Matt Clover is latest YP member to join a council

Matt Clover

The latest Yorkshire Party member to take his seat in local government is Matt Clover, who has been co-opted on to Barwick Parish Council in Leeds.

Matt joins several Yorkshire party members serving on the important first rung of local government including: Wayne Chadburn on Penistone Town Council, Barnsley; Bob Buxton on Rawdon Parish Council, Leeds and Peter Hemmerman on Market Weighton Town Council near York.

Matt was born in Yorkshire and has lived and worked in many different parts of the county. He and wife, Lisa, settled in the hamlet of Potterton, Leeds some years ago. He works in the hospitality industry.

Matt was welcomed by Bob Buxton, who represents Larkfield ward on Rawdon Parish Council and who will be standing in the Leeds City Council ward of Guiseley and Rawdon in May’s local elections.

 “Matt is always passionate about local issues. We have worked together on several campaigns for cheaper housing, better infrastructure and preserving the greenbelt in Leeds. He’s determined and, above all, a kind and considerate friend,” he said.

The party’s elections leader is expecting the party to have a strong presence on May’s ballot papers.

Arnie Craven, leader of the elections working group, said “This May we look set to stand more council candidates than ever before. We’re very excited to be on track to stand twice as many candidates as we did in the 2016 elections, which was our previous high point for local elections. 

“We are working hard to stand up for people across Yorkshire, and are delighted to have so many great candidates across the region. 

“There’s still time for people to put their names forward, though. So if you’d like to stand as a council candidate, please get in touch with us.” 

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