Leeds City Council candidate statements: Morley South

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We’ve invited each of the candidates hoping to represent Morley South on Leeds City Council to tell us why they deserve your vote on May 7.

Neil Dawson (Labour)

As your local councillor for four years I have held regular surgeries in Asda Morley every fortnight and have helped hundreds of local people with issues and supported many local groups. The Labour council in Leeds has protected key services for Morley, children’s centres, libraries, care for the elderly, funding for PCSOs and vulnerable children. Labour has brought road safety improvements in Morley, creating 20 mph zones and investing in improving the town centre. Labour has created more apprenticeships and opportunities for young people. I have been a strong and influential voice for Morley on Leeds City Council. I’ve pressed for and secured significant changes to the Local Development Plan which will limit the number of new homes in Morley to fewer than 1,300 over 15 years. I campaigned vigorously against the proposed traveller site at Morley Station and against housing developments at Owlers Farm, Low Moor Farm and Bruntcliffe Road. In Morley South please choose to back me as your hardworking Labour councillor fighting for the best for your area. Any of the other parties will not be an effective voice for you in Morley.

Lindon Dove (UK Independence Party)

Lindon has lived in Morley for the last 40 years. Having served in HM Forces, he progressed from the shop floor to senior posts in industry and local government through various roles in Personnel and Management Services. He is active in local community groups and is passionate about preserving Morley’s separate identity. He is angry that the council has attacked front line services and reduced the number of low paid jobs to make savings, whilst the existing elite of officers and elected members remain intact. The problems of the present are the result of successive failures of governments and councils in the past and don’t let them kid you otherwise. If elected he will campaign to restore and protect front line services, stop massive building on Morley’s greenbelt land and increase the numbers of primary school places. He will campaign to make the council more efficient and to restore proper democracy. He will seek to do this and make the necessary savings by reducing the number of councillors from 99 to 66 and abolishing the spendthrift and undemocratic executive board. He will seek to reduce the top heavy management structures and stop expenditure on vanity projects, external consultants and quangos.

Wyn Kidger (Morley Borough Independents)

I have been a town councillor for Churwell for just over two years but have worked behind the scenes for many years in Morley. I am involved in many organizations within the Morley area. I am on the management board of Chamber of Trade, Town Centre Management Board, Vice Chair of St George’s Society, Chair of Morley Community Archives, treasurer of M.A.R.C, treasurer of Morley Murals, a committee member of Morley in Bloom. I am a governor of two local primary schools and also a trustee of a charity Health for All. I am passionate about Morley and surrounding areas and feel I have a lot to offer our town and feel I can help to take our town forward. I want the opportunity of joining my fellow councillors Judith Elliott and Shirley Varley in Morley South to support all the people. I live in Tingley and have two daughters, one at university and the other in 6th form at Woodkirk Academy. I instigated the extension of the Town Council to include Tingley and Woodkirk which has proved to be a huge success.

Neil Cussons (Trade Union and Socialist Coalition)

I am standing in Morley South for TUSC (Trade Union Socialist Coalition) Leeds to give voters the chance to elect a party who care about the many, not the few, a living wage, ending the bedroom tax, scrapping zero hours contracts, a full programme of council house building, our priorities are endless because ordinary people have been marginalised by a system designed to keep the wealth with the wealthiest. The need for foodbanks should be a temporary answer to a growing problem, but are now what capitalism calls the ‘big society’. Repeated cuts within the health and social care systems have brought these services to breaking point, and action needs to be taken immediately to deal with this, and restore confidence in the welfare system. In addition, our young people should be able to take advantage of all the educational opportunities available, without the worry of tuition fees leaving them with huge debts to repay before they have even commenced their working lives. With the wealth divide getting wider each day it is time that the better off in our society contributed accordingly, so that money is available to fund essential services.

Claire Hawker (Green Party)

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John Durno MacArthur (Liberal Democrats)

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Kathleen Tempest (Conservative Party)

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