The Conservative Party in Pudsey has formally announced Simon Seary as a candidate for the local elections in May 2018.
Pudsey has not elected a Conservative councillor for nearly 30 years, but Mr Seary, 43, is hoping that will change at
Mr Seary was born in Swinnow and has lived in Pudsey all his life.
He works in retail, but outside of work is deeply connected to a wide range of local groups, including the Pudsey Carnival (for which he has been Chairman since 2012), Pudsey House, and local groups such as Litter-Free Pudsey, local Scouting groups and the Friends of Pudsey Cemetery and Chapel.
He also has an interest in the Save Tong Valley group and is committed to protecting the green-space in Pudsey from development. Mr Seary said:
“I love Pudsey. I was born and brought up here and have tried my best to put something back in to the community that has given me so much. I am standing for council because I believe Pudsey deserves so much better than it has. Our current Labour councillors may mean well but they don’t know the town they claim to represent. I want to put the pride back in to Pudsey.”
Stuart Andrew, Member of Parliament for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough since 2010 gave his backing to Mr Seary’s campaign. He said:
“Simon is both a personal friend and a trusted colleague. My role means I am away in Parliament during the week, and I rely on local advocates and councillors to support me. The Labour councillors rarely agree to work with me, but by electing Simon Seary this May the people of Pudsey will ensure they have a much more powerful voice.”