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Leeds will hold its own Olympic-Paralympic homecoming event, says council leader

Leeds City Council Leader Judith Blake has said that the city will hold its own Olympic-Paralympic homecoming parade.

It comes after Prime Minister Theresa May announced today that Manchester will host the main homecoming parade for Britain's athletes.

Celebrations in Leeds after Olympics 2012 Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Councillor Blake said in a statement that Leeds has so much to 'celebrate' with such a cross-section of medallists and that the council would make sure the athletes get the recognition they deserve.

We will be hosting a large homecoming event in Leeds to recognise the fantastic performances of both our Olympic and Paralympic athletes in Rio. The people of Leeds are extremely proud of all our athletes flying the flag so magnificently for both the city and Yorkshire.

Leeds has so much to celebrate, with such a cross-section of medallists in gymnastics, triathlon, cycling, diving, rowing and still Nicola Adams in the boxing to come. We will absolutely make sure the Leeds event gives the athletes the recognition and appreciation they so fully deserve for their wonderful achievements.”

– Judith Blake, Leeds City Council Leader

The date and full details of the Leeds homecoming event are in the process of being finalised.


Yorkshire MP becomes new minister for the Northern Powerhouse

The MP for Brigg and Goole Andrew Percy takes over as the minister responsible for the Northern Powerhouse today.

Andrew Percy - MP for Brigg and Goole Credit: ITV Yorkshire

His role is to attract investment into our region's cities and towns. He takes over from Stockton South MP James Wharton, who has a new job as a minister for International Development.

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What is the Northern Powerhouse?

According to the previous Chancellor George Osborne, Treasury figures suggested that if the northern economy grew in line with the rest of the UK over the next 18 years, it would be worth an additional £44bn in real terms.

That is the equivalent of over £1,600 for each person living in the north.

The hope is to redress the North-South economic imbalance, and to attract investment into northern cities and towns.

A major part of the deal involves devolution - elected mayors with extra funding to promote economic investment and to make decisions about services such as planning and transport.

Not everyone thinks that the Northern Powerhouse will, or can, provide tangible benefits for the north.

The Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, the MP for Westmoreland and Lonsdale, recently described the Northern Powerhouse as 'smoke and mirrors'.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron MP. Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"The Northern Powerhouse - giving a boost to the North's economy and giving people more of a say over where they live - is a great idea. To become reality, the Conservatives must match their fancy rhetoric with hard cash.

"The North of England urgently needs investment to support growth and jobs. Rather than continued cuts to local government funding, the government should be investing in transport infrastructure and broadband.

"Unless the government gives proper funding to the Northern Powerhouse, it will remain a grand title with no substance and voters in the North will continue to feel neglected by this Conservative government."

– Tim Farron MP, Liberal Democrat leader.


Fourth Yorkshire England fan jailed after Marseille Euro 2016 violence

A fourth England fan from Yorkshire has been jailed and banned from France following violence over the weekend.

Widespread trouble hit Marseille ahead of England's Euro 2016 opener. There was further violence inside the Stade Velodrome after the two teams drew.

One fan has been left with severe head injuries and Uefa has threatened to ban England and Russia if there is any repeat.

Steven Cornell, 28, from Huddersfield has been jailed for two months and given a two-year ban from France after appearing in court in Marseille charged in connection with violence at the weekend.

Paul Jackson, 21, from Halifax, received one month in jail and a two-year ban after he threw bottles at police and supporters on Saturday.

Alexander Booth and Ian Hepworth were the first fans to be dealt with following the disorder.

Booth, 20, from Huddersfield, was jailed for two months for throwing a bottle at police and banned from France for two years.

Hepworth, 41, a psychiatric nurse from Sheffield, was given a three month sentence for the same offence and the same ban.

Reacting to the sentence, Booth's father Chris, who was later seen in tears, said "I'll fight it" and "miscarriage".

Young Hull boxers learn about Muhammad Ali

Boxers at Tommy Coyle's gym in Hull held a minutes silence for Ali Credit: ITV News

Young boxers in Hull have been learning about Muhammad Ali, whose funeral took place today.

Boxing champion Tommy Coyle has been telling youngsters about the heavyweight champions achievements both inside and outside the ring.

He also held a minute's silence in memory of the man known as 'The Greatest' at his gym in the city.

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