Candidates for local elections

THE candidates for the forthcoming Calderdale Council election have been confirmed.

There are three places up for grabs in the Brighouse area which are currently held by three Conservatives candidates.

In Rastrick, Councillor Ann McAllister will be defending her seat against Rob Bailey for the Trade Unionist and Socialists Against Cuts and Peter Judge is the Labour candidate for a second year.

Councillor Howard Blagbrough is hoping to retain his seat in Brighouse. He will be up against Labour veteran Ann Martin and Jennie Rigg for the Liberal Democrats.

There are four people in the contest for the seat in Hipperholme and Lightcliffe.

Councillor Graham Hall will be defending his seat against Chris O’Connor who is standing as an independent. Also fighting for the seat is Labour’s Anthony Rutherford and Mat Bowles for the Liberal Democrats.

In the Town ward which covers part of Southowram Megan Swift will be hoping to retain her seat for Labour.

Also standing is Stephen Collins for the Conservatives and Ruth Coleman-Taylor for the Liberal Democrats.

Hoping to regain there seat in Elland, which covers part of Rastrick, is Liberal Democrat’s Pat Allen.

She will be up against Angi Gallagher for Labour, Mike Payne for the Conservatives and Susan Thomas for the Green Party.

The Tories will be hoping to keep the seat in Northowram and Shelf with new candidate Peter Caffrey.

He will be up against Kenneth Albert for the Liberal Democrats and Gary Walsh for Labour.

Current Tory Councillor Graham Reason has decided not to stand.