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How the life and death of Bowland Beth the hen harrier inspired filmmaker David Cobham’s campaigning book

David Cobham is renowned for his film ‘ Tarka The Otter’ but now he is seeking a new audience - the next generation of conservationists. He told Fiona Finch how he hopes his new work will help to save the hen harrier.

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Jeremy Corbyn chats to volunteers at the West Craven Food Bank

Corbyn attacks zero hours contracts on foodbank visit

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attacked zero hours contracts and welfare sanctions when he visited a Barnoldswick foodbank during his recent trip to Pendle.

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Richard Bennett, Mayor of Ribble Valley, with Lady Mayoress Marilyn Davies.

Drumming Mayor’s benefit gig raises around £1k

A benefit gig to raise funds to ensure that a Ribble Valley church continues to serve the community for generations to come was held on Sunday – raising around £1,000 for the cause.

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From left: Ian Young, Director of Governance, Finance and Public Services, Deputy council  leader Coun Albert Atkinson, council leader Coun Geoff Driver and Chief Executive Jo Turton at  the Lancashire County Council cabinet meeting August  21, 2017 when the ruling Conservative group voted for  a radical management restructure at the council.

Councillors vote to axe Chief Executive Jo Turton’s job at Lancashire County Council

Lancashire County Council’s cabinet members ignored the advice of their own Chief Executive Jo Turton yesterday and pushed ahead with plans to axe her job and those of other senior officers.

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Jeremy Corbyn addresses the crowds in Victoria Park

Hundreds flock to see Corbyn in Pendle

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed a crowd of hundreds when he visited Pendle as part of a nationwide tour of marginal constituencies.

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Seven-year-old asks Jeremy Corbyn: "When will you be Prime Minister?"

Jeremy Corbyn was asked about his plans to become Prime Minister by a seven-year-old girl when he visited a museum in Lancashire.

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Mike Holden

Burnley man trumps the President on Twitter

With one, mistimed and very unfortunate tap on his phone US President Donald Trump has turned an obscure Burnley IT consultant into an overnight Twitter sensation.
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HMS Queen Elizabeth

The UK's newest aircraft carrier arrives in Portsmouth

The UK's new £3 billion aircraft carrier is a clear signal the country will remain a fully engaged global power, Theresa May said, as the ship arrived in Portsmouth.
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Ribble Valley Labour Party is holding a gig to say thank you to young Labour voters for supporting the party.

Labour Party stages gig for the Valley's youth

Ribble Valley Labour Party is holding a gig called "For the Valley" to say thank you to young Labour voters for supporting the party.

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County councillor Geoff Driver

Cabinet considers top team shake-up at county hall

Lancashire County Council’s most senior officers could be ousted as the council’s cabinet prepares to consider three proposals for a restructure of the council’s top management team.

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Coun. Rosemary Carroll

Former Mayor censured over racist joke share

The former Mayor of Pendle has been found guilty of breaching the members code of conduct by sharing a racist and offensive joke on social media.

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Coun. Rosemary Carroll

Racist joke share former Mayor suspended from party

The Conservative former Mayor of Pendle has been suspended from the party for three months, following an investigation into her sharing of a racist joke on Facebook.

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Cameras have already been given to 17,500 officers

Armed police to wear head cameras

Firearms officers working in the capital will be given head-mounted cameras to boost transparency, more than three years after the plans were first mooted.

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Conservative MEP Sajjad Karim

Tory MEP: Britain's 'ridiculous Brexit mess'

Sajjad Karim is a Conservative member of the European Parliament for the north west. Here he explains why he believes the nation is on a path to 'disaster' and argues his colleagues need to change their approach to leaving the EU.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn to visit Pendle

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will visit Nelson next week to rally local supporters and activists in what is expected to be a huge outdoor rally.

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European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker

Juncker and Brussels team spent £24,000 on 'air taxi' for one-night trip to Rome

European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker and his team racked up a 27,000 euro (£24,450) expenses bill for European Union taxpayers by chartering a private jet for a one-night visit to Rome.
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Electricity is a rip-off

OPINION: Electricity is a rip-off – we need a truly radical intervention in the energy market

British Gas has raised electricity prices by 12.5% and its rivals are likely to follow suit. Another round of inflation-busting increases has put calls for an energy price cap back on the agenda.

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Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans

Valley MP welcomes new leasehold proposals

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has welcomed the Government’s new proposals to bring an end to leaseholds on new-build homes.

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Tony Blair

High court rejects Iraq general's bid for Blair war prosecution

The High Court has blocked a bid by a former chief of staff of the Iraqi army to bring a private prosecution against Tony Blair over the Iraq War.

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One PSPO could ban dog walking, public singing and loitering in one area.

Concern at 'busybody' council powers targeting swearing, dog walking and busking

Councils have accelerated their use of "busybody" powers to criminalise acts such as swearing, dog walking and busking in public spaces, according to a civil liberties group.
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