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Politics

Politics plays a part in every aspect of Huddersfield life. We bring you the latest in-depth news and reaction from councils across the area including Kirklees and Calderdale. We'll also report on the latest from our MPs across the constituencies in our area.

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman and Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney

Huddersfield and Colne Valley MPs on English votes for English laws

Colne Valley's Jason McCartney said the proposals would increase fairness Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman said it would be hard to define which issues only affect England

Yorkshire First call for more parish councils to be set up to give communities a bigger 'local voice'

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But Colne Valley Liberal Democrat councillor, Nicola Turner, said that the time was not right to introduce them

Devolution: Kirklees politicians want it, but some don't like the plans so far

Huddersfield Town Hall
Opposition councillors are yet to agree ahead of crucial meeting

Most basic funeral now costs £3,500 in Kirklees and Calderdale

Bereaved families hit as the most basic funeral now costs £3,500

Clough & Company partner in tax warning

Nigel Westman, partner at Clough & Company in Cleckheaton
Nigel Westman, of Clough and Company, says figures show tax evasion to be a bigger problem than tax avoidance
Kirklees Magistrates Court, Huddersfield.

Magistrates grant "ban" on Meltham flats after repeated problems with anti-social behaviour

Police and council officials unite to take strict action

Newsome unique housing idea could cut £30k off fuel bills

Kirklees Council will explore possibility of 'passive house' idea for Newsome site sale

Kirklees College students to become part of team behind massive Dewsbury Pioneer House restoration project

Dave Hall, John Lambe, Luke Oliver and Kevin Byrne examining the part of Pioneer House formerly used as a restaurant.
Pupils in the college's Dewsbury Construction Academy will help to renovate cornices, paint and work in other areas
Parking charges

Parking charges on way back for Halifax after being suspended when it was revealed they were illegal

Calderdale Council bringing in new traffic regulations

Calderdale councillors aiming for local authority to take tough stance on fracking

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They want the authority to consider the environment when looking at any possible applications for the extraction of shale gas

Calderdale getting tougher with the yobs as more action on anti-social behaviour is pledged

Victims of anti-social behaviour in Calderdale have been been given more powers to tackle the problem thanks to the introduction of the Community Trigger
Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Yorkshire ambulance chief urges people to only dial 999 in a medical emergency

Flood of calls for colds and flu amid struggle to get GP appointments

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman in a flap over bats in churches during House of Commons debate

A bat.
The row over bats erupted after Mr Sheerman said the flying mammals should not be persecuted and ought to be free to continue living in places of worship

Green light for Huddersfield and Calderdale hospitals redundancy scheme for 400 jobs

Private firms bidding for NHS work
Hospital chief says key people will not be allowed to leave
Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman and Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney

Huddersfield and Colne Valley MPs on English votes for English laws

Colne Valley's Jason McCartney said the proposals would increase fairness Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman said it would be hard to define which issues only affect England

Holmfirth Hullabaloo aims to boost trade

Holmfirth traders have launched a scheme to encourage people to shop locally in the run-up to Christmas

WATCH: Ho, ho, ho and go, go, go! 200 race round Huddersfield in this year's Santa Dash

Run Santas, run!
Watch our video from the start line and see if you're pictured in our gallery
A & E department at Calderdale Royal Hospital

Come clean over A&E: MP tells House of Commons not to "take people for fools" over cuts

Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Halifax Labour MP Linda Riordan also accused the Government and health chiefs of failing to consult local people

MP Craig Whittaker swaps Commons for supermarket aisles

MP paid a visit to Sainsbury's in Brighouse

Calderdale Council leader angry over more floods cash for southern authorities

Council anger over lack of help for Calder flood victims

Villagers out in force for remembrance

There was a strong remembrance service turnout at the tiny village of Birdsedge

Mirfield Remembrance parade 2014: Thousands line route of biggest parade outside London

The parade, led by Falklands and Gulf wars veteran David Horrobin, included Dewsbury MP Simon Reevell and Mirfield councillor Martyn Bolt

Kirkburton CE First School celebrates 300 years

Queen Anne was on throne in 1714 when the school opened

Journalists

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Huddersfield Town correspondent
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Huddersfield Giants correspondent
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Crime correspondent
Nick Lavigueur
Health Correspondent
Joanne Douglas
Local Government Correspondent
Linda Whitwam
Education Correspondent
Henryk Zientek
Business Correspondent
Val Javin
Features Editor
Martin Shaw
Mirfield Correspondent