Rivals fail to bring down Kirton . . .

COUNCILLOR David Kirton will represent the Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward for another four years.

Despite strong competition from his rivals, Coun Kirton retained his seat receiving 1,628 votes, with a majority of 372.

He said he was delighted with the result. “I am over the moon and it is marvellous. There has been a lot of hard work put in over the last six weeks and I am very pleased,” he said.

“I would like to thank the electors for putting their confidence in me yet again and I look forward to another term in office representing the people in Hipperholme, Lightcliffe, Norwood Green, Bailiff Bridge and Hove Edge in the future.”

Councillor Kirton, who is a senior contracts manager with In Communities in Bradford, has represented the ward for 11 years and has worked closely with residents on planning issues and refurbishment schemes.

But it was a close contest with Independent candidate Chris O’Connor hot on his heels. He received 1,256 votes.

He said: “I have had a fantastic campaign and people have been great. This shows in the figures which have greatly improved from last year when I stood in Town. But I very heartened with the results. We will be back again next year.”

Labour candidate Anthony Rutherford received 710 votes and Jennie Rigg for the Liberal Democrats received 188 votes.