Meet the by-election candidates for Pontefract

Former councillor Paula Sherriff.
Former councillor Paula Sherriff.
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Candidates for this month’s Pontefract by-election to find a replacement for Paula Sherriff have been announced after she stepped down now she is the MP for Dewsbury.

Miss Sherriff resigned after taking the Dewsbury seat from the Conservative’s Simon Reevell in May.

Wigan Local Elections 2015'Ballot Boxes, vote.'Wigan Local Election results for Wigan wards local election at Robin Park, Wigan.

Wigan Local Elections 2015'Ballot Boxes, vote.'Wigan Local Election results for Wigan wards local election at Robin Park, Wigan.

The Express spoke to all of the candidates ahead of the by-election which takes place on Thursday, September 24.

Lorna Malkin, who is standing for Labour, said: “I bring 20 years’ experience of working locally in the voluntary sector, helping to build stronger communities and regenerate our area.

“I am asking voters to give me the opportunity to use my experience to benefit this ward.”

Anthony Hill, of the Conservatives, said: “The council in Wakefield are building 4,000 new homes in and around Pontefract with little thought to the infrastructure that this town needs. I will campaign on improving Pontefract’s infrastructure and protecting our town’s future.”

UKIP’s Nathan Garbutt said: “I have lived in Pontefract North for many years, I attended Ponteftact NEW College and I work in Pontefract with the long term unemployed. I am passionate about the area and I recently stood in the general election.”

Liberal Democrat Daniel Woodlock, said: “I am standing in this election because I want to bring about real change to the town of Pontefract. Liberal Democrats believe in grass roots campaigning.”

TUSC candidate Dan Dearden said: “Pontefract needs investment in social housing, roads, infrastructure and real jobs not more cuts and privatisation of any kind.”

Lucy Brown, of Yorkshire First, said: “I want our town to thrive again. I would champion Pontefract’s unique identity and make sure that it isn’t seen as an outpost of Wakefield or Leeds.”