More success on the ground floor of council politics

Bob Buxton (left) Matt Clover (centre) and Roland Gilmore enjoy electoral success

Yorkshire Party candidates will be making a strong contribution to the welfare of their neighbourhoods with success in May’s elections to parish and town councils.

The Yorkshire Party began its involvement in local government through members joining their parish and town councils to seek to improve the lives of their neighbours.

The Party is committed to strengthening the role of these important grassroots institutions of democracy, campaigning for more devolution of powers over issues such as planning and environment.

In the Leeds area, Party Elections Co-ordinator Bob Buxton topped the poll in Larkfield Ward of Rawdon Parish Council, while Roland Gilmore came second in Greenacre Ward and was also elected; and Executive Committee member Matt Clover was elected unopposed to Barwick-in-Elmot and Scholes Parish Council.

In Bridlington, our two successful candidates for East Riding of Yorkshire Council – Tim Norman and Andy Walker – repeated their triumphs, winning seats on Bridlington Town Council.

In Wakefield, Executive Committee member Martin Roberts was elected to Ackworth Parish Council.

In Market Weighton, south east of York, Peter Hemmerman topped the poll for the Town Council.

Other members elected unopposed were in Paul Welburn to Carlton Parish Council, Leeds; Lee Derrick to Whitby Town Council; James Vasey to Clayton Parish Council, Bradford;

After the results, Bob said: “I’m delighted and grateful to the people of Larkfield Ward for electing me again.

“On the doorstep, I asked people what improvements they wanted. The people of Rawdon overwhelming want us to continue the hard work of stopping the white elephant that is Leeds-Bradford Airport road and, instead, supporting a proper rail link and park-and-ride.

“We’ll also be studying existing traffic flows through Rawdon and proposing improvements, as well as working on other issues including greenbelt preservation, littering, crime prevention.”

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