Elections Ian McCargo Otley and Yeadon Branch News

What’s the choice at this election? – Otley

The Tories – enough is enough!

Whatever your politics, you know things just don’t feel right at the moment.

  • High energy prices
  • Rising interest rates
  • Food shortages
  • Companies making vast profits at our expense – supported by their Tory friends in government
  • Ordinary people even on reasonable incomes struggling to make ends meet
  • HERE in Otley, inadequate public transport because unfair funding favours the wealthy South.

Labour and the Co-operative Party – standing for solidarity and an economy fair for all

  • The co-operative movement is more relevant than ever, tackling some of the great issues of our time.
  • Food justice projects – the City Council’s Food Champion is a Labour and Co-op councillor
  • Community energy organisations
  • Fair taxation
  • In touch with local people and responding to local needs

Your Labour candidate for Otley and Yeadon ward – Leeds City Council

Ian McCargo with red Labour rosette on Yeadon High Street

Ian McCargo

Working hard for Otley and Yeadon

Thursday 4th May

Your vote matters

Ian McCargo with red rosette outside Otley Children's Centre

Voting really does change things. The country voted Labour in 1945 and Labour created the NHS. The country voted Tory in 1979 and the Tories privatised council housing, gas, electricity, water, and public transport.

Your vote counts in local elections too. Leeds Labour kept open all its Children’s Centres in the face of huge Tory cuts. And it’s keeping services in-house – protecting jobs and running the services for people, not profit. A vote for Labour will help protect the local services we all rely on.


Labour wants to make Otley a great place to live by supporting its economy, helping to create jobs, and making sure there are homes that people can afford. We also want to make sure everyone feels included in the community, and we’ll work to build on what makes Otley special.

Ian McCargo with red rosette on Otley Kirkgate

If you choose me as your councillor, I’ll work hard to get the best deal for Otley – to tackle some of the long term issues you’ve mentioned, such as damp housing, traffic and parking problems, anti-social behaviour and more activities for young people. I’ll work with senior Labour city councillors and officers, your Labour and Co-op MP Alex Sobel, Otley Town Council and organisations with services and resources we can can tap into.

You want Otley to be a strong and sustainable community. I will fight for the resources to make that happen.

Labour delivering for Otley

    Leeds Children’s Services have now been rated Outstanding by Ofsted – not once but twice.
    The City Council has cut its energy use by 24% meaning more money for our local public services
    The Council’s new Serious Environmental Crime Team is tackling fly tipping
    Leeds Labour is keeping Council services in-house – not subsidising the profits of private companies
    The Council aims to build 1500 new council homes by 2025 and new care units for 1000 older people
Ian McCargo in Otley bus station

Ian’s priorities for Otley

Otley has traffic problems that affect the whole town. Better public transport – more frequent, on-time buses – would help reduce traffic. I will push for these changes, as well as a bigger site for the bus station and more buses to Menston station, Leeds, and Bradford, with through-ticketing.

Ian McCargo outside the old Otley civic centre / mechanics institute

The UK planning system favours developers, so we get bad plans like East of Otley and the Civic Centre. Otley’s Neighbourhood Plan is a blueprint for better planning. With local people, city planners, and our MP I’ll fight for affordable homes built with respect for their environment.

Otley needs more activities and safe spaces for children and young people, from playparks to youth centres. We’ll set up a panel to talk to young people and find out what they want. Then we can create new projects, work with local groups and organisations, and raise funds to make it happen.

Ian McCargo
07934 479880

I’m delighted Otley & Yeadon Labour members have chosen me as your candidate. I live locally and I’ve got to know Otley well over 20 years. I worked at EMIS in Rawdon for 15 years. My daughter’s first job was at Otley Sainsbury’s. My younger children took martial arts lessons in Station Road, Otley. I am secretary of Leeds Co-op Party – Labour’s sister party – and a trustee of a Millennium Green charity. I’ve been chair of governors at a Leeds primary school. In the 2017 general election I came within 350 votes of becoming Labour MP for Pudsey.

Community Elections Otley Otley town council

Otley Town Council elections

Candidates names as on a ballot paper marked with an X. Richard Davies, Danefield. Alex Eve, Ashfield. Nigel Gill, Manor. Graham Hill, West Chevin. Linda Richardson, Prince Henry.

Find out about your Labour candidates in for the Otley Town Council elections.

Labour wants to make Otley a better place to live by supporting its economy, helping to create jobs, and making sure there are homes that people can afford. We also want to make sure everyone feels included in the community, and we’ll work to build on what makes Otley special.

Find out more at A Labour manifesto for Otley Town Council 2023

East of Otley Elections Richard Davies

Re-elect Richard Davies

Richard Davies in a waterproof coat, field behind
Danefield ward – your Labour town council candidate
Re-elect Thursday 4 May Richard DAVIES For Otley Town Council Labour (white text on red background)

For the past two years, I have been an active and committed Otley Town Councillor for Danefield Ward, working together with residents, other councillors and officers, community groups and businesses to tackle things that needed doing.

This has not always been easy, but working collaboratively with other people and groups I have been able to progress a number of my priorities and resolve problems which have cropped up. Here are a few examples:

East of Otley: I am heavily involved in talks with Leeds City Council planners, the town council, and community groups, such as Otley 2030, to make a robust response to unsuitable development proposals. I submitted a 10-page detailed response and was also active in discussions with LCC Rights of Way staff about formally recognising footpaths around the Cambridge estate.

Anti-Social Behaviour: Drug-dealing and associated anti-social behaviour in the ward has upset nearby residents. I worked with the local police, LCC Housing and Anti-Social Behaviour Teams, and other councillors to address the issue of problem tenants being placed near vulnerable people. This led to a stronger response from the authorities, and the issues seem to have been resolved to the satisfaction of the residents.

Community Facilities: Otley needs more community facilities and has too many empty buildings. I’ve worked for two years with the Town Council and community groups to deliver the 3G Artificial sports pitch at Prince Henry’s. I help organise the Otley Live Music Festival. I’m also involved in developing a community bid to acquire the Methodist Church for community use.

Workers in orange hi-viz overalls operating vehicle-mounted drain clearing equipment, lowering a hose into the opened road drain

Street Cleansing: A number of areas in the ward haven’t had their gullies or drains cleaned for years due to on-street parking. I liaised with LCC to organise a day of action to sweep streets and pavements and jetwash blocked gullies around Cambridge Street.

Road Safety:I pushed for speed indicator devices (SIDs) to be used at speeding hotspots in Danefield Ward. The Leeds Road SID will be relocated, and one or two more may be set up on larger roads in the next two years, based on traffic surveys. There are also plans for 20mph zones in many parts of town.

Potholes: Various streets in the ward – such as Albion St, South View Terrace and Orchard Street – have poor road surfaces. Full resurfacing is not planned in the near future, so I liaised with LCC Highways to persuade them to patch surfaces and fill potholes in the meantime.

Richard’s priorities

for Danefield ward in the next 4 years

East of Otley Development: work with planners, city and town councillors and community groups to stop an inappropriate development and make sure the plans provide quality sustainable homes, affordable housing for young people, more green spaces and sites for sports clubs, and less traffic coming into the town.

Community Facilities: work with local groups and the Town Council to acquire a community hub to provide spaces for local groups to meet and widen the range of cultural events.

Cleaner Streets: work with senior Leeds councillors and officers to get better local services, especially pothole-filling, blocked drains and street cleaning.

Road Safety: lobby Town Council colleagues to prioritise speed indicator devices in and around Danefield Ward where speed limits are ignored.

Bus Services: keep working with West Yorkshire Combined Authority and bus companies to get more reliable bus services round the Cambridge Estate.

Access to the Chevin: work with Leeds to restart the Chevin Users Forum and look at ways to improve parking, signposting and access from the town, making the Chevin a better place for the community and the environment.

Ian McCargo

Leeds children’s services rated outstanding by OFSTED

Text: Leeds children's services rated Outstanding by Ofsted twice. Labour. Image of child with a gold cup trophy.

When people say ‘it doesn’t matter who you vote for, they’re all the same’….

The choice you make in the ballot box on 4th May will be crucial.

A Labour Councillor will help protect essential services (especially to the most vulnerable in our community) despite the most savage of Tory cuts!

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£2.5billion cut from Leeds council’s budget since 2010

Two point five billion pounds cut from Leeds council's budget since 2010

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