Leader of Kirklees Council is on Labour longlist to replace Huddersfield MP

Labour has begun its process of finding a candidate to replace veteran Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman, who is standing down at the next general election.

By Tony Earnshaw, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Thursday, 16th June 2022, 10:00 am

The party has drawn up a long list of seven people. Among the candidates is the Leader of Kirklees Council, Shabir Pandor, who represents Batley West.

Coun Pandor said: "Huddersfield has been a huge part of my life for more than 35 years. I have worked, studied and met my wife in Huddersfield and raised my family in the local area.

"I’ve been a councillor here since 2002, dedicating the past 20 years to improving lives and opportunities for everyone.

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Leader of Kirklees Council, Shabir Pandor

"It is my privilege to serve as Leader of Kirklees Council.

"On my watch we are investing £250m into regenerating Huddersfield. We have supported the town to combat Covid-19 and helped to create new jobs for local people.

"I would be honoured to become your MP. If I do, the people of Huddersfield will always be my primary focus.

"I will continue to secure investment to benefit our local communities and work round-the-clock to tackle the cost-of-living crisis for people.

"The Conservatives are divided and out of ideas while Labour is united and have a plan to make Huddersfield even better."

The other candidates are James Flinders, Hugh Goulbourne, Mus Khan, Naheed Mather, Mark Morris and Harpreet Uppal.