New ward councillor is co-opted

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Todmorden, Walsden and Stoodley Labour Party has announced that branch member Michael Hatfield has been co-opted onto Todmorden Town Council for the vacant position in Cornholme Ward.

At the full town council meeting last Wednesday, September 11, Coun Hatfield was elected by the existing members by a margin of eight votes to six ahead of the other candidate nominated.

The vacancy arose after Cornholme ward councillor and Deputy Mayor of Todmorden Coun Anne James passed away in July.

Coun Hatfield, aged 41, is a senior consultant employed by a small specialist transport planning consultancy, where he specialises in railways and logistics matters. He is married and has one daughter who attends a local school.

Coun Hatfield said: “The town has good amenities and a fantastic heritage, which I believe under the guidance of a pro-active town council can be developed and significantly enhanced to benefit the population of Todmorden. I am therefore looking forward to contributing to this process over the coming years.”

His election means that the Labour Party is the largest group on Todmorden Town Council, the party now having eight out of the 18 positions on the council. The composition of the 18-member council is now Labour eight, Lib Dem six, Conservative one, and Independent three.