Fourth elec­tion in 18 months

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

THE peo­ple of Bat­ley will go to the polls yet again later this month.

A by-elec­tion is be­ing held for the Kirklees Coun­cil’s Bat­ley East seat af­ter Clr Amanda Stub­ley was ex­pelled from the coun­cil for non-at­ten­dance at meet­ings for six months.

It is the fourth elec­tion for res­i­dents in Bat­ley East in just 18 months, af­ter the EU Ref­er­en­dum in June 2016, the by-elec­tion fol­low­ing the mur­der of Jo Cox in Oc­to­ber 2016, and the Gen­eral Elec­tion last June.

Clr Stub­ley had been the mem­ber for Bat­ley East for six years but she fell out with the Labour party in 2016 and was sus­pended fol­low­ing a high-pro­file run-in with far-right sup­port­ers dur­ing the Bat­ley and Spen by-elec­tion.

Five can­di­dates have come for­ward this time from the four ma­jor par­ties, along with one in­de­pen­dent.

The favourite to win will be Labour’s Habiban Nisa Za­man.

The Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date is Paul Young, the Lib­eral Demo­crat is Jon Bloom, while the Green con­tender is David Smith.

For­mer UKIP can­di­date Aleks Lu­kic is again seek­ing elec­tion, this time de­scrib­ing him­self as The Lo­cal In­de­pen­dents - Heavy Woollen Dis­trict.

Mr Lu­kic has stood in all four elec­tions.

All the can­di­dates are from Bat­ley or Dews­bury. The elec­tion will take place on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 26, be­tween 7am and 10pm.

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