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Respect Party accuse Labour opponent of “bending the truth”

Bradford – As the election fever gathers momentum at a time when prospective candidates aspire to dethrone their sitting parliamentary opponents, the Bradford West constituency is slowly simmering to boiling point as a toe to toe confrontation between maverick MP George Galloway and his [new] Labour opponent Naz Shah gathers pace. Naz (also known as Naseem) Shah’s selection was met with raised eyebrows by the Bradford public as well as the Labour Party controlling the city as many whispered of foul play after the suspicious and sudden withdrawal of the…

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UKIP Bradford highlights concerns of Labour election spending

Bradford – Hope Not Hate (HnH), the trade union backed campaign group that often gets facts wrong, have announced that they will again be targeting UKIP in Bradford in forthcoming general and local elections on 7th May. As a ‘registered non-party campaigner’ HnH are entitled to print and distribute their literature but should ensure they contain facts and not attempt to mislead the public. However UKIP is concerned that Labour councillors, candidates and their associates, being the main distributors and organisers of HnH leaflets in Bradford are using this trade…

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BREAKING: Bradford boy breaks millions of hearts

Millions of hearts around the world have been broken as it is reported that Bradford’s very own Zayn Malik has left One Direction. The 22-year-old rose to fame when he appeared on the X-Factor forming a band with Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Liam Pane finishing in third place. The band confirmed his departure in an official statement: “After five incredible years Zayn Malik has decided to leave One Direction. Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece and look forward to the forthcoming concerts of their…

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Discover the magic of the new and improved Tropical World

Leeds – Visitors can once again experience the magic of one of Leeds and Yorkshire’s most popular visitor attractions, after Tropical World reopened its doors to the public following an exciting refurbishment programme. Home to a wide range of animals from butterflies, birds, fish, reptiles, meerkats and nocturnal monkeys to bearded dragons and bats, Tropical World has now also welcomed a host of new arrivals to its ranks following the revamp. On offer includes an octopus, seahorses, stingray, dart frogs, Asian Tigerfish and a red bellied piranha that sit aside…

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Galloway wins prestigious Twitter award

Bradford – George Galloway is the MP most engaged with his constituents, according to thousands of people who voted for him in the annual Twitter parliamentary awards. The awards are run by the public relations firm Westminster PA, with an administrative panel which includes Channel 4’s Michael Crick, but are voted on by members of the public. George Galloway won the award for the backbencher ‘most engaged with his constituents’. “While of course I don’t take this altogether seriously,” said Galloway, “there is a serious point here about how best…

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Successful clamp down on dangerous vehicles

Kirklees – A night time enforcement exercise aimed at ensuring that vehicles were fit to be on the road took place took place on Friday 13 March, aimed at ensuring that vehicles were fit to be on the road. Officers from Kirklees Council’s licensing department successfully teamed up with colleagues from W Y Police, Her Majestys Revenue & Customs (HRMC) and the Vehicle Operators Standard Agency (VOSA) to carry out on an enforcement exercise During the crackdown, which took place in Ravensthorpe, the team stopped over 35 vehicles of which…

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£1,000 fine over under-age cigarette sale

Manchester – A shopkeeper has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 after under-age children were able to buy cigarettes from his shop. Mohammed Iltsham, the owner of Royal Wines on Moston Lane, was found guilty of selling tobacco to an under-age person after he failed to turn up for a hearing at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday March 18. He was fined £600 and ordered to pay £381 costs with a £60 victims of crime surcharge. Manchester City Council’s trading standards officers organised a test purchase after hearing…

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Free wi-fi in Bradford’s public buildings

Bradford – Nearly 50 buildings in Bradford have benefited from free wi-fi in Bradford. Libraries, visitor information centres, community halls, museums and children’s homes are all seeing wi-fi installed thanks to the SuperConnected Cities programme. As part of the SuperConnected Cities programme, Bradford Council has received Government funding to invest in broadband and wireless capabilities in key areas. The Government scheme is to enable easy and fast online access to residents, visitors and businesses, and to advance connectivity and broadband access across the UK’s major cities. Bradford and Leeds have led the way in connectivity…

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Discovering a Lost Generation through new Batley exhibition

  Batley – A new exhibition at Batley Art Gallery seeks to uncover a different perspective on the great tragedy of those who left for the trenches, never to return.  The show sees the war through the eyes of today’s teenagers, reflecting upon their situation had they been born a century earlier. 100 years ago, the youth of Britain were caught up in the excitement of fighting for the honour and glory of their king and country. If you were a teenager in 1914 a third of your friends would…

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Floating islands to create park wildlife haven

Manchester – A series of innovative floating islands are taking shape in a Manchester lake as part of plans to clean up the city’s green spaces, paid for by an airport windfall. The islands, designed to boost wildlife and biodiversity and improve water quality, are being installed in the former boating lake at Boggart Hole Clough. The nine structures currently being installed are being built from parts which fit together to form a series of arcs and curving islands, custom designed to reflect the edges of the historic lake. The…

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