Calderdale Council election 2021: who are the candidates standing in my area?
As the local council elections are set to take on Thursday (May 6), here's what to expect at the polls and a rundown of the candidates standing in Calderdale.
When are the local council elections?
The 2021 local council elections will take place on Thursday, May 6.
This year's election will see a bigger-than-usual number of positions up for election as last year's vote was delayed due to Covid.
Who are the candidates in my area?
Brighouse (two seats): Kim Anderson (Green), Tina Benton (Conservative), Charlotte Butterick (Labour), Joanne Core (Green), Brenda Monteith (Conservative), Colin Peel, Colin Stout (Independent), Michael James Sutton (Liberal Democrats), Oliver Wllows (Labour).
Calder: Josh Fenton-Glynn (Labour), Helen Claire Lasham (Freedom Alliance No Lockdowns No Curfews), Gail Lund (Conservative), Alan McDonald (Green), Nikki Stocks (Liberal Democrats).
Elland: Pat Allen (Liberal Democrats), Barry Crossland (Green), John Ford (Conservative), Jim Gallagher (Labour).
Greetland and Stainland (two seats): Paul Bellenger (Liberal Democrats), Jacob Cook (Conservative), Kathleen Anne Mary Foster (Labour), Ed Greenwood (Independent), Jacquelyn Haigh (Green), Rahat Ullah Khan (Labour), Matt Lawson (Green), Joseph Paul Steven Matthews (Conservative), Alex Parsons-Hulse (Liberal Democrats).
Hipperholme and Lightcliffe: Elaine Hey (Green), George Robinson (Conservative), Sophie Sutton (Liberal Democrats), Joe Thompson (Labour).
Illingworth and Mixenden: Guy Beech (Conservative), Stuart Cairney (Labour), Paul Daniel Farrell (Yorkshire Party – Speaking up for Yorkshire), Sean Loftus (Independent), Mark Mullany (Green), Mark Stephen Pittaway (Liberal Democrats), Martin Gerard Roberts (Social Democractic Party).
Luddenden Foot: Christine Bampton-Smith (Liberal Democrats), Jane Scullion (Labour), Jill Smith-Moorhouse (Conservative), Kate Sweeny (Green).
Northowram and Shelf: Peter Caffrey (Conservative), Catherine Crosland (Liberal Democrats), Frank Malcolm Darnley (Labour), Martin Hey (Green).
Ovenden: Sean Bamforth (Liberal Democrats), Danielle Durrans (Labour), Finn Jensen (Green), Andrew Tagg (Conservative).
Park: Laura Beesley (Green), Ruth Coleman-Taylor (Liberal Democrats), Jenny Lynn (Labour), Shakir Saghir (Conservative).
Rastrick: Javed Bashir (Liberal Democrats), Peter Judge (Labour), Gareth Owen (Green), Sophie Whittaker (Conservative).
Ryburn: Freda Davis (Green), Chris Green (Reform UK), Peter John Hunt (Independent), Robert Thornber (Conservative), Leah Webster (Labour), Pete Wilcock (Liberal Democrats).
Skircoat: Mary Betteridge (Green), Kathleen Haigh-Hutchinson (Liberal Democrats), Mohammad Ilyas (Conservative), Ann Kingstone (Labour).
Sowerby Bridge: David Booth (Green), Mark Edwards (Conservative), Thomas Stringfellow (Liberal Democrats), Adam Wilkinson (Labour).
Todmorden: Matthew Doyle (Liberal Democrats), Chris Jackson (National Front), Craig Ashton Oates (Conservative), Diana Tremayne (Labour), Kieran Turner (Green).
Town: Elliot Hey (Green), Naveed Khan (Conservative), Megan Swift (Labour), Mick Taylor (Liberal Democrats).
Warley: David Leslie Budgen (Conservative), Ashley Evans (Liberal Democrats), David Veitch (Labour), Katie Witham (Green).
How to stay safe at the polls
Calderdale Council’s elections team is working hard to ensure that the voting process can be carried out safely and in line with Government guidance.
Voters are encouraged to keep themselves and others safe by:
· Wearing a face covering
· Bringing their own pen or pencil
· Cleaning their hands when entering and leaving the polling station
· Keeping a safe distance
Hand sanitiser will be available and regular cleaning will also take place, including touch points and polling booths.
Voters should not attend the polling station if they have symptoms of COVID-19, or if they have been asked to self-isolate.
There will be provisions in place to apply for an emergency proxy vote if required due to health circumstances.