Yorkshire’s Female Shadow Cabinet

18. The Father of the House of Commons joins the Yeoman Usher

Female Yorkshire MP’s in Shadow Cabinet

Rosalie Winterton better known as Rosie was born ourside the county in August 1958. She has been a Labour Party politician and the Member of Parliament for Doncaster Central since 1997.
As one of ‘Blair’s babes’ she was a minister in both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown Governments. Rosie was Labour Chief Whip and is now in the shadow cabinet as Shadow Chief Whip.

Caroline Flint has been the Member of Parliament for Don Valley since 1997. She has had various roles including Minister of State for Housing and Planning in 2008, the Minister for Europe and Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. In October 2011 Ed Milliband appointed her Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities. Famously Caroline resigned from the cabinet in 2009, citing the leadership (or lack) of Gordon Brown as a reason.

Yvette Cooper was born north of the border in March 1969 and has been the MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford since 2010. She is the current Shadow Home Secretary and believed to be set for further advancement. Yvette is married to Ed Balls another local Morley and Outwood MP.

Rachel Reeves age 33 is an economist and the Member of Parliament for Leeds West since 2010. She served as Shadow Pensions Minister and is now Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury under Ed Miliband.

Mary Creagh is a Labour Party politician and Member of Parliament for Wakefield since 2005. A former councillor in the London Borough of Islington. She was appointed to the shadow cabinet Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in 2010.

Twins in the Cabinet born in Bridlington

Maria Eagle was born in Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire on 17 February 1961. She is an MP in that other little county but her birth right gets her in this cabinet. Maria Eagle is currently the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport.

Angela Eagle is Maria’s twin so obviously she was also born in Bridlington. Under Ed Milliband Angela is Shadow Leader of the House of Commons despite being MP for Wallasey.

Wikipedia, Labour Party PR machine
18. The Father of the House of Commons joins the Yeoman Usher by UK Parliament CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Yorkshire contributes significantly to the number of women in the Shadow Cabinet. It wouldn’t be PC to call it a kitchen cabinet because it is a kitchen shadow cabinet.

Competitive Gardening in Yorkshire

Which of Yorkshires great gardens, that are open to the public, would you think comes at the top of the pile in competitive gardening terms. RHS judges may be biased towards Harlow Carr so you can vote in our comments section below. I have gone for Parcevall Hall at Appletreewick but here are some others to tempt you or you may recommend another garden.

Newby Hall & Garden

Newby Hall and Garden is well known in the gardening fraternity as an impressive example of well designed and extensive range of garden features, expertly decorated with a diverse range of plants. The truly magnificent herbaceous borders are the central feature of the gardens but are by no means the only feature of quality. Garden rooms and themed planting provide a range of style’s that can easily be incorporated into most gardens large or small. Of particular value is the work on plant conservation and Newby boasts the best collection of the genus Cornus in the Country.” I would also add the acid lovers Azaleas, Camellias, Rhododendrons and Magnolias so recommend visiting in April or May.


Harewood House

Harewood Himalayan Garden

Known for the imposing house and sweeping terrace there is much to satisfy the gardener. The Himalayan garden and the walled vegetable area are the features I most appreciated on my last visit. Designed by Capability Brown there are 1000 acres of parkland with many sumptuous trees and even a bird garden containing many varied species.
Tours of the Queen’s cousins house are an optional extra

Burnby Hall Garden

Burnby Hall Pocklington

Two magnificent lakes hold a national collection of Water Lilies. Watch the numerous fish weave in and out of the plants then come and gaup at the tourists. Then you can walk through the Secret garden and rockeries or follow the woodland walk and pick up green gardening tips. Open March- October.

Parcevall Hall Garden Skyreholme


Tucked away in the Yorkshire dales is a retreat surrounded by wonderful gardens. Many rare plants are grown in this high garden 800 feet above sea level. Limestone is the local natural rock and formal ponds and terraces have been cut into the landscape that provides grand Yorkshire views over the surrounding hills.
In complete contrast there is also a Himalayan area for plants that like acid soils.

York Gate Garden


This is the garden near Leeds that is owned by the gardeners charity ‘Perennial’. Although small it contains many interesting features including a white garden, dwarf conifers and 14 smaller garden rooms. Design is the feature you are most impressed with as you leave this garden with the plants tucked under your arm that you know have been cultivated there.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum

jennys walk

All the fun of the trees with no little bonsai to worry about. National collections are held of Ash, Lime, Laburnum, Walnut and Cotinus plus what seems like an infinite number of Hydrangea. For the family there is also a Falconry and good coffee shop.

Ripley Castle & Gardens


Walking along from the castle terrace you get fantastic views over the lakes and deer park beyond. There is a woodland trail and an extended walk for the energetic. The large herbaceous borders create such a riot of colour between June and October each year but for me the old hot houses containing a highly impressive collection of tropical plants, ferns and cacti is the key feature.
Ancient wisteria thrive on the high south-facing walls opposite the walled kitchen garden. This is maintained in neat order with the Henry Doubleday Research Association and contains an extensive herb bed and collection of rare vegetables.

Burton Agnes Garden Driffield

I have yet to visit this garden in the East Riding hence the absence of a photo. I was recommended to look for the old walled garden with a national collection of Campanula. The topiary Yews must be seen as are many of the other features in this garden which open 1 April – 31st October and earlier for the snowdrops.


Yorkshire Rabbit or Hare You Go Sculpture

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

A budding young sculptress admires one of Sophie Ryders ‘Hares’ at Yorkshire’s sculpture park. The scale of yon hare makes you wonder how fast it could run and what whippet or lurcher could catch it!

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

A giant rabbit attended the Great Yorkshire Show and in the words of one news report ‘…deposited on the lawn to entertain people attending.’ Sadly no pictures are available but it was one of Sophie Ryder’s sculptures.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Sophie Ryder is renowned for using animal imagery, generally of the female hare, to explore the complexities of emotion. After graduating and leaving the RA schools in 1986 Sophie Ryder started a residency at the Yorkshire sculpture park.
For other female sculptresses at West Bretton read about Barbara Hepworth

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (1, 2 and 3) by Stephen & Claire Farnsworth CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Help for Yorkshire Business

How's Business?

Take a trip to Australia to increase your exports and international trade. If that is too expensive in time and money visit Doing Business Down Under 28th March 2012, Electric Works Sheffield Digital Campus Sheffield. This is a joint promotion between Yorkshire Gold Business Club and UK Trade & Investment and it is free.

‘Australia is the world’s 14th largest economy with a per capita GDP which is level with the four richest European countries. Australia’s economic growth averaged 3.4% for the past 10 years and is predicted to grow at around 4% for the next two. Its proximity to the world’s fastest growing region, the Asia Pacific, will greatly assist UK companies looking to expand into this region.
When you add to this Australia’s very similar culture, legal, accounting and regulatory practices, and a lifestyle the envy of the world – you have an outstanding location for British businesses.’
Yorkshire Gold Business Club is managed by Square 5 Business Networks Ltd and is a not for profit organisation.

Business link has lost its teeth and most of the helpful funding for start-ups and SME’s. Many would argue it never had any teeth. Business Link is now the UK government’s online resource for businesses and has no Yorkshire centric focus.

The Yorkshire Mafia have their annual Conference 2012 at The Royal Armouries, Leeds March 21st and 22nd.
Pick the brains of Yorkshire most successful business people where 155 exhibition stands are sold out and over 3200 business people have already registered to attend. It claims to be the Norths preeminent business conference and networking opportunity.

Business School
Business School in Church

How’s Business? by Richard Carter CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 A busy market day in Hebden Bridge
Business School by iwouldstay CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Leeds Utd F.A. Cup Shock

Regular readers to this Yorkshire site will remember our recent post – The Rise and Fall of Leeds Utd

So it’s only fair to praise this pre-eminent team of Yorkshire for their magnificent win over arch-rivals – Manchester United at their own ground – Old Trafford. 1-0.

In the next round, Leeds United have been drawn away to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, but, now no team will be unbeatable for this promising Leeds team.

Good Times Returning?

Malham Cove Photos

By: Mr Numb, Flickr

Malham Cove is a natural limestone formation north of the village of Malham, North Yorkshire, England. A popular beauty spot within the Yorkshire Dales, it is a large, curved limestone cliff at the head of a valley. At the top of the valley is a limestone pavement.


a view from the bottom, popular with climbers By: Rick Harrison Flickr

Originally, a large waterfall flowed over the cove as a glacier melted above it. There is now an underwater stream running from Malham Tarn down into the valley below.

By: Jim Moran, Flickr CC

By Vaidas M

By: Rick Harrison Flickr

Malham Tarn

Malham Tarn
Malham Tarn by Paul Stevenson

Malham Cove featured in the BBC series, Seven Natural Wonders of Britain.

It was featured in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, filmed in 2009.