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Local elections 2018 - Party leaders share their manifesto pledges and vision for the Harrogate district

Campaigning is in full swing for the district’s local elections on May 3, which party leaders predict will see a significant generational change on the council.
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Councillor Carl Les, of North Yorkshire County Council.

Fresh ideas needed on elderly spending, says North Yorkshire council leader

The leader of a council serving a rapidly rising elderly population has called for fresh thinking over how care services for the elderly and vulnerable should be funded.

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An EU flag flies in the face of Parliament

Brexit negotiations are two-way

While discussing Brexit negotiations recently, a colleague commented to me that a good deal is one that neither side considers to be a great one. There is a lot of sense to this statement, writes Wetherby MP Alec Shelbrooke.

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Devolution: Yorkshire leaders urge Prime Minister to commit to mayoral election in 2020

Devolution: Yorkshire leaders urge Prime Minister to commit to mayoral election in 2020

Leaders of 18 Yorkshire councils have written to Theresa May urging her to commit to a region-wide mayoral election in 2020, ahead of a crunch meeting with the Communities Secretary tomorrow.

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Site plans for Knaresborough Road in Skipton

140 new homes to be built in Skipton

Permission has been granted for 140 new homes to be built on a greenfield site in Skipton.

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Ashley Highfield, Johnston Press chief executive, in the newsroom of The Yorkshire Post.

Ashley Highfield: The House of Lords is risking the future of local newspapers

THIS week the Prime Minister announced a review into the health of the news media, including the regional and local press.
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An example of properties in the pipeline for Harrogate as part of Barratt Developments Yorkshire East.

Revealed: Figures on new houses for Kingsley Road in Harrogate

In what the company itself describes as a "major boost to the Yorkshire economy", five star housebuilder, Barratt Developments Yorkshire East , has announced plans to open eight new sites this year - including Harrogate.
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The sign that welcomes people to the woodland at Nidd Gorge in Harrogate.

The Way Ahead pt 2: Nidd Gorge relief road location

By Coun Don MacKenzie
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Harrogate's cherished Valley Gardens.

Council pledge: 'No threat' to events in Valley Gardens

Harrogate Borough Council has moved to reassure community groups that their events will still be able to happen in Valley Gardens.
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Yorkshire transport is to undergo a major overhaul.

The North is watching: Ex-Chancellor's warning to Government as 'revolutionary' 30-year Yorkshire transport vision is unveiled

A radical overhaul of ticketing and high speed rail travel between Leeds and Manchester in half an hour are at the centrepiece of a 30 year vision for transport in the North laid out today.
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Andrew Jones MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough.

Harrogate MP Andrew Jones on new business role within government

The Harrogate and Knaresborough MP has dismissed claims that he was demoted in the latest government reshuffle and said he would ‘throw himself’ into his new role.
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Harrogate and Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones.

Reshuffle: Harrogate MP Andrew Jones announced as party's new Vice Chair

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, has been appointed as a Vice Chairman at the Conservative Campaign Headquarters during the Cabinet reshuffle today (January 8).

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Coun Phil Ireland, Harrogate Borough Councils cabinet member for sustainable transport, tries out one of the three new rapid electric car chargers for public use at the councils civic centre.

Free! Charge your electric car at new Harrogate Civic Centre

Three rapid electric vehicle charging points are now up and running at Harrogate Borough Council’s new Civic Centre – and they’re free to use until New Year's Eve.
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The crowd gathered at the Harrogate area committee meeting of North Yorkshire County Council at the Cairn Hotel. (Picture by Mike Whorley Photography)

Fears Harrogate relief road vote will be ignored

Fears are growing that North Yorkshire County Council may stick with the option of a new inner relief road in the Nidd Gorge area in a clash between Northallerton and Harrogate over possible anti-traffic congestion plans.
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PCC Julia Mulligan.

Commissioner warns of £4.3million black hole for North Yorkshire Police

Harrogate residents are being asked whether they would rather see an increase to their council tax or a cut to the budget of the local police force.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride and Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Andrew Jones.

Harrogate MP reveals "excitement" behind Budget Day

The MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough has revealed the ‘excitement and challenge’ in announcing the Autumn Budget and his involvement as a Treasury Minister.

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Julian Smith MP at Black Sheep Brewery

Julian Smith MP

At the beginning of November, I was delighted to be appointed Government Chief Whip by the Prime Minister.

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Pressure is growing on Transport Secretary Chris Grayling over scrapped rail electrification plans.

‘Look at what we’re doing’: Grayling comes out fighting on Northern transport

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has come out fighting over his department’s commitment to the North as he insisted the region’s leaders have all the same powers to improve services as their counterparts in London.

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The cost of residential parking permits is to increase in North Yorkshire for the first time in a decade.

Cost of parking permits to go up

The cost of parking permits in residential areas across North Yorkshire is to increase for the first time in a decade in an effort to “make life easier for residents” by funding other crucial schemes in the county.

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Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith has been appointed Chief Whip.

LATEST: Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith appointed Chief Whip

Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith has been promoted to Chief Whip for the Conservative Party, and appointed to the Privy Council.
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