Thanks to the electorate

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I HAVE served as the Conservative councillor for Liversedge and Gomersal for the past seven years and like everyone else, I am not getting any younger. My health is failing. I cannot continue to do the work as it should be done.

This is not fair on the people whom I represent and so that is why I reluctantly decided to stand down at yesterday’s local elections.

During the seven years I have been in office it has not only been an honour and privilege to represent the people who live in Liversedge, Gomersal, Little Gomersal, Hightown, Littletown, Roberttown and Hartshead but has also been a pleasure to work on behalf of them. It has been hard and stressful work at times but all the more worthwhile when I think of the people I have been able to help. To the people whose problems I could not always solve I give my apologies.

Sometimes the rules and regulations do not always work in everybody’s favour and so prevent a happy ending. I did my best though, which is the only promise I ever made throughout my time in office.

I made many friends while serving as a councillor, not all of them supporters of the party of which I am a member, but friends nevertheless. I hope and expect these friendships to continue for many years to come. I look forward to many more interesting debates with them, whether it be in the pub or down at the supermarket.

I would like to thank all the people who have supported me throughout my political career and my time on the council; their help has been invaluable.

As the saying goes, behind every successful man is a good woman and my good woman is my wife, Ruth. Without her unstinting support and backing I could not have done the job.

DERRICK YATES

Former Conservative councillor, Liversedge and Gomersal