In The Press this week: We exclusively reveal that local Tories will not support leadership hopeful Shabir Pandor - which could leave Kirklees Council in limbo for weeks.

The Batley councillor is due to make a second bid for the top job at a meeting on June 29 after failing to secure enough votes last month.

But Conservatives have not changed their minds since voting against Coun Pandor and insist the Labour group chief "is not up to the task" of leading the authority.

Tory leader Coun David Hall (Liversedge and Gomersal) also said two Labour councillors should resign amid the on-going council tax arrears farce.

Elsewhere, a partially-sighted Mirfield woman was asked to renew her licence 18 years after she gave up driving.

Hospital bosses faced criticism for lack of beds and nurses as they plan to make £26m of cuts - some of which will come from new buildings worth less than previously thought.

A historic hotel in Cleckheaton could be demolished to make way for 15 homes.

There's plenty for history buffs as we delve into the life of Batley scout leader who invented a unique sport and the Heckmondwike hangman who turned to God.

And meet the blind girl from Gomersal who is doing a tandem bike ride from London to Paris for charity.

In sport, Dewsbury Rams captain Paul Sykes believes his side have 'turned a corner' in the Championship following their impressive win over Bradford last time out.

High-flyers Batley Bulldogs, meanwhile, haven't had any targets to aspire to this season according to coach John Kear, who believes they can have a detrimental effect on performances.

Elsewhere our local National Conference League sides have had a tough week.

Thornhill Trojans and Dewsbury Celtic both lost in Division Two while Dewsbury Moor Maroons also slipped up in Division Three.

In cricket, Hanging Heaton CC are on top form following a win over rivals Cleckheaton.

It's all in The Press, the only newspaper which has North Kirklees covered… :-)

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