DEFENDING her seat in this year’s election is Conservative Councillor Ann McAllister.

Councillor McAllister has lived in Rastrick for over 30 years and was first elected as a Conservative councillor in 2000. She was born in Belfast and educated in London and Glasgow. She took early retirement from HBOS in 1998, where she had been Group General Manager of Human Resources. She believes Calderdale is the very best place to be.

She regularly attends meetings of Rastrick Ward Forum, Police and Communities Together, Brighouse Road Safety Committee, Field Lane All Residents Association, Carr Green & Crowtrees Community Action Group, United Brighouse and many other community groups. She is a founder member and secretary of the Rastrick Community Hub and a Governor at Woodhouse Primary School.

On Calderdale Council she works passionately in the interests of children and vulnerable adults. She said: “It’s important to me to listen to and truly reflect people’s views.”

PETER Judge has been selected to represent the Labour party in Rastrick for a second time, after narrowly missing out in last year’s vote.

The 58-year-old is a chartered management accountant living in the Tofts Grove area of Rastrick.

A Rastrick resident for 24 years, he has been a member of the Labour Party for 37 years. Mr Judge is currently a director of the Bradford District Credit Union, an active Trade Unionist and former Unison steward.

From 1994 until 1998, Peter served as Labour and Co-operative Councillor for Rastrick and served on various committees.

If elected, Mr Judge will fight government cuts and strive to secure proper funding for Calderdale Council and other local public services such as the NHS.

Mr Judge said: “The Con-Dem government are a government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich. Why else did they cut the 50p rate of income tax at a time when the country needs all the revenue it can raise?”

NEW to the scene and hoping to offer people an alternative is 27-year-old Rob Bailey.

Mr Bailey has lived in Slade Lane, Rastrick, for the past four years and is standing for the first time. A mental health support worker in Huddersfield he will be representing the Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts (TUSAC).

Since joining the party he has been actively involved in lobbying Kirklees Council over its plans to reduce staff and close Sure Start centres in Huddersfield and helped to collect signatures last year over the proposed changes to Central Library in Halifax.

Mr Bailey decided to stand because he disagrees with every single policy being proposed nationally. “I just think all the cuts going on at the minute are targeting working class people and it is them that are having to pay for the others,” he said.