Elected mayors would prevent 'brain drain' from north
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.
It its report Silicon Cities, the centre-right think tank Policy Exchange says the government should put 'rocket boosters' under the idea of directly elected mayors to ensure that all parts of the UK benefit from the country's world class technology sector.
The report points to figures which reveal that up to 55% of graduates from major universities leave the Yorkshire and the Humber region to further their careers.
Elected mayors would be better placed to attract 'tech clusters' of companies away from the south east of England, according the report's author.
Migrants less likely to get new jobs says Esther McVey
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.
UKIP 'Luddites' should not take seats says Newton-Dunn
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.
Euro wind energy chief slams UK attitude to wind farms
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.
PCC attack on 'cloud cuckoo land' cannabis campaigners
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.
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.
Row over inflation-busting rise in councillors' pay
Leading councillors in Lincolnshire have defended a decision to increase their allowances by 23%.
The move has been criticised by some councillors and campaigners from the Taxpayers' Alliance.
£140m bill for public sector translation
Many councils say they are struggling to cut the cost of translation services for migrants.
The government wants local authorities to reduce the amount spent on translating documents for non-English speakers.
Fears over Hull's rail links ahead of City of Culture
There are calls for better transport links to Hull ahead of the UK City of Culture celebrations in 2017.
Pressure is mounting on the government to support the electrification of the Hull to Selby rail line, which would speed up train services in and out of the city.
HS2 debate: Train services slower today than 1920s
Rail campaigners say train services from some stations in Lincolnshire were faster in the 1920s than today.
The comparison has prompted some to call for urgent investment in the county's railways.