Metro mayors want Whitehall to hand over control of education funds

Metro mayors have urged the Government to devolve the budget for the education of 16 to 18-years-olds to English regions to help them develop home-grown talent.

John Cridland, chairman of Transport for the North

Northern Rail chaos: Firms could be compensated for lost business

Transport leaders in the North said today that “something should be done” to make up for the “real hardship” suffered by passengers and firms across the region as a result of the Northern rail company timetable chaos.

An anti-Brexit demonstrator looks pensive during a protest outside the Houses of Parliament on June 11, 2018 . The EU withdrawal bill returns to the House of Commons tomorrow for the first of two sessions in which MP's will consider amendments imposed by the Lords, and another set of fresh amendments.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Keep UK in a customs union, urges coalition of Yorkshire business and civic leaders

A coalition of influential Yorkshire business and political leaders have piled more pressure on Theresa May on the eve of two days of crunch Brexit votes by calling on the Government to seek a customs union deal with the European Union.

Date: 5th June 2018.'Picture James hardisty.'A Northern Rail train arriving at Leeds Station.

Rail chaos: The week the North bared its teeth over Northern timetable fiasco

Days of delays and cancellations on Northern rail services prompted a furious response that stung the Government this week. Rob Parsons reports.

22 May 2018......  Stewart Arnold, leader of the Yorkshire Party.  Pic: Tony Johnson.

Stewart Arnold interview: ‘Debate is no longer yes or no over a devolved Yorkshire, it’s how’

Stewart Arnold interview: Debate is no longer “yes or no” over a devolved Yorkshire, it’s how it will work

22 May 2018......  Stewart Arnold, leader of the Yorkshire Party.  Picture Tony Johnson.

Rotherham council leader urged to reconsider approach to One Yorkshire devolution

The leader of Rotherham council has been urged to reconsider his “apparent reluctance” to join a wider Yorkshire devolution deal.

Chris Grayling has come under fresh fire for his management of the railways.

We’re sorry: Grayling and Northern rail boss apologise for train delays chaos across region

Embattled Chris Grayling today apologised for the chaos the introduction of new train timetables had caused across the North as a metro mayor claimed passengers in the region were “invisible” to the Transport Secretary.


Video: Michael Gove clashes with Sheffield MP Clive Betts in Commons over city's tree-felling programme

A senior Government Minister has renewed his war of words with Sheffield council over its controversial tree-felling programme after advising a city MP to "have a word" with the authority about the scheme if it wanted to cut pollution levels.
Date: 21st May 2018. Picture James Hardisty. IPPR North, Brexit conference held at Leeds Civic Hall, Pictured Keynote speaker Steve Rotheram, mayor of Liverpool City Region.

UK risks becoming ‘splintered’ if more powers are not devolved to regions, warns northern metro mayor

The Government risks “splintering” the country if it fails to deliver further devolution in the English regions where large numbers of people voted for Brexit, a northern metro mayor has warned.

Mayoral Election Sheffield City Region 2018 Votes are counted at the EIS in Sheffield ahead of the results being announced

Around £9 a vote for a South Yorkshire mayor who could have been appointed for free

The cost of the election for Sheffield City Region mayor works out at around £9 a vote in one South Yorkshire borough, a senior council official has revealed.

Amber Rudd giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

Damning verdict on Home Office’s Windrush victims’ hotline from Yorkshire MP Gill Furniss

Home Secretary Amber Rudd was facing further pressure over her handling of the Windrush scandal tonight after the hotline her office set up to deal with victims was strongly criticised by a Yorkshire MP.

Tanya Simms and her nine-year-old daughter Talia

Sheffield grand-daughter of Windrush generation migrants ‘a citizen of nowhere’ after passport bid is rejected

The grand-daughter of two members of the Windrush generation says she feels like “a victim punished for something I have no control over” after being told by a government agency she does not qualify as British.

20 April 2018 .....     Candidates at the Sheffield city region mayoral hustings, organised by the Centre for Cities, held at The Source Skills Academy in Meadowhall. Mick Bower, (Yorkshire Party), Naveen Judah, (South Yorkshire Save our NHS Party), Ian Walker (Conservatives), Hannah Kitching (Liberal Democrats), Rob Murphy (Green Party), Dan Jarvis (Labour). Picture Tony Johnson.

Yorkshire local elections: Sheffield City Region mayoral candidates reveal how they’d fix devolution deadlock

Six candidates vying to be South Yorkshire’s first directly-elected mayor have faced off at a hustings in Sheffield. Rob Parsons watched the debate unfold.

Clive Betts MP

Government must improve the way it helps local councils prepare for Brexit, says Sheffield MP

A senior Yorkshire MP has criticised the “ad hoc, infrequent and uneven” way Ministers have helped local councils prepare for Brexit.

Marsh Lane is the scene of a fierce battle between energy firm Ineos and anti-fracking campaigners.

Derbyshire county council to oppose ‘listening well’ plans by fracking firm Ineos

Derbyshire County Council is to oppose plans by energy firm Ineos to erect a 60 metre high drilling rig to test the suitability of the site for fracking, after rejecting the recommendation of its own officers.

Yorkshire transport is to undergo a major overhaul.

The North is watching: Ex-Chancellor's warning to Government as 'revolutionary' 30-year Yorkshire transport vision is unveiled

A radical overhaul of ticketing and high speed rail travel between Leeds and Manchester in half an hour are at the centrepiece of a 30 year vision for transport in the North laid out today.
14 December 2017 .......    Political interview with John Cridland, independent chair of TfN, Picture Tony Johnson

John Cridland interview: I refuse to accept that North has to be poor relation

Later this month, the North’s new strategic transport body will unveil its 30-year plan to revitalise the region’s economy. Rob Parsons met the organisation’s independent chairman to find out more about its vision.

Chancellor Philip Hammond holding his red ministerial box outside 11 Downing Street, London, before heading to the House of Commons to deliver his Budget. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 22, 2017. See PA story BUDGET Main. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Budget 2017: Yorkshire fears being left out in the cold as Hammond’s stamp duty cut comes under fire

The Chancellor included a surprise move to abolish stamp duty for most first-time buyers as part of efforts to tackle the UK’s housing crisis in a Budget speech delivered today amid mounting gloom about the nation’s economy.

The scheme to tackle unemployment in South Yorkshire was due to get going next year.

Unemployment scheme to help thousands in South Yorkshire is halted over devolution worries

Civic leaders in South Yorkshire have spoken of their disappointment after a £5 million project to help long term unemployed in the county was halted by the Government because of uncertainty over devolution.

Pressure is growing on Transport Secretary Chris Grayling over scrapped rail electrification plans.

‘Look at what we’re doing’: Grayling comes out fighting on Northern transport

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has come out fighting over his department’s commitment to the North as he insisted the region’s leaders have all the same powers to improve services as their counterparts in London.

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