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The Brexit Shambles – Theresa May is in Office But Not in Power

Today, as the EU Council convenes in Brussels I expected to be writing a quite different opinion piece. Theresa May was expected to announce outline agreement on the EU Withdrawal Treaty and bring some long overdue clarity to the post Brexit transition. Instead we seem to be as far away from agreement as ever and the consequences are unforgiveable. The government have reached a Brexit impasse. Boxed in by the impossible fantasies of the hard Brexiter’s in her own party on one side and the implacable and intransigent members of…

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Residents Urged To Beware Of ‘Courier’ Frauds Targeting Vulnerable Victims

Police are warning people not to fall victim to a type of fraud where criminals specifically look to target vulnerable victims. So-called ‘Courier Fraud’ is where the offender or offenders target often elderly people, calling them up and pretending to be someone in a position of authority (usually a police officer). They then tell the unsuspecting victim that there has been a fraud on their account but that the bank is in involved and not to involve them. They urge the victim not to contact the bank but instead to…

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Leading social entrepreneur joins the Bradford Live team

Bradford Live, the ambitious regeneration project to transform the city’s landmark Odeon cinema into a world-class music, entertainment and events venue, has appointed Bradford-born peer and social entrepreneur Lord Andrew Mawson as its Patron. In partnership with the NEC Group and Bradford Council, Bradford Live will transform the derelict former cinema into a commercially viable and sustainable 4,000 capacity venue, which is due to open in autumn 2020. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has provided a grant of £4m from the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund to support this…

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Protecting the protectors

I was very pleased last month that the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill, also known as the Protect the Protectors Bill, was finally signed into law. The new legislation means tougher sentences for those who assault emergency service workers. To have now reached the milestone is true testament to the unwavering support of all those who have helped to progress this extremely important bill. I gave my full backing to the ‘Protect the Protectors’ campaign, as I know the absolute importance in helping to safeguard police officers and other…

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World Mental Health Day 2018 – ‘Walking into a Crisis’: Children, Young People and Mental Health Services.

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting George Zito, who delivers sessions promoting positive mental health in schools on behalf of Bradford charity Inspired Neighbourhoods. An eight week programme had just begun at Belle Vue Girls School in my constituency and George described the importance of the work around self-esteem and positive thinking that they do. “So many young people are struggling with complicated home dynamics, peer group pressure, friendship issues and the increasing stress of school expectations. Around 8,500 young people have diagnosed mental health disorders in Bradford…

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The continuing myth of the Common Law Marriage

by Charlotte Gannon, Solicitor, Family Law Team Email – CGannon@LawBlacks.com, Tel. – 0113 322 2852 It is a widespread misconception that there is such thing as the ‘common law marriage’ with many people believing that if they are in a long-standing relationship, often with children involved, they will begin to acquire the same rights as married couples or those in a Civil Partnership. The truth is the legal protection available to cohabitees is vastly different to those who are married or in a Civil Partnership, with cohabitees often being left…

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An Extradition Treaty Between UK & Pakistan Seems to be in the Offing

The act by one jurisdiction to deliver a person who has been accused of committing a crime in another jurisdiction or has been convicted of a crime in that other jurisdiction into the custody of a law enforcing agency of the other jurisdiction is termed as extradition. Extradition is normally regulated by treaties between the countries. The consensus in international law is that a state does not have any obligation to surrender an alleged criminal to a foreign state, because one principle of sovereignty is that every state has legal…

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Tackling Domestic Abuse

by Maryam Anser It’s often the case that catastrophic events make front page news – homicide, terrorist plots, and natural disasters; we offer our support to victims through crowdfunding, vigils, protests and social media. But there is a certain catastrophe that goes overlooked by us as a majority. Domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is no longer defined as the use of physical violence towards an individual; it now notices emotional and psychological torment as domestic abuse. In recognising that abuse is not just physical, it further adds to its ability to…

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Human Trafficking Gang Jailed For A Total of Over 24 Years

Members of an Organised Crime Group which trafficked victims from Slovakia into Leeds have been sentenced to a total of over 24 years. An investigation by West Yorkshire Police’s Human Trafficking Unit discovered that the group would often target single and vulnerable men in extreme poverty and promise them a better life or use threats to bring them to the UK.They also trafficked families with young children into the UK. Once the victims were in the UK the group would exploit them – housing them in nearby, often sub-standard accommodation (controlled…

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Bradford’s ‘Top of Town’ awarded £2 Million National Lottery support

Bradford Council has received a confirmed National Lottery grant of just under £2 million for the Bradford City Centre Townscape Heritage Scheme, it was announced today. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the four year Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) project aims to bring the Bradford city centre conservation area known locally as the ‘Top of Town’ back to life to create a high quality, attractive environment and make it a better place for people to live, work, and visit. A key part of an exciting heritage-led regeneration story…

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