Plan to plug £1bn funding gap for West Yorkshire NHS ‘unworkable’

A five-year plan to plug a £1bn gap in health funding has been branded “unworkable” after it emerged that vast sums of money will be needed.

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Coun Peter Box.

Coun Peter Box: “Hard choices for seventh year of budget cuts”

“Many of you will now be aware of our very difficult budget proposals for 2017/18”, writes Coun Peter Box this week’s Follow the Leader column.

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Mary Creagh

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh votes against Brexit bill but article 50 could be triggered within weeks after parliament passes it through

Formal talks to leave the EU could start within a matter of weeks after MPs voted through the government’s Brexit Bill.


Road safety ‘still important for West Yorkshire Police despite lack of specialist officers’

West Yorkshire Police has defended the way it tackles criminality on the county’s road network after figures showed a dramatic fall in the number of specialist roads officers it employs.

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Pit Images: Paintings and Drawings from the Coalfields, on display at Unity+Works in Wakefield. Yorkshire NUM'sChris Skidmore views the drawings by Maltby artist  Peter Price. 3rd February 2017. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

On show: The snapshots of Yorkshire mining village life that lay in a basement for two decades

A series of drawings showing life in a South Yorkshire mining village during the 1984-5 strike are going on public display after being found in the basement of a union office.

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Wakefield MP Mary Creagh

Creagh votes against EU exit plan after the city said ‘leave’

Mary Creagh voted against triggering the UK’s exit from the European Union - despite a huge majority of people in her own constituency being in favour of Brexit.

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Coun Peter Box.

Council will meet to agree next budget

Wakefield Council’s cabinet will meet later this month to set the budget for the next financial year.

Mary Creagh to “vote against” Brexit bill

Mary Creagh to “vote against” Brexit bill

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh is planning to vote against the government’s plan for leaving the European Union in parliament tonight.

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Revealed: Yorkshire's anti-Trump hotspots

Revealed: Yorkshire's anti-Trump hotspots

A petition has revealed which areas of Yorkshire are most opposed to Donald Trump visiting the UK.

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A new report shows Yorkshire's dependence on European markets for exports

Brexit trade deal ‘crucial to Yorkshire economy’

A STRONG Brexit deal is crucial to Yorkshire because of its dependence on European markets for exports, according to a leading think-tank.

‘Ban trump’ campaign goes viral’: Solicitor’s petition soars past 1,000,000

‘Ban trump’ campaign goes viral’: Solicitor’s petition soars past 1,000,000

The solicitor behind a petition protesting at plans to welcome American president Donald Trump on a state visit to Britain says the surge of support for the campaign is “absolutely crazy”.

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Protests have been staged around the world

Women take to Yorkshire streets and march in worldwide protest against President Trump

Hundreds of women protesting against Donald Trump have marched in Yorkshire and across the country today (Saturday) on the first day of his US presidency.

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Mary Creagh blasts Gove over ‘thumbs up’ Trump Tower interview

Mary Creagh blasts Gove over ‘thumbs up’ Trump Tower interview

Mary Creagh MP blasted Tory Michael Gove on live TV over an interview he carried out with US president-elect Donald Trump.

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Could Yorkshire elect its own mayor in 2018? Voters in London last year chose Sadiq Khan to be the city's third elected mayor.

Could Yorkshire voters be choosing a mayor in 2018?

Voters could be asked to choose a Yorkshire mayor in elections next year under a devolution plan.

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File picture of Pinderfields Hospital. Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, which runs the site, has come under fire for its use of consultancy firms.

Yorkshire NHS trust which paid £15m to ‘big four’ consultants hands out another seven-figure contract

A Yorkshire hospital trust which came under fire for handing £15m to a ‘big four’ accountancy firm for cost-cutting advice over four years has paid a further seven-figure sum to a rival company in its latest attempt to save money.

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Construction of Wakefield Eastern Relief Road with new road and rail bridge.

COLUMN: Coun Peter Box - “What does the council want to achieve in 2017?”

Happy New Year to you all and I hope you had a good Christmas too.

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Environment at risk of ‘zombie’ laws, MPs warn

Environment at risk of ‘zombie’ laws, MPs warn

A watchdog group of MPs wants new UK laws to be introduced as Britain leaves the European Union so that the nation’s strong environmental standards are not eroded.

The right-wing English Defence League mounts a protest in West Yorkshire. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

How a white Yorkshire schoolboy with anti-Muslim views was lured away from far-right extremism

THE PAINSTAKING efforts over several months to deter a 14-year-old West Yorkshire boy from far-right extremism after he started expressing vocal anti-Muslim views at school have been set out by the region’s counter-terrorism officials.

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Neo-Nazi Thomas Mair murdered Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox in June.

Threat from far-right a growing concern, says Yorkshire counter-terror chief

A senior Yorkshire counter-terrorism official has revealed the “growing concern” at the danger posed by far-right groups in the wake of the murder of MP Jo Cox by a neo-Nazi fanatic.

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FEE? Schools and academies would have to pay if they want the service.

Anger at school crossing patrol payment plan

Angry readers have hit out at a plan to make schools pay for their own crossing patrols, fearing children’s lives could be put at risk.

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