Calder Valley MP to 'ensure referendum result honoured'
Following the biggest defeat in parliamentary history last night, when Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal was rejected by 230 votes, the Conservative MP for the Calder Valley, Craig Whittaker, says he'll work hard to see the will of the people is honoured.
Mr Whittaker was one of only three West Yorkshire MPs to give the deal his backing:
Almost £300,000 is being spent on getting 17 "natural" flood protection schemes started in West Yorkshire this winter.
Natural flood management uses processes to slow the rate of water run-off and increase the volume of water the landscape can hold.
The schemes in Calderdale include 15,775 sq m of storage pond space, 2,800 trees being planted, 142 "leaky dams" to be built, 105 metres of fascines to be created and 728 metres of hedges to be planted or restored.
More than 3,000 properties were flooded in the Calder Valley in December 2015.
Communities in Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge and other areas were badly hit by the floodwaters.
Calderdale Flood Recovery and Resilience Board, which discussed progress, heard these projects complement traditional hard engineering techniques to provide another, "natural, element" to flood defences.
Serious criminals face ban on becoming taxi drivers
People convicted of serious criminal offences, including violence and terrorism, could be banned from becoming a taxi or minicab driver in parts of Yorkshire.
Currently, people convicted of these crimes and others, including drink and drug-driving, can still apply for a licence after a certain time has elapsed and only once they've completed their sentences.
Bradford, Calderdale, Leeds, Kirklees, Wakefield and York Councils are proposing a policy which will provide a common legal position, meaning drivers who've committed serious criminal offences will never be licensed.
We believe the introduction of a new policy will provide greater confidence for those who use Hackney carriage and private hire vehicles and will also ensure our passengers are as safe as possible."
That's the question councillors in Calderdale are wrestling with.
The borough, which covers Halifax in West Yorkshire, currently offers training for people taking on the role of the first citizen, but it isn't mandatory.
One of the borough's former civic heads, Coun Lisa Lambert (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden), said the training, which colleagues on some other councils were expected to undertake, offered advice and guidance to help new mayors through civic protocols they will have to negotiate.