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Adlington praised in Parliament

Adlington won two bronze medals at London 2012 and two gold medals in Beijing in 2008. Credit: PA Wire

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".


PMQs catch up

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.

Yorkshire MP demands 'regional government for the North'

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".

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.

– Linda Riordan MP (Labour, Halifax)

Campaign for employers to employ young people targets business in Yorkshire and the Humber

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.

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.”

– Minister for Employment Mark Hoban


Nick Clegg: I will run in next election - and I'll win

Sheffield MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has confirmed he will be running for Parliament at the next general election, and says he is confident he will remain leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Mr Clegg was speaking during a visit to meet students and apprentices at Penwith College in Penzance, Cornwall, today.

Asked about his own future - and to predict his own role in politics following the 2015 election - the party leader said: "I will be MP for Sheffield Hallam and leader of the Liberal Democrats."

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