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  1. Updates on Wednesday 29 April 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Thursday

Live Reporting

By Alasdair Gill

All times stated are UK

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That's all today from BBC Local Live for Leeds and West Yorkshire.

Have a good night, and join us from 08:00 tomorrow for all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

Yorkshire TV debate tonight

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live

We've already had the last of the three BBC Radio Leeds debates, but there's a Yorkshire TV debate to follow later tonight.

Six candidates from Labour, the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Green Party, Respect and UKIP will answer questions in front of a Leeds Arena audience at 22:45 on BBC One.

Hasselbaink: 'I am committed to Burton'

BBC Sport

Burton Albion boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

has been addressing speculation linking him with a move to his former club Leeds United.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Getty Images

He said: "I am committed to Burton and I will do everything in my power to make the club successful for as long as I am here. You can't do anything about rumours."

What are the parties' plans for the NHS?

Election 2015

Are there

more similarities than differences in the parties' plans for the NHS?


In terms of the broad direction of the health service, there is much more the parties have in common despite the natural heat developed during an election campaign.


where the parties stand on the NHS here.

Delroy Facey: Struck at the 'very heart of football'

A judge who jailed former Premier League footballer

Delroy Facey (pictured) for two-and-a-half years for match fixing strongly condemned his actions.

Delroy Facey arrives at court

Judge Mary Stacey said: "It's about the fans of the teams involved, the families who follow the fortunes of their teams with passion, loyalty and devotion.

"You have betrayed all that trust, all that confidence, and it's like a cancer at the heart of football."

M62: Two lanes eastbound reopen

West Yorkshire Police

tweets: Following the earlier collision, two lanes on the e/bound c/way of the M62 are now open

Latest headlines

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Local Live:

M62 delays as lorries smash central reservation

Telegraph & Argus

The M62 is blocked both ways, with queuing traffic

after two lorries went through the central reservation.

M62 closed
Telegraph & argus

The accident happened between Junction 22 (Rishworth Moor) and Junciton 24 (Ainley Top).

Looking Majestic again

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live

The Majestic in Leeds city centre has a new temporary roof following the devastating fire that ripped through the building last September.

Majestic, Leeds city centre
Candid PR

The installation of the new roof is part of the painstaking process of work being carried out by the building's owners Rushbond PLC, to make the building wind and water tight.

UKIP and the NHS

Election 2015

Earlier today BBC Radio Leeds broadcast a debate from Halifax where members of Labour, the Conservatives, the Lib Dems and the Greens

set out how they planned to fund the NHS. But what about UKIP's view?


Angus Dalgliesh of UKIP told the

BBC's Daily Politics his party has a "very well-costed plan" to fund the NHS by scrapping HS2, the Barnett formula in Scotland and the overseas aid budget. Only UKIP, he says, "is full of common sense enough to realise that money doesn't grow on trees".

M62 due to reopen around 17:00

BBC Travel

More on the M62 delays - West Yorkshire Police

tweets that the road is likely to reopen around 17:00.

Stay up to date on the

BBC Travel page.

Three arrested over cocaine yacht

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live

Three men have been arrested in West Yorkshire following the seizure of about a tonne of cocaine from the yacht Makayabella by the Irish authorities.

The yacht was intercepted off the Irish coast last year with 41 bales of the drug on board.

The Makayabella yacht was intercepted by Irish Defence Forces
Irish Defence Forces

The men, aged 31, 29 and 27, were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to import class A drugs at addresses in Ilkley and Leeds on Tuesday, the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

All three were questioned and have been bailed pending further inquiries until August 28.

M62 blocked westbound

BBC Travel

There's been an accident on the M62 and the road is currently blocked westbound between J24 for Ainley Top and J23 for Huddersfield.

The air ambulance has landed on the scene and traffic is beginning to back up.

Police said two HGVs had collided on the motorway.

Delroy Facey jailed: Role model 'abused position'

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

Delroy Facey, 35, who had spells playing for Bradford and Huddersfield, has been jailed after being found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court earlier of conspiracy to bribe non-league players.

Judge Mary Stacey said Facey's offences struck "at the very heart of football".

"You have been a role model, but you have abused that position," she told the one-time Premier League player.

BreakingDelroy Facey jailed


Former Bradford City and Huddersfield striker Delroy Facey has been jailed for two and a half years at Birmingham Crown Court after being convicted of conspiring to bribe lower league players in a match-fixing plot.

Latest headlines

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Local Live:

Hasselbaink calm about Leeds rumours

BBC Sport

Burton Albion manager

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has said he would make a decision about becoming Leeds boss "with my brain and not my heart".

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Getty Images

Hasselbaink, who spent two years at Leeds between 1997 and 1999, has been linked with a return to Elland Road.

Current head coach Neil Redfearn is out of contract in the summer.

Man drove daughter to school without licence

A man

has had his vehicle seized after allegedly driving his eight-year-old step-daughter to school despite having no driving licence or insurance.

Car seized by police
West Yorkshire Police

The 44-year-old from the Sowerby area is due to appear at Calderdale Magistrates' Court.

Delroy Facey: Guilty in match fixing trial

Delroy Facey has become the highest-profile player

to be convicted of match-fixing allegations.

Delroy Facey arrives at court

The trial heard that Facey urged a footballer at a struggling non-league club to make some "easy money" by fixing the result of a match.

The 35-year-old from Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield also told a contact that some Football Conference teams would "do" a game in return for payment.

Former striker convicted

BBC Sport

Delroy Facey, from Huddersfield, had pleaded not guilty of

conspiracy to commit bribery in a match fixing trial..

The ex-Bolton Wanderers, Hull City and West Bromwich Albion striker was arrested in November as part of a National Crime Agency investigation.

Delroy Facey

The 35-year-old former striker also played for Notts County, Tranmere Rovers and Lincoln City.

BreakingDelroy Facey guilty over bribes

BBC Sport

Former Bradford City and Huddersfield footballer Delroy Facey has been found guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery in a match fixing trial.

Air pollution action ordered

The government has been ordered by the UK's highest court to

take immediate action on air pollution limits in 16 cities including Leeds.

Air pollution in London

Supreme Court justices announced their decision today in the latest round of a battle by environmental campaigners over levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air.

Something fishy going on

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

Thieves have stolen six goldfish out of a garden pond in Halifax.

The Shubunkin fish taken from Cobblestones Drive on Thursday may have been mistaken for carp, police said.

Keith Wakefield: 'A difficult decision'

Leeds City Council leader Keith Wakefield

tweets: "Needless to say it has not been an easy decision."

The Labour Group leader has announced his intention to stand down next month.

Sun and scattered showers

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There will be

sunny spells and scattered showers later on today with showers becoming more widespread across more northern and western parts overnight.

Kay Crewdson

Lows of 3C (37F) with a moderate southwesterly breeze.

Latest headlines

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Local Live:

  • Keith Wakefield, the Labour leader of Leeds Council announces he's standing down.
  • A report concludes at least 22 pupils
    were abused by Jimmy Savile at a Staines school.
  • Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott says it's unlikely Stevie Ward will play at Huddersfield.

School pupils abused by Savile - report

A report by Surrey Police has found that Jimmy Savile

committed at least 46 sexual offences at a school for emotionally disturbed teenage girls.

The review said Savile was given unrestricted access to Duncroft School in Staines during the mid to late 1970s.

Jimmy Savile

The report says 22 pupils and one visitor were sexually assaulted by Jimmy Savile between 1974 and 1979.

Leeds Labour leader standing down

Keith Wakefield, the leader of Leeds City Council, has announced he is standing down.

Keith Wakefield

He will continue in the role as well as that of leader of the Labour Group until the council Annual General Meeting on 21 May when a new leader will be elected.

Mr Wakefield is to remain as a councillor in the city.

Listen again to the debate

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

That's it for the

BBC Radio Leeds debate on the NHS.

Thank you to Andrew Cooper, Paula Sherriff, Stewart Golton and Beth Prescott for answering the audience's questions.

Did you miss it?

Listen again online here.

Tax crackdown to pay for care

Labour's Paula Sheriff says her party's Time To Care fund will be achieved "through mansion tax, tackling tax avoidance and a tobacco levy."

Andrew Cooper and Paula Sheriff
  • "Adult social care should be free because it's the mark of a civilised society," argues Andrew Cooper who adds that the Green Party would fund that through a Robin Hood tax.
  • Stewart Golton for the Lib Dems says allowing communities to hep build their own social care for end of life care is important

Funding elderly care

"What steps would you take to address the disparity in the care of the elderly?" asks audience member Anne Grainger.

Elderly woman
  • "The current government has slashed billions from the adult social care budget so we're in a very difficult situation," responds Labour candidate Paula Sherriff. "People are taking up hospital beds who don't necessarily need hospital treatment but there's nowhere else for them to go."
  • Conservative Beth Prescott defends the government saying: "We'll restore named GPs for elderly people so you can always go back to the same GP. "We will pay for it all through the strong economy," she adds, a statement greeted by audible jeers from the audience.

GP appointments in 48 hours

Alan follows up by saying he gets GP appointments on the same day, so doesn't see a benefit to 48 hour appointments.

"I'm really pleased you're able to get an appointment in the same day [but] hundreds of constituents feel let down," replies Dewsbury and Mirfield candidate Paula Sherriff.

Conservative Beth Prescott adds: "I think it's quite sad. They're trying to talk down some good news where people are able to get healthcare straight away.

Too much money on admin?

BBC Radio Leeds

"What are the parties going to do about administrators claiming more and more and more of the NHS fund?" asks Alan in the audience.

  • Beth Prescott reiterates that the Conservatives have slashed bureaucracy, saying there are 6,000 fewer managers. "I'm not saying we're there yet, there's a long way to go; we were left with a mess," she adds.
  • Paula Sherriff for Labour says: "It's crucial that the money that goes into the NHS is spent on the frontline. Administrators also do a valuable job."
  • "I have no problem with people who are administrators because a lot of the time you want to take paperwork away from health professionals," says Stewart Golton for the Lib Dems.
  • The Greens' Andrew Cooper says "chasing arbitrary targets are part of the problem".

Audience heckles Tory candidate

"Lies!" shouts a member of the audience as Conservative candidate Beth Prescott (pictured left) says the Health and Social Care Act delivered "billions in savings in bureaucracy".

Beth Prescott and Stewart Golton

'It's one of those areas that sometimes can get very much wrapped up in rhetoric," adds Lib Dem Stewart Golton (pictured right). "The last Labour government did far more privatising."

NHS should be preferred provider - Labour

Regarding the costs of NHS internal markets, audience member Rosemary asks whether panel would scrap those markets to divert money to frontline services.

Labour "will reinstate the NHS as the preferred provider for all contracts", says Dewsbury and Mirfield candidate Paul Sherriff.

Election 2015: Have your say

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

We're halfway through the debate on the NHS recorderd in Halifax, you're listening to:

  • Andrew Cooper of the Green Party, candidate for Huddersfield
  • Stewart Golton of the Liberal Democrats, candidate for Elmet and Rothwell
  • Beth Prescott of the Conservative Party, candidate for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford
  • Paula Sheriff of the Labour Party, candidate for Dewsbury and Mirfield

They're all parliamentary candidates in West Yorkshire.

If you're listening to the

BBC Radio Leeds debate on the NHS, get involved through
email, on
Twitter or on the
BBC Radio Leeds Facebook page.

Coalition has made being young 'difficult'

"Rather than trying to cure mental health issues wouldn't it make far more sense to reduce pressure by increasing jobs and housing?" asks Ethne.

  • "We're working to end long term youth unemployment and we've increased the number of apprenticeships," says Beth Prescott (Conservative). "I myself was in one of them."
  • Andrew Cooper (Greens) claims: "It's very difficult being a young person now and it's getting more difficult because of the policies of the coalition."
  • "Part of the answer is listening to our young people more, those susceptible to mental health," adds the Labour candidate Paula Sherriff.

Child mental health 'inadequate'

The audience applauds as an audience member raises a recent case where a teenager was held in a police cell owing to a lack of mental health beds.

The debate audience

"It is one of the areas we do need to invest in because services in our region in most cases are inadequate," says Stewart Golton for the Lib Dems.

Mental health has been 'poor relation'

"In what way are you going to tackle the mental health crisis in this country?" asks Debbie in the audience in Halifax.

"We recognise that mental health has been the poor relation in NHS," says Labour's Paula Sherriff. "Labour will enshrine mental health in the NHS constitution."

Andrew Cooper

"Mental illnesses account for 28% of illnesses but only 11% of funding goes towards treatment," says Andrew Cooper (pictured) adding that the Greens would provide "real money" to redress the balance.