Pudsey Conservatives announce local election candidate

Cllr Simon Seary

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.”



  1. No Stuart Andrew – the Labour Councillors didn’t work with you when you voted to cut housing benefits for our most vulnerable tenants (those in supported living). They didn’t work with you when you voted to freeze benefits or introduce sanctions for disabled claimants nor when you voted to introduce Universal Credit which will force many of your constituents down to the food bank. I’m very glad they didn’t. No wonder you’ve never taken a Council seat in Pudsey since Michael Gove was in short trousers – though on second thoughts perhaps he still is?

    • Councillors and MPs have very different responsibilities which you are (possibly deliberately) conflating here. Putting aside how you feel about Stuart Andrew as an MP (a point we can differ on, but is not how you are portraying it). That said, are you glad that they didn’t work with the local MP to protect the greenbelt? Are you glad that they didn’t work with him to save the Post Office? To campaign for a Leeds postcode for Tyersal? These are local issues that local people say are important to them – but not to Labour councillors.

      • The local Labour Councillors clearly do excellent work! The evidence? Being elected by the people of Pudsey year in and year out – there’s no arguing with that!


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