John Heywood remembers the life of Albert Wainwright, who was born and raised in Castleford, but is often thrust into the shadows because of Henry Moore. Wainwright’s work was influential in the creation of Leeds theatres, in highlighting the struggles of being gay at the time, and for criticisng the Nazi regime.
Helen Davidson reviews the results in the Hartlepool by-election. Turnout was 42.3% and Conservative gains were obtained from mostly Brexit voters. Why people stayed at home and didn’t come out to vote, is unknown; but what is known is that the winner of the election was indifference.
Bringing our buses into public control has been a key issue in the race to elect West Yorkshire’s first mayor, with coverage in the BBC election debate and many identifying it as a top priority. That’s thanks to local people who have made the case for change. Buses will be key to building back better […]
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Alex Toal finishes his local elections preview with a look at West Yorkshire. The county’s districts have a third of their councillors up for election, in addition to the first ever mayoral race.
Alex Toal interviews Stewart Golton, leader of the Leeds Liberal Democrats and the party’s candidate for West Yorkshire mayor. Golton plans to “rage against the machine” at both the regional and national level, challenging leaders in West Yorkshire and Westminster to do better for local people.
Bob Buxton talks to John Hackett about democracy, devolution, and the balance of West Yorkshire ahead of the inaugural city-region mayoral elections this May.
Ahead of the elections this week, Alex Toal speaks with Councillor Andrew Cooper, the Green Party candidate to be the first mayor of West Yorkshire.
Can a Wakefield pie heal an ailing nation? Last Sunday I saw a pig’s penis. Now I can’t unsee it. They are actually shaped like a corkscrew. I thought it was an urban myth, you know, the stuff teenage boys say to each other because they can’t talk to girls. Like when a kid told […]
Peter Norcliffe, as part of his ‘Norky’s Ramblings’ series, remembers the many childhood conditions and fevers that were harmful to children when he was growing up: typhoid, polio, and influenza. We are, however, lucky to be alive and lucky to have the NHS.
News that the UK and Norway have failed to reach a fishing deal for this year means boats like the Hull-based Kirkella remain tied up, possibly for good.
Julian Smith’s latest job for MJM Marine makes him one of the highest-earning MPs in parliament. What’s more, it appears that at least two of his three new employers benefited from his time as secretary of state for Northern Ireland.
The big question is – will our Yorkshire MPs be at the EveryDoctor press briefing on the growing privatisation of the NHS tomorrow at 11 am tomorrow? The EveryDoctor campaign group and its supporters have sent out some 2,400 emails inviting all 650 of our MPs to attend. So far only just over 90 have signed up, including Hull East’s Labour MP, Karl Turner.
Alex Toal writes on Rishi Sunak’s latest ‘Kickstarter’ scheme. So far the £2bn jobs programme has only delivered 12,000 jobs, and only 890 in the Chancellor’s region of Yorkshire.
As the club cricket season gets underway John Cornwell recounts the rich heritage of Yorkshire cricket and the joy of playing in a village team.
Economically and politically, the idea of a North-South divide has been a persistent feature of national debate for decades.
Alex Toal links past with present as Eric Pickles is brought back into the public spotlight over the Greensill scandal.
Alex Toal previews the local elections in South Yorkshire. With elections in all four of the county’s boroughs: Rotherham, Barnsley, Sheffield, and Doncaster, a lot is to play for. A lot may change, in the four major trends in the region. Exciting moves up ahead!
Hugh Goulbourne discusses the importance of cricket and sport for mental health and community spirit. This summer, the sport will need a boost in funds, resources and inclusivity.
The fourteen people a week who miss the point of these articles demand a vicarious comfort-food experience, not meta-textual nonsense about pies.
John Heywood looks back at life at Springfield Mill, West Yorkshire in the 40s and 50s
Earlier this year, Councillor Jonathan Wood, who has been a councillor representing the rural Sprotbrough Ward in Doncaster for the last 12 years, defected from the Conservatives and joined the Green Party. On 28 February he finally cut up his membership card explaining that “For some time, it has been clear to me that the interests […]
Granville Williams explains the cartoon row at Batley Grammar School, where a teacher showed an image of the Prophet Mohammed in a religious studies lesson. Since the lesson, there have been protests outside the school. The bigger debate though, is about freedom of speech and the rights in a pluralist society.
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.
Today is Vaisakhi, Sikhism’s most important festival. It celebrates the formal anniversary of the establishment of the Sikh order, the ‘Khalsa,’ in 1699. Vaisakhi is usually celebrated to great fanfare within the Yorkshire community.
Charlie McCarthy explains the significance of the hydrogen factory in Yorkshire. Green hydrogen is a great alternative to fossil fuel, as poor air quality is already the largest environmental risk to UK public health.
Alex Toal looks ahead to the local elections in North Yorkshire and Humberside. Police and crime commissioners are up for election in both counties, along with a third of Hull City Council which will be one to watch.
Amazon owns a third of the warehouse space in the country, yet continues to treat its workers poorly. As Granville Williams writes, union action is becoming an increasingly common way of countering this malpractice.
Sunak’s answer indicated there has been a fair and open allocation of funding according to some objective criteria relating to need. This is evidently not true. Not only is this not true, but the criteria on which the funding is based is heavily skewed towards advancing the interests of already advantaged, Conservative, provincial towns with low levels of deprivation.
Can pies have meaning? What connects the Finding Jack Charlton documentary and a date with Dorothy Parker at the Russian Tea Rooms? Why do Look North presenters dress so badly?