There are 100 candidates contesting seats in 23 wards across Kirklees in this year’s local elections on 5 May.
Golcar ward was closely fought last year. Lib Dem veteran and former Mayor of Kirklees Christine Iredale stood down along with ex-Labour man Richard Murgatroyd who quit the party over the direction of travel under the leadership of Sir Keir Starmer.
With two seats up for grabs, all the main parties fielded two candidates. Labour and the Lib Dems triumphed – and there were just two votes separating them. It is similarly expected to be a two-party battle this year.
The Local Democracy Reporting Service asked candidates to outline their pledges and aspirations should they be successful. Five candidates are standing in Golcar. This is what they had to say.
Trevor Bellamy (Conservative)
I am standing at this election to deliver change because Conservative councils charge the lowest taxes in the country, letting families keep more of their hard-earned money. We also recycle nearly a quarter more than Labour councils and fix, on average, almost four times as many potholes as Labour councils.
Miri Finch (Freedom Alliance)
My aspirations as a candidate reflect the aims of the larger pro-freedom movement: to protect and preserve personal freedom, civil liberties, and human rights. I believe in empowering people and local communities to pursue self-determination and success on their own terms, free from state overreach and government tyranny.
Robert Iredale (Lib Dems)
The Liberal Democrat proposals for extra investment in our roads and pavements, and the council routinely checking reinstatements, would make a massive difference in our communities. Local people also feel badly let down by the way Kirklees Labour have handled the situation over the George Hotel.
Nina Roberts (Green)
We need sustained funding to support area-wide traffic calming on residential roads so we are able to respond positively to community concerns, take a preventative approach to traffic speeds rather than one rationed on the basis of injury accidents.
Graham Turner (Labour)
If elected I will be a full-time councillor available and accessible to residents at all times. I will do all I can to support the many and varied excellent community organisations and volunteers within the ward who do so much to enhance our community, and make Golcar what it is.
Kirklees 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.
The election count will take place at Cathedral House in Huddersfield from 8.45am on Friday, 6 May.