Kirklees Council candidate statements: Mirfield

Election 2015.
Election 2015.

We’ve invited each of the candidates hoping to represent Mirfield on Kirklees Council to tell us why they deserve your vote on May 7.

Patrick John Joseph Dennehy (Labour Party)

No statement supplied.

John Allen Dobson (Liberal Democrats)

No statement supplied.

Richard Green (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts)

No statement supplied.

Michael Richard Holbrook (UK Independence Party)

I am Michael Holbrook, your prospective UKIP candidate for Mirfield Ward on Kirklees Council. I have lived in the Mirfield area for 26 years and worked locally as a public servant and volunteered in youth organisations for 34 years. Over this time, I have seen local essential services dramatically deteriorate whilst other politically driven areas continue to be funded. I want to bring to the local council straight-talking, honesty and openness. I want to prevent crazy spending on ideas like mini roundabouts and more road humps, etc. Why don’t we just fill in the pot holes first? I believe in equality and diversity, which enriches our society. We should all be on a level playing field, not positive discrimination to favour one above another. The best should succeed! Where have honesty, respect, integrity and personal responsibility gone? I support family values and freedom of speech, not a culture afraid to speak and offend. If you share my values, vote for me!

Kathleen Taylor (Conservative Party)

I have been a councillor for the last 14 years and am proud to represent my home town. If re-elected I will continue to work with local community groups and preserve Mirfields assets. Our library and community centre are at risk due to Labour’s plans. Our green fields are under threat from developers and I believe brownfield sites should have to be used before any POL or greenfield sites are used for yet more house building. Our infrastructure cannot cope with the extra traffic these developments bring. Our schools are full to bursting and the chaos caused by school parking is making residents lives a misery. If and when devolution happens I will make sure that our town gets its fair share of any funding so that the town continues to prosper and be a great place to live and work. Kirklees should have to devolve the budget and then residents can decide what priorities and council services they need. Yet again due to the Labour/Green alliance at Kirklees we have seen a two per cent rise in Council Tax. They could and should have taken the Government grant then residents wouldn’t be having to pay more money for less services.

Nicholas Eugene Whittingham (Green Party)

I have spent over 25 years campaigning on environmental and social issues. I have past experience of developing community-led initiatives including an award-winning farmers’ market and craft market, a Community Development Trust and a community festival. In Mirfield I see people with similar ideas and enthusiasm and am keen to work actively to create a stronger and more vibrant community. I have lived and worked in Kirklees for over 10 years and am currently chief executive of Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre. I have the skills to offer practical support to individuals and groups on a range of issues and see it as an important part of a local councillor’s role to be able to help constituents. This is needed more than ever with increasing cuts to local services. More broadly, I see the same failed offerings from the ‘established’ politicians and want to offer positive and effective solutions to build society, develop community and protect our environment, both for us and for generations to come. My Green Party colleagues in Newsome and Kirkburton are already delivering that positive change – if you are fed up with old-style politics it really is time to vote Green.