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Jo Cox's husband: remember 'what she stood for, not the manner of her death'

Brendan Cox, the husband of the late Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox, has asked the public to remember the values she stood for, "not the manner of her death". He tweeted the plea as the trial of Thomas Mair, the man accused of killing her, begins tomorrow.

It has been announced that Jo Cox is to receive a posthumous peace prize jointly with the Syrian volunteer group, the White Helmets, which she supported.


Silent vigil held for those killed over last week in Syria

A silent vigil has been held in Leeds to remember the hundreds of civilians and medical professionals killed in the last eight days in airstrikes in one of Syria's largest cities.

Silent vigil held in Leeds Credit: SAY

Members of the Syrian Association of Yorkshire and passers-by gathered outside Trinity shopping centre to stand in solidarity with the people of Aleppo.

The aim of the vigil, which was held on Saturday, was to help raise awareness of the plight of the Syrian people.

Lincoln volunteer meets with local MP to discuss experiences at Syrian refugee camp

The former Chief Executive of Lincoln Cathedral who recently returned from a volunteering trip at a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos has met with local MP Karl McCartney to discuss his experiences and call for more action from the Government.

Philip Hamlyn Williams and Karl McCartney

Philip Hamlyn Williams spent ten days at Moria Refugee Camp with his wife Maggie. The couple who returned last month say they witnessed the crisis first hand and are calling for more to be done. Lincoln MP Karl McCartney says he has listened to what Mr Hamlyn Williams had to say and will now feed the information back to David Cameron.

Family flee war-torn Syria for Yorkshire sanctuary

The Yorkshire region is to take in 1,500 refugees, who are fleeing the war in Syria, over the next few years with 21 local councils agreeing to help.

It is part of what the government has described as our "moral responsibility" to those living in camps on the border with the war-torn country.

Around 100 have already arrived and our correspondent Katie Oscroft has been to see one Syrian family who are settling in to life in the Calendar region.

Mother told to expect "substantial" prison sentence for attempting to take children to Syria

A woman has been told to expect a substantial prison sentence after she admitted trying to take her two children from Bradford to Syria.

A mother has admitted trying to take her children from Bradford to Syria Credit: Press Association

The 34-year-old woman, who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of her children, appeared before Leeds Crown Court on Wednesday afternoon.

She was arrested in Turkey after her husband discovered documents at their home which suggested she was on her way to Syria.

By the time police arrived at Manchester airport she was already airborne with her children. When she was arrested, the woman told officials she wanted her children to be brought up under Sharia Law.

Judge Rodney Jameson QC said he would examine all recent cases before sentencing, adding :"I will focus on the harm to the children and it is difficult to imagine greater harm."

The case was adjourned until January 8th.


Drone from RAF Waddington used to support French airstrikes over Syria

It has been confirmed that drones controlled from Lincolnshire have been used to provide support for French airstrikes over Syria.

French President Francois Hollande authorised the action on Sunday following Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Ministry of Defence has today said that the Reaper drone - operated from RAF Waddington - was used to support French aircrews.

This is footage from an RAF Reaper strike on an ISIL vehicle on the 12th November.

Refugee aid convoy rolls out of Yorkshire

Preparing to leave

Calderdale has become the latest local authority in our region to say it will welcome refugees from Syria. The council says it will take in 50 adults and families with children. The authority is working in conjunction with St Augustine's in Halifax, a charity run centre which already provides support to refugees and has recently launched a new appeal for funds.

Meanwhile, tons more aid destined for refugees of the continent was driven out of Yorkshire tonight . The One Nation charity in Batley loaded up a huge 40 foot trailer with food, clothes and bedding. The truck will join up to 50 others near London tonight in a convoy heading for France. Donations have come from all over Yorkshire. Here's the Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox.

York leaders to discuss migrant crisis aid

The leaders of York City Council will meet today to discuss how the city can offer assistance to Syrian refugees.

Credit: Press Association

Councillors will meet with charity workers and community leaders and are expected to decide how many Syrians York can house. This follows the Prime Minister's recent commitment to allow 20,000 refugees into the UK.

York has a long standing history of welcoming people into its city, including Kosovan Albanians who were rescued from refugee camps in Macedonia in1999, and we will do everything we can to continue to lead the way in offering support to Syrian families. The government is indicating that financial support will be forthcoming for supportive action taken and it's crucial that alongside this we continue our discussions with key partners to look at what we can do at a local level.

– Cllr Chris Steward, Leader of City of York Council

York joined the City of Sanctuary in 2012, one of 30 cities across the UK that offers vulnerable visitors a place of safety and helps integrate them into local communities.

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