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Councillor suspended over abusive online comments

A Labour councillor has been suspended over a series of abusive online posts he made about senior Tory politicians.

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Council executive pay details revealed

Wakefield Council paid more than £650,000 in salaries to its top executives in one financial year.

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Nadeem Ahmed.

Warning after Tory election posters ‘damaged’

Wakefield’s Conservative group claim some of their election posters have been damaged.

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Projects which help to battle knife crime in West Yorkshire are to get funding

COMMENT: How community projects can help to battle knife and gang crime at its roots

By Mark Burns-Williamson, police and crime commissioner for West Yorkshire

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Wakefield will go to the polls on May 3

Days to go until the polls open - here’s what Wakefield voters have to say

With just days to go until Wakefield goes to the polls for the council elections, people in the city are still deciding which way to cast their votes, if at all, on May 3.

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Frances O'Grady pictured in Leeds.

Bad deal on Brexit puts 250,000 Yorkshire jobs at risk, says union leader

Hundreds of thousands of jobs in Yorkshire are at risk if the UK gets the wrong deal in its Brexit negotiations, an influential union leader said today.

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Brian and Janet Holmes.

Councillor bows out after 17 years of representing communities

It was 2001 when Janet Holmes, a retired shorthand typist and long-standing member of the Labour party, was encouraged to stand in a Wakefield Council by-election.

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County Hall, Wakefield.

Wakefield Council promises change after it is revealed men earn more than women

Wakefield Council has pledged to cut its gender pay gap, after it revealed its female employees were earning an average of nearly five per cent less than their male counterparts.

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Land off Park Lane. Pic: Google.

Plan for 450 homes at Allerton Bywater in Leeds

A developer has applied to build up to 450 new homes in Leeds.

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National politics is likely to play a major role in this year's local elections across Yorkshire.

Yorkshire local elections 2018: Trees could be key in Sheffield as voters return to ballot box

Ten of the region’s town halls will elect new councillors next month, but how important will national party politics be to the final result? Rob Parsons reports.

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Votes are counted at a previous election.

List of candidates standing in Wakefield Council election revealed

The list of candidates standing in this year's Wakefield Council election has been announced.

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School meals.

Andrea Jenkyns: National unity is essential for UK at this time

It has been quite an intense week for British politics.

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Northern postpones key rail improvements in Yorkshire - and blames delays to Manchester electrification scheme

Northern postpones key rail improvements in Yorkshire - and blames delays to Manchester electrification scheme

Three key improvements to rail services in Yorkshire will not happen in May as promised because of delays to an electrification scheme in the North West.
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Jon Trickett: Public services in Wakefield are ‘stretched to breaking point’

Jon Trickett: Public services in Wakefield are ‘stretched to breaking point’

Year on year cuts, brought about by this Tory government’s obsession with austerity, have left public services in the Wakefield District stretched to breaking point.

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Council tax to rise and services to be cut in Wakefield as budget gets the green light

Council tax will rise and services will be cut as Wakefield Council slashes £28m from its budget.
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Council leaders in Yorkshire have submitted a document seting out the powers a Yorkshire mayor could have.

Vision for the future: What powers could a ‘One Yorkshire’ mayor have?

For many months, it has been the subject of intense discussion and debate in the region’s town halls as well as the corridors of power in Whitehall and Westminster.

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Richard Flint, chief executive of Yorkshire Water, and Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

It’s a wake-up call: Yorkshire Water boss responds to Gove’s stinging criticism of industry

The chief executive of Yorkshire Water has admitted his industry must “show new standards of public accountability” after a senior Minister warned major utilities firms that they must clean up their act or face tougher regulation.

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The former deputy prime minister forged his reputation as an architect of devolution during the 1980s.

Yorkshire devolution: Heseltine warns of ‘tribal instincts’ jeopardising historic deal

The prospect of an historic Yorkshire devolution deal could be put at risk by politicians “pursuing their tribal instincts to protect what they have now got”, former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine warned today.

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Devolution: Yorkshire leaders urge Prime Minister to commit to mayoral election in 2020

Devolution: Yorkshire leaders urge Prime Minister to commit to mayoral election in 2020

Leaders of 18 Yorkshire councils have written to Theresa May urging her to commit to a region-wide mayoral election in 2020, ahead of a crunch meeting with the Communities Secretary tomorrow.

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West Yorkshire Combined Authority has called for a change to the way rail improvements are planned.

West Yorkshire transport bosses call for ‘urgent overhaul’ of rail infrastructure planning system

The way much-needed improvements to the rail network are planned and delivered needs an urgent overhaul, according to Yorkshire transport bosses.

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