ILKLEY Labour Party have selected Michael Baldwin to be their candidate in the next Bradford Council elections, in May 2024.

Mr Baldwin has lived in Ilkley for almost 20 years, and his four children attended Ilkley Grammar School.

He runs his own business supporting the management of scientific research projects.

As well as being an active member of the local Labour party, Mr Baldwin has a major interest in environmental issues, having been a founding member of Wharfedale Friends of the Earth and is a keen Freecycler.

He was Labour candidate for Ilkley ward in the last council election and is delighted to be selected again.

Mr Baldwin said, "I'm grateful to the members of Ilkley Labour Party for their confidence and support in selecting me as their candidate for the council election next May. I am looking forward to the election campaign. I will be bringing a positive message about how we can build a fairer and more sustainable future for everyone in our community."

Chair of Ilkley Labour Party Lorraine Dowson said: “We are delighted that Michael will again be our candidate in the Bradford Council elections. As a long-time resident of Ilkley we know that he will work tirelessly to best serve the interests of all our townspeople.”

Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Keighley and Ilkley constituency, John Grogan, was also pleased with the choice of candidate: 

He said: “2024 will be a big year for voting in Ilkley with the council elections in May, almost certainly followed by a General Election later in the year. The town is no longer the Conservative stronghold it was in decades past. Michael‘s experience in business, politics and the local community make him the ideal standard bearer for Labour.”