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Labour out to consolidate position on Leeds City Council
8:14am Thursday 12th April 2012 in Local news
The Otley & Yeadon ward looks set to be a key battleground in next month’s Leeds City Council elections.
Otley Town Council leader Councillor John Eveleigh (Lab, Ashfield) is preparing to contest a seat that has been held for years by Councillor Graham Kirkland – who is stepping down – on Thursday, May 3.
Coun Eveleigh, who came within a whisker of defeating Councillor Colin Campbell (Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon) at last year’s elections, will be up against fellow town councillor Sandy Lay, who is hoping to succeed Coun Kirkland for the Liberal Democrats.
Also standing for the seat will be former Aireborough councillor and retired GP Makhan Thakur, for the Conservatives, Steven Crossan, for the Green Party, and Ryan Preston, for Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts.
Labour will be hoping to consolidate their position as the largest single party and controlling group on Leeds City Council, following their success in the 2011 elections which left them holding 55 of the 99 available seats.
For the Liberal Democrats meanwhile, who lost five seats last year, and to a lesser extent the Conservatives – who are the second biggest party with 21 seats – the challenge will be to bounce back from last time.
The confirmed candidates (wards and surnames listed alphabetically) are: Adel & Wharfedale Barry Anderson, 30 Dale Park Walk, Cookridge, LS16 7PS, The Conservative Party.
Gareth Christie, 26 Temple Avenue, Leeds, LS15 0JP, Alliance for Green Socialism – Save NHS.
Nigel Gill, 39 Ramsey Terrace, Otley, LS21 1AW, Labour Party.
Paul Marchant, 58 Ash Road, Leeds, LS6 3EZ, Green Party.
Christina Shaw, 1 The Birches, Bramhope, LS16 9DP, Liberal Democrats.
Claire Wilson-Sharp, 2 Dunstarn Drive, Leeds, LS16 8EH, UK Independence Party.
Guiseley & Rawdon Colin Avison, 35 Springfield Road, Guiseley, LS20 9AN, Green Party.
Robert Jacques, 34 Station Road, Horsforth, LS18 5NR, Liberal Democrats.
Mike King, 1A Renton Avenue, Guiseley, LS20 8EE, Labour Party.
Graham Latty, 110 Harrogate Road, Rawdon, LS19 6ND.
Harewood Richard Beacham, 1 Calverley Gardens, Bramley, LS13 1HF, Labour Party.
Patricia Capstick, 44 Kirkdale View, Wortley, LS12 6AR, Green Party.
Ann Castle, 9 St John’s Court, Thorner, LS14 3AX, The Conservative Party.
Sara Howell, 19A Alderton Rise, Moortown, LS17 5LH, Liberal Democrats.
Peter Morgan, 39 Clifford Moor Road, Boston Spa, LS23 6NU, UK Independence Party.
Horsforth Andrea Binns, 30 Lawns Green, Leeds, LS12 5RR, Green Party.
Richard Hardcastle, 8 Hunger Hills Avenue, Horsforth, LS18 5JT, The Conservative Party.
Paul Hellyer, 8 Quarry Terrace, Horsforth, LS18 4AT, UK Independence Party.
Gary Kaye, 2 Airedale Drive, Horsforth, LS18 5ED, Labour Party.
Andrew Smith, 2 Hopwood Close, Horsforth, LS18 5AL, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts.
Chris Townsley, 98 Newlaithes Road, Horsforth, LS18 4SY, Liberal Democrats.
Otley & Yeadon Steven Crossan, 47 Kineholme Drive, Otley, LS21 3LX, Green Party.
John Eveleigh, 95 West Busk Lane, Otley, LS21 3LY, Labour Party.
Sandy Lay, 13 Cambridge Grove, Otley, LS21 1DH, Liberal Democrats.
Ryan Preston, 7 Bolton Road, Yeadon, LS19 7TN, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts.
Makhan Thakur, Majentta Farm, Mall Lane, Carlton Lane, West Carlton, LS20 9PE, The Conservative Party.
l The public are being invited to make their efforts count towards local democracy by joining Leeds City Council’s staff for this year’s elections.
Temporary paid opportunities are available for poll clerks to work at polling stations for the local elections and mayoral referendum on Thursday, May 3, and for counting assistants to verify and count votes the following day.
Anyone applying must be over 18. Full details and an application form are available from leeds.gov.uk, by phoning 0113 395 2858 or e-mailing electors @leeds.gov.uk.