The Leadership Hustings

Over the last week I’ve been on three assignments covering the Conservative party leadership candidate’s Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt as they travelled around the country taking part in the hustings ahead of the party vote for a new leader.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are the final two MPs left in the contest to replace Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party.

The winner will be announced on July 23rd and will also then take up the post of Prime Minister of the UK and Northern Ireland.

I covered them as they came to take part in the hustings for the North West region in Carlisle, the Yorkshire and Humber region in York and finally the North East region which was held in Darlington.

Alongside this I also covered a visit by Jeremy Hunt as he made a quick tour of the National Railway Museum in York and Boris Johnson as he made a short visit to Guisborough.

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Brent Bravo

The Brent Bravo topside oil platform is transported on the barge ‘Iron Lady’ into the mouth of the River Tees on route to the Able UK Seaton Port site for decommissioning on June 20, 2019 in Teesport, England.

The 24,800 tonne oil platform was transported to an area off the Hartlepool coast by the largest heavy lift vessel ever built, ‘Pioneering Spirit’ from the Shell Brent oil fields that are situated 115 miles north-east of Lerwick in Scotland.

After arriving off the coast of Hartlepool the 410ft high platform was transferred to the barge to be towed into the mouth of the River Tees. This is the second oil platform to be removed from the Shell Brent oil field with the sister platform, ‘Brent Delta’ decommissioned at the same site in 2017. (See my posts here of the Brent Delta decommissioning)

Once at the Able UK site Brent Bravo will be broken down with some parts being re-sold and the rest scrapped and re-cycled. At its peak in 1982 the four Shell platforms in the Brent field were producing more than half a million barrels of oil a day. Production at the field was stopped in 2011.

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The 41st North Yorkshire County Show

The 41st North Yorkshire County Show was held yesterday at the Camp Hill Estate a few miles to the South of Bedale.

The show is a traditional agricultural show with judging taking place for cattle, sheep, poultry, rabbit and cavy, show jumping and light horse events.

Other activities at the show include a dog show, classic car display, vintage engines and tractors, farrier competition, a parade of hounds and the best dressed heavy horse

 

Daily Telegraph, June 17, 2019

 

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Greenwave

Today was a short trip down the coast to Scarborough and the Green Party Spring conference held at the Scarborough Spa Complex.

Around 600 Green Party delegates from across the UK attended the conference which comes after recent success in the local elections in May where the party gained nearly 200 new councillors and saw its number of MEP’s rise from three to seven.

Here’s a few from today…

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Appleby Horse Fair 2019

Yesterday I went over to Appleby in Cumbria to cover the first day of the Appleby Horse Fair.

The fair is an annual gathering for Gypsy, Romany and travelling communities and has existed under the protection of a charter granted by James II since 1685 and remains one of the key meeting points for these communities.

Around 10,000 travellers are expected to attend the 6-day event who traditionally come to buy and sell horses and take the opportunity to come together to celebrate their heritage and culture.

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Anti Trump Demonstration

Coinciding with the state visit of the US president Donald Trump to the UK recently Anti-Trump demonstrators held a ‘Together Against Trump’ rally in central London to voice their opposition to the president and his policies. I took a trip down to London to document what I could of the demonstration…

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Castle Howard Steam Rally

Traction engines are self-propelled steam engines invented in the 1800s for any form of haulage with many being used in agriculture and Castle Howard has always had a long history of holding traction engine rallies until the early 1980s.

During the weekend long event visitors were entertained by a programme of steam fair attractions including tractor pulling, steam engines, classic cars, vintage tractors, classic motorcycles, fairground organs, miniature steam engines, stationary engines and vintage commercials.

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