Nominations are now open for Leeds Compassionate City Awards 2022

Nominations are now open for Leeds City Council’s Compassionate City Awards. The provisional date for the awards ceremony has been booked for Thursday 1 December 2022. Now in their sixth year, the awards celebrate the positive and compassionate work that individuals, community groups and organisations do every day to make their local communities and…

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Leeds celebrates 70 years of British achievement, creativity, and diversity with a specially commissioned street photography exhibition for the Platinum Jubilee

Leeds is celebrating the Platinum Jubilee this summer with the launch of a free to view photographic street exhibition showcasing 70 years of achievement throughout Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s reign. Since 6 February 1952, when Princess Elizabeth acceded to the throne to become Queen Elizabeth II, this country has celebrated many national and local…

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New Leeds Lord Mayor for 2022/23 officially announced

Councillor Robert W Gettings MBE JP has been announced as the new Lord Mayor of Leeds for 2022/23. He was handed the chains at the council’s Annual General Meeting, taking over from Councillor Asghar Khan. Councillor Gettings is the 128th Lord Mayor of Leeds and he will be accompanied during his time in office…

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Lord Mayor to lead Remembrance Sunday tributes in Leeds

Members of all communities across Leeds are warmly invited to join the Lord Mayor on Victoria Gardens to mark Remembrance Sunday. The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Asghar Khan, will lead the tributes to service men and women who have lost their lives in times of conflict on Remembrance Sunday. Held on Sunday 14 November,…

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Historic Leeds Town Hall project gets important funding boost

An important heritage project to protect and restore Leeds Town Hall’s stunning Victoria Hall has received a major funding boost this week. The National Lottery Heritage Fund has pledged a grant of £249,810 toward the scheme, which will restore the main decorative features of the magnificent performance space, including the impressive facade of the…

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Nominations are now open for Leeds Compassionate City Awards 2021

Nominations are now open for Leeds City Council’s Compassionate City Awards. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 01 December 2021. Now in their fifth year, the awards celebrate the positive and compassionate work that individuals, community groups and organisations do every day to make their local communities and wider city a great…

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New Leeds Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress officially announced

Councillor Asghar Khan has become the city’s 127th Lord Mayor of Leeds after unanimous support from members of all parties at the council’s annual meeting. Taking over the role from the previous incumbent Councillor Eileen Taylor, who served an unprecedented two years in the role, Councillor Asghar Khan will be accompanied during his time…

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Tracy Brabin wins first-ever West Yorkshire mayoral election

On 9 May Tracy Brabin was elected the first Mayor of West Yorkshire. With specific powers on transport, housing, regeneration, finance and policing, the Mayor will work with the Mayoral Combined Authority, council leaders, business representatives and partners for the benefit of the region. The Labour candidate was declared winner of the county’s history-making mayoral…

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Statement on the BBC’s plan to move jobs to Leeds

BBC announced it plans to relocate a number of its national journalism roles from London to Leeds. Two BBC News teams will move to Leeds; the Learning and Identity team and some of the new UK Insight team. The move is part of the wider “BBC Across the UK” plan and aligns with the…

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Leeds City Council approves funding to improve public realm outside the city’s iconic Corn Exchange building

Leeds City Council’s executive board has formally approved funding to improve the area directly outside the city’s Corn Exchange building. In September 2020, it was announced that Leeds City Council successfully secured £8.6m of match funding from the government’s Getting Building Fund which would be added to Leeds’ £12.2m Grey to Green programme. The…

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