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A1 near Leeming to be upgraded

A Leeds MP has welcomed a u-turn by the Government, which will see part of the A1 in North Yorkshire upgraded, but criticised the time taken to make the decision.

The last Labour government announced the planned upgrade for the North Yorkshire section of the A1 near Leeming in 2008, and George Osborne cancelled it in 2010. If he hadn't meddled with it the new improved road would have been due to open in 2014. So all he's done is waste more than two years - another piece of damaging incompetence from this hapless chancellor.

– Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Autumn Statement: Labour claims Government has wasted two years after reversing decision to cancel A1 upgrade

The last Labour government announced the planned upgrade for the North

Yorkshire section of the A1 near Leeming in 2008, and George Osborne

cancelled it in 2010. If he hadn't meddled with it the new improved road

would have been due to open in 2014. So all he's done is waste more than

two years - another piece of damaging incompetence from this hapless

chancellor."

– Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Autumn Statement: A1 upgrade

The plans will create a continuous motorway standard route from Leeds to Newcastle and London to Newcastle (via M1/A1M). Credit: PA Wire

The Chancellor has announced plans to improve the A1 in North Yorkshire in an effort to reduce journey times by 20%.

A stretch between Leeming and Barton is set to be upgraded from a dual carriageway to a three lane road.

The Treasury claims the £314 scheme could create up to 750 new jobs during the three year construction period and is expected to be complete by 2016/17.

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Autumn Statement: Regional breakdown

The Chancellor has delivered his Autumn Statement in the Commons.

George Osborne claims measures announced for the Yorkshire and the Humber region include:

  • 22,000 people to be lifted out of income tax and 1.9 to pay less income tax as a result of Personal Allowance reforms.
  • Cancelling the planned rise in fuel duty in January will reduce running costs for the 2.7 million motor vehicles in Yorkshire and the Humber, saving a typical motorist £40 a year.
  • £104 million to build over 5,000 new homes for affordable rent.
  • £18 million to return over 1500 empty homes to use in Yorkshire and the North East.
  • £314 million upgrade on the A1 between Leeming and Barton.
  • A160/180 at Immingham piloted as an accelerated road scheme.
  • York to be in second wave of super-connected cities.
  • Government will provide a grant for councils that freeze council tax in 2013-14.
  • Business support measures will benefit 345,000 small and medium enterprises in Yorkshire and the Humber

North Yorks MP in renewed fight for rural fuel rebate

Anne McIntosh is renewing calls for a rural fuel duty rebate. Credit: PA Wire

A North Yorkshire MP has vowed to fight "with renewed vigour" for a fuel duty rebate for isolated parts of the county.

Anne McIntosh, who represents Thirsk and Malton, claims she has "a strong case" to make to both the Chancellor and the EU Commission for a rebate for areas of Ryedale and Hambleton - areas that have been hit by the highest fuel prices in the country.

The Conservative MP said: "The fact that it now costs over £70 to refuel a vehicle, with the need for 4x4 vehicles in the extreme conditions of North Yorkshire, emphasises how disadvantaged the private motorist is in rural constituencies like Thirsk, Malton and Filey."

A scheme running in Scotland and sees motorists in some of the most remote areas eligible to reclaim up to five pence per litre on petrol and diesel.

Scunthorpe MP: Sell cigarettes in plain packaging

A North Lincolnshire MP has called on the Government to "follow the lead of their Australian counterparts" and force companies to sell cigarettes in plain packaging.

Cigarettes in Australia must now be sold in dark olive brown packets which are mostly covered in health warnings.

Australia is leading the way in stopping people from becoming addicted to a lethal and harmful product. If we care about the health of people in our community then we should introduce plain, standardised packs in the UK and help stop the next generation of smokers being recruited.

– Nic Dakin MP (Labour, Scunthorpe)

Debate on new powers for Hillsborough investigation

The House of Commons will debate emergency legislation to assist the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in their investigation into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster today.

The Police (Complaints and Conduct) Bill will grant two new powers to the IPCC: firstly, to require that any serving officer who is called to an interview is obliged to attend; and secondly, that in exceptional circumstances the IPCC may investigate a matter that has already been investigated.

As legislation currently stands, any officer who is not under investigation by the IPCC may refuse to attend an interview as a witness in any given investigation.

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