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Len Tingle, Political editor, Yorkshire

Len Tingle Political editor, Yorkshire

This is where I hope to make sense of the complex political issues and decisions affecting our daily lives in Yorkshire and the North Midlands

Police Commissioner election overshadowed by grooming

  • 24 October 2014
  • From the section England
Shaun Wright
Shaun Wright was eventually forced out of office - but who is in line to replace him?

The UK Independence Party is battering at Labour's door in South Yorkshire and the issue of mass sexual assaults on young girls in Rotherham is the sledgehammer being used to create the breakthrough.

It has become a particularly potent weapon in the run-up to the by-election to replace the Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright who is the highest profile Labour casualty of the scandal so far.

That certainly is the strategy of UKIP leader Nigel Farage who went straight onto the offensive during a campaign trip to Sheffield supporting his candidate, former South Yorkshire police inspector Jack Clarkson.

In an interview with me for BBC Look North he stridently asserted that the total domination of Rotherham Council by Labour since World War Two had resulted in complacency and political correctness which left gangs of largely Asian men free to prey on young white girls.

Tragic mistakes

Labour says such a typically over-simplistic view from Mr Farage is grossly unfair. Whatever the merits of the argument it has clearly put the party on the back foot.

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Farage and Miliband admit nerves and tiredness: Are they human after all?

  • 3 October 2014
  • From the section England
Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage briefly let his guard down before stepping onto the stage at his party's annual conference

It was one of those flukes that generate magic TV moments.

I unexpectedly found myself face-to-face with Nigel Farage.

Read full article Farage and Miliband admit nerves and tiredness: Are they human after all?

Is Yorkshire devolution genie out of the bottle?

  • 23 September 2014
  • From the section England
Union flag piggy banks
Questions are already being asked about who would control the public purse strings if the central funding pot is divided up among the regions

Anticipation, scepticism and bewilderment in equal measures appear to be the responses in Yorkshire to the views of all three party leaders that devolved powers are now an inevitability.

Anticipation is clearly uppermost in the mind of veteran Wakefield council leader Peter Box. "The genie is out if the bottle," he tells me.

Read full article Is Yorkshire devolution genie out of the bottle?

Yorkshire eyes on Scotland vote

  • 4 September 2014
  • From the section England
Yorkshire flag
Some calls have been made for Yorkshire's flag to be seen flying over an independent county in future

There were around 100 at the event in Wakefield listening to my passionate speech.

Hands shot up in agreement with what, in my humble opinion, was a pretty good case for Yorkshire declaring its immediate independence.

Read full article Yorkshire eyes on Scotland vote

The North tunnelling to prosperity with HS3?

  • 12 August 2014
  • From the section England
Steam train emerges from the Woodhead Tunnel
The first HS3? Postcard of Woodhead Tunnel held in Thameside Archive

It is a simple idea aimed at boosting the economy of the North.

Dig an expensive tunnel under the Pennines and run lots of high-speed trains through it carrying commuters and goods between Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Read full article The North tunnelling to prosperity with HS3?

UKIP's changing road to Doncaster

  • 1 August 2014
  • From the section England

When I turned up to report on my first UK Independence Party annual conference I was handed a biro, a piece of card and told to write out my own ID badge.

I even had to recycle a clear plastic wallet and safety pin still in my pocket from the previous week's TUC Conference.

Read full article UKIP's changing road to Doncaster

National parks face biggest change to governance

  • 1 July 2014
  • From the section England
Yorkshire Dales National Park sign
The governance of the national parks could be about to see its biggest change in six decades

As I drove around Yorkshire this week there was no mistaking the route of the Tour de France through Yorkshire.

Spray-painted yellow bikes stuck on walls compete with thousands of banners and flags.

Read full article National parks face biggest change to governance

Miliband pledges full inquiry on Orgreave

  • 19 June 2014
  • From the section England
Ed Miliband
Ed Miliband has told the IPCC to "get a move on" with its investigation into the events at Orgeave

Labour leader Ed Miliband has joined the chorus of voices wondering just how much evidence it takes before the official police watchdog bares its teeth.

It is 18 months since a BBC Yorkshire documentary broadcast interviews with police officers who admitted they were ordered to change their statements on what happened at the infamous "Battle of Orgreave" during the Miners' Strike in 1984.

Read full article Miliband pledges full inquiry on Orgreave

UKIP: Can Yorkshire be a political springboard?

  • 9 June 2014
  • From the section England
UKIP celebrates in Rotherham
UKIP took 10 seats in Rotherham in what has always been a traditional Labour stronghold

UKIPs success in Labour's Yorkshire backyard shows the party has now permanently changed the face of politics as we know it.

Who says so?

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UKIP gains in Yorkshire and Humber

  • 26 May 2014
  • From the section England

With UKIP topping the poll, they were allocated three of Yorkshire and the Humber's six seats, with Labour getting two and the Conservatives getting one.

But although these seats were allocated across the entire region, they were counted council-by-council and UKIP came top of the poll in some surprising places including York, Doncaster and Rotherham - in the past, all Labour's heartland.

Read full article UKIP gains in Yorkshire and Humber

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About Len

Len Tingle is the BBC's veteran political editor for Yorkshire and the North Midlands, reporting and commentating on the challenges facing of one of the most socially and economically diverse regions in the UK.

He is a familiar face on Look North, on the weekly Sunday Politics programme, and is also heard regularly on the BBC's local radio stations in Leeds, Sheffield and York.

Born in Barnsley, he reported on business and industrial issues from across the UK and the world for newspapers, ITV and the BBC before returning to Yorkshire in the mid-1990s.

"Think of an idyllic or exotic place and I've probably reported from a shop floor, steel mill or coal mine close by - then caught the next flight out without seeing a single tourist attraction.

"It was all great experience for eventually specialising in politics. Scratch the surface of any business story and a politician usually pops out - wherever you happen to be in the world."

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