15 April 2024

Here is a list of all the candidates standing in Hunslet & Riverside ward for election to Leeds City Council on Thursday 2 May 2024.

We have contacted all the candidates to ask them about why they are standing and what their policies are. We will publish their answers as they send them in so keep checking back to compare answers and make your choice.

We plan to hold an online hustings meeting watch out for full details.

 

Benjamin Thomas Hanley DALE

Liberal Democrats

Address in Leeds*

 

Oisín Conor DUNCAN

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Flat 04 Victoria House, 8 Victoria Road, LS6 1FE

I’ve lived in Leeds for two years with my partner, I’m a member of the BFAWU trade union having worked in the hospitality sector.

TUSC are campaigning against the ongoing austerity facing residents in Leeds – yet again we are being asked in this years council budget to pay more for less.

There is a crisis of local government funding, which needs radical change. But saying this is not enough – the council needs to act. It should work with trade unions and community groups to demand the funding for the services we need, and in the meantime use its reserves and borrowing powers to maintain services in the short-term rather than putting an extra £3m into council reserves in this year’s budget.

I am particularly supporting the campaign to Save Little Owls nurseries established by parents across the city. Three Little Owls nurseries in Riverside and Hunslet ward are under threat of transfer to other providers, including potential privatisation. These are Hunslet Ryelstone, Hunslet St Mary’s and City & Holbeck – I would encourage everyone to sign the parents petition – www.change.org/savelittleowls

Unfortunately – none of the opposition parties on the council even tried to put amendments opposing these cuts in the Labour council’s budget.

I have also been taking part in demonstrations against the brutal onslaught on Gaza. The tragedy of innocent civilians in Israeli being killed on the 7th October, has been compunded by the over 30,000 now dead in Gaza. The opposition of political leaders like Sunak and Starmer to a ceasefire until recently, and still supporting arms sales to Israel – shows the need on this issue as well for political change.

Vote TUSC on 2nd May

 

Mohammed IQBAL

Labour & Co-operative Party

Address in Leeds*

I’ve worked hard for residents since I was first elected, and it has been a privilege to do so. I’ve dedicated myself to helping people, enhancing public services, and making a tangible difference to people in Hunslet, Beeston, Leeds City Centre, and our riverside communities—all despite Tory-imposed cuts.

I’ve carried out local charity work during my time of service, supporting charities involved in health, education, and wellbeing. I’m proud to be the Chair of Trustees for the Hamara Centre, and it was an honour to be our Lord Mayor and to bring our communities together at a time of need.

I came into politics after witnessing the impact of violent crime and being determined to protect others from it. As the Chair of the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel, I ensured the voice of victims was heard by those in a position to make a difference.

In recent years I’ve improved our parks, such as Brickfield, Trentham, Church Street, and more, in hundreds of new litter bins and community litter picking kits, and I’ve created a network of grit bins in our estates.

I hope you will vote for me and allow me to continue to serve.

 

TAMAS KOVACS

The Conservative Party candidate

Address in Leeds*

 

Omar MUSHTAQ

Green Party

Address in Leeds*

 

Daniel Paul WHETSTONE

Social Democratic Party

Address in Leeds*

 

 

*In England, if a candidate has requested not to make their home address public, the relevant electoral area in which their home address is situated (or country if their address is outside the UK) will be provided.