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Kirklees leaders predict which seats they will gain and defend in the local elections

Political leaders in Kirklees have given their predictions about which seats they will successfully defend and gain in the local elections that are going ahead today.

Political leaders in Kirklees have given their predictions about which seats they will successfully defend and gain in the local elections happening today.

A third of all 69 seats are up for election with one seat in all of Kirklees’ 23 wards going to the polls.

Key “battleground” wards include Lindley, Dewsbury East, Heckmondwike, Golcar, Holme Valley North, Denby Dale and Colne Valley.

Several councillors are standing down this year including veteran Labour man Peter McBride in Dalton as well as the Conservatives’ Nigel Patrick in Holme Valley South and another respected Labour member, Harpreet Uppal, in Ashbrow.

The council is currently in no overall control with Labour (33 seats), Conservatives (19 seats), Liberal Democrats (nine seats), Greens (three seats), Holme Valley North Independents (three seats) and other Independents (two seats).

Of the seats up for election this year, Labour hold 11, Conservatives six, Lib Dems four, Holme Valley North Independents one and Greens one.

Here are the seat predictions from leaders of the Conservative Party, Labour, Green Party and the Liberal Democrats in Kirklees.

Cllr David Hall, Leader of the Conservatives in Kirklees. Image: LDRS.

Cllr David Hall (Liversedge and Gomersal), Leader of the Conservatives in Kirklees, said: “I am not going to make any predictions now as it is polling day.

“I think we are going to do well across Kirklees, and it will be entirely due to the hard work that local councillors have put in and the vigorous campaigning that our candidates have done.

“We have a great message to sell on the doorstep. It is a local message, campaigning on the things people care about which are the state of the roads, the availability of school places, the protection of the greenbelt and the provision of services to old people and people with disabilities.

“They are things we think people care about and what we care about, too. We hope residents give us the chance to prove that we can deliver.”

Cllr Cathy Scott, Deputy Labour Leader in Kirklees.

Cllr Cathy Scott (Dewsbury East), Deputy Labour Leader in Kirklees, said: “We are hoping to retain seats and gain some. People are tired because of the cost-of-living crisis, bereavement, poverty, and food banks.

“I work in a food bank and a community centre, and it is a travesty that we have people who are working poor.

“I would like us to gain in all areas, but we have to think realistically about incumbent conservatives. We hope that people realise with the cost-of-living crisis that we are living in a different landscape now.”

Cllr John Lawson (Cleckheaton), Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Kirklees, said: “It is very hard to predict which seats we will win or lose as everything is in flux. The political world – local and national – is tumultuous.

Cllr John Lawson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Kirklees Image: LDRS.

“As far as we are concerned, we are getting some very positive responses on our doorstep which has been very encouraging.

“We have been working hard all year, not just through the election period.

“We are defending four, we are defending Almondbury, Cleckheaton, Golcar, and Lindley.

“We have been making inroads elsewhere including in Dewsbury West. For others, it is the matter of just seeing how they’ve done.”

Cllr Andrew Cooper (Newsome) Leader of the Green Party in Kirklees said: “Generally, I think the Green Party is going to do extremely well in the local elections.

Cllr Andrew Cooper, Leader of the Green Party in Kirklees.

“We are going to do well in Bradford, we are going to win here in Newsome, and I think we are going to do well in Kurkburton as well.

“We are hoping to make gains in Leeds, possibly in Wetherby, maybe in Calderdale. Overall, it is looking positive, especially in Yorkshire.

“If we win the election in this area, which we think we will, it will be the 20th win for the Green Party in a row.

“We have been campaigning around dealing with the cost-of-living crisis, insulating homes and improving roads.”

For the full list of candidates standing in Kirklees, please visit here.

Asian Standard will be live tweeting the results of the elections as well as bringing you interviews from some of the candidates this evening.

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