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Protesters have gathered outside Huddersfield Town Hall ahead of a council meeting to discuss the future of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

The scrutiny panel meeting - which starts at 10.30am - will make a decision on whether to press ahead with plans to close the hospital A&E.

The panel is made up of eight councillors (four from Kirklees, four from Calderdale) and will decide whether to allow the Right Care Right Time Right Place plan to proceed.

The proposal would see the demolition of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and the building of a much smaller hospital on an adjacent site.

It would have an urgent care centre but no emergency care unit.

Emergency care would be centralised at an expanded Calderdale Royal Hospital.

We will be bringing you live updates from the meeting and protests outside.

WATCH: Reactions as decision to refer decision to Jeremy Hunt is discussed

Let’s wrap this up with a video - here’s what different people had to say on the decision made today.

Karl Deitch, other campaigners and our own reporter Dave Himelfield have their say on the implications of today’s decision and what it could mean for HRI’s future.

Protesters celebrate

Full story on outcome

Reaction coming in - and campaigners are happy with the outcome

Panel voted 5 to 3 for referring to Jeremy Hunt

Fears Jeremy Hunt will make the plans worse

Moment the decision came through

Decision referred to Jeremy Hunt

The decision has been referred to Jeremy Hunt

Panel chair not happy with consultation

Decision due in five minutes

MPs united against the plans

What the proposals mean

This is what could happen at HRI if the plans go ahead - there will be 100s of jobs and beds lost

Cheers and applause

This is how the campaigners reacted to some of the points being raised in the meeting

Adjourned

Glorified GP surgery

New hospital would be a ‘glorified GP surgery’ says one panel member

More frustration on lack of information - this time from our new MP

Lack of coordinated planning

Concerns over impact on community services

CCG must go

Campaigner Sean Doyle says HRI to stay and CCG to go

Anger over lack of full business case

Contempt

Our reporter Dave Himelfield is watching the meeting and said there was a huge applause as panel member Councillor Chris Pearson accused CCG bosses of treating the scrutiny process with contempt.

Jason McCartney watches on

Former MP Jason McCartney is watching intently

Campaigners watching the live feed

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MP Thelma Walker addressing the meting earlier

Town Hall public overflow in the main hall. Colne Valley MP Thelma Walker live link.
Town Hall public overflow in the main hall. Colne Valley MP Thelma Walker live link.

Earlier protests

If you missed the protests ahead of this meeting, here is what it looked like

CCG coming under fire for lack of information

Transparency

Not sure campaigners can ever be won over if the full detail is not made available for scrutiny

Plan will be made available

But why has it not been made available ahead of this meeting?

Sounds like it is going to be hard to make a decision due to the lack of information

View of the meeting

This is what it looks like in the council chamber as the meeting takes place