown Court and was remanded in custody to stand trial on November 10.


MP calls for public inquiry into Bradford school

A Bradford MP has written to the Secretary of State for Education and tabled two Parliamentary Motions, calling for an independent public inquiry into conduct at a free school in the city.

David Ward MP calls for public inquiry into Bradford school

David Ward, MP for Bradford East, is asking for the investigation to be carried out in to conduct at Kings Free Schools and Academies Trust where he says questions remain unanswered about allegations of fraud at the school.

The identity of the Chair of the Governing Body is still disputed, according to the Liberal Democrat MP.

Mr Ward says applications made by the Trust to open two new schools name Alan Lewis as chairman but Mr Lewis denies he held that position.

Mr Ward says he has written to the Secretary of State for Education after documents naming Mr Lewis as chair were revealed and has asked for his role in the running of the schools to be clarified.

The issues surrounding conduct in the early stages after the establishment of the Kings Free Schools and Academies Trust have still not yet fully come to light. We have been hampered at every turn by an uncooperative Department of Education who have been complicit in a cover up into conduct at the school in order to protect the reputation of one of the Government’s flagship schemes. It is clear that comprehensive answers have yet to given and I feel that the only way to get them now is through an independent public inquiry.

– David Ward MP

Bulls sign utility man Ulugia

Bradford Bulls have signed New Zealand-born three-quarter Chris Ulugia, who arrives as the ninth new addition to James Lowes' squad for 2015.

Chris Ulugia is the Bulls' ninth new signing Credit: Bradford Bulls

The 22-year-old, who can operate at centre, full-back and on the wing, has tonight put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the club.

Ulugia joins forwards Dave Petersen and Karl Davies in arriving from Queensland Intrust Super Cup side Mackay Cutters.

And the former Parramatta Eels junior says he cannot wait to get started, insisting he wants to make a big impact in the red, amber and black of Bradford.

This is a huge opportunity for me and I am delighted to be joining what is one of the most famous rugby league clubs on the planet. I cannot wait to arrive in England and get pre-season training underway, alongside some of my current team-mates. I used to play with Jake Mullaney, so I know him too. That will certainly help with the transition, in terms of getting used to the place and what not. I am aware of the club's aims for next year and I can assure the Bradford supporters that my eyes are solely fixed on helping the Bulls achieve promotion back up into Super League.

– Chris Ulugia

Head coach James Lowes insists Ulugia’s capture represents a shrewd piece of business by the club, the Australian-based player becoming the 24th member of the Bradford boss’ new-look squad.

Power and pace are just two of the attributes which the Cutters star will bring to the Provident Stadium next term, according to Lowes.

Chris is a great signing, coming from a club which boasts a fantastic pool of talent. This is a great opportunity for Chris and, having spoken to him, I know how determined he is to hit the ground running. Chris is another addition to an already blossoming squad and is a player whose pace and power will certainly prove beneficial next year.

– James Lowes, Bradford Bulls coach

Ulugia is due to arrive in the UK early next month, prior to the start of pre-season training.

'Trojan horse' debate to be held in Bradford

The Muslim Women's Council is holding a debate about the 'trojan horse' schools controversy in Bradford.

Debate to be held in Bradford Credit: Muslim Women's Council

It's after allegations surfaced earlier this year that some governors were promoting an Islamic agenda in schools in the district.

The event called Trojan Horse: A Muslim witch-hunt? will take place at the Midland Hotel from 6pm.

BRI: Report recognises 'significant progress'

We are pleased that the CQC has lifted their warning notice on staffing and have acknowledged the significant progress we have made in all of the areas they reviewed.

We have made considerable improvements and are working hard to fill our remaining vacancies. We are fully committed and focused on ensuring that we have the correct numbers and ratio of staff in all areas of the Foundation Trust, although we acknowledge that on some shifts this can still prove a challenge and we sometimes fall short of our expected levels, despite trying to back-fill these posts with bank or agency staff.

“We continue to actively recruit but recognise that this is against a national backdrop of increased competition for nursing posts in the wake of the Francis Report and the new NICE guidelines on nurse-to-patient ratios.

We pay tribute to our staff’s hard work, commitment and willingness to work with us as we continue to focus on increasing our workforce, enhancing patient care and improving the experience of our patients. This has been instrumental in the achievements the CQC are reporting.

– Juliette Greenwood, Chief Nurse


CQC: More work to be done at BRI

We carried out an inspection at Bradford Royal Infirmary in July this year to monitor the trust’s progress in addressing the requirements set out in our previous report released in January. We were pleased to see evidence of improvement in all areas reviewed.

Although we are encouraged by this improvement and have lifted the warning notice served in October in relation to staffing, more work still needs to be done to ensure that there are appropriate numbers of qualified staff on duty at all times.

It is vital that the improvements made to date are fully embedded in the trust’s culture and sustained for the future.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be subject to a further inspection under our new approach later this year.


– Care Quality Commission

Staffing issues raised in Bradford hospital report

A Care Quality Commission report into the standard of care at Bradford Royal Infirmary has found that staffing levels at the hospital do not meet the required standards.

Staffing issues raised in Bradford hospital report

It follows from a report in October 2013 after which the hospital was served with a warning about the number of staff available across various departments and A&E.

All other areas under scrutiny, including patient treatment, management and safety, met the required standards.

The report said:

We found staffing levels on the wards and departments we visited, particularly qualified nurses, were not consistently at the recommended levels as determined by the trust.

We found at the last inspection short-falls in staffing numbers across many ward and department areas including qualified nurses, healthcare assistants, middle grade doctors and consultant doctors.

There was acknowledgment from the trust that the extent of the staffing shortages had not been fully recognised at the time of the previous inspection and the progress with recruitment had not been monitored closely enough.

– CQC report on Bradford Royal Infirmary

Purtell signs one-year extension with Bulls

Adrian Purtell has become the latest Bradford Bull to commit his future to the club, after today agreeing a new one-year deal.

Purtell signs one-year extension with Bulls Credit: Bradford Bulls

The Australian 29-year-old is the fifteenth member of James Lowes' current squad to re-sign ahead of the 2015 campaign, taking the Bulls' new-look roster to 23.

The former NRL star, who enjoyed stints with Canberra Raiders and Penrith Panthers, has scored 10 tries in 21 appearances this term.

According to Purtell, agreeing to stay at the Provident Stadium – for at least a further 12 months – was an “easy” decision to make.

I am very grateful to the club and Jimmy (Lowes) for giving me the opportunity to remain a Bradford player for another year.

I see the one-year deal as a launchpad, ahead of what is going to be a massive year for me personally.

I cannot speak on behalf of the rest of the team, but am desperate to ensure an instant return to Super League next year. I feel as though we have a point to prove and things to put right.

A fantastic squad is being put together behind the scenes, which I believe will give us a great chance of achieving just that.

The board and Jimmy have put together a large squad, packed full of power, pace and quality. I think we will be difficult to beat next year.

– Adrian Purtell

Head coach James Lowes has paid tribute to Purtell's intention to help ensure an immediate return to the sport's top flight.

Lowes says the three-quarter's vast experience will prove priceless ahead of the Bulls' debut season in the Kingstone Press Championship.

Adrian is a very experienced player, who boasts bags of quality,” said the Bradford boss. He was very keen to stay and I know how determined he is to play a part in what we hope to achieve next year. Adrian represents another fantastic addition to what is already a promising squad. I cannot wait to get going with pre-season training in October.

– James Lowes, Bradford Bulls coach
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