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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

National parks face biggest change to governance

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.

It is mass mobilisation with road closure signs in place for race days and temporary camp sites and car parks being prepared.

Even one of my favourite pubs, The Waggon and Horses at Langsett in South Yorkshire, has temporarily changed its name to The Pedalers in honour of riders in Europe's biggest sporting event flashing by.

The cafe across the road has come out in spots - its walls now painted like a giant King of the Mountains shirt.

True grit

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Miliband pledges full inquiry on Orgreave

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.

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UKIP: Can Yorkshire be a political springboard?

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

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.

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European elections: Yorkshire and Humber region braced for surprises

Polling station sign
Voters have seen have seen only two of the six Yorkshire and Humber MEPs elected in 2009 remain in their seats

The European elections have always had the ability to throw up surprises in Yorkshire and the Humber - and the 2014 polls are unlikely to disappoint.

Five years ago Labour took a beating and finished up with just one of the region's six seats. The Conservatives took two.

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European musical chairs in Yorkshire

Polling station sign
Voters have seen have seen only two of the six Yorkshire and Humber MEPs elected in 2009 remain in their seats

As we head towards the European Parliamentary elections later this year it might be useful to reflect on the remarkable game of MEP musical chairs in the Yorkshire and Humber constituency since the last polls.

There's been such an unprecedented round of resignations, defections and heated rows that of the six elected in 2009 just two representing the party they stood for at the time remain in their seats.

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Lessons from the Miners' Strike?

Miners Strike "Battle of Orgreave" shaped later thinking of Sheffield academic Dave Waddington
The Battle of Orgreave shaped the later thinking of Sheffield academic Dave Waddington

As we approached the 30th anniversary of the start of the year-long Miners' Strike against pit closures I spent a lot of time revisiting my memories of covering it as a young television reporter and reflecting on the enormous social and economic changes that it triggered.

It is clear that a lot of others have been doing exactly the same.

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Miners' strike 30 years on: Worth the price?

Memorial pit wheel
A new memorial is one of the few remaining traces of a century of mining in the former pit village of Dodworth

It was a bit like that famous scene in the film Zulu.

A small band of nervous British troops silently watching the horizon for the first glimpse of a warrior army they had never seen but with a ferocious reputation.

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Not much European election fever

European Parliament Election special studio in Brussels
The European Parliament's election special studio in Brussels

Last week I stood on the third floor of the European Parliament building in Brussels watching engineers put the finishing touches to a glittering new open-plan "election" television studio.

It is a measure of how much interest there is in the upcoming European Parliament polls that television news channels from across 27 member states are already queuing up to broadcast from it.

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Deselection storms continue in Thirsk and Malton

Anne McIntosh
A confident Anne McIntosh arrives for the deselection count

Anne McIntosh arrived at Conservative Party Central Office in London with history on her side.

Until then not a single sitting Conservative MP had lost a ballot of their own constituency members and been dumped as a candidate.

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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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