Tory candidate eases to victory

CONSERVATIVE candidate Paul Rogan eased to victory with a 230 majority in last night's Rastrick by-election.

He polled 722 votes and left Labour's George Richardson trailing in second place with 492 votes and the Lib-Dem's John Durkin third with 411.

Councillor Rogan, of Greetland, said the overriding message on the doorsteps was the national issue of asylum seekers and sadly local matters didn't carry the same concern.

And in a reference to the BNP recently winning its first seat on Calderdale Council he said politicians should heed public opinion.

"These are unusual times in Calderdale,'' he said.

"We have seen things we do not like.

"I really think the Government should be doing something to address the issue of asylum seekers.''

There were 430 postal votes in the count which pushed the total through the 20 per cent barrier.

"The low turnout was disappointing. We would have liked more people voting but equally I'm happy with a good majority,'' said Coun Rogan.

He said he would be campaigning to push ahead with improvements to Brighouse which was still waiting for a replacement swimming pool and the redevelopment of the Sugden's site.

Former Rastrick councillor George Richardson, who lives in the ward, was disappointed.

"We really fought a good campaign and met with good comments on the doorsteps,'' he said.

"It's a shock when an outsider who does not know the area can win it on the votes of one area - Woodhouse - but I'd like to thank the people who voted for me.''

Lib-Dem John Durkin said he was pleased with his share of the vote but there was more work for his party to do in the ward. He also said national issues overtook local concerns on the doorsteps.

The by-election was caused by the resignation of Conservative Gareth Henderson.

The 54 seats on Calderdale Council are now split: Conservatives 24, Lib-Dems 15, Labour 11, Independent three, BNP one.


Paul Rogan (Con) 722

George Richardson (Lab) 492John Durkin (Lib-Dem) 411

Majority 230

Turnout 20.64 per cent


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