This week’s paper

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In this week’s Batley and Birstall News:

Tributes have poured in to Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood after he announced he will step down after the next general election. Mr Wood was elected as the constituency’s first Labour MP in 1997 – Labour leader Ed Milliband has paid tribute to the long-standing public servant, alongside Kirklees’ Liberal Democrats leader Coun Kath Pinnock.

ALSO: Our fight against plans to downgrade Dewsbury and District Hospital’s bust A+E department is going straight to the top. Our plea – Don’t let A&E become a casualty – will be made to Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt as he considers the deeply unpopular proposals for local hospital services.

AND FINALLY: A pensioner who rose to the top of Yorkshire snooker’s amateur ranks half a century ago has proved he’s still on the ball after scoring a 108 break at the age of 65. Alan Peck, who was Yorkshire’s individual youth champion at 18, scored the winning break at Birstall IDL club two weeks after his 65th birthday.

Don’t miss all this, plus: the latest area committee funding round-up; pictures from this year’s Daffodil Rally, featuring former Reporter Series editor John Wilson; and an update on the £1.5m renovation of Batley’s old hospital, where Zakaria Muslim Girls’ School will soon be based.

Only in this week’s News, out Thursday.