In The Press this week: Kirklees Council could have a new leader after Heckmondwike's David Sheard was axed as Labour party chief in a coup led by his own councillors on Monday.

They voted in Batley East councillor Shabir Pandor - who will be put forward as council leader at an annual general meeting later this month.

Coun Sheard's demise laid bare Labour in-fighting, some of it conducted on Twitter in what one shocked Tory activist described as "the washing of dirty linen in public".

Another Tory, Coun Martyn Bolt of Mirfield, believes Coun Pandor may face trouble becoming council leader due to a split among Labour councillors that could leave him short of votes.

It was not the only fall-out from last week's elections. Coun Bolt's re-election was marred by claims of a voting irregularity while Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox was involved in a row with Labour party members.

Elsewhere, a social group which meets in Batley is celebrating its 40th anniversary while Baroness Sayeeda Warsi attended a mentoring event at one of the town's schools.

A historian believes the civic leaders who transformed Spen Valley into an industrial powerhouse do not get the credit they deserve.

And council chief admit failings in child social work referrals in a bid to avoid the perception of another Shannon Matthews or Rotherham-type scandal.

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

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