Labour have announced that Liz Carr will be their candidate in the town council by-election in West Chevin ward, to be held on March 22nd. The by-election has been called because former Liberal Democrat town councillor Savannah Dabill was forced to step down, after non-attendance at council meetings. Currently the Liberal Democrats have 15 out of 20 seats on the town council and there is no Labour representative.
Liz Carr is married and has lived in Otley for 30 years. Her two children, now grown up, both went to Westgate and Prince Henry’s.
“I’m delighted to be standing as the Labour candidate in this election” said Liz Carr. “Otley town council needs councillors who are committed to the work, and I believe an energetic and hardworking Labour councillor can help to ensure real progress on important town council projects such as the Wharfedale Greenway, green energy and promoting tourism to help the town’s economy. It’s also vital for democracy that the Liberal Democrats are properly held to account for their decisions. When one party has a huge majority it can lead to neglect of residents’ interests as we have seen with the West Chevin resignation.”
Otley’s MP Alex Sobel said,”I know that Liz, if elected, would be a very effective and hardworking town councillor. It’s so important that all parties are represented on the town council. When one party dominates with an overwhelming majority, it’s not healthy for democracy or balanced decision-making.”