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Bradford man in court of terror charges

A 42-year-old old man from Bradford has appeared in court charged with two offences under the Terrorism Act following an investigation by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

Farooq Rashid of Ducy Crescent, Bradford, appeared before Westminster magistrates charged with one count of dissemination of a terrorist publication, contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006 and one count of possessing a publication likely to be useful to a terrorist.

Rashid, who was arrested in October 2016 as part of an intelligence led inquiry, was remanded in custody.


Celebrations start for 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte's birth

Members of the Bronte Society celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Bronte on the Terrace of the House of Commons.

The gathering marked the start of a five-year programme to highlight the bicentenaries of the births of each of the Bronte siblings.

Charlotte’s is the first birth to be celebrated this Thursday, with Branwell to follow in 2017, Emily in 2018 and Anne in 2020.

Celebrations to mark Charlotte’s birthday will take place around the world on April 21st. The primary focus will be on Haworth itself which will host a full day of community-led activities.

We at the Bronte Society have been planning these events for a number of years now. We are very excited to see the Bronte 200 launch on Thursday 21st April with a day of activities in Haworth, followed by a commemorative service in Westminster the following day. It was wonderful to come to the Houses of Parliament and help start the celebrations.

– John Thirlwell, Chair of the Bronte Society Council

Row over MPs "selling off Parliament's silverware"

Cutlery manufacturers in Sheffield are furious at plans to sell off House of Commons silver and potentially replace it with stainless steel tableware from Vietnam.

For more than a century cutlery has been forged in Sheffield, the city where stainless steel was invented. The move has not gone down well with either business owners, or the Deputy Prime Minister. Martin Fisher reports.

Blomfield named Parliamentarian of the Year

Paul Blomfield MP Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield has been named Parliamentarian of the Year 2014 by the national charity Citizens Advice.

The Rt Rev John Gladwin, Chairman of Citizens Advice, praised the Labour MP for championing the need for better regulation of payday lenders on the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee to protect consumers.

A special award was also given to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Debt and Personal Finance, of which Mr Blomfield is Secretary, for the group’s work campaigning on the issue of payday lending and debt management companies.

After receiving the Parliamentarian of the Year award Mr Blomfield said:**“It’s a huge honour to receive this award from Citizens Advice. It’s a tribute to everyone who has campaigned to stop the payday loan rip-off and forced the Government to act.

"Ministers could not ignore the sustained pressure from debt and consumer charities, churches, trade unions, MPs, Councils, and the thousands of people who signed our petition saying that the irresponsible behaviour and practices of payday lenders have to stop."


MP emotional at launch of sexual exploitation law report

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion has spoken emotionally at the launch of a report looking into child sexual abuse legislation.

The report carried out by the MP and charity Bernardo's will recommend stronger legislation to allow early intervention in suspected cases.

Paul Brand is there for Calendar.

Rotherham MP urges stronger child sexual exploitation laws

In the next few minutes the Rotherham MP Sarah Champion will speak in Westminster to call on the government to tighten up laws on child sexual exploitation.

A joint report by the MP and the Barnados children's charity says it should be made easier for police to intervene more quickly in cases where children are at risk. It also recommends giving specialist training to judges and lawyers involved in child grooming cases.

Calls for tighter restrictions on gambling machines

Tens of millions of pounds is being spent by gamblers in Yorkshire on one of the betting industry's most controversial gaming machines. The fixed odds betting terminals, as they're called, can leave you three hundred pounds out of pocket - in just one minute.

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling has released figures today which they illustrate the machines earning power - and are calling for tighter controls to govern them. Tina Gelder reports.

Betting machines spell trouble says former addict

Gamblers in Yorkshire lost more than one hundred and £10 million on controversial gaming machines last year, figures out today have revealed.

The fixed odds betting terminals have been dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling because of the speed at which the casino style games are played. £100 can be lost in seconds. Reformed gambling addict Vicky clark from Sheffield says they spell trouble.

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