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York Council leader steps down

The Leader of York Council has quit to take up a job in the national Labour Party.

York Council leader steps down Credit: City of York Council

James Alexander led the council when it was widely criticised over the introduction of fines for drivers crossing Lendal Bridge.

In a statement he said:

Despite recently receiving unanimous support in the Labour Group to continue and a part of me wanting to go on, I cannot fully commit to another four years. My new policy role at the national Labour Party is an opportunity I could not turn down.

I am proud of what Labour has achieved under my leadership since 2011, to turn a city in stagnation onto the path to prosperity.

– James Alexander


Jungle Jen completes seven day challenge

Jen Adair from Harrogate has just completed 140km 4 stage challenge’ through the toughest terrain of the Amazonian jungle.

Jen Adair from Harrogate Credit: Alex Beer

But only two years ago Jen was undergoing a 10 hour operation on her back for scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, and was in so much agony she had to take a huge cocktail of painkillers every day.

We spoke to Jen about her amazing story on the programme.

To find out more about the Jungle Marathon click here or for more information about Jen's documentary click here.


Rotherham children services 'inadequate' according to Ofsted report

An Ofsted report released today has rated children services in Rotherham as 'inadequate.'

The report criticised leadership and management services Credit: Press Association

The report criticised leadership and management services, saying that senior managers "do not ensure that they have sufficient oversight of the quality of practice."

It also criticises arrangements to tackle child sexual exploitation as being "fragmented" and says that social workers do not see children frequently enough.

There are widespread or serious failures that result in children being harmed or at risk of harm. In the delivery of services for looked after children and care leavers these failures result in the welfare of these children not being safeguarded and promoted. Leaders and managers have not been able to demonstrate sufficient understanding of failures and have been ineffective in prioritising, challenging and making improvements.

– Ofsted report
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