Lifestyle Urban Echo News 

Do you care TOO MUCH what other people think?

Have you like me, allowed other people’s opinions of you to alter the way you look, the choices you make, even how you feel about yourself? The truth is to a certain extent everyone cares what other people think and that goes back to our early ancestors when it was vital to belong to the tribe in order to survive the dinosaurs and Saber-toothed tigers. Today the need for approval and acceptance begins early and our cultural and social norms encourage it. If you respect and love (and are loved…

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Politics Urban Echo News 

Anjem Choudary: A Real Danger or Just a Scarecrow?

It would be most pertinent to state in the very outset that the presence of Muslims in the UK dates back more than one hundred years and has deep roots in British history. However, there is little awareness amongst today’s population that Muslims are not foreigners in British society. They influenced the growth of Britain and contributed to the country’s growth and reconstruction of after World War II. As of mid-2010, the official total of the resident population in the UK was estimated to be 62.03 million of which 2.9…

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Urban Echo News 

UK’s tough new immigration policy is now set out but who’s doing the work?

by Louis MacWilliam, Associate Solicitor, Business Immigration Team LMacWilliam@lawBlacks.com, 0113 322 2842, Twitter – @LouisLawBlacks The UK’s long-term cabinet-agreed immigration policy finally emerged, following the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) report last month. The Government, whilst taking the axe to the supply of lower-skilled labour from the EU, fails to offset this with any significant reform of the wider immigration system. The context EU nationals can, for the time being at least, come to the UK under free movement provisions and take employment of any kind, thereby providing a fluid labour…

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Uncategorized Urban Echo News 

Bradford councillors get their hands dirty for Charity Week

The deputy leader of Bradford council, Imran Khan and Cllrs Hassan Khan and Rizwana Jamil got their hands dirty in Bradford last Saturday as part of a community litter pick in BD3. This was part of Charity Week, a national fundraising initiative largely run by university Islamic Societies across the country, raising money for the development agency, Islamic Relief UK.  It is also an opportunity for community building. The councillors joined a team of Islamic Relief volunteers at a community litter pick in Seymour Park in BD3, an area that…

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Lifestyle Urban Echo News 

The Rise in Modest Fashion

by Maryam Ansar Recently, there has been a distinct increase in the number of major fashion brands stocking ‘modest’ clothing. It might get passed off as an innocent marketing attempt to drive sales and bat off competitors, but questioning the underlying motive can’t be helped, especially within the current political context. The introduction of modest fashion collections doesn’t stop at full length sleeves and mid length dresses anymore, like they once did. In 2018, brands such as H&M bought in entire collections consisting of long, flowing maxi dresses reminiscent of…

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Urban Echo News 

Bradford District Celebrates Excellence In Policing

The excellent work of police officers, staff and members of the public from Bradford District over the last year have been celebrated at a special ceremony. The Bradford District Policing Awards, which took place at the National Media Museum in the city today (Thursday), saw more than 80 people recognised for their efforts in preventing and detecting crime and protecting vulnerable members of the public. Bradford District Commander Chief Superintendent Scott Bisset hosted the event, which was also attended by senior leaders from West Yorkshire Police’s Chief Officer Team and partners.…

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News Politics Urban Echo News 

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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Crime Urban Echo News 

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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Arts & Entertainment Urban Echo News 

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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Crime Urban Echo News 

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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