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MP renews calls for new Shipley council area
11:00am Friday 7th March 2014 in News
An MP has accused Bradford council of neglecting residents in Shipley and Keighley – but the government has refused to create two separate council areas.
Shipley MP Philip Davies said his constituents, including those living in Menston and Burley-in-Wharfedale, were “sick to the back teeth” of planning decisions taken by the Labour-run authority.
He re-issued a call by neighbouring Keighley and Ilkley MP Kris Hopkins, who is now a government minister, to allow Keighley and Shipley to become its own council area.
Speaking in the Commons Mr Davies said: “My constituents in Shipley are sick to the back teeth of Labour-run Bradford council imposing decisions upon them against their wishes and against their interests, particularly in planning, and it is perfectly clear that they only care about their heartlands in Bradford rather than Shipley.”
Mr Davies told MPs Mr Hopkins previously suggested a local authority for Keighley and Shipley constituencies should be examined.
He added: “This would take us out of the Bradford district. This is something I would, and my constituents would agree with wholeheartedly.”
Mr Davies went on to ask how the matter could be progressed given Mr Hopkins’ “elevated position” in the government department responsible for councils.
Communities Secretary and former Leader of Bradford Council Eric Pickles said there were no plans for a split.
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