Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party comes to Elland to Launch Conservatives Local Election Campaign

Calderdale Conservatives launched their Local Election campaign today with a visit to Elland by James Cleverly MP, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. James visited Elland to listen to the views of local residents and to meet Conservative activists before joining Amjad Bashir MEP on a visit to a mosque in central Halifax.

The Conservative Group on Calderdale Council currently have 21 seats, compared to the 23 seats held by Labour who currently control the Council.

Launching the Party’s Local Election manifesto, Conservative Group Leader, Cllr Scott Benton, said: Under Labour residents are paying more but getting less. Only weeks ago, Labour put up Council Tax by a whopping 6% and yet are cutting basic frontline services including road maintenance, libraries, and street cleaning. Furthermore, their incompetence has resulting in multi-million pound overspends on large vanity projects, such as refitting Council buildings. Their inability to efficiently run the Council has resulted in soaring Council Tax and millions in extra borrowing which local people will have to pay for’.

‘As well as getting the Council’s finances back in order, Conservatives will protect frontline services whilst keeping Council Tax low. We will spend money fairly across Calderdale including investing millions of pounds in regeneration schemes in the smaller towns and communities of Calderdale which have been forgotten by Labour. We reject Labour’s controversial Mass Housing proposals and will come up with a fairer plan for new housing which includes investment in the road improvements, new schools, doctors surgeries, and other services which residents rightly expect to be delivered’, said Cllr Benton.      


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