The giant disused towers of Ferrybridge coal-fired power station loom over the A1 on the approach to Pontefract. In their 1970s heyday these great symbols of West Yorkshire’s industrial might employed 850 workers. Just a few miles away is the site of Britain’s last deep coal mine, Kellingley Colliery, which, like the power station that burnt its coal, went out of production in 2015, with the loss of 450 jobs. The local MP, Labour’s Yvette Cooper, led lengthy campaigns to save both. She sought investors and EU state aid, met ministers and executives and fought for fair redundancy packages and skills training for those affected. But the campaigns to keep the power station and pit going were ultimately doomed. The towers of Ferrybridge are now earmarked for demolition. Against this background – and with feelings still raw about the loss of local industries and livelihoods – 70% of voters in Cooper’s constituency of Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford … [Read more...] about Jobs fears haunt the frantic scramble for a Brexit deal
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All of the district's MP's have pledged their support for Theresa May's Brexit plan, which will face opposition from the vast majority of their fellow Yorkshire MPs when it heads to a vote on January 15. All of the region's MPs, who are eligible to vote next Tuesday have been contacted, with 32 of the 41 who replied saying they intend to veto the Withdrawal Bill.Analysis of the anticipated positions of those who didn’t respond based on their party’s positions and previous public statements suggests just 13 of the region’s 53 MPs are set to vote for the deal.Find out how they will vote below:From across the district:Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, Conservative, Brexit Withdrawal Bill voting intention: FORA spokesperson said: “Mr Jones will be voting for the Brexit withdrawal agreement.”Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty, Conservative, Brexit Withdrawal Bill voting intention: FORHe said: "I will be supporting the deal as … [Read more...] about Brexit and Yorkshire’s MPs: How will the district’s representatives vote on EU Withdrawal Bill?
0 Have your say The Yorkshire Post has contacted all of the region’s MPs to find out how they intend to vote on January 15 on Theresa May’s Brexit plan - with the vast majority confirming they plan to reject it. Find out what your MP is going to do - and what they have say here: Nigel AdamsMP for Selby and AinstyConservativeBrexit Withdrawal Bill voting intention: FORI will be supporting the deal as it’s important for us to honour the result and get out of the EU on March 29.***Stuart AndrewMP for PudseyConservativeBrexit Withdrawal Bill voting intention: YET TO RESPOND BUT EXPECTED TO VOTE FOR*** Second term dawns for Leeds theatre company’s cultural college The Yorkshire Post says: Democracy is under attack – vile Brexit abuse must be curtailed Kevin BarronMP for Rother ValleyLabourBrexit Withdrawal Bill voting intention: UNDECIDEDI am looking forward to the debate over the next few … [Read more...] about How every Yorkshire MP plans to vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal
Firefighters across West Yorkshire are delighted to see the Protect the Protectors bill come into full force today READ MORE: Emergency services welcome new law giving added protection against attacksWest Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has been a steadfast supporter of the bill, which will see the maximum penalty for an assault on emergency workers double, since it was first proposed by a Ten Minute Bill in 2016.The service has also created their own campaign, called More Than a Uniform, which has raised awareness of and denounced attacks experienced by firefighters when they are just trying to do a job.READ MORE: Halifax MP delighted to see campaign to protect emergency service workers become lawDeputy Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: “We have followed the Protect the Protectors bill on its journey through the House of Commons and the House of Lords and it is great to now see it come into force.“We hope the strengthening in the law will be a deterrent to … [Read more...] about West Yorkshire firefighters’ delight as Protect the Protectors bill becomes law
More than 100,000 households in West Yorkshire are out of work, according to national statistics. Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) estimate that last year 15% of households in the area were workless, in line with the UK-wide average. In Yorkshire and the Humber, the figure was 16%.According to the ONS, a household is defined as workless if every person aged from 16-64 in the house is not in employment at the time of the annual population survey.Across Yorkshire and the Humber, the most common reason people gave for not being in work was being sick or disabled - 30% of out-of-work individuals cited illness or disability as the primary reason for not working.Students made up 13% of the group, and 15% were early retirees. Just 14% of jobless people in the area were officially ‘unemployed’ - looking for work and able to start within two weeks.A spokesperson from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said: “Since 2010 the proportion of workless … [Read more...] about More than 100,000 households in West Yorkshire out of work