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From Yorkshire Post, May 11th, 2018
Written by Arj Singh

An MP has launched a stinging attack on a key architect of the Northern Powerhouse for voicing scepticism about pan-Yorkshire devolution, describing him as a dinner circuit “raconteur” who no longer has influence in Westminster. Keighley MP John Grogan accused former Treasury Minister Lord Jim O’Neill of “grossly underestimating” the power of the Yorkshire brand to bring investment into the region. Lord O’Neill, a key ally of George Osborne in efforts to empower the North, had criticised supporters of a “One Yorkshire” deal for “repeated focus on the marketing brand of the name Yorkshire” using “chest-beating slogans” rather than making the economic case for getting money and powers from Westminster. Yorkshire needs more than ‘chest-beating slogans’ to win powers, Northern Powerhouse architect says.

From Keighley News, May 10th, 2018
Written by Alistair Shand

ANSWERS are being demanded as to why a feasibility study into a new bridge has still not begun – over a year after hundreds of thousands of pounds were awarded to carry it out. The Government gave £700,000 for investigations into a footbridge over one of Keighley district’s busiest and fastest roads. Plus a six-figure Section 106 sum was pledged by a developer. But an angry councillor says the study into the proposed bridge, which would span the Aire Valley trunk road and link Steeton and Silsden, is still nowhere near starting. And he fears the delays could lead to funding being lost. Although Bradford Council is spearheading the feasibility study, the money was allocated to West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

From Wharfedale Observer, May 10th, 2018
Written by Jim Jack

WHARFEDALE politicians have been trying out a new bus service designed to open up the Yorkshire Dales. Dales Bus launched its Nidderdale Rambler 821 summer service on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7. The bus takes passengers from Guiseley White Cross, Otley and several villages in the Washburn Valley - as well as Keighley, Bingley, Saltaire and Shipley - into the heart of Nidderdale. Running on Sundays and Bank holidays through to Sunday, September 30, it is the result of fundraising by Friends of Dales Bus. Members of the group were out in force to see their work pay off last Monday, when passengers streamed aboard.

From Keighley News, May 7th, 2018

PATIENTS admitted to Airedale Hospital at weekends are more likely to die than those getting medical help during the week, according to NHS figures. NHS Digital measures mortality as a ratio between weekend and midweek patients, and found the death rate for all patients was higher at the weekend at Airedale, and at Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke's. Patients who were admitted as an emergency were also more likely to die on Saturday and Sunday. In 2015, health secretary Jeremy Hunt attempted to address the “weekend effect” with the introduction of seven-day working contracts for doctors, which led to the first all-out doctors’ strike in NHS history.