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Murphy's owners 'thankful' to have lost husky back home

The owners of Murphy the husky, have been speaking to us about his safe return.

Andy Smith and his partner Pui Ma collected him from an RSPCA shelter in Manchester today after a worker there recognised him from the nationwide appeal. Murphy built up more thirty thousand followers on social media.

The police are said to be investigating Murphy's disappearance. It's thought he was stolen while being walked near his home in Bradford before Christmas.

Chris Kiddey reports:

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Murphy welcomed home with champagne toast

Senior Labour officials to select Bradford West candidate

Members of Labour Party's National Executive Committee will select their prospective parliamentary candidate in Bradford West, after the original representative stood down.

Amina Ali's was selected as the Labour candidate last weekend Credit: Twitter

Amina Ali announced her resignation citing family reasons yesterday.

New candidates have until Friday to register their interest in a seat with an all-women shortlist.

A panel of NEC members will interview the shortlisted candidates on Monday and make their decision.

Labour lost the seat to Respect’s George Galloway in a by-election in 2012.

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My children come first: Amina Ali withdraws from Labour candidacy

The Labour Party received a fresh blow as their chosen candidate for Bradford West, Amina Ali withdrew from the party.

Ms Ali, who lives in London was chosen for Labour's target seat in Bradford West Credit: Amina Ali

Ms Ali said she was turning down the candidacy because she felt she wanted to spend time with her children.

She was the first British Somali woman ever selected to contest a target seat.

I am the mother of two children and despite my best efforts to make arrangements to bring them to Bradford for the next 70 days, particularly as one of them is doing her GCSEs, this would have caused massive disruption at a critical time.

I would not be able to do justice to the members of Bradford West CLP and the people of Bradford.

– Amina Ali

Ms Ali, who lives in London was chosen for Labour's target seat in Bradford West despite criticism from some quarters of the Labour party that she wasn't "local."

Bradford West needs a candidate who is going to live in Bradford and be involved in the campaign for every moment of every day and I am unable to fulfil this commitment despite a strong wish to support the Labour Party to victory.

– Amina Ali

Morrisons appoints former Tesco director as new chief executive

Bradford-based supermarket giant Morrisons has appointed the former head of Tesco's Asian operation as its new chief executive.

David Potts started his career at Tesco at the age of 16 Credit: Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

57-year-old David Potts, who rose through the ranks of Tesco after starting his career as a shelf stacker, will take charge of the UK's fourth biggest supermarket chain on 16 March.

Dalton Phillips announced his resignation in January after five years at the helm Credit: Press Association

He replaces Dalton Phillips who was ousted last month following a long period of declining sales and profitability.

Morrisons reported a 3.1% drop in like-for-like sales in the six weeks to 4 January.

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