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Pronouns are Rohypnol – (reposting of article removed from Medium)

(Below is an article that was posted earlier this week on Medium. It has since been removed. In the interests of free speech, I’m re-posting it here, so people who want to read it can. Thanks to @WingsScotland for retrieving … Continue reading

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Leeds council in a bind over WPUK call for apology. What can it possibly say?

We all make mistakes. And when someone points out our mistake our first instinct is to look for reasons (or excuses) to delay or avoid saying we’re sorry. For an organisation, saying sorry is a risky business: you’ve got to … Continue reading

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Influence, groupthink and fear. Leeds and the stifling of the transgender debate

It’s three weeks since Leeds City Council controversially cancelled a room booking made by Woman’s Place UK, a group set up to campaign to ensure women’s voices are heard in the debate around proposals to change the Gender Recognition Act. … Continue reading

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Council pulls plug on Carillion involvement in Leeds restoration project

Leeds City Council has decided to call off the involvement of a Carillion subsidiary in a high-profile restoration project on the south bank of the River Aire. The project – to restore the Grade-II listed Engine House at Tower Works – … Continue reading

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Who’s getting what arts cash in the post Leeds2023 divvy-up?

A list of who gets what arts funding over the next four years from cash-strapped Leeds City Council was released this afternoon. Under a new scheme devised with the ill-fated bid to host the European Capital of Culture 2023 in mind … Continue reading

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Enquiry into Leeds hotel loan write-off points to “poor judgement” by decision makers

  An enquiry into what went wrong with a taxpayer-funded loan to a hotel project in Leeds says that weak processes in place at the time the loan was being approved led to “poor judgement” by decision makers. The £4.8m … Continue reading

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The Leeds projects that will be impacted by Carillion collapse (plus parents told school running normally)

A quick look at the major contracts in Leeds that are going to be affected by the collapse of Carillion.   New dual carriageway It was made public just before Christmas that Carillion had won the contract to carry out … Continue reading

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News in brief: Top West Yorks devolution official steps down; culture cash for Leeds; Labour row over new free school

West Yorkshire’s top devolution official stepping down The West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s head of policy, strategy and communications, Rob Norreys, is leaving the organisation at the end of the month. Given the fact that Mr Norreys (effectively the organisation’s number … Continue reading

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Risk? What risk? Council leaders to brief watchdog committee on Leeds Capital of Culture bid

Leeds City Council’s top two leaders are going to update one of the council’s watchdog committees about latest developments over the city’s bid to host the European Capital of Culture in 2023. Chief Executive Tom Riordan and council leader Judith … Continue reading

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Housing target for Leeds could be slashed again … to 42,000? (from 70,000)

Controversial figures for the number of houses Leeds is going to need over the coming years look like they could be slashed for a second time. The Labour council’s housing target of 70,000 new homes (from 2014-28) has come under … Continue reading

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