Labour candidate will fight for Ossett seat

Wakefield Council Leader Coun Peter Box, Ed Balls MP and  Gwen Page.
Wakefield Council Leader Coun Peter Box, Ed Balls MP and Gwen Page.

A new Labour candidate will fight to represent the town when elections take place next spring.

Gwen Page has been a member of the Labour Party for 18 years, and became Outwood and Morley MP Ed Balls’ election agent in 2005.

Since 2007, she has been working in the office of Jon Trickett, MP for Hemsworth.

Ms Page said the experience dealing with the concerns of constituents would help her as a councillor for Ossett and Gawthorpe.

She will be up against Coun Ian Bunney, who currently holds the seat, and the Liberal Democrats’ David Smith.

Ms Page said: “I am faced regularly through the constituency casework, with people experiencing the reality of the harsh reforms to welfare.

“I want the opportunity to be a voice for Ossett, to be a part of the solution, because these extra cuts will probably mean the council will be unable to carry on as they are and services such as children’s centres, like the Maypole Centre at Gawthorpe, leisure facilities, road safety and highways maintenance could be at risk.”

Ms Page was a local government officer at Wakefield Council from 1983 until 2002.

She said it was too early to say which issues she would focus on during her campaign ahead of next year’s elections.