LOCAL woman Tanisha Bramwell has launched her campaign as an Independent councillor for Dewsbury West in May’s elections.
Tanisha, 25, lives in Dewsbury Moor and has decided to stand because of the amount of work she already undertakes in her community.
“I made the decision to run as an independent because the community asked me to,” said Tanisha. “I have always had a good relationship with Labour councillors and don’t want to smear anyone but friendship is not good enough – there is never any positive change and actions speak louder than words.”
Tanisha will run against incumbent Labour councillor Mussarat Pervaiz. She aims to snatch the ward from Labour – because she believes people in her community do not know who their councillors are, as they only see them on election day.
“Anything that people need they come to me. If they have a problem with their housing they come to me, as they know there is no point contacting their councillor,” she added.
After leaving Westborough High School Tanisha studied at Huddersfield New College where she undertook a BTEC in sport.
She volunteered with a local youth centre and was employed by Kirklees Council as a community co-ordinator.
Tanisha also helps run the Bramwell Sports Development Team, which confronts anti-social behaviour, helps people with housing issues and fights for better local NHS services, especially mental health. She revealed that she had tried to run as a Labour councillor but felt the party was not interested in her. She wants to fight against decisions such as the closure of the Arena youth club in Westtown.
“There was no consultation, nothing. There was such an outcry but it was too late,” she said.
Last year Aleks Lukic, leader of the Dewsbury Borough Independents, successfully ousted veteran Labour councillor Eric Firth and the group is hoping to repeat that success this year and wrest control of Kirklees from Labour’s grip – they have a majority of just one councillor.
Hanging Heaton businessman Chris Stoner will stand again as an Independent in Dewsbury East for the seat currently occupied by Labour’s Eric Firth after the sudden death of Paul Kane.
Mr Stoner, 50, said: “In Dewsbury East we voted for an independent councillor last year and the big parties suddenly started trotting out all kinds of promises.
“But Dewsbury Hospital is still missing intensive care and consultant-led maternity care, the green belt is still facing inappropriate development and we still don’t have local control in Dewsbury over how our Council Tax and business rates are spent.
“We need to keep up the pressure by building a strong team of independent councillors for Dewsbury. The only way to strengthen the independent voice is to vote for it on May 7.”