Barnsley MP, Dan Jarvis has been appointed as the new mayor for the South Yorkshire region. Nigel Slack reports for Sheffield Live! from the count at the English Institute of Sport and speaks with candidates about about the election.
Following the 2018 local elections in Sheffield, councillor’s reflect on their campaigns. Mickey Conn speaks to some of the winners live from the English Institute of Sport for Sheffield Live!
Mike Hood, human resources director as Sheffield-based Liberty Steel, told Sheffield Live! more needs to be done to promote and focus the industry and government supported apprenticeships scheme. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield’s Blowfish Theatre company will bring their latest production, Trump the Musical, to Theatre Deli in May, after touring in London, Birmingham and Manchester. The satirical show takes on US politics follows last year’s success with the company’s first production, Boris the Musicals. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to co-artistic director Laurence Peacock and actor David Bercot.
Dozens of Palestine solidarity campaigners mounted a protest outside Sheffield Town Hall to condemn the killing of Palestinian demonstrators marching near the Gaza border with Israel. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
South Yorkshire’s Freedom Riders organised a standing rally today outside Sheffield’s train station to demand railway bosses reinstate the elderly train concessions passes and to celebrate the campaign’s fourth anniversary. The group was formed in 2014, when free local train travel was taken away from elderly and disabled pass holders. Campaigners persuaded South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive to reinstate the concession. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Anti-fracking campaigners organised a theatrical demonstration outside Sheffield Hall, to highlight dangers of fracking through costume and story-telling. Fracking to extract shale gas through hydraulic fracturing of rocks deep underground has faced strong opposition with some councils already pledged to be frack free and campaigners pressing the government to slow down the issue of fracking licences until the risks are fully understood. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Cameron Hall of Friends of the Earth.
Dozens of people travelled from Sheffield to London to take part in a national demonstration on Saturday to mark the United Nations international day against racism. Millions around the world are expected to take part in rallies and events in solidarity with victims of racism in a week of activities organised around the anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre, 21 March 1960. The national demonstration comes just a week after anti terror police confirmed they are investigating a number of “Punish a Muslim Day” letters sent to different addresses. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service on Eyre street have announced their doors are opened to rough sleepers and those at risk of being on the street as cold winter weather returns this weekend. The city centre headquarters has been converted into a place to sleep since Friday and will remain so for the rest of the weekend. British Red Cross volunteers will be on hand to welcome people and provide hot drinks and snacks, with Framework’s Street Outreach Team and Sheffield City Council’s Housing Solutions service also present to help people access accommodation and support. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield Business and Improvement District has launched the BID Spring Clean, its annual campaign to tackle graffiti and litter in the city centre. Led by the Sheffield BID rangers, volunteers including members of the council met up in the rain to launch the six week campaign. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Diane Jarvis, Sheffield Bid manager.