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Current Edition: | Saturday 1st October 2016

Current Edition: | Sat 1st Oct 16

Latest News

Combined 50 years’ jail for men who exploited teenage girls

Friday 30th September 2016

Main Article Mohammed Chothia

FOUR men from Batley and Dewsbury have been jailed for a combined 50 years after they sexually exploited young girls. 

All four were convicted at Leeds Crown Court of trafficking a 13-year-old, with three of them found guilty of raping her.

Two of the defendants…

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Man who ranted in MP’s office wins prison reprieve

Friday 30th September 2016

Paula Sherriff House of Parliament PMQs June 2015

A MAN who was cleared of threatening to kill staff at an MP’s office has been given a warning over his future conduct. 

Jaseem Saeed, 39, entered the office of Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff demanding they help him get a passport on March 9 of…

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Boundary changes ‘to ensure fairness’

Friday 30th September 2016

Boundary Commission changes September 2016

LOCAL political groups have clashed over proposed changes to the electoral landscape in North Kirklees. 

The Boundary Commission for England published proposals earlier this month which, if given the go-ahead, will lead to a carve-up of Batley & Spen.

The number of MPs in the…

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‘I will be a loud, proud and strong voice for people of Batley & Spen’

Friday 30th September 2016

Tracy Brabin and Corbyn

TV star Tracy Brabin has been selected as the Labour candidate for the Batley and Spen by-election. 

Ms Brabin was selected at a packed hustings event at Upper Batley High School last week, beating Jane Thomas, and will now stand against nine other fringe party…

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Ten candidates to contest by-election

Friday 30th September 2016


A NUMBER of parties have now declared their intention to stand in the upcoming Batley and Spen by-election. 

Voters will choose from 10 candidates when they go to the polls on October 20 to elect the late Jo Cox’s successor.

Alongside Labour candidate Tracy Brabin,…

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Parties ‘are wrong’ not to contest seat

Friday 30th September 2016

Garry Kitchin

A MAN from Batley has put himself forward for the upcoming Batley and Spen by-election. 

Garry Kitchin will stand in the election, triggered by the death of Jo Cox, on October 20.

Following the death of Mrs Cox, the major political parties announced they would…

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Tory stirs up a storm on Twitter

Friday 30th September 2016


A CONSERVATIVE councillor has sparked controversy after claiming that his party should be contesting the Batley and Spen by-election.

Following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox, the Tories, UKIP, Lib Dems and the Green Party all said they would not be fielding a candidate…

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Final decision on the fate of two museums

Friday 30th September 2016

Dewsbury Museum

THE fate of two museums in North Kirklees will be decided on Monday. 

Cabinet members will be asked to agree a new vision for culture in the district, centred on three museums.

If the proposals are given the go-ahead, it is likely that Dewsbury Museum…

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