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YEP campaign boosts donor register

New figures from the National Blood Service have shown that a campaign by the Yorkshire Evening Post has boosted the number of potential bone marrow donors. Since a coupon was launched in the paper last month as part of the

Blair vows to revamp bone marrow donor system

The Prime Minister has agreed to overhaul the system of bone marrow donor recruitment following a campaign, backed by the Yorkshire Evening Post, which called for a revamp of the Bone Marrow Register. Carol and Dean Maddocks, who are searching

Farming co-operative gives its backing to Journal campaign

The Newcastle Journal’s campaign for an independent public inquiry into the foot and mouth crisis has received the backing of one of Northumberland’s largest farming co-operatives. Cheviot Farmers will be circulating the paper’s petition forms to all of its 300

PM backs move to drive out the dumpers

Prime Minister Tony Blair has personally endorsed the Reading Chronicle campaign to sweep eyesore wrecked cars off the streets and drive out the dumpers. In a story that made the front page lead Mr Blair said: “I’m delighted to offer

Tony supports Bournemouth

The Daily Echo has received the Prime Minister’s seal of approval in its bid to rid the streets of abandoned cars. Tony Blair backed the campaign on the same day he announced new measures to give the authorities greater powers

Blair backs Gazette push

A newspaper campaign to rid a town’s streets of dumped cars has received a boost in an unexpected phone call – from the Prime Minister. Tony Blair rang the Colchester Evening Gazette and said: “Well done on your campaign. I

Club chairman supports newspaper campaign

A new football campaign from the Ipswich Evening Star has now been given the all-important thumbs-up by the chairman of Ipswich Town. David Sheepshanks said he was impressed by the newspaper’s Back the Blues for Europe campaign, which is encouraging

Petition delivery marks campaign climax

The South Wales Argus’ 25,000-name Justice for Miners petition has been delivered to the House of Commons. MPs heard the Argus’ appeal for immediate compensation payments to sick and dying ex-miners at a special Commons sitting. This landmark event in

Devon is Open for Business

Devon’s tourist attractions are open for business – and the Exeter Express & Echo has launched an initiative to help the county’s stricken tourism industry. Tony Blair has stepped in to back the paper’s stance, endorsing its Open for Business

Youngsters sign up with News & Star to see New Horizons

Applications have flooded in from teenagers eager to take part in the Carlisle News & Star’s New Horizons campaign. The paper joined forces with education charity the Sutton Trust to launch the campaign, which is encouraging talented state school pupils

'No reply' leads to campaign

Busy Tony Blair has yet to reply to an open letter from the North Devon Journal pleading for more help in the region to cope with the foot and mouth crisis. The letter from the newspaper was written on behalf

Blair praise for Mercury editor

The editor of the Matlock Mercury has received praise from the Prime Minister for his campaign to win an appeal for Stephen Downing. Prisoner Stephen Downing was set free on bail on Wednesday, pending his appeal, after 27 years in

Top Tory backs Evening Star campaign

The Ipswich Evening Star’s campaign to get more help for teachers is being backed by the Shadow Education Secretary, Theresa May. Mrs May highlighted the paper’s crusade when she appeared on Radio 4’s Today programme. She told the Evening Star:

Mega-victory in Micra fight

Tony Blair has paid tribute to two North East papers for their part in the fight to get Nissan to build the new Micra in Sunderland. The Prime Minister sent his personal congratulations to both the Sunderland Echo and the

Times of change

As the weekly Teesdale Mercury in County Durham celebrates its 150th anniversary, former editor Jim McTaggart, who edited the title throughout much of the 70s, 80s and 90s, recalls his time at the paper… My first glimpse of the Mercury’s