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By-election winner’s focus on transport and health

David Tattersall, winner of the Cornholme ward by-election for a seat on Todmorden Town Council, April 11, 2013

David Tattersall, winner of the Cornholme ward by-election for a seat on Todmorden Town Council, April 11, 2013

Todmorden’s newly elected town councillor has vowed to push for a railway station in Cornholme after winning last week’s by-election.

Labour candidate David Tattersall topped the polls in the Cornholme ward vote last week in what he described as “a Labour landslide”.

The 64-year-old, who has previously served on Todmorden Town Council, has now promised to campaign on several key issues including improving the local transport network, access to health services and opposing the bedroom tax.

“A few years ago Labour councillors secured a new station for Walsden,” he said.

“That breathed new life into Walsden.

“We are trying to replicate that for Cornholme.

“I think we have a good chance of that with the Todmorden Curve.

“It would regenerate the area, give it a lift and perhaps attract employment and extra investment into the area.”

Earlier this year, Mr Tattersall helped to organise a petition opposing the potential closure of the walk-in service at Todmorden Health Centre.

“I have campaigned on the main issue of access to the health service in Todmorden,” he said. “I think that’s very important.

“A lot of people have difficulty making an appointment with a GP.

“I travel a lot and speak to people in other parts of the country. They don’t seem to have the same problem.

“The bedroom tax is also a matter that I have campaigned on.

“It’s a grossly unfair tax. It affects a lot of people in Cornholme.”

Mr Tattersall has lived in Cornholme for 37 years.

He was co-opted onto the town council in 2001 and served until 2003.

He was chairman of governors at Walsden Junior School until its amalgamation with the infant school in 2008.

He thanked all the voters who backed him at the ballot box. “I would like to thank all the people in Cornholme who voted for me,” he said.

“We worked hard and had a good team of people on the job.

“I will certainly give it my best shot to achieve the things that I have set out to achieve in the election manifesto.”

 

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