Alex Ross is the Council Candidate for Shipley ward in the local elections which will be held on May 6th 2010, the same day as the general election.
Alex grew up in Leeds and moved to Shipley in 2007 with his fiancé, who grew up in the area. He has been active in the local Shipley community ever since – running a local Neighbourhood Watch, taking an active part in a community group in Saltaire and serving as a School Governor locally.
In 2008 he started the ‘Wage Concern’ campaign with the Shipley Labour Action team to call local Tory MP Philip Davies to account for his opposition to the Minimum Wage, and shared a platform with ex-Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott at a rally in the Houses of Parliament.
On being a candidate he says, “One of the great things about being a candidate and talking to so many people across Shipley is you get a feel for the variety of concerns people have for their families and communities and how these can be addressed. It really motivates you to make a difference.”
Parliamentary candidate Susan Hinchcliffe said, "Alex is a very talented and knowledgeable local campaigner, particularly on environmental issues. We've worked together on a range of campaigns including better recycling, europrofile locks and better housing insulation. The biggest campaign we've run together was the campaign to save the minimum wage, when a group of reactionary Tories, including Shipley Tory MP Philip Davies sought to bring in a bill which would effectively abolish the minimum wage. We shamed them into withdrawing the bill in the end so achieved the result we wanted."
To download Alex's election leaflet click here.