England should have a 'regional government for the North', a West Yorkshire MP has claimed.
MPs from the region have clashed in the Commons over calls to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote.
Ministers deny claims by a Yorkshire MP that talks aimed at securing affordable insurance cover for flood risk homes are 'in disarray'.
MPs will vote today on whether or not the controversial High Speed 2 project should go ahead. The government are committed to the rail link, which would connect London to Leeds. But dozens of backbench Tories and some Labour MPs are expected to vote against it.
Double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington has been praised in Parliament amid mounting speculation that she will announce her retirement from swimming.
The 23-year-old from Mansfield will make a "major announcement" at a press conference tomorrow.
Mansfield MP Alan Meale has tabled a Parliamentary motion praising Adlington's "outstanding athletic career" and adding that her "success and selfless character led her most admirably to be described then and since as the golden girl of British swimming".
Catch up with what backbench MPs from the region raised with the Prime Minister in the Commons.
Including John Mann (Labour, Bassetlaw), on new taxes, George Galloway (Respect, Bradford West), on intervention in Mali and Craig Whittaker (Conservative, Calder Valley), on last night's vote on boundary reform.
The North of England should have a 'regional government for the North', a West Yorkshire MP has claimed.
In a Parliamentary debate, the Labour MP for Halifax Linda Riordan told ministers it was time "for central government to let go a little bit".
– Linda Riordan MP (Labour, Halifax)
Over a period of years, maybe even decades, the increasing centralism of decision making has left the North without a proper democratic and accountable voice that can champion the area, boost investment and protect jobs.
Businesses across Yorkshire & the Humber are being targeted by a new Government campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the benefits available to employers if they give jobs to young people.
We know there are high levels of youth unemployment across Yorkshire and this campaign will make sure as many businesses as possible know about the money we're offering them to give a young person a break.
We've got up to £2,275 of cash sitting on the table waiting for businesses to take it up. So to them I say: take on a young person who's been out of work for six months and the cash is yours.
There really is no better time to change a young person's life and invest in the future of your business at the same time, so snap up the money before someone else beats you to it.
– Minister for Employment Mark Hoban
With the extra work experience placements and apprenticeships we’re also providing we will ensure young jobseekers have the skills they need to make a real contribution in the workplace. They just need to get their foot in the door so they can prove their worth to local businesses.”