COUNCILLOR Howard Blagbrough is hoping to retain his seat for the Tories. Coun Blagbrough has lived in Brighouse for most of his life.

He was first elected in 2000 for Sowerby Bridge ward but didn’t seek re-election in 2004 as he moved out of the area. In 2008 he won the seat for the Conservatives for the Brighouse ward.

Coun Blagbrough now works for Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker and finds that he now spends more time in Brighouse and is more able to represent the local people than in his previous role when he worked in Leeds.

He is a governor at the Pupil Referral Unit, overseeing young people with behavioural issues. He also serves on a number of local committees, including United Brighouse and Waring Green Community Association, Clifton Action Group to name a few.

He is also Trustee on a few charities including TLC – Together for Looked-After Children.

Councillor Blagbrough serves on the Children and Young People’s scrutiny committee within Calderdale and is the chairman of the Member Development Working Party, providing essential training for councillors.

ANN Martin is the Labour candidate for Brighouse. She came to live in Brighouse over 40 years ago from the North East and has been actively involved in community campaigns and local organisations ever since.

Mrs Martin co-founded the original Brighouse Forum along with Emma Hions and promoted the regeneration of Brighouse and the surrounding area.

Mrs Martin was elected to serve the Brighouse ward in 1996 to 2000 and again in 2002 until 2004. She is chair of the Brighouse War Memorial Nurses Endowment Fund and chair of the local Labour Party Branch.

Mrs Martin works part-time for the Regional Labour Party and is an active Trade Union member.

“It would be a privilege to serve Brighouse again and I would work hard to protect our vital local front-line services from the savage national government cuts,” she said.

“Services that keep our streets clean, tackle litter and dog fouling, provide care to vulnerable older people and protect our young people at risk.”

LIBERAL Democrat candidate Jennie Rigg is hoping it is third time lucky.

The 34-year-old barmaid who lives and works in Brighouse has been actively involved with the party for a number of years, and previously stood for Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward last year.

The mother-of-one attended Lightcliffe CE Primary School and Hipperholme Grammar School before going to university in Hull and Nottingham.

She said: “Having lived in Brighouse from the age of ten I know the concerns of Brighouse people intimately.

“If elected I would ensure that promises of transparency are kept and work constructively for Brighouse’s priorities.”