The Festival of Debate 2021, is starting in a few weeks. Its purpose? To increase political discourse, encourage local voices to speak up, and come up with solutions to the most pressing issues in society right now. All events are free and welcome to anyone interested.
Author: Yorkshire Bylines
This time last year, we launched our very first edition of Yorkshire Bylines. At that time, we were just a small group with a passion for progressive politics. And a passion for Yorkshire of course! Today we celebrate our first birthday.
Kevin Hollinrake voted in favour of a law that would have made the peaceful protest against fracking in Ryedale impossible. It is protests like these which make the UK a safer place without fracking. The Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill is a violation of universal rights.
Letters to the editor from across Yorkshire
The Davis Downside Dossier is one of our most popular pages but not everyone agrees that we have the balance right. An anonymous respondent has tried to add a few upsides.
The Church of England should lead by example, including delivering more truly affordable homes on its own land, to help solve the housing crisis, says a landmark report published today by the Archbishops’ Commission on Housing, Church and Community.
Richard Corbett is someone whose contribution to creating a better, more tolerant society for us locally as well as in wider Europe has been recognised with a CBE in the New Year’s honours list. Yorkshire is proud to have enjoyed his dedication to the region, and we wholeheartedly congratulate him on this, the latest in a long line of richly deserved accolades.
We look at our fourv’People of the Year’ for 2020: telling the stories of Marcus Rashford, Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
There are no recommendations for plague books, or books on Brexit, yet all of the books we recommend are very topical and touch on current anxieties about the environment, right-wing populism, religious and racial identity, mental health, and current politics and economics. There is also hope, warmth, optimism and practical suggestions. This is, by no means, a gloomy reading list!
Labour MPs and peers need to be very careful about supporting a deal which will inevitably result in blue wall communities suffering extra hardships. The government has a comfortable majority and there is no compelling need for Kier Starmer to support the bill tomorrow. Labour should keep their hands clean and abstain.
Leeds-based Chapel FM Arts Centre has finished a refurbishment to renovate its heating system to make it greener and more eco-friendly. The new venue, set to open in the spring of 2021 (pending Covid-19 regulations), also features a community café, a large hall that will enable a wide-range of new arts and wellbeing offers, meeting rooms, outdoor seating and other features.
Local firms in Hull have launched the Hull Together survey, on behalf of Hull Council, giving residents a voice in the city’s affairs.
“Whether you were born in Hull or you’ve recently arrived in the city, your opinions, praise, concerns and grumbles about the issues that matter in your community – safety, employment, education, migration, integration and more – are needed to contribute to positive change.”
Residents in South Yorkshire are being encouraged to donate pre-loved Christmas paraphernalia to a local recycling centre, to help those in need struggling to make the season special this year.
A Sheffield resident details her experience with coronavirus, and the incompetence of track and trace, detailing “threatening and unnecessary phone calls, misleading and inaccurate information, and enquiries about health matters from people with no healthcare expertise.”
Bowling Park School in Bradford has a storyteller in residence. It seems that the school is ahead of the curve as the science, education and business worlds are talking about the benefits and potential of storytelling, many more are putting it into practice.
It is often said that we do not miss things until they have gone. For the past year PM Johnson has been in trade negotiations with the US. He has refused time and again to place protections for the NHS on the negotiations.
Back to Ours is releasing a hard-hitting four-part series of documentary films by two black musical artists from Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire. The first episode is shared as part of Black History Month 2020. Written, directed and presented by Bacary Mundoba, lead singer with Afro-codhead-skank crossover band Bud Sugar, and Chiedu Oraka, grime-influenced rapper and MC with […]
Calls for political leadership as firms said to face a “hat-trick of unprecedented challenges” British industry has come together to make a final desperate plea for the government and the EU to show political leadership as trade talks hang by a thread this weekend, with time, patience and trust fast running out. Both sides continue […]
Today Yorkshire Bylines celebrates two huge milestones. It is six months to the day since we launched the first edition of our online newspaper, and within the next few hours, we will have reached 1.5 million views! We know that a free press, along with good quality journalism, is fundamental to any functioning democracy. In […]
Note: This article has proved so popular that Yorkshire Bylines has now added it as a permanent feature and we will continue to update the index as the impact of Brexit begins to make itself felt across the country. See it HERE. As before if you know or hear of jobs being lost and attributed […]
Can there have ever been an emptier slogan in the history of political campaigning? Blaming others for its own mismanagement has become the defining characteristic of this government. A concerted attack on EU ‘intransigence’ in an effort to shift responsibility to Brussels for the chaos that a no-deal Brexit will bring in just 66 working […]
Let’s be clear. At the best of times, local authorities provide and manage the infrastructure of modern life on slashed budgets. Then people blame them for everything. In these worst of times, they are leading the fight against Covid-19 as well as still managing the infrastructure of modern life on slashed budgets and still get […]
Anyone who has been missing their usual singing group during lockdown, or who fancies having a go at mastering opera from the comfort of their living room, can look forward to this summer’s launch of a new digital choir by Opera North. Starting in July, Opera North will be running four weekly Zoom sessions, which […]
An inner-city school in Bradford has been making the most of its outdoor space for over a year now, slowly integrating the natural environment, recycling and traditional outdoor-learning skills into its whole school curriculum. This has been part of its drive to create new and innovative world-class learning opportunities for its children. Bowling Park Primary […]
The Yorkshire Dales market town of Settle has become the UK’s first Rainbow Town, now that some of the lockdown restrictions have been lifted and businesses are permitted to open. The initiative has seen local businesses re-opening with special discounts and offers for frontline NHS staff and care workers, as an ongoing practical ‘thank you’ […]
“One crisis at a time, please!” The chairs of 13 pro-European campaign groups from across Yorkshire have written to our region’s MPs to call for the Brexit transition period to be extended. In their open letter to the Yorkshire MPs, the groups stress that this is, “not an attempt to thwart Brexit. We simply want […]
Brought up in a family of agricultural workers who travelled with the seasons across the North East and Yorkshire, Richard O’Neill is a multi-award winning storyteller and children’s author whose work has been disrupted by Covid-19. He has had to postpone his full diary of school, library and theatre bookings this year, but he has […]
Vegan fudge? Down to “my man, the biggest stirrer in Yorkshire, and the strong arm in the kitchen” says Mailene Fortune, explaining the role of sweet potato and coconut in one of Yorkshire’s artisan sweet makers’ newest fudges. A regular at farmers markets over the past few years, Por Favour started off as the twinkle […]
Joe Stanley is a farmer from the East Midlands. He describes himself as a conservationist, columnist and advocate for sustainability in food, farming & the environment. In a Twitter thread using data from a briefing by the National Farmers’ Union, he outlines the differences between our own UK food standards and those in the USA, […]
One thing in life is certain; we all need to eat. Not only to survive physically, but emotionally too, as the pleasure of food is a comfort even in the darkest of days. When boutique hoteliers John and Sue Rudden of Grassington House in the Yorkshire Dales first found themselves staring into the abyss of […]