IN THIS week's Press we focus on the battle for the hotly-contested marginal seat of Dewsbury and Mirfield as the general election looms.

It should act as a re-introduction to the main candidates after locals who took park in a focus group for a national newspaper said they had no idea who is standing.

Shadow ministerial visits and how the Tories have carved up their daily canvassing feature, along with full listings of candidates for the May 7 poll.

Elsewhere, we have an exclusive investigation into funding for an anti-islamophobia group supported by former Dewsbury and Mirfield MP Shahid Malik.

We can also reveal a popular and well-known Batley police inspector is leaving for a new job after spending 26 years on the beat here.

Part of Heckmondwike's rich industrial heritage could be lost though the neglect of a cemetery where graves are overgrown and headstones are broken.

Meet the mum from Gomersal who is to run the London marathon for charity after her 13-month-old daughter nearly died from meningitis.

And read about the world-class theatre lighting designer from Batley whose latest production took her to the Bolshoi in Moscow.

In sport, it's has been a busy week at the Dewsbury Rams, after they lost a player to a Super League club but recruited a former NRL half-back.

This weekend Glenn Morrison also takes his side to Hunslet in the Challenge Cup sixth round.

Meanwhile Batley will host Swinton in the cup, but will be without another key player, after he broke his arm in training.

There's better news for John Kear as St Helens have let him keep Matt Fozard for a little while longer.

In local RL Mirfield Stags notched up 13 tries in their first competitive game, while Thornhill's winning form came to an end. Shaw Cross had to work hard for their victory, but Dewsbury Celtic had to settle for a point.

It was a mixed week for Cleckheaton RU as they managed a bonus-point win, but couldn't emulate their performance in a midweek cup tie.

And Mike Popplewell takes you through all the latest cricket news, as both the Bradford League and Central Yorkshire League seasons kick off this weekend.

It's all in The Press, the only newspaper which has North Kirklees covered.

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