Jude Kirton-Darling was looking forward to spending a bit of time with her toddler Natan this spring. Although the north-east Labour MEP remained disappointed about the EU referendum result, she thought it would be nice to be a full-time mum for a while. But Theresa May’s failure to get a deal through parliament means Kirton-Darling finds herself on the stump again instead of going to playgroup. “If you had told me three years ago, I wouldn’t have believed you,” she said. “As MEPs we see the Brexit process very, very closely from both sides and I have never seen such incompetent negotiations.” Back in 2014, when she was first elected to the European parliament, Labour took two of the three seats available in the north-east, winning 221,988 votes. Ukip got the third, with 177,660. The Conservatives missed out, getting 107,733 votes in the region. Nationally, Ukip sent the most MEPs to Europe (24), followed by Labour (20), the Tories (19), Greens … [Read more...] about How will Labour’s heartlands greet its Brexit tightrope act?
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Whether you live, work or are just visiting Beeston and Chilwell, there's no shortage of places to get fed and watered. In the town centre, along Wollaton Road, or down by the canal at Beeston Rylands, the variety spans pubs, cafes, takeaways and restaurants offering everything from a full English and a lunchtime snack to a pint of craft ale or a foodie feast. Take a trip along High Road, in Chilwell (well served by both the tram and buses) to find more bars and restaurants. With so many (too many) to mention, here's a snap shot of some of our favourites. You might not agree - but it's a good job we all have different opinions or we'd never get served... Breakfast Boathouse Cafe This old school cafe, on the towpath of Beeston canal, is popular with cyclists and dog walkers, whose pets are welcome to sit at the picnic tables outside. A cooked breakfast by the waterside cafe is very good value for money. There's no pretences - it is what it is with colourful tablecloths and big … [Read more...] about How to eat and drink your way around Beeston and Chilwell
Nottingham's trams are predominantly rated as 'excellent' and revel in 8th position out of 140 things to do in the city, a TripAdvisor search has revealed. The Nottingham Express Transit (NET) network opened to the public back in March 2004, followed by a second phase which more than doubled the size. In 2017/18 alone more than 17.8 million journeys were taken by customers. Despite an increase in passenger numbers by more than 1.4 million the company that owns the system, Tramlink Nottingham, reported losses of almost £18 million for the last financial year - but it did make an overall gross profit and a rise in turnover. Regardless of the recent announcement of increased ticket prices, plus delays caused by vehicles which sometimes stray onto the tracks, 64 percent of Tripadvisor reviewers think the system is 'excellent'. A further 26 percent rated the network as 'very good', with only three percent of reviewers rating the trams as 'terrible'. Here are some of the most recent … [Read more...] about Nottingham’s trams are on TripAdvisor
DECIDING where to live can be a tricky task, with so many factors to consider, how can we know if we are making the right choice? Thanks to recent data published by Kelisto we now know the cheapest places to move to based off on: buy/rent, taxes, transport, shopping and leisure. According to last year’s data, the cheapest cities in Spain in 2018 were: And the most expensive were: *HOUSING *To determine housing costs, Kelisto analysed the average price of buying and renting a property of 80 square metres in each of the provinces’ capitals. Buy: The average cost of acquiring a home in Spain is €144.432. The highest living costs were registered in San Sebastian (€371.328), Barcelona (357.360) and Madrid (282.504). However, the cheapest cities were Jaen (€86.304) and Avila (91.360). Rent: National data showed that the average price to rent in Spain was 676€ per month. The most expensive cities on average for rentals were Barcelona (€1,278) … [Read more...] about SPAIN: Cheapest and most expensive cities to live in
The final days of 1998 saw Hull City wallowing in the depths of despair. A 3-2 defeat away to Shrewsbury Town had left the Tigers six points adrift at the bottom of the Football League and rapidly losing all hope. The trapdoor that led to the Conference creaked beneath Warren Joyce and his side. Oblivion beckoned. Something special was needed to save City and what followed in the second half of the 1998-99 season was certainly that. A run of just three defeats came in 21 games staved off the threat of an unthinkable relegation, creating what has affectionately become known as The Great Escape. This is the inside story of how the Tigers were able to drag themselves back from the abyss 20 years ago, with contributions from Joyce, Justin Whittle, Gary Brabin, Jon Whitney, David Brown and Andy Dalton, editor of fanzine Amber Nectar. Slowly sinking into a hole The warning signs had been flashing for Hull City since an embarrassing relegation to the fourth tier was signed off in 1996. … [Read more...] about The inside story of Hull City’s Great Escape 20 years ago