Three’s a crowd in election battle

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Three candidates are hoping to step into the shoes of stalwart councillor Margaret Bates as they contest next week’s Liversedge and Gomersal by-election.

Simon Alvy (Labour), Sharon Light (Conservative) and Richard Farnhill (Lib Dem) will be fighting for votes on Thursday, with results expected on Friday afternoon.

Coun Bates has held the seat since 2000, and announced in April that she was giving up the seat for health reasons.

She said in April: “It was a hard decision, but one I had to make. In the past few months I have found it more and more difficult to represent the voters of Liversedge and Gomersal to the standard that both they and I would expect. For the sake of myself and my family I really had no option.”

Issues such as roads, Spen Pool and Red House are hot topics for the candidates, and each has provided the Spenborough Guardian with a statement on what they would do if they were elected.

The count will take place at Cleckheaton town hall at 10am on Friday June 14. Follow @SpenGRichard on Twitter for live coverage of the count.

Simon Alvy who will be standing for Labour in the Liversedge/Gomersal by-election

Simon Alvy who will be standing for Labour in the Liversedge/Gomersal by-election