Parties choose candidates ahead of May 22 local elections in Kirklees - see the list of all 23 wards here

Five stand for UKIP in Kirklees for the first time ever

Election ballot box
Election ballot box

UKIP is putting five candidates up for local council elections for the first time.

The party is hoping for a win in the Colne Valley, Golcar, Dewsbury East, Lindley and Newsome.

Ellen Ball, Lindley candidate, said: “It’s the first time we’ve had more than one candidate in Kirklees and we are hopeful.

“In the Golcar by-election last year we came from a standing start to third place, so we’ve got a good chance.

“We are local people driven by local issues, that’s what we’re standing for.”

The local election battle is underway with all nomination papers approved last night ahead of the May 22 election day.

The newly-formed Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition will fight six Kirklees seats. The alliance was set up by the former rail union leader Bob Crow.

In Kirklees a third of the 69 seats – one in each of the borough’s 23 wards - are up for grabs.

Elections for European Parliament take place on the same day and a list is expected to be confirmed later on Friday. Newsome’s Clr Andrew Cooper is bidding for an MEP seat.

Kirklees Liberal Democrat leader Clr Kath Pinnock said: “We are fighting for local issues and issues that make a difference in the communities we represent and that obviously differs according to where you live.

“In Cleckheaton we’re fighting for a replacement sports centre which the Cabinet agreed to demolish. In Almondbury they’re fighting for a way to save the Tolson Museum, in Lindley Cahal Burke is fighting on lots of fronts - A & E, greenfields and traffic, likewise in Golcar and the Colne Valley congestion are big issues that need addressing.

“Let’s start with people and communities, see what they need and help.”

Green Party’s Clr Cooper said: “The Green Party does not run the government or council so we don’t have to make excuses to protect bad government or council decisions.

“We are running a straight-forward campaign that is about trying to protect the areas we serve.

“Our candidates have a good chance, we’re hoping to hold on to Newsome and take Kirkburton where they could be a fight between ourselves and the Conservatives.

“We hope to take the number of councillors from five to six or more and by working with the Valley Independents that would change the balance of power on the council and the opportunity for a power break from Labour, the Tories and Lib Dems to benefit local people.”

Independent Clr Terry Lyons said: “I hope to help keep Holme Valley North independent, I don’t follow any national trend or diktat from London or political party, it’s about acting on the best wishes of the constituents.”

The Examiner has already reported on the Conservative and Labour manifestos.

Conservatives want council functions devolved to four districts, with councillors having greater control over spending.

Clr Robert Light, leader, said: “What we are proposing and hope people will see is that the Conservative’s have got an vision and an ability to deliver it.”

Labour has pledged to tackle the cost of living, dealing with rogue landlords and boosting business and lobbying for highways funding.

Labour’s Clr David Sheard said: “We have aspirations and we hope that despite the difficult times we can achieve them all.”

The list of candidates by ward is:

Almondbury:

Conservative: Bernard McGuin,

Green: Ben Wightman

Independent: Melvin Gray

Labour: Musarrat Khan

Lib Dem: Linda Wilkinson (current)

Ashbrow:

Conservative: Chris Grogan

Green: Brenda Smithson

Labour: Jean Calvert (current)

Lib Dem: Baljit Singh Aujula

TUSC: David Waight

Batley East:

Conservative: Imtiaz Ameen

Green: Robert Reynolds

Labour: Akhtar Mahmood (current)

Lib Dem: Jonathan Heap

TUSC: Pete Robson

Independent: Akooji Badat

Batley West

Conservative: Susan Bell-Procter

Green: Garry Kitchin

Labour: Gwen Lowe (current)

Lib Dem: Stephen Leach

TUSC: John Rattigan

Birstall & Birkenshaw

Conservative: Elizabeth Smaje (current)

Green: Charlotte Stoyles

Labour: Amanda Davison

Lib Dem: Megan Scholefield-Nicholson

Cleckheaton

Conservative: Andrew Gray

Green: Jessica Berry

Labour: Pete Murphy

Lib Dem: John Lawson (current)

Colne Valley

Conservative: Clinton Simpson

Green: John Goodwin

Labour: Barbara Jones

Lib Dem: Nicola Turner (current)

UKIP: Melanie Roberts

Crosland Moor and Netherton:

Conservative: Imran Safdar

Green: Chas Ball

Labour: Erin Hill

Lib Dem: John Dobson

TUSC: Jason Bowen

Independent: Steve Bradbury

Labour hold, but current Clr Carole Pattison is stepping down.

Dalton

Conservative: Maria Akroyd

Green: Eddie Adams

Labour: Peter McBride (current)

Lib Dem: Roger Battye

TUSC: Jack McLean

Denby Dale

Conservative: Jim Dodds (current)

Green: Terry Sigsworth

Labour: John Clarkson

Lib Dem: Andrew Wilkinson

Dewsbury East

Conservative: Mark Eastwood

Green: Tony Kelsall

Labour: Cathy Scott (current)

Lib Dem: Bernard Diskin

UKIP: Greg Burrows

Dewsbury South

Conservative: Khizar Iqbal

Green: Adrian Cruden

Labour: Masood Ahmed (current)

Lib Dem: Stephen Bird

English Democrat: Shaun Maddox

Dewsbury West

Conservative: Shehzad Hussain

Green: Simon Cope

Labour: Mumtaz Hussain (current)

Lib Dem: Dennis Hullock

Golcar

Conservative: Jack Kempf

Green: Dan Greenwood

Labour: Stephan Jungnitz

Lib Dem: Andrew Marchington (current)

UKIP: Greg Broome

Greenhead

Conservative: Pauline McGleenan

Green: John Philips

Labour: Mohan Sokhal (current)

Lib Dem: Manjit Singh

Heckmondwike

Conservative: Robert Thornton

Green:Ian Bullock

Labour: Viv Kendrick (current)

Lib Dem: Josie Pugsley

Holme Valley North

Conservative: Stephen Baggott

Independent: Terry Lyons (current)

Labour: Sarah Cook

Lib Dem: David Woodhead

Holme Valley South

Conservative: Nigel Patrick (current)

Green: Barry Ward

Labour: Anne Baldwin

Lib Dem: Arthur Pritchard

Kirkburton

Conservative: Bill Armor

Green: Cass Whittingham

Labour: Mike Greetham

Lib Dem: Jatinder Singh

Patriotic Socialist: Lee Woods

*Conservative hold but current Clr Christine Smith is stepping down.

Lindley

Conservative: Gemma Wilson

Green: Richard Plunkett

Labour: Douglas Morgan

Lib Dem: Cahal Burke (current)

UKIP: Ellen Ball

Liversedge and Gomersal

Conservative: David Hall (current)

Green: Richard Burton

Labour: Catherine Pinder

Lib Dem: Richard Farnhill

Mirfield

Conservative: Vivien Lees-Hamilton (current)

Green: Nick Whittingham

Labour: Michael Hutchinson

Lib Dem: Nisar Choudhary

Newsome

Conservative: Simon Ackroyd

Green: Karen Allison

Labour: Sheikh Ullah

Lib Dem: Eleanor Ritchie

UKIP: Ian French

TUSC: Jake Lawley

*Green hold but current Clr Graham Simpson is stepping down.

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