Cahal Burke, Parliamentary Candidate  for Colne Valley

Cahal Burke, Parliamentary Candidate for Colne Valley

The Liberal Democrats in Colne Valley have seen a surge in new members over the past two weeks, with membership up 25% since the general election was called.

It comes as the Liberal Democrats reach their highest ever membership nationally, with over 101,768 members.

14,000 new members across the country have joined the Liberal Democrats in the two weeks since the General Election was announced and over 50,000 members have joined since last year’s EU referendum,

Liberal Democrat candidate Cahal Burke said:

“More and more people in the Colne Valley are joining the Liberal Democrats, e.g. the only major UK party standing up against a hard Brexit/the only party providing a decent opposition to this Conservative government.

We are going into these elections bigger than ever before, with a clear message and a growing sense of momentum.
Liberal Democrats are the main challengers in Colne Valley, providing a strong and united opposition to the Conservatives/Labour.

Communities here deserve representatives who will fight against cuts to our schools, NHS and social care services.
“Liberal Democrats will provide the strong opposition that Britain needs.”


Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Cahal Burke

Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Cahal Burke

Liberal Democrats in Colne Valley Constituency have chosen Cahal Burke as their candidate in the snap General Election on 8th June.

Cahal works at a local further education college and is a long serving member of the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority. He is a, widely respected, councillor for the Lindley Ward seen as a strong champion for local communities. Through Kirklees Council’s Overview and Scrutiny he takes a keen interest in Children and Young People’s issues. Cahal completed the recent London Marathon raising funds for Arthritis Research.

“I am delighted to be the Liberal Democrat candidate Colne Valley,” said Cahal. “My campaign is already off to a flying start and I have been meeting people from across the area and talking to them about their concerns.

“My message to the voters in the Colne Valley Constituency is clear: if you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, vote Liberal Democrat. If you want a strong opposition to the Conservatives, vote Liberal Democrat.

“Labour are a shambles. Under Jeremy Corbyn, they aren’t an effective Opposition, never mind a Government-in- waiting. “They voted with the Tories to trigger Brexit without any guarantees for European citizens living here. They backed the Tories on taking Britain out of the Single Market on which so much of our trade – and jobs – depends.

“Labour are a failure. A vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote for a stronger opposition to Theresa May’s Hard Brexit and stronger opposition to the Tory dismantling of public services.

“A vote for the Liberal Democrats is also the only way the people in our area can demand a vote on the final Brexit package. The Liberal Democrats are the only party that believes the people, not politicians like Boris Johnson, should have the final say on whether or not to accept the package to leave the EU.

“I am trusting the people, not the politicians, with that decision. In return , I am asking for their trust in me as a strong voice for our area in Parliament in opposition to the Hard Brexit Tory Government.”


This election is a huge opportunity for voters in Colne Valley to change the direction of our country and prevent a disastrous hard Brexit.

This election is a huge opportunity for voters in Colne Valley to change the direction of our country and prevent a disastrous hard Brexit.

People in the Colne Valley should vote for the Liberal Democrats to prevent a hard Brexit and protect the local economy, the party’s spokesperson has said today.

The Prime Minister today called a snap General Election to be held on the 8th June.

The Liberal Democrats are standing on a clear platform to prevent a hard Brexit by staying in the Single Market, and to give the British people the final say on the Brexit deal through a referendum.

Cahal Burke Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Colne Valley commented:

“This election is a huge opportunity for voters in Colne Valley to change the direction of our country and prevent a disastrous hard Brexit.

“People in the Colne Valley voted to remain in the EU, and certainly did not vote for the extreme form of Brexit that Theresa May has imposed on us after being backed by Labour.

“For all those who want to protect our local economy by staying in the Single Market and ensure the people have the final say over what comes next, this is your chance.

“The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Conservative Brexit Government and the only party fighting for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united.”



Councillor Cahal Burke will be competing in the London Marathon in aid of Arthritis Research UK

Councillor Cahal Burke will be competing in the London Marathon in aid of Arthritis Research UK

Councillor Cahal Burke will be competing in the London Marathon in aid of Arthritis Research UK this weekend.

Cllr Burke (Lindley), who was diagnosed with the condition last year, will be running the 26.2 mile course through London on Sunday 23rd April 2017.

Cllr Burke took up running a number of years ago after becoming injured playing football. He has competed in several full and half marathons, including Manchester Marathon in 2012 and New York City Marathon in 2014.

Arthritis, an inflammation of the joints, affects around 10 million people in the UK of all ages, with the two most common conditions being Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Cllr Burke will be raising money and awareness for Arthritis Research UK, founded in 1936 and investing in breakthrough treatments and providing information and support to those suffering with the condition.

Cllr Burke said: “I’m so excited to be running at one of the greatest spectacles in London and one of the world’s biggest charity running events. It’s unlikely that I will be able to compete any more after this.

The money I raise will help Arthritis Research UK, who are undertaking vital work in determining the causes of arthritis and identifying better treatment, preventing the onset of Arthritis and developing a cure.”

Cllr Burke can be sponsored via his donation page at:

Arthritis Research UK will receive 100% of the donations. Virgin Media Giving, a not-for-profit organisation, will also be able to claim gift aid on the charity’s behalf.

Further information about Arthritis Research UK can be found at:


Cllr Burke campaigning for better road safety

Cllr Burke campaigning for better road safety

We are working with the Neighbourhood Policing Team, Highways and Enforcement to take action against speeding and parking issues in our area.

We believe that 20mph zones make sense in residential areas and near our schools.

They save lives
Reduce congestion
Reduce emissions
Encourage cycling and walking

We want a community where people are free to travel in ways that are safe, sustainable, healthy and fair. Unfortunately, in many places inappropriate speed limits where people live, work and play make movement dangerous, particularly for cyclists and pedestrians, including children and the elderly.

We have made some improvements and will continue to work with residents and relevant partners.

We will get the information required related to volumes and speeds of traffic from the Speed Indicator Devices and take action.

Road Safety is important to us and we know there is so much more to do.


Mount Community Group will be based at Mount Methodist Church on Moorlands Road

Mount Community Group will be based at Mount Methodist Church on Moorlands Road

I was delighted to attended the Mount Community Group Open Day at Mount Methodist Church.

Mount Community Group will be based at Mount Methodist Church on Moorlands Road. The group have been given funding for a year and their constitution was recently approved by Kirklees Council.

The new community group will aim to support and deliver local opportunities, activities and projects which will build on the consultation undertaken by the group, following a written survey which was sent to residents in the area.

Mount Community Group will work closely with Mount Forum, a community group who meet every two months to identify and tackle issues and problems affecting local residents, through collaboration with local councillors, residents and local agencies.

Cllr Burke said:

“I’m delighted that Mount Community Group is now up and running. The consultation undertaken by the group was really positive with a lot of responses, and the feedback will help to shape the initiatives and activities that the group will seek to support and deliver.

The group is continuing to consult with local people to ensure that local needs are reflected in the aims and objectives of the group. I hope that the community group can have a role in improving local services for the community it represents, strengthen local decision-making and work with local groups and agencies to support improvements in the community.”

Vincent Dorrington, Mount Community Group’s Acting Chair, said:

“Mount Community Group’s aim is to do what is on the tin. We want to bring local people together in order to meet their needs and interests. Our hope is to make the community more active and make people aware that their skills and contributions will benefit everyone.

In helping to establish Mount Community Group and for offering assistance, a special thank you has to be given to Mount Methodist Church, Kirklees Council, Moorlands Primary School, Huddersfield Local History Library, Cllr Cahal Burke and Alan Jones from Mount Forum.”

Further details about Mount Community Group can be found on their Facebook webpage at:


Cllr Burke supporting the Huddersfield St. Patricks Day parade

Cllr Burke supporting the Huddersfield St. Patricks Day parade

Once again I was delighted to attend the annual St Patricks Day Parade in Huddersfield, the parade and other events have become one of the leading attractions of the Huddersfield cultural calendar bringing Irish music, dance and drama to the streets and entertainment venues of Huddersfield.

Featuring dancers, musicians, floats and performers the parade travelled through the heart of Huddersfield.

Congratulations and well done to everyone who helped make it such a success.


Cllr Cahal Burke and Cllr Richard Eastwood organising great Lindley spring clean

Cllr Cahal Burke and Cllr Richard Eastwood organising great Lindley spring clean

Lindley Lib Dem councillors Cahal Burke & Cllr Richard Eastwood will be getting stuck in as the Great British Spring Clean comes to the area in March.

The national litter-picking event, launched recently by Keep Britain Tidy, will take place over the weekend of the 3rd to the 5th March 2017.

The campaign will aim to build on the success of a national clean-up this year, which saw over 250,000 people helping to clean up their communities, helping to collect over 300,000 bags of rubbish.

The organisers now hope to get 500,000 involved over the weekend in March next year.

The national clean-up weekend is being backed by a number of charities, including the RSPCA and Marine Conservation Society, as well as businesses like McDonald’s, Greggs and Costa.

The campaign is also being supported by litter charities across the country, with thousands of school children, community groups and local authorities likely to get involved in the action.

The organisers, Keep Britain Tidy, were formed nearly 60 years ago in response to the rise of a ‘throwaway culture’ in the UK. In more recent decades, they have organised a number of high-profile campaigns, often promoted by a host of celebrities, including Morecambe and Wise and the Bees Gees.

Kirklees councillors have been invited to take part over the weekend, and Cllr Cahal Burke and Cllr Richard Eastwood (Lib Dems, Lindley), have already signed up.

The councillors, who will be helping to clean up parts of Lindley on Saturday 4th March 2017, will also be looking for people to join them from the Lindley ward area. This includes individuals and groups living in: Mount, Salendine Nook, Birchencliffe, Oakes, Lindley, Quarmby, Marsh and Birkby.

Cllr Burke said:

“We welcome this new initiative. We have participated in a number of regular clean-up days in Lindley over the years, but being nationally co-ordinated, this campaign will encourage people in Lindley and elsewhere to feel part of something bigger.

The campaign is all about people taking pride in where they live, making neighbourhoods cleaner and supporting positive community action. It will also get people together and is a real social thing to do.

We will be helping to co-ordinate litter picks in Lindley over the weekend and would encourage people to contact us in order to take part or to find out more.”

For further information, Cllr Burke can be contacted at:
Cllr Eastwood at:


Councillor Cahal Burke (left) and Councillor Richard Eastwood (right) at Goldington Recreation Ground steps

Councillor Cahal Burke (left) and Councillor Richard Eastwood (right) at Goldington Recreation Ground steps

A busy set of steps at Goldington Recreation Ground in Salendine Nook are due to be refurbished soon.

The steps, which are accessed from New Hey Road, allow pedestrians to access a path through Goldington Recreation Ground, which joins Goldington Avenue on the other side.

There are 60 concrete steps and 10 tarmac platforms, and the refurbishment works will involve repointing and rebuilding the steps and also resurfacing the platforms.

The footpath across Goldington Recreation Ground was re-tarmacked in late 2014, but Kirklees Council has received a number of requests for the steps to be refurbished.

The £7.5k scheme was approved by Huddersfield District Committee last month, with the works due to commence during half term, next month. It is anticipated that the refurbishment scheme will take a week to complete, and the steps will be temporarily closed while the works are taking place.

During the temporary closure, there will be a diversionary route available to users via New Hey Road and Hill Top Drive.

Councillor Cahal Burke (Lib Dem, Lindley) was consulted on the scheme and liaised with Public Rights of Way officers at Kirklees Council. He also worked with Cllr Richard Eastwood (Lib Dem, Lindley) and consulted with local residents and users on the improvement works.

“I fully support the scheme. The refurbishment works will protect the steps from water damage and remove the risk of movement, which will ensure that they are safe to use.

The public footpath is very well used by local residents and students from Huddersfield New College and Salendine Nook High School, so this will benefit users and improve the level of access.”