Simon says: I'll be an action man

A SCHOOLTEACHER contesting the Kirklees Council by-election in Liversedge & Gomersal has vowed to be a man of action.

Labour candidate Simon Alvy pledged to get a grip on even the little things should he triumph in the poll on Thursday, June 13.

He is one of three candidates so far announced for the election to find a replacement to long-serving Tory councillor Margaret Bates.

The junior rugby league coach, of Heckmondwike, said: “People want to see action on the things that affect their daily lives.

“It doesn't matter whether it’s schools, the state of the roads, dog fouling or litter, people are unhappy that these things don’t get addressed.

“If someone raises a problem with their councillor, it isn’t too much to ask that they get a response and that action follows.

“I will make sure things get done and ensure local people and their problems aren’t ignored by Kirklees.” Married father-of-two Mr Alvy is head of year at a secondary school and is both a governor and on the PTA at a Liversedge primary.

The former Batley High School for Boys pupil is the son of Geoff Alvy, a Kirklees Lib Dem councillor for Batley West from 2000 to 2006.

Mr Alvy is battling Tory Sharon Light and Lib Dem Richard Farnhill to replace Mrs Bates, who has stood down for health reasons.

He sits on one of Spen Valley’s Community First panels and is a campaigner against plans to downgrade services at Dewsbury District Hospital.

He added: “With visits to A&E with rugby injuries and the birth of my daughter at Dews-bury, I’m naturally very protective of our hospital.”

Labour MP Mike Wood backed Mr Alvy’s campaign and said: “Margaret was a very popular councillor who worked hard and rose above party politics.

“Kirklees needs more councillors like that – people who will take up Marg- aret’s mantle and work for their ward.

“Simon was picked because he’ll do exactly that. People are tired of the same old established party political figures pursuing their own agendas.”

n The Green Party has confirmed to The Press that it will not be fielding a candidate in the by-election.

David Brooks finished third in Liversedge and Gomersal last year behind the Tories and Labour with 355 votes.

But party leader Coun Andrew Cooper vowed to contest every ward in North Kirklees at the council elections next May.

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