Absence of far left may give Labour advantage in election

Absence of far left may give Labour advantage in election

LABOUR go into the local elections next month needing just one extra seat to seize full control of Kirklees Council.

The party has 34 councillors on the 69-member authority ahead of the poll on Thursday, May 5.

Labour’s chances of becoming the first group in sole charge since 1999 could be boosted by the lack of a challenge from the far left.

There are none running in North Kirklees and only four from Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts in South Kirklees.

Locally, the only threat to Labour from the left is the Green Party, which is standing in all 10 wards.

UKIP has fielded only six candidates, but there are none from far-right groups such as the British National Party.

The current make-up of the council is Labour 34, Conservatives 18, Lib Dems 10, Greens four and independents three.

Labour is defending seven of the 10 wards in North Kirklees, including those held by Hanif Mayet (Batley East), Abdul Patel (Dewsbury South) and Simon Alvy (Liversedge & Gomersal), who are all standing down.

In Dewsbury West, Coun Karen Rowling was deselected but stands for Labour in Mirfield, where she faces long-serving incumbent and former mayor Coun Martyn Bolt (Con) in a four-way battle. The other challengers are John Dobson (Lib Dems) and Isabel Walters (Green).

Labour candidate Mussarat Pervaiz, out canvassing recently with Dewsbury & Mirfield MP Paula Sherriff, is bidding to succeed Coun Rowling in Dewsbury West. She faces Simon Cope (Green), John Nottingham (Con) and Shehzad Hussain (Lib Dems) in another four-way fight.

Former councillors Dennis Hullock (Lib Dems) and Derrick Yates (Con) try their luck again in Dewsbury East and Batley East respectively.

Other well-known faces include Tory Mark Eastwood in Dewsbury East and Lib Dem Bernard Disken in Dewsbury South.

 

HOW THEY LINE UP:



BATLEY EAST

FADIA, Fazila (Lab)

FARNHILL, Richard Allan (Lib Dems)

GHAFFAR, Abdul (Ind)

STOYLES, Char (Green)

YATES, Derrick (Con)

BATLEY WEST

GRIFFITH-JONES, James (UKIP)

HALL, Lyndsey (Con)

KANE, Christopher Martin (Lib Dems)

KITCHIN, Garry Mervyn (Green)

PANDOR, Shabir (Lab & Co-operative Party)

BIRSTALL & BIRKENSHAW

HOLBROOK, Joyce Avril (UKIP)

KANE, Clare Elisabeth (Lib Dems)

KENNEDY, Jasmine Paris (Green)

PALFREEMAN, Andrew Lawrence (Con)

PATEL, Khalid Ahmed (Lab)

CLECKHEATON

BUTT, Aafaq Noor (Lab)

GRAY, Andrew Lyndon (Con)

PINNOCK, Kathryn Mary (Lib Dems)

WALSHAW, Colin (UKIP)

WHITTINGHAM, Catherine Helen (Green)

DEWSBURY EAST

BURROWS, Greg (UKIP)

EASTWOOD, Mark Simon (Con)

HULLOCK, Dennis (Lib Dems)

KANE, Paul (Lab)

KELSALL, Tony (Green)

DEWSBURY SOUTH

AMEEN, Imtiaz Ali (Con)

ASIF, Gulfam (Lab)

CRUDEN, Adrian Hugh (Green)

DISKEN, Bernard Thomas, (Lib Dems)

DEWSBURY WEST

COPE, Simon John (Green)

HUSSAIN, Shehzad (Lib Dems)

NOTTINGHAM, John David (Con)

PERVAIZ, Mussarat (Lab)

HECKMONDWIKE

HALL, Steve (Lab)

LAYTON, Sofia Yusuf (Green)

LUKIC, Aleks (UKIP)

PUGSLEY, Josie (Lib Dems)

THORNTON, Robert James Michael (Con)

LIVERSEDGE & GOMERSAL

GRAINGER-MEAD, Michelle Lisa (Con)

HOLBROOK, Simon (UKIP)

KHAN, Mohammed Jawad Afzal (Lab)

SNEE, David Peter (Lib Dems)

WHITTINGHAM, Nicholas Eugene (Green)

MIRFIELD

BOLT, Stephen Martyn (Con)

DOBSON, John Allen (Lib Dems)

ROWLING, Karen Louise (Lab)

WALTERS, Isabel Clare (Green)

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