It is time for a change in Birstall and Birkenshaw. This area has been dominated by the Conservatives for too long, and I believe it is time for some new ideas.
I grew up in the area so I am passionate about ensuring that it gets the best representation and that everyone’s interests are defended. I will be an enthusiastic Councillor who will listen to and represent all views and concerns right across the Ward. People deserve the best possible access to their Council and value for money from their Council Tax.
It is important that people are not distracted by the Conservatives’ proposal to split Kirklees. This is a cynical attempt to distract from the real issues of this election, which are the threat to vital local services from the Coalition Government’s spending cuts. At a time when families and individuals across Kirklees are being adversely affected by the Coalition’s spending cuts we should not be discussing the costly re-organisation of the Council.
If elected I want to protect jobs and services, be a voice for the whole Ward and work towards improving the environment and quality of life for the people of Birstall, Birkenshaw and East Bierley.
GARRY MERVYN KITCHIN
I live in Batley with my wife and two children. My son attends a Birstall school, and my daughter a Birstall nursery. I work for a multi-national food packaging company in North Yorkshire.
The main political parties have failed ordinary people. They have lost touch, after courting big money and big business. After the divisive years of the Conservatives from 1979, New Labour promised much but instead inequality has grown further. Tuition fees were introduced and the private sector was introduced to the NHS.
Since 2010 the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in Coalition have dismantled the NHS, tripled tuition fees and cut the incomes of the poorest in society while giving tax cuts to millionaires. They clearly rule for the rich at the expense of everyone else.
The Green Party:
Supports a Universal Pension of £170 pw for single people and £300 pw for couples
Opposes the privatisation of our services
Would increase the building of affordable homes but save our greenbelt from the LDF proposals.
Would introduce a 10% rate as the starting rate for income tax
Would remove the National Insurance ceiling for the rich
Would invest in renewable energy, creating jobs
Vote for change, vote Green on May 3rd.
ANDREW LAWRENCE PALFREEMAN
It’s twenty years since I was first elected to the Council. I can look around the area I represent, and in which I live, to see many improvements I’ve played some part in achieving. But the work never ends and there is more I want to achieve. For example: Protecting the Green Belt and green fields, ensuring all development is appropriate and on brown field sites to improve our local economy, create local jobs and provide affordable houses without threatening the character and history of Birstall, Birkenshaw and East Bierley. Working with Kirklees and adjoining Councils to reduce congestion on local roads. Ensuring that local traders and businesses are continued to be supported to improve the economic and commercial viability of our villages. Supporting the Neighbourhood Policing Team to continue the reduction in anti social behaviour, burglary and other crimes. Having successfully supported the lobby to save the futures of the first schools in Birkenshaw and East Bierley, to continue to work to ensure that parents, especially in Birstall, are able to choose a local co-educational high school. Most important for me, continue to represent all the individuals who have sought my help in the past and in the future.
MEGAN NICOLE SCHOLEFIELD-NICHOLSON
I’m 20 years old. I am standing as a Liberal Democrat candidate for two good reasons:
1.because my age group have a lot to offer, but are not always heard.
2.and because I support the Lib Dem policies for young people like the Youth Contract which means that every 18 – 24 year old in Birstall & Birkenshaw will get the chance of an apprenticeship, college place, or subsidised work placement.
There are many other residents who feel as cut out of local affairs as young people such as older people, the less well-off, and the housebound. Everyone needs a voice and I am prepared to stand up for those who get left out.
I support the local Lib Dems in wanting to have decisions about our area taken locally: NOT in Huddersfield and NOT in Dewsbury either. Children’s Centres and good quality schools and colleges are very important. I will campaign for a 6th form college for our area. Huddersfield has two and we don’t have even one.
I want to see our streets well repaired, safe and clean. I will work with the Police to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. And I will listen to your views and be a strong representative of our community.