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CALDERDALE ELECTION RESULTS 2000

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TODMORDEN: Olwen Jennings -Lib-Dem hold

MIXENDEN: Lorraine Stott - Con gain

ILLINGWORTH: Geoffrey Wallace - Con gain

RASTRICK: Ann McAllister - Con gain

ST JOHN S: Mohammed Saghir - Con gain

OVENDEN: Bryan Smith - Lab hold

HIPPERHOLME/LIGHTCLIFFE: David Kirton - Con gain

BRIGHOUSE: Colin Stout - Ind gain

CALDER VALLEY: Mary Seward - Lib/Dem gain

SOWERBY BRIDGE: Howard Blagbrough - Con gain

GREETLAND/STAINLAND: Keith Watson - Lib/Dem hold

LUDDENDEN FOOT: Peter Coles - Lib/Dem hold

TOWN: Janet Hardy - Con gain

WARLEY: Martin Peel - Con gain

NRTHOWRAM/SHELF: Graham Reason - Con hold

SKIRCOAT: John Ford - Con hold

RYBURN: David Lang - Con gain

ELLAND: Patricia Allen - Lib/Dem hold

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Election result - ST JOHN S

MICHAEL Higgins was unceremoniously dumped as the Labour leader of Calderdale Council last night and vowed he would not be standing for election again.

He had a majority of more than 1,000 when he was elected in St John s in 1996 but saw that cushion dramatically wiped out last night.

Instead, Conservative Mohammed Saghir was returned with a majority of more than 100 to join his son, Coun Shakar Saghir in the town hall - the authority s first father and son team.

The Conservatives had a tremendous night and took overall control of the Council with 28 seats. Labour, previously the largest party in a hung council, now hold only 10 of the 54 seats.

The election campaign in St John s was hard fought and there were claims from both sides of dirty tactics to win crucial votes.

Councillor Higgins said he had received widespread reports of electors being intimidated.

I have had people telling me about how they were subjected to threats and abuse, and not just against voters but also against the police, he said.

Councillor Higgins has represented the St John s ward since 1992 and for four years prior to that, he represented the Mixenden area.

He is a former education committee chairman and has been leader of the authority since May last year, and for several years before that was deputy leader.

He is a past chairman of the Halifax Constituency Labour Party.

I am not going to stand again - I have done 12 years and I believe the Party needs new people, he said.

Councillor Higgins beat Mr Saghir into third place in a by-election in St John s in 1992.

Last night the boot was on the other foot.

Mr Saghir said he was very happy and proud to be representing the community in which he had lived for many years.

They have shown confidence in me and working alongside my son, I will not let them down, he said.

Councillor Shakar Saghir was elected to the council in May 1998 with a majority of just three votes.

Both claimed they had suffered at the hands of political opponents who had tried to ruin their chances of success by putting out cheap and nasty last minute leaflets

Mr Saghir is a former Scunthorpe and District community relations officer and is head of the Kashmir Foundation, in Halifax.

Independent candidate Mrs Lynne Peggs, of Clifton Road, Manor Heath, Halifax, attracted 427 votes.

She was elected as a Conservative councillor in Warley ward in 1994 and a year later joined the Liberal Democrats before losing her seat in 1998.

 
 
 

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