Otley and Yeadon Labour party have selected Nik Rutherford, a 27 year old local teacher, as their candidate for the city council elections next May.
Born in Edinburgh, Nik moved to the Leeds area in 2006 to study music – first at the University, then on the highly regarded Jazz course at Leeds College of Music.
He has worked as a music teacher at schools across Leeds and West Yorkshire. He currently manages a local Music Centre, runs a community choir, and heads a project team which gives primary school children access to music and the arts through their local secondary school.
Nik is clear about why he is campaigning for Labour.
“Since 2010, the Coalition and Tory governments have cut to the bone the budgets of council services like adult social care, primary schools and highways. This leaves communities like Otley and Yeadon fighting for shrinking city council resources – and more Tory cuts are coming.”
“As the Labour candidate for Otley and Yeadon, my goal in fighting the election next May is to support and protect the people, the environment and the services that are so essential to making our community a thriving, vibrant and happy place to live and work.”
John Eveleigh, former Labour Leader of Otley Town Council, has given Nik an enthusiastic endorsement, “Nik is an energetic and committed candidate, and if elected to the city council would make a real difference in Otley and Yeadon.”
You can contact Nik directly by email – firstname.lastname@example.org
You can follow his campaign on his Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/nikrutherfordotleyandyeadon/