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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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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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Councillors unanimously turn down request to record Leeds council meeting

Councillors in Leeds today refused a request from a local blogger to record a public council meeting. The request – not to film, but just to record the audio – was put to a meeting of one of Leeds City … Continue reading

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Leeds council to pursue legal costs of over £4m following Arena court “vindication”

Leeds City Council is going to try and recover the over £4m it says it has spent defending itself in the High Court over allegations that it acted deceitfully during the procurement process to build the Leeds Arena. Following a lengthy court … Continue reading

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Initial council budget put cost to Leeds of hosting Tour de France at £3.6m

Leeds City Council has released its initial estimates of what it’s going to cost the city to host the Tour de France. Drafted before the route was known, the Leeds budget set aside for the event comes to £3.6m, according … Continue reading

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Details of what it’s costing Leeds to host Tour de France to be released in January

Details of what it’s costing Leeds City Council to co-host the opening stages of the Tour de France in July 2014 are going to be released once the route is finalised next month. Council chief executive Tom Riordan told his … Continue reading

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Can Leeds really be so bad at selling itself? An investor speaks

“Leeds is terrible at selling itself as a city and a city region. You have got to do better,” the director of policy at British Chambers of Commerce tells the Leeds Chamber. Ouch! Fear not. He’s not talking about the … Continue reading

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Leeds Council – not trying to cause a big sensation, talkin’ ’bout re-generation

The bizarre case of the local Chamber of Commerce’s involvement in the abortive setting up of a regeneration board for east Leeds is to be discussed at a full meeting of Leeds City Council this afternoon. A motion being put … Continue reading

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Leeds council chief exec resigns from Chamber as bizarre row rumbles on

Chief Executive of Leeds City Council Tom Riordan has resigned his role as a director of the local chamber of commerce “because of a potential conflict of interest”. The non-announcement came buried in the minutes of a Council meeting held … Continue reading

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Leeds Council snaps up Yorkshire Forward research unit in £343,000 a year transfer

Leeds City Council is set to take over the economic research and intelligence unit of axed regional development body Yorkshire Forward. Under a plan to be discussed by the Council’s Executive Board on Wednesday 7th September, the five members of … Continue reading

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