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Tory chairman condemns 'appalling rocket tweet'

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps
Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps Credit: PA

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has called on Liberal Democrat MP David Ward to withdraw remarks made over the Israel-Gaza conflict, which Labour said was a "vile" comment by a "desperate" MP.

"Appalling: No MP should Tweet what's essentially incitement to violence," Mr Shapps said. "Mr Ward must withdraw now. Completely irresponsible."

Read: Lib Dem MP: If I lived in Gaza would I fire a rocket? Probably.


Bradford Bulls have relegation confirmed

Bradford's relegation from Super League was all but confirmed when they suffered a sixth straight defeat in a scrappy, high-scoring derby at Huddersfield.

A 52-26 loss at the John Smith's Stadium leaves the Bulls 13 points from safety with just six matches left and effectively ends their 40-year stay in the top flight of rugby league.

Bradford Bulls flag
Bradford Bulls are relegated Credit: PA

Bradford woman jailed for murder of ex-lover

Alexia Heckles
Alexia Heckles Credit: West Yorkshire Police

A Bradford woman has today been jailed for life after she was found guilty of murder.
Alexia Heckles, 35, of Rosemary Gardens, Allerton, was given a minimum term of 12 and a half years after a jury at Bradford Crown Court found her guilty of murdering her former partner Scott Dunne.

Scott Dunne
Scott Dunne Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Mr Dunne, who was 41, died after he was stabbed in a disturbance in a flat in Rosemary Gardens, Allerton on January 18 of this year. Speaking after the case, Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Jon Morgan, said:"Domestic abuse has a devastating impact on many people's lives and this case highlights how it can easily escalate into a tragedy. "A single stab wound to the chest was all it took to end Scott Dunne's life. "Though justice has been done for the victim in this case, there are many other people, men and women, trapped in violent relationships. "There is support out there and I would urge people to seek help to change their situation, before it escalates to the level of anger and lack of control that results in murder."

Hannah Cockroft delighted with honorary degree

West Yorkshire's world and paralympic wheelchair sprint champion Hannah Cockroft, from Halifax has been awarded an honorary doctorate today from Bradford University.

The inspirational sportswoman, who took two gold medals at the 2012 Paralympic games in London, received the honour in recognition of her achievements in athletics.

She spoke to ITV Calendar after the ceremony:

Honorary doctorate for paralympian Hannah

Hannah Cockroft
Hannah Cockroft Credit: Press Association

West Yorkshire's world and paralympic wheelchair sprint champion Hannah Cockroft will receive an honourary doctorate today from Bradford University.

Hannah, 21, who is from Halifax, has overcome severe physical disability after suffering two cardiac arrests at birth to get to the top of her sport.


Council calls for College governors to be removed

The Department for Education has confirmed it has been asked to consider removing the governing body at a Bradford college

According to an Ofsted report, due to be published later this week, Carlton Bolling College is not protecting its pupils from "the risk of extremism" and should go into special measures.

The report said governors met the needs of Muslim students, but did not take sufficient account of other faiths. The chair of Governors claims the report is full of innacuracies. But Bradford Council leader Councillor David Green says the Government needs to step in and remove the current governing body.

Mother of still born baby hopes hospital will learn lessons

A mother whose first child was stillborn three years ago, says she hopes lessons will be learned after the hospital involved admitted liability.

24-year-old April Hall from Bradford says her baby's heart rate was not properly monitored, and had her child been delivered 15 minutes earlier, he may be alive today.

The trust which runs Bradford Royal Infirmary has offered compensation, but says staff did everything expected of them. Emma Wilkinson reports:

Union says some cities left behind recovery

Hull, Bradford and Rotherham have missed out on the recovery seen in some cities through recent unemployment figures, according to the GMB union.

GMB say wages are lower than 2007
GMB say wages are lower than 2007 Credit: Press Association

They claim that gross domestic product (GDP) levels are 5.7 percent below those of 2007 and that average earnings are down 13.8 percent in the same period.

Read: Unemployment figures for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

The GMB says Hull's employment rate is 11.6 per cent below the national average, while Bradford's is 7.4 per cent lower and Rotherham's is 6.6 per cent lower.

Bradford hospital admits liability after still birth

A woman from Bradford, whose first child died at birth, says she hopes lessons have been learned after the hospital involved admitted liability.

As April Hall gave birth to son Ethan three years ago, his heart slowed down and he was still born. April and her solicitors claimed that staff missed vital signs and had he been delivered earlier, he would've survived.

The trust which runs Bradford Royal Infirmary today reiterated its condolences and said staff did everything that was expected of them, within nationally accepted practices.

But April says it has been a difficult process:

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