Tory pair fight another day

CALDERDALE Conservative Councillors Howard Blagbrough and Ann McAllister have been re-selected to defend their seats in Brighouse and Rastrick wards respectively at the council elections in May, 2012.

Councillor Blagbrough, who has lived in Brighouse for most of his life, was first elected in 2000 for Sowerby Bridge ward. He did not seek re-election in 2004 as he had moved out of the area but came back a few years later and was able to win the Brighouse seat for the Conservatives in 2008.

Councillor 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.

Councillor Blagbrough serves on the Children and Young People’s scrutiny committee within Calderdale and is the chairman of the Member Development Working Party, ensuring that councillors are provided with the right tools to carry out the many varied functions of being a councillor.

Councillor Blagbrough recently became a trustee on the new Charity within Calderdale, Together for Looked-after Children (TLC), a charity dedicated to improving the lives of looked-after children by facilitating the support they need to fulfil their potential - whatever that may be.

Like Councillor Blagbrough, Ann McAllister was first elected in 2000 to represent the Rastrick ward. She defended her seat in both 2004 and 2008 increasing her majority to 880.

She lives within the ward and is a governor of Woodhouse Primary School and an active member of local community groups. She sits on a number of council panels and committees and represents Calderdale on outside bodies.

She has been both Deputy Mayor and Mayor of Calderdale and was leader of the Council from 2008 to 2009.

She is currently the Deputy Leader of the 21-strong group of Conservative councillors.

Both Ann and Howard have pledged to work closely with their colleagues in Brighouse and Rastrick to support local shops and businesses and community groups. They say they are determined to ensure that the voices of residents in the lower valley are heard and that their needs are promoted.