‘I want to be a councillor people see’

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After a tense morning in Cleckheaton town hall, Labour candidate Simon Alvy was declared the winner of the Liversedge and Gomersal by-election.

But Coun Alvy is not resting on his laurels after his win, and has called on people to use him as their man in Huddersfield.

He said: “I know there are obviously big issues in Spen, such as the impact of the closure of Westgate in Cleckheaton, and I will be with residents on these issues.

“But I also don’t want to be one of those councillors that people never see.

“Margaret Bates was a brilliant councillor who really cared about the area, and I want to carry that on – going to Huddersfield with the issues people care about.

“What I would say to anyone who lives in Liversedge and Gomersal is ‘use me as much as you can’!”

The election last week concluded with a photo finish, as the Labour candidate polled 1,517 votes, beating the Conservatives’ Sharon Light by just 139 votes.

Liberal Democrat Richard