Labour's candidate for the upcoming Horbury & South Ossett by-election for Wakefield Council has launched her campaign.
Janet Holmes, an experienced councillor who has previously held the seat, opened a petition asking residents in the ward to back the Labour-led council's moves to protect police numbers in the face of Tory-led government cuts.
As many as 1,500 jobs are under threat at West Yorkshire Police. In the face of this, Wakefield Council's Labour administration has put in place plans to safeguard the city's PCSOs.
The Horbury & South Ossett by-election has come about because the sitting Tory councillor has resigned her seat, demonstrating a complete lack of organisation or communication in the city's Conservative group. It means thousands of pounds are having to be spent on holding another election, just weeks after voters were asked to go to the polls.
In the same ward on 5th May, Janet's husband Brian Holmes defeated the incumbent Tory to reclaim his place on the council.