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70th Anniversary of VE Day

Bradford – The Lord Mayor of Bradford is leading a ceremony of commemoration in the city’s Centenary Square on May 8 to mark Victory in Europe (VE) Day. Friday 8 May 2015 is the anniversary of VE Day, marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe. Cllr Mike Gibbons will lead the ceremony at 3pm. He will be supported by his Chaplain Canon Philip Gray and Canon Sam Chorley the Chaplain to the Royal British Legion (Bradford Branch). The timing of the ceremony will coincide…

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E-Fit Appeal: Robbery, Horton Park, Bradford

Bradford – Police investigating a robbery in a Bradford park have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to.   The incident occurred in Horton Park at about 11am on Tuesday, 24 February, when a 39-year-old woman was pushed to the ground. The victim had what was believed to be alcohol poured over her head, before the suspect snatched her phone and ran off. She later discovered a quantity of cash had been taken. The suspect was believed to be about 5ft 7ins tall and of…

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Negotiating gender, ethnicity and culture in Northern England

Being a British Pakistani woman in Bradford is hard. Negotiating gender, ethnicity, culture and nationality is not an easy task. Especially if you don’t fit into a nice, neat box. Society doesn’t seem to know what to do with an independent-minded Asian woman who points out injustice and gives it a name. Over the last few weeks Naz Shah, the Bradford West Labour candidate has been subjected to all kinds of abuse. Coming from a difficult childhood, Naz refuses to know her place let alone be put in it. And…

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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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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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“Recovery… What Recovery?”

Bradford – The recovery has not reached Bradford West. “Recovery, what recovery?” that was the reaction of Bradford West MP George Galloway when the February unemployment figures were published today. He continued: “The unemployment rate is a staggering 8%, almost double the national average, the sixth highest in the United Kingdom and last month it even went up. Thirty-four people have now left the register since then, but that doesn’t mean they are in jobs, because we know that hundreds of thousands are being removed from benefits under this ConDem…

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David Ward MP signs up to Cifas’ Fraud Manifesto – to reduce Car Insurance Premiums in Bradford

Bradford – Bradford MP, David Ward has today signed up to Cifas’ Fraud Manifesto, asking for the next government to act on three simple measures which will help cut fraud in Bradford, helping to reduce the cost of car insurance premiums. Commenting David Ward said: “This is an important campaign and I am glad to support it. Fraud affects everyone in Bradford in some way – either as direct victims, or through higher premiums whether that’s car insurance or things like house insurance. Last year alone there were 19,751 cases…

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Exclusive to Urban Echo – Bradford West Labour candidate Naz Shah reveals all

Dreams of my mother & dreams for my daughter. Last week I was selected to stand as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Bradford West, where I was born and raised, and where I live and am raising my own family. In my first press interview, the reporter asked me what brought me into politics and referred to my own life story. Later on that evening on the journey back from London, my friend asked me how I felt. I responded I would know once I was in my mother’s arms….

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Insanity – dare to take the challenge?

Bradford – A new, world-renowned, high intensity workout fitness programme is set to be launched next week at one of Bradford Council’s Clubactive Health and Fitness sites. The INSANITY® workout fitness program, created by US fitness trainer Shaun T, which has gained acclaim from fitness fanatics and professionals worldwide, will be launched at Thornton Recreation Centre on Wednesday 11, March. INSANITY® is a 30 minute workout using ‘Max Interval Training’, meaning that participants work flat out for 3-5 minute periods, before having a short break – just long enough to catch…

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