Running to be your Labour councillor in Ardsley and Robin Hood

Karen Bruce campaigning with Ardsley and Robin Hood councillors Stephen Holroyd-Case and Karen Renshaw. The sun is shining and the sky is blue. The team are holding Labour News leaflets.

Some of you might have seen from my social media or seen me out and about that I’ve been spending a lot of time on community campaigning in East and West Ardsley, Lofthouse, Robin Hood, Ouzelwell Green, Tingley, Thorpe and Heritage Village.

That’s because I’m running to be your Labour councillor for the Ardsley and Robin Hood ward of Leeds City Council. You’ve already got two fantastic councillors in Karen Renshaw and Stephen Holroyd-Case and I’d love your support to help me become the third. That’s how I can best serve and support the local community.

I live and work in Carlton, next to Lofthouse, Ouzelwell Green and Robin Hood. I live with my husband, teenage daughter, a lively Labrador and a cute cat. We’ve been part of the community here for more than two decades. I was born and brought up in Wakefield.

Karen Bruce with husband and daughter in a family selfie.

I’m out every week with Karen and Stephen visiting local events like the Lofthouse TLC cafe , Friends cafe in Tingley, East Ardsley beer festival, Hill Top good companions, East Ardsley Community centre, Thorpe Christmas Fair, Ouzelwell In Bloom, too many to list them all. I’ve also been knocking on hundreds of doors to listen to people about their concerns. The top issues people raise with me and the team are the cost of living crisis, antisocial behaviour, buses (or lack of!), opportunities for young people, and how hard it is get appointments with GPs and dentists.

My previous experience as a councillor means I can hit the ground running. I’ve already been able to use my experience to support Karen and Stephen in their work as your local councillors.

If elected to represent Ardsley and Robin Hood ward I’ll always be available to help you and your family with casework to get local issues sorted out. Even after I was no longer a councillor I was still an active campaigner – fighting innappropriate planning applications, supporting people facing unfair evictions and more. I can’t wait to get stuck in on new campaigns and will use my voice as a councillor to fight for our community.

As Chair of Leeds City Council’s Outer South community committee I worked with the local police chief inspector to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime locally. I want to make local people feel safe, along with Labour’s plan to put more police back on our streets.

I worked in public transport for 14 years and I want to see Ardsley and Robin Hood get a fair deal, I will work with Tracey Brabin and the local Labour team to get the regular, joined up publicly controlled bus service that we deserve in our area.

Karen Bruce with West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin discussing how to improve bus services in Ardsley and Robin Hood.

I want opportunity for all our young people. I have experience of working with our schools, training providers and employers. Our young people need affordable homes to buy and rent, the right type of homes need to be built in the right place with the right services. New homes must be accompanied with more doctors, dentists, schools and public transport.

The cost-of-living crisis is hitting local people hard. As a trustee of the Leeds South and East Foodbank I see the need in our community. I’ve led food collections in local supermarkets. I’ve persuaded businesses to help.

Karen Bruce during a collection drive in Asda for Leeds South and East Foodbank.

I’m keen to support local small businesses, as someone who helps run our small family business I know the challenges you face. My role is to manage finance and help with client projects such as developing communications ideas to help people improve the energy efficiency of their homes. 

As a nearby resident I’m campaigning against the battery storage plant on Westfield Road between Carlton and Robin Hood and have objected and backed residents at demos and supported the councillors at local meetings held with residents. A decision is still pending on this, we are hoping it will be defeated.

Karen Bruce campaigning against the application for a battery store in Robin Hood and Carlton with Ardlsey and Robin Hood councillors Karen Renshaw and Stephen Holroyd-Case

I’m excited and honoured at the prospect of becoming your councillor in Ardsley and Robin Hood so I can fight hard for local people and stand up for our area. I would love to be part of the fantastic hard working Labour councillor team here.

If you want to help with our campaign then please let me know. I’d love your support.

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