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Current Edition: 681 | Saturday 18th April 2015

Current Edition: 681 | Sat 18th Apr 15

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Big guns campaigning hard in key election seat

Friday 17th April 2015

Main Article Paula Sherriff Chukka Umunna

SHADOW ministerial visits and Tory teams pounding the streets show the election battle in Dewsbury and Mirfield is hotting up. 

Yet a focus group for a national newspaper found some voters still do not know who the main contenders are.

It comes amid a flurry…

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Witness appeal after biker death inquest

Friday 17th April 2015

Mount Street Batley April 2015

AN INQUEST was opened and adjourned after a 23-year-old motorcyclist was killed in Batley on Tuesday. Qasim Rehman, of Pennine Road, Dewsbury, died after his Honda was in collision with a grey BMW 530. The incident was at the junction of Bradford Road and Mount [...]

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Marathon mum battling to raise meningitis awareness

Friday 17th April 2015

Laura and Ruby Fletcher

A MUM from Gomersal whose daughter beat meningitis is running the London Marathon to raise awareness of the disease. Probation worker Laura Fletcher, 34, initially hoped to raise £1,500 from the  event on Sunday, April 26. But she smashed the target and now hopes to [...]

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Fourteen line up in national poll

Friday 17th April 2015

Press-latest-news

FOURTEEN candidates are fighting to represent North Kirklees in parliament after the general election. There are seven nominees each standing in Batley & Spen and Dewsbury & Mirfield. Polls will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday May 7, and counting is expected to [...]

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Dewsbury: Time to act where others have failed, says Tory

Friday 17th April 2015

Mark Eastwood

EMPTY shops and a lack of free parking have perhaps defined Dewsbury town centre in recent years. But an election candidate wants to change the story by taking action where he claims others have failed. Tory Mark Eastwood is taking on Coun Eric Firth in [...]

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Ex-MP rounds on imams

Friday 17th April 2015

Shahid Malik

FORMER Dewsbury and Mirfield MP Shahid Malik launched an astonishing attack on Muslim clerics in a national newspaper last week – despite representing the family of teen-terrorists Hassan and Hammaad Munshi, and their fundamentalist grandfather, Sheikh Yakub Munshi. Mr Malik authored an article in The [...]

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Fears for town’s heritage as cemetery falls into ruin

Friday 17th April 2015

Heckmondwike cemetery Firth grave

PART of Heckmondwike’s rich heritage is at risk of being lost through the neglect of a cemetery, a campaigner claims. Mike Popplewell spoke out about the condition of the graveyard behind the Upper Chapel between Chapel Lane and High Street. It comes after Mike visited [...]

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Family business quits market after more than 100 years

Friday 17th April 2015

Chris Wilby April 2015

A BUSINESS is quitting Dewsbury Market after more than 100 years – with a parting shot at council chiefs over high rents. Wilby Curtains shuts on Thursday, April 30, two weeks after opening up on Horbury High Street. Owner Chris Wilby, 57, asked Kirklees Council [...]

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