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Fourfold triumph in Hull

The Hull Daily Mail is celebrating its fourth campaign success in as many weeks.

Two consecutive front-page splashes last week announced the latest triumphs.

The Mail has won a Fair Deal for Brough, Saved Our Bobbies, given the Gift of Life and won compensation for trawlermen.

Editor John Meehan said: “All these campaigns have won the backing of huge numbers of readers and have achieved great results. We’re really on a roll.”

The most recent victory saw 50 jobs saved at a BAe Systems’ plant in Brough, East Yorkshire, where a total of 850 people face redundancy.

The Mail launched its Fair Deal for Brough campaign after it emerged that jobs mirroring the posts under threat were being advertised elsewhere. It called for the work to go to East Yorkshire.

And at a meeting between two local MPs and BAe’s chief executive John Weston, it was announced work not normally carried out at the Brough plant was to be transferred there, securing 50 posts. Unions praised the Mail’s coverage describing it as “magnificent”.

The day before, the newspaper trumpeted an announcement by the Home Office that Humberside Police was being given the go ahead to recruit 137 officers over the next three years.

That followed the Save Our Bobbies campaign, which called on Home Secretary Jack Straw to think again after the force received the worst allocation of officers in the country earlier in the year.

The week before, the National Blood Service hailed a donor campaign launched by the Mail as the “most successful in its history”.

The Gift of Life appeal was prompted by the plight of six-year-old Molly-Ann Barnett from Hessle, near Hull, who is desperately ill with leukaemia and needs a bone marrow transplant.

The paper aimed to recruit 2,000 donors for the year 2000 and looks like hitting the target in less than a month.

Last month the Mail celebrated a joint victory with the Grimsby Evening Telegraph after a successful campaign to win millions of pounds compensation for distant water trawlermen who were thrown out of work after the Cod Wars.

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