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COMMENT: How community projects can help to battle knife and gang crime at its roots

By Mark Burns-Williamson, police and crime commissioner for West Yorkshire

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Dewsbury MP grills transport Minister over rail delays

Dewsbury MP grills transport Minister over rail delays

West Yorkshire MP Paula Sherriff has secured a meeting with a Transport Minister about local rail issues after what she described as "five months of ducking-and-diving meetings".

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Council leaders in Yorkshire have submitted a document seting out the powers a Yorkshire mayor could have.

Vision for the future: What powers could a ‘One Yorkshire’ mayor have?

For many months, it has been the subject of intense discussion and debate in the region’s town halls as well as the corridors of power in Whitehall and Westminster.

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Richard Flint, chief executive of Yorkshire Water, and Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

It’s a wake-up call: Yorkshire Water boss responds to Gove’s stinging criticism of industry

The chief executive of Yorkshire Water has admitted his industry must “show new standards of public accountability” after a senior Minister warned major utilities firms that they must clean up their act or face tougher regulation.

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Devolution: Yorkshire leaders urge Prime Minister to commit to mayoral election in 2020

Devolution: Yorkshire leaders urge Prime Minister to commit to mayoral election in 2020

Leaders of 18 Yorkshire councils have written to Theresa May urging her to commit to a region-wide mayoral election in 2020, ahead of a crunch meeting with the Communities Secretary tomorrow.

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Murdered MP Jo Cox's widower quits charity roles after sexual assault allegations

Murdered MP Jo Cox's widower quits charity roles after sexual assault allegations

The widower of murdered MP Jo Cox has quit two charities set up in her memory after sexual assault allegations from his past resurfaced.
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Suspended Mayor of Mirfield Paul Blakeley.

Mayor of Mirfield suspended

The Mayor of Mirfield has been suspended by the Conservative party.

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West Yorkshire Combined Authority has called for a change to the way rail improvements are planned.

West Yorkshire transport bosses call for ‘urgent overhaul’ of rail infrastructure planning system

The way much-needed improvements to the rail network are planned and delivered needs an urgent overhaul, according to Yorkshire transport bosses.

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Ashley Highfield, Johnston Press chief executive, in the newsroom of The Yorkshire Post.

Ashley Highfield: The House of Lords is risking the future of local newspapers

THIS week the Prime Minister announced a review into the health of the news media, including the regional and local press.
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Braving the elements:  Some of the campaigners at Dewsbury

Campaigners make their NHS case at Dewsbury Hospital

Campaigners braved rain and sleet to make their voice heard as part of a National Day of Protest outside Dewsbury Hospital last Saturday.

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Dewsbury Matters: Denis Ripley, right, at the Patrick Bronte 200 event

A busy life - remembering Denis Ripley’s work for Dewsbury, and beyond

Tributes have been paid to long-serving former Dewsbury councillor Denis Ripley, a passionate supporter of education and the arts, whose death at 85 we reported last week.

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Years of service: Denis Ripley had a passion for education

Long serving Dewsbury councillor dies at 85 - education and arts were Denis Ripley’s passion

A man who carried his passion for education into politics and played an important role in supporting the arts across the county, former Kirklees Councillor Denis Ripley has died at the age of 85.

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One way traffic: Graeme Raisbeck of Cleckheaton Action Group at one of the areas of concern

Cleckheaton planning battle campaigners: ‘Lessons can be learned’

Residents’ concerns about a controversial planning development remain now it is under way - but they also hope other groups opposing similar planning projects will benefit from their experience.

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Meeting: Batley Library

Rallying support for libraries at Batley and Cleckheaton

Residents in one part of North Kirklees are being urged to make sure they take part in the ongoing library service consultation process to keep both the services and building which houses their local library safe, while a meeting on Friday aims to rally support for another.

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IPPR North have published analysis showing the continuing disparity between spending on transport infrastructure in the English regions.

‘Stop arguing over the figures and give the North a fair deal on transport’

Ministers must finally commit to “big, transformative” transport projects in the North instead of disputing claims about the decades of under-funding for infrastructure in the region, a leading think-tank said today.

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Tracey Crouch, who has been appointed minister for loneliness. Picture: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Minister for Loneliness is testament to Jo Cox, says the MP who now sits in her constituency

THE APPOINTMENT of a Minister for Loneliness is testament to the “tenacity and determination” of the late Yorkshire MP Jo Cox, the politician who now represents her constituency said.

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Yorkshire transport is to undergo a major overhaul.

The North is watching: Ex-Chancellor's warning to Government as 'revolutionary' 30-year Yorkshire transport vision is unveiled

A radical overhaul of ticketing and high speed rail travel between Leeds and Manchester in half an hour are at the centrepiece of a 30 year vision for transport in the North laid out today.
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Unions are wanting answers after the collapse of Carillion.

We hadn’t signed ring road deal with Carillion, say Leeds council bosses

A Yorkshire council today insisted it had not signed off a contract for a vital £115m ring road with Carillion after the stricken construction firm went into liquidation.

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Paula Sherriff MP

Dewsbury MP takes frontbench role

Paula Sherriff, MP for Dewsbury, Mirfield, Denby Dale and Kirkburton, has accepted a new role as part of Labour’s frontbench team.
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A new report lays out the jobs that could be created in the Leeds City Region by HS2.

Fast track to jobs: Strategy to help Yorkshire take full advantage of HS2

An extra 41,000 jobs could be created in West Yorkshire and its surrounding districts in the next three decades if civic and business leaders take full advantage of HS2, according to a new report.

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