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Leeds election candidate profiles 2023: Calverley & Farsley Ward

Voters in Calverley & Farsley Ward will go to the polls on Thursday May 4, 2023 for the Leeds City Council elections. Voters will be electing one councillor.

Voters are reminded that from this year photo ID is needed to vote at polling stations. More details here.

Your West Leeds Dispatch has written to candidates asking them for a statement of up to 300 words and a head and shoulders photograph to help you decide who to vote for. Here are their responses…

CARLILL, Peter – Labour and Co-Operative Party

13 Farfield Avenue, Farsley, Pudsey, LS28 5HD.

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Peter Carlill.

I live in Farsley with my wife and two children. 

I’m a proud resident of our ward – my children attend Farsley Farfield Primary School, I’m active in many local groups and I’m also a governor at a school in Calverley. 

I love our area, especially its strong sense of community, so want to make sure your views are represented on the council’s Labour Group where important decisions are made.

What you use, I use, so it’s important to me that we get the best for my family and yours. 

Voters elected me to bring real-world experience and a new voice to the councillors who represent our area, and I have made a real difference since then.

But there is much more I want to do, and much work to finish.

If re-elected I will continue building on my track record, listening to residents and delivering positive change in our communities, including:

Keeping our communities vibrant by supporting local businesses, services, community groups and events.

Keeping our community safe from crime such as burglary, vandalism and drugs but also speeding, off-road bikes and inconsiderate parking.

Improving local parks and green spaces with better playgrounds and improvements for people of all ages.

Improving public transport by fighting cuts and campaigning for better services into Leeds and Bradford, and connecting local communities.

Providing opportunities for our young people through activities and youth clubs locally, and encouraging jobs, opportunities and apprenticeships across the region.

Tackling climate change and protecting our environment through supporting local community action and fighting for ambitious policies across the region.

I thank everyone who has continued to support me. With your vote I hope to be able to continue this work after the election.

P.S. You can find out more about the results I’ve achieved on my website.

GRAHAM, Ellen – Green Party

Address in Leeds.

Ellen Graham.

I am proud to be standing again as the Green Party candidate in the Calverley and Farsley ward in this local election.

I have spent over 18 years of my life living in Leeds and have been a happy Farsley resident for the past six years. I am standing as a candidate in these elections because the positive impact that our Green councillors are having on councils all around the country is very clear and I am excited to be an active part of the growing and dynamic Green movement across Leeds.

As a councillor for the Calverley and Farsley ward I will particularly focus on: 

  • Strengthening local public transport networks so that they work for people and not profit, including further work to protect key local bus routes relied upon by residents.
  • Protecting our environment and improving access to our green spaces.
  • Working to ensure that our communities are clean and safe for all, including working with the police to tackle hate crime and anti-social behaviour.

Green councillors are committed to working collaboratively with others, helping our communities first and coming together for the common good. 

Whatever the issue I will be free to speak up for this area on Leeds City Council and it will be my pleasure to serve the residents in all the different parts of this ward.

LEES, Rob – Yorkshire Party

44 The Fairway, Stanningley, Pudsey, W Yorks, LS28 7RE.

Robert Lees.

I was born and brought up in Yorkshire, I have lived in our ward for six years with my young family.

I am standing in this election to help bring about change for this community. This election is about local issues that affect us all. As your Yorkshire Party councillor, I would focus on your concerns and always work for the benefit of our community.

My priorities are:

Local spaces

Community buildings, green spaces and pubs are the glue that holds our community together. As councillor I would work hard to improve funding, facilities and access to community spaces and increase support for independent local businesses.

Local transport

Introduce more bus routes to improve connections between our towns and villages and develop a mass transit system for the long term.

Redesign problem road junctions and pinch-points to improve traffic flow for all road users and to reduce journey times.


Defend green spaces by building efficient homes on brownfield sites and unused urban spaces.


Protect our community by deploying more police officers, clamping down on burglaries, anti-social behaviour and driving offences.

I would support everyone across the ward and provide a strong voice for Calverley, Farsley, Rodley, and Woodhall.

Vote for a fresh approach for Yorkshire.

McLEOD, Stuart – Liberal Democrats

107 Old Road, Farsley, LS28 5BR


1, Rayner Gardens, Farsley, Pudsey, LS28 5GU.

Jas Singh.

This election is about local issues not national. Locally, I work hard with Cllrs Andrew and Amanda Carter, and we put you first.

I live in Farsley with my wife and two children. I am passionate about our area and I want it to remain a great place to live, work and raise a family. I face the same day-to-day issues as you, such as missed bin collections and the condition of our roads. If elected I will continue to fight, alongside Cllrs Andrew and Amanda Carter, to make life better for everyone – whether that is opposing the increase in council tax, campaigning to protect the environment or lobbying for more leisure services. 

I am working hard with Andrew and Amanda, to tackle the local issues that affect you and your family, including:

· Ensuring the Calverley/Farsley bridge across the ring road is completed, linking our villages

· Being tough on anti-social behaviour by working with local law enforcement, 

· Fighting for better road safety by stopping motorists from using our roads as rat runs and preventing drivers from racing each other around the area, 

· Tackling inappropriate planning applications to prevent overdevelopment and the loss of our green spaces, 

· Keeping parking free and accessible for everyone across the Leeds area 

This election is about the issues that affect us locally, on a daily basis. As a team we will continue to put your needs first, ensuring that the local services we all rely on are maintained and improved. 

The towns and villages that make up our ward are fantastic places to live, and we want them to stay that way.


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