Kirklees Council candidate statements: Dewsbury South

Election 2015.
Election 2015.

We’ve invited each of the candidates hoping to represent Dewsbury South on Kirklees Council to tell us why they deserve your vote on May 7.

Nosheen Dad (Labour Party)

No statement supplied.

Bernard Thomas Disken (Liberal Democrats)

No statement supplied.

Vicki Green (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts)

No statement supplied.

Shaun Antony Peter Maddox (English Democrats Putting England First!)

In this year’s local elections I want you to ask yourself a question. Do three councillors that live in the Savile Town community realistically represent the views, aspirations and hopes for the three communities that make up Dewsbury South? Don’t look at the party politics. Vote for someone that lives! Grew up! Who celebrates and understands your culture and celebrates the historic heritage that makes up Dewsbury South. We need proactive road repairs; devolution of Kirklees – bring back Dewsbury Council; a two year council tax freeze; protection of frontline services; protection of greenbelt from development; bring Dewsbury hospital back into Dewsbury control; free parking for Dewsbury. More than 6,000 people don’t vote each year! You are letting another community choose your councillors. Make your vote count! Vote English! Vote English Democrats! Vote Maddox!!!!

Salim Patel (Conservative Party)

I have represented the people of Dewsbury South for the last eight years to the best of my ability, and I hope you will continue to give me your trust. I have worked hard in the community and I hope you will agree that I don’t just come out to win your vote in the run-up to elections. I am fully committed to the town, its surrounding areas and our residents. My priorities include building better cohesion amongst our communities, whilst endeavouring to regenerate our town for the benefit not just of existing residents but also visitors from outside the area who can help boost our economy. I will oppose Labour’s plan to close Thornhill Lees Library and Children’s Centre. I will fight for investment in our infrastructure, particularly our roads and schools, and ultimately my aim will be to fight to reduce the cost of local democracy in our area and secure devolved funds and powers so that local people are given the services they want and need, which will benefit our communities the most. Ultimately my main satisfaction is helping local people resolve their issues and problems. I hope to continue to do so for many years to come.

Catherine Helen Whittingham (Green Party)

I am standing as Green Party candidate to give the people of Dewsbury an alternative to the same old politics that has become out of touch with peoples lives. As a disabled person, one of my key priorities will be to campaign on health and social care as there are increasing pressures on the support and care services for the most vulnerable in society and serious concerns about our local health services. I will support my Green Party colleagues in standing up to austerity and cuts forced on the council by the Tory/Lib-Dem government. We have seen over the last five years how austerity doesn’t work – we need to invest more money in things we really need like better local transport, saving energy through insulating our homes and putting in clean energy generation; and keeping important local services running – that money will support local jobs and local economies, and that in turn will help our local shops and businesses. I believe in a politics that understands that people matter, for this and for future generations, and policies that will improve life for everyone.