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Ousted Colin vows to continue giving a voice to Brighouse folk

Calderdale Council 2014 local election count at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax. Independent Colin Stout, left, watches the Brighouse ward count with Conservative rival Howard Blagborough.

Calderdale Council 2014 local election count at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax. Independent Colin Stout, left, watches the Brighouse ward count with Conservative rival Howard Blagborough.

Former councillor Colin Stout has vowed to continue to give a voice to the people of Brighouse and continue his work with community groups and associations in the town.

After being an Independent councillor for 14 years, he lost his seat at the local council elections, with Conservative candidate Howard Blagbrough being elected to represent the Brighouse ward.

However, Mr Stout said he believed the influence of UKIP and the timing of the European elections had an effect on the results.

“UKIP killed it form me. Howard said himself he was shocked he had won and it was because of UKIP’s influence.

“UKIP is fine where the European elections are concerned but in Calderdale we need local people with local policy and interests in the area and to represent the people.”

“I would never tell people how to vote and the people have made their choice.”

Howard Blagbrough took the seat with 897 votes. Mr Stout polled 758 votes.

Anthony Rutherford (Lab) and Nick Yates (UKIP) each received 725 votes with Jennie Rigg (Lib Dem) 102 and Danny Murphy (Ind) 122.

Mr Stout, who will continue his work with Brighouse bodies, said he is sure Howard will represent Brighouse and fight for the town.

“I have a high regard for Howard Blagbrough both as a person and as a gentleman. I am sure he will work to ensure Brighouse gets its fair share.

“I now pass the baton onto him in the belief that he will do his upmost to ensure we, the people in Brighouse, have a powerful voice on the council.

“At the end of the day over 14 years I have represented Brighouse to the best of my ability and have not changed parties and stuck as an Independent.

“I have always tried to be up front and ask the awkward question, followed through every enquiry and got the best for Brighouse as the second largest town in Calderdale.

“I would like to thank all those who went out on a miserable and wet day and had the faith and the confidence to vote for me.”

For more reaction about the Calderdale Council election results, turn to page 14.

 

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