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Six Kirklees councillors to stand down at this year’s local elections

The announcement was made at the 6 March Full Council meeting

Six elected members will be standing down from Kirklees Council at the upcoming local elections.

The announcement was made on 6 March at a Full Council meeting where other councillors paid tribute.

Among those to stand down are Cllr Donald Firth who has served for over 30 years, Cllr Naheed Mather who was the first Asian woman elected to the council, and Cllr Bernard McGuin who has represented the Almondbury ward for eight years.

Below are all six councillors who won’t be standing for re-election this May and a short summary of their roles on the council.

Cllr Donald Firth was first elected to the council in 1989. Image: LDRS

Cllr Donald Firth – Conservative, Holme Valley South

Councillor Firth is one of the longest-serving members of the council who was elected in a by-election in June 1989 to represent the Holme Valley South ward. During his time in post, Cllr Firth has served as a Cabinet member, sat on a number of committees, and was the Mayor of Kirklees from 2006 to 2007.

Upon entering the meeting, Cllr Firth received a standing ovation for his service. Leader of the Conservative group, Cllr David Hall described Cllr Firth as a “really forthright, down to earth chap”, wanting the best for his community.

 

Cllr Naheed Mather (Labour, Dalton). Image: LDRS

Cllr Naheed Mather – Labour, Dalton

Councillor Mather represents the Dalton ward and was the first Asian woman to be elected to Kirklees Council. She has been described by colleagues as “dedicated and committed” to her role as a councillor and previously said that her 12 years on the council have been an “incredible journey”.

Councillor Mather held several positions over the years including as a Cabinet Member, taking on numerous portfolios.

 

Cllr Bernard McGuin at Castle Hill. Image: LDRS

Cllr Bernard McGuin – Conservative, Almondbury

Councillor McGuin was elected to represent the Almondbury ward in 2016 and currently serves on the council’s Planning Sub-Committee for the Huddersfield area. Councillor McGuin has been vocal on a multitude of issues impacting his ward, including the future of the Tolson Museum.

Tory Group Leader Cllr Hall commended Cllr McGuin’s hard work and described him as “a great servant to his residents and to this council”.

 

Cllr Elizabeth Reynolds, Kirklees cabinet member for learning and aspiration. Image: LDRS

Cllr Elizabeth Reynolds – Labour, Golcar

Cabinet Member for Learning and Aspirations and Golcar ward councillor, Cllr Reynolds was elected to the council in 2021. As well as being in the Cabinet, she serves on the council’s Corporate Parenting Board and Health and Wellbeing Board.

At yesterday’s meeting, Cllr Reynolds was praised for her commitment to children and young people and described as “a great asset to the Golcar ward and the council”.

 

Cllr Adam Gregg Image: LDRS

Cllr Adam Gregg – Conservative, Lindley

Councillor Adam Gregg is stepping down from his role in the Lindley ward and is the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Spen Valley. Cllr Gregg joined the council in 2021 representing and has held positions across multiple committees.

Cllr Gregg was described as a “very reliable” member of the Conservative group who works hard for his local residents.

 

Cllr Melanie Stephen has represented Liversedge and Gomersal since 2021. Image: LDRS

Cllr Melanie Stephen – Conservative, Liversedge and Gomersal

Councillor Stephen was elected to the Liversedge and Gomersal seat in 2021, and currently serves on the Corporate Governance and Audit Committee.

The Leader of the Conservative group described it as “a great pleasure” to have Cllr Stephen on the Tory benches and said that she will be missed by local residents.

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