Keighley District Election Response | Keighley News
LABOR retained control of the Bradford Council after the election.
The party has 51 of the 90 seats.
But the Conservatives have replicated some of the party’s nationwide successes by welcoming seven new councilors.
Among those who lost their seats to the Conservative candidates were two longtime Keighley District councilors, Adrian Farley and Adrian Naylor.
Mr Farley, who represented Keighley West for the Labor Party since 2012, was beaten by just six votes.
Julie Ann Glentworth took the seat, with 1,556.
“We ran an honest campaign,” said Mr. Farley, who was the executive member of the Council for Children and Families.
“I am devastated by the result.
“Keighley West is where my family and friends live and where I grew up.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to represent the parish for the past nine years.
Mr. Naylor, who was an independent councilor, had been a Craven Ward member on council since 2006.
He finished fourth in the poll, which Peter Clarke surpassed with 2,010 votes.
Mr Naylor said: “It has been a great honor and privilege to represent the people of Addingham, Silsden and Steeton with Eastburn as District Councilor. I want to thank everyone who has helped me over the years.
At Keighley Central, there were two seats up for grabs following the death in December of Bradford Councilor and former Mayor Abid Hussain.
Cllr Hussain’s son, Mohsin Hussain, will take the seat left vacant by his father after obtaining the most votes in the parish. The other elected candidate was Mohammed Nazam, for the conservatives.
Malcolm Slater for the Labor Party and Tory Russell Brown retained their seats in Keighley East and Worth Valley respectively.
And two seats have been contested at Bingley Rural, following the death of Mike Ellis earlier this year. Conservative candidates Sally Jane Birch and Naveed Riaz were elected.
After the results were announced, Cllr council leader Susan Hinchcliffe said: “Looking at the national table, I am happy that Labor has done better in the Bradford district than in other parts of the country.
“I want to thank the people of the district for putting their trust in us to lead again through difficult times.
“Naturally, I am sad to lose Adrian Farley – and Rosie Watson – both of whom were exceptional councilors who have served their constituents with the utmost integrity and dedication over the past several years. They deserve our thanks and I hope they will continue to contribute to civic life.
“Now we need to quickly tackle post-pandemic recovery, create jobs and regenerate our cities.”
The leader of the Conservative group, Worth Valley councilor Rebecca Poulsen, said she was delighted to welcome seven new councilors.
“They all campaigned with passion to represent their communities and be strong voices at City Hall,” she said.
“Across the district, we ran local campaigns for each region with a strong team of candidates. In the riding of Keighley we got additional seats in Keighley West, Craven and Keighley Central and sent my colleague Russell Brown here to Worth Valley – which has been fantastic results. It was a tremendous team effort with incredible support from MP Robbie Moore to all candidates.
“Without exception, we defined a positive vision for the future, which rang with the electorate. I want to thank everyone who supported our candidates – and for those who did not support us, we will renew our efforts to get you to do so next time.
“Of course, we did not win everywhere and we will think about the reasons behind that and make sure we learn lessons for next year’s elections.”
Meanwhile, Tracy Brabin – Labor MP for Batley & Spen – won the election for mayor of West Yorkshire.
After no candidate crossed the 50% threshold in the first preferential votes, it then moved on to the second preferential votes, which saw Ms Brabin beat Tory candidate Matt Robinson.
Referendums were also held on neighborhood plans for Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury, and Steeton with Eastburn and Silsden. Both polls were favorable.
Cllr Tito Arana, Acting Chairman of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council and Chairman of the Neighborhood Development Plan Steering Group, said: “The years of hard work by the Steering Committee have finally paid off and we believe that residents of the parish will now make their voices heard as the Bradford Council considers planning applications.
“The hard work to achieve the goals and ambitions of the plan begins now.
“We are grateful to all those who voted in favor of adopting the plan and we are convinced that their faith in the future of the parish is well founded.
Full Election Results in Keighley District:
* Bingley Rural (two seats)
Sally Jane Birch Conservative 3,427 (33%)
Naveed Riaz Conservative 2417 (24%)
Brandon Alec Henderson Labor 1268 (12%)
Abdul Wahid Malik Labor 1047 (10%)
Brian Newham Green Party 563 (5%)
Hawarun Nessa Hussain Green Party 421 (4%)
Helen Baranowski Liberal Democrats 417 (4%)
Kay Kirkham Liberal Democrats 393 (4%)
Robert Douglas Beck with Independent 300 (3%)
Peter William Clarke Conservative 2010 (32%)
Caroline Whitaker Green Party 1691 (27%)
Val Carroll Labor 1106 (18%)
Adrian Paul Naylor Independent 956 (15%)
Peter John Kaye The Yorkshire Party 430 (7%)
Paul Michael Mann Liberal Democrats 88 (1%)
* Keighley Central (two seats)
Mohsin Hussain Labor 3412 (29%)
Mohammed Nazam Conservative 2400 (20%)
Javaid Akhtar Independent 2143 (18%)
Christine Ann Chapman Work 2096 (18%)
Clare Alison Abberton Conservative 1063 (9%)
James Jonathan Whitaker Green Party 261 (2%)
Alyson Claire Telfer Green Party 198 (2%)
Pauline Heather Allon Liberal Democrats 111 (1%)
Thomas Robert Franks Liberal Democrats 82 (1%)
* Keighley East
Malcolm Slater Labor 2355 (48%)
Stuart Fraser Currie Conservative 1963 (40%)
Green Party Swami Anahata 230 (5%)
Bob Buxton The Yorkshire Party 230 (5%)
Bob Jones Liberal Democrats 85 (2%)
Shoulder trade unionist Jake Anthony 28 (1%)
Alexander Richard Vann Social Democratic Party 9 (0%)
* Keighley West
Julie Ann Glentworth Conservative 1556 (40%)
Adrian Stuart Farley Labor 1550 (40%)
Dom Bower The Yorkshire Party 184 (5%)
Jane Lee Independent 160 (4%)
Brian Richard Ford Green Party 119 (3%)
Ian Bannister UK Independence Party 102 (3%)
Caroline Rosemary Jones Liberal Democrats 66 (2%)
Leo Alexander Robinson The For Britain Movement 55 (1%)
Alexander Taylor Social Democratic Party 50 (1%)
* Worth Valley
Russell Brown Conservative 2791 (60%)
Umar Farooq Ghafoor Work 845 (18%)
Janet Ann Russell Green Party 498 (11%)
Paul Richard Wilson Liberal Democrats 318 (7%)
Joanna Saxton Kaye The Yorkshire Party 222 (5%)