I'll fight for poor', vows independent

An INDEPENDENT candidate has vowed to fight for residents in one of the poorest parts of Dewsbury.

Former Lib Dem councillor Naz Hussain is aiming to win back a seat in Dewsbury West a year after he was ousted.

He quit the party soon after, blaming the 'broken promises' of deputy prime minister Nick Clegg for his defeat.

Mr Hussain is back as an independent and now faces a fiveway battle with the Lib Dems, Labour, the Tories and the Greens.

He highlighted how money had been diverted from the Dewsbury West ward to Dewsbury East as a reason why change is needed.

Mr Hussain said: "About £5.5m was in allocated in the 2010 council budget for regeneration projects around Dewsbury.

"There were to be four schemes worth £1.375m. One was for Dewsbury Moor, but it was diverted last year to Chickenley in Dewsbury East.

"This has made the poverty gap worse as all they've done is taken money from one poor area and given it to another."

Incumbent Lib Dem Karam Hussain is standing down for health reasons, with the party's Anwar Waheed aiming to succeed him.

Labour candidate Karen Rowling said she had spent months canvassing residents on their priorities.

Former Dewsbury MP Shahid Malik is believed to have been out supporting Mrs Rowling on a recent return to the town.

She said: "I wanted my campaign to be about listening to local people and I intend to continue doing that.

"People are concerned about jobs, rising living costs, threats to our public services, especially our hospital, community safety and roads.

"But I know listening is only part of the job. In these tough times people need strong, hardworking and effective councillors. 

"I'll fight day and night to safeguard our services, bring jobs and investment to the area and make sure our communities are safe and tidy.

"I'll make sure people have a strong voice. I'll also be honest about the challenges we face and won't make promises I can't keep."


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