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Leading decision makers debate national issue of inclusive growth in Bradford

The most important national issue of our time – how do we create a country in which economic growth enables the many ‘people who are just about managing’ to feel more economically secure in life, not only across the Northern Powerhouse but across the country – is being debated by leading thinkers and decision makers in Bradford in March. Theresa May declared on becoming Prime Minister in the context of the Brexit vote: “We will strive to make Britain a country that works for everyone, regardless of who they are,…

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Proposed increase in parking times and charges in Bradford

Bradford Council is proposing to amend the charging hours for on-street parking within the city centre. Currently charging hours operate between 10a.m and 4.30p.m Monday to Saturday, but it is proposed to extend these to 8a.m to 6p.m Monday to Saturday and to implement a flat rate charge of £1 on Sundays. Following objections received during the advertisement period, it will be recommended to the Executive meeting on 7 March that the Sunday charge should not be implemented in certain streets at the “top of town” namely North Parade, Northgate,…

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Bradford ‘can be at forefront of drive to raise school standards in the North of England’

Bradford could be at the centre of new projects to improve school performance in the North, according to the author of the Northern Powerhouse Schools Strategy. Sir Nick Weller, who is the chief executive of Bradford-based Dixons Academies Trust, was commissioned by the Government to produce a report into how school standards in the North of England can be improved. He will be giving a speech about his plans at Bradford’s next Public Forum for Education on March 15. His report, published late last year, made a series of recommendations…

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Bradford’s North Parade welcomes new live music venue

Bradford’s North Parade is welcoming a new live music venue to the many popular bars and cafes that have proved such a hotspot in recent years thanks to the City Growth Zone fund. Wireless Bar is a new venture set up by long standing friends Lee Fergus and Richard Emsley which will promote the great local talent that exists in the area. As well as enjoying the sounds of bands and solo artists, customers can enjoy an excellent choice of real ales and craft beers from local breweries. The bar,…

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‘Cold Case’ Detectives Launch Review Of John Luper Murder

Specialist ‘cold case’ detectives have launched a detailed review of the murder of a Leeds businessman who died during a robbery at his home 13 years ago today.  Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s Major Investigation Review Team are now overseeing the investigation into the murder of John Luper, who was 57 years old when he was killed at his home in Sandmoor Drive, Alwoodley, on February 17, 2004. They will undertake a full review of all the available evidence with a particular emphasis on advances in forensic science that could…

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Beware! Bogus Solar Panel Salesmen in Heckmondwike

Detectives in Kirklees are appealing for information after an elderly man was deceived by men posing a solar panel engineers. The incident occurred around 3pm on Friday February 10, when the two male suspects approached an address on Fairfield Road in Heckmondwike. They spoke to the occupant, a vulnerable man in his 70’s and told him he was due a refund. They produced a card machine, and stole a large sum of money during the ‘transaction’. Both male suspects are described as Asian and both were smartly dressed. The first…

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Annual Naat competition performed at Bradford school

Pupils at a Bradford primary school will be performing at an annual Naat competition today. Naat is an Islamic recital which is performed without music. This event has been taking place at Lilycroft Primary School for more than 15 years. Children in Key Stage Two at the school will be performing Naats on their own or in groups having spent recent weeks rehearsing for this special occasion. Their recitals can be between two and five minutes long. The event is being attended by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of…

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Calling all the single ladies

By Qainaat Aftab qainaat@urban-echo.co.uk It’s February and it’s the infamous month of Valentine’s Day. Every year we see the capitalist notion where hundreds of red hearted balloons and red roses fill up the shop shelves. Valentine’s Day is nothing but a capitalist con and another way to make singletons feel left out. I find it odd how some of my friends get so caught up on the idea of being alone on Valentine’s Day. In reality, it’s just another day. But listening to their conversation, I couldn’t help but find…

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Calling all the single ladies!

by Qainaat Aftab It’s February and it’s the infamous month of Valentine’s Day. Every year we see the capitalist notion where hundreds of red hearted balloons and red roses fill up the shop shelves. Valentine’s Day is nothing but a capitalist con and another way to make singletons feel left out. I find it odd how some of my friends get so caught up on the idea of being alone on Valentine’s Day. In reality, it’s just another day. But listening to their conversation, I couldn’t help but find their…

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“The Speaker Should Be Applauded Not Ousted” – Naz Shah, MP

It is a sad day for democracy when making a statement which echoes the mood of the world is taken to be biased. Four days ago the Speaker addressed the House of Commons explaining he would not be offering Donald Trump an invitation to address Parliament, “Our opposition to racism and to sexism, and our support for equality before the law, and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations for the House”. Yesterday I wrote to the speaker thanking him for his statement. In my letter to him, I explained…

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