Tim Iredale, Political editor, Yorkshire & Lincolnshire

Tim Iredale Political editor, Yorkshire & Lincolnshire

This is where you can find my take on Yorkshire and Lincolnshire politics - where the viewpoint is more Humber Bridge than Westminster Bridge

Mass migration threat to civilised Britain says David Davis

  • 17 December 2014
  • From the section England
David Davis MP
David Davis wants tougher migration controls

Former Europe minister David Davis has called for a cap on the number of EU migrants coming to the UK.

The senior Conservative MP said mass immigration had put unprecedented strain on education, health and jobs.

The former shadow home secretary also warned that migration was putting too much pressure on certain communities.

In an interview with BBC Look North, David Davis, said: "We are a tolerant nation. We accept people with open arms, but this challenges that.

"From the point of view of maintaining a civilised society, we need to change the rules and that has to be one of the conditions of us staying in the EU."

Read full article Mass migration threat to civilised Britain says David Davis

Odds slashed on UKIP getting first MP in Lincolnshire

  • 21 November 2014
  • From the section England
Nigel Farage and Mark Reckless
Nigel Farage with newly-elected UKIP MP Mark Reckless

Bookmakers have slashed the odds on UKIP winning a number of seats in the 2015 general election.

Following the party's victory in the Rochester and Strood by-election, the bookies reckon UKIP has a good chance of making gains from both the Conservatives and Labour.

Read full article Odds slashed on UKIP getting first MP in Lincolnshire

Unions have too much power warns Labour donor Assem Allam

  • 17 October 2014
  • From the section England
Hull City chairman Assem Allam
Hull City chairman Assem Allam is a Labour Party donor

The chairman of Hull City Football Club has warned that trade unions have too much influence over Labour Party policy.

Assem Allam has donated a total of £210,000 to Labour since 2010.

Read full article Unions have too much power warns Labour donor Assem Allam

Ed Miliband says immigration still on agenda

  • 26 September 2014
  • From the section England
Ed Miliband delivering his conference speech
Ed Miliband speaking at the Labour Party conference

Ed Miliband says dealing with voter concern about immigration is a priority for Labour, despite not mentioning the issue in his keynote conference speech.

The Labour leader faced widespread criticism after he "forgot" to mention the deficit and immigration in his speech to the party faithful in Manchester, which was delivered without the help of an autocue.

Read full article Ed Miliband says immigration still on agenda

Elected mayors would prevent 'brain drain' from north

  • 15 August 2014
  • From the section England
London Mayor Boris Johnson
Would a Boris Johnson-style mayor be welcome in some cities?

Elected mayors could create thousands of new high-tech jobs in the north of England, according to one think tank.

It is claimed having a Boris Johnson-style figure in northern town halls could reverse the traditional 'brain drain' - where talented graduates have been forced to move south to find work.

Read full article Elected mayors would prevent 'brain drain' from north

Migrants less likely to get new jobs says Esther McVey

  • 1 July 2014
  • From the section England
Esther McVey
Employment minister Esther McVey said British workers were now more likely to get agricultural jobs

A government minister has denied claims that migrant workers are more likely to get new jobs than British workers.

Employment minister Esther McVey responded to reports that some farmers cannot find enough British-born staff for seasonal work.

Read full article Migrants less likely to get new jobs says Esther McVey

UKIP 'Luddites' should not take seats says Newton-Dunn

  • 30 May 2014
  • From the section England
Defeated Lib Dem MEP Bill Newton-Dunn
Bill Newton-Dunn is critical of UKIP

Britain's longest serving MEP, who lost his seat in last week's European elections, has launched a stinging attack on UKIP.

Liberal Democrat Bill Newton-Dunn, who represented the East Midlands region, was first elected to the European Parliament in 1979.

Read full article UKIP 'Luddites' should not take seats says Newton-Dunn

Euro wind energy chief slams UK attitude to wind farms

  • 15 April 2014
  • From the section England
Wind farm in East Yorkshire
The future of onshore wind power is being debated

Britain's "negative" attitude to wind power has been criticised by the Brussels-based head of a leading green energy body.

Chief executive of the European Wind Energy Association, Thomas Becker, claimed the UK was missing out on a valuable energy source.

Read full article Euro wind energy chief slams UK attitude to wind farms

PCC attack on 'cloud cuckoo land' cannabis campaigners

  • 14 March 2014
  • From the section England
PCC Matthew Grove
PCC Matthew Grove is opposed to the legalisation of cannabis

Campaigners calling for the legalisation of cannabis are living in "cloud cuckoo land", according to Humberside's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Matthew Grove has rejected claims that police resources are being wasted targeting cannabis growers and dealers.

Read full article PCC attack on 'cloud cuckoo land' cannabis campaigners

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Hull City Council to cut jobs and services

The decision to increase council tax bills in Hull has led to a war of words between the Labour-run city council and the government. Labour councillors say it is unfair that Hull is facing spending cuts at a time when it is ranked as the tenth most deprived authority in England. Some claim leafy southern councils are getting a better deal, prompting the deputy leader of Hull City Council, Daren Hale, to accuse minsters of "robbing Peter to pay Tarquin". However, accusations of a north-south divide have been dismissed by the government. Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis said Hull's Labour-run council should accept the extra money being offered by Whitehall to freeze council tax bills. Mr Lewis said many neighbouring councils such as the East Riding of Yorkshire had similar financial challenges, but had managed to resist the temptation to increase council tax.

Read full article Hull City Council to cut jobs and services

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About Tim

Tim has been the BBC's Political Editor for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire since 2006.

He is a proud Yorkshireman, born and bred in "God's own county".

Occasionally Tim has been let loose to report on big national stories and in 2010 he covered the talks between David Cameron President Zardari of Pakistan at Chequers. The nearest vantage point he could find was a field overlooking the PM's country home - he spent all day speaking to the BBC News Channel with one foot stood in a cow pat.

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