THIS WEEK'S PAPER:

THIS WEEK'S PAPER:

In Friday's Press, we tell the inside story of how a deal was done behind the scenes to slash £21m from council spending over the next year.

About 200 jobs are to go along with Dewsbury's public toilets, school crossing patrols, a third of the budget for fixing potholes and a raft of other cuts to public services.

Labour were accused of doing a deal with Greens and independents in exchange for their support of Heckmondwike councillor David Sheard as council leader.

Our exclusive on the alleged backstairs maneuvering is the only account you are likely to read in any newspaper covering North Kirklees.

We also have an exclusive on how a member of the panel deciding the fate of Dewsbury District Hospital stood down to avoid a conflict of interest.

John Parkes, the chief executive of the Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust from 2004 to 2006, is part of the Government's Independent Reconfiguration Panel.

The Press was told Mr Parkes stepped aside from involvement in whether A&E and maternity services should be cut by his former employer.

Elsewhere, we have stories on last week's storms, including damage that may leave the future of Dewsbury Cemetery's derelict Twin Chapels in doubt.

And read about how an elderly couple from Heckmondwike lost hundreds of pounds to a suspected conman for solar panels that never materialised.

In sport, Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison admits that Rochdale Hornets are an unknown entity ahead of his side's clash with them on Sunday.

Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear admits he will look to bolster his squad following the long-term suspension of two players for breaching betting rules.

Plus we have all the reaction from the two Championship side's opening weekend games, with both teams gaining differing results.

In boxing Ashley Vanzie faces a tough task as he competes in two bouts in 24 hours – with a challenge for the BUCS crown and a home-show fight.

Elsewhere, Hamza Hussain is aiming for national success after reaching the final of the English Youth Championships, which takes part on Sunday.

In rugby league former Dewsbury Moor star Sam Burgess has made a shock switch to rugby union, after penning a three-year deal with Bath.

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

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