Voters go to the polls for Pontefract by-election

There are six candidates standing in the by-election.
There are six candidates standing in the by-election.

Voters will go to the polls today to choose a new councillors for Pontefract after Paula Sherriff stepped down.

Miss Sherriff resigned as a councillor for the Pontefract North ward earlier this year after becoming the MP for Dewsbury.

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm today , 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. 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.”