Kallum has lived, worked, studied and volunteered in York for fourteen years now, after moving here in his late teens for University. He joined the Labour Party in 2014 and was first elected as City Councillor for Holgate ward at a by-election in February 2018, earning an impressive 50% of all votes cast.
Be it community-wide concerns or individual cases, and regardless of the odds or complexity, Kallum has worked hard to be as accessible as possible for, and meaningfully represent, residents across the Ward. Together with his Holgate Labour team he has helped build a proactive approach to being a Councillor; knocking on doors all year round, holding three drop-in sessions a month, and circulating their regular “Holgate Matters” leaflets to keep residents informed and engaged in their work.
Kallum’s work so far has involved the lobbying the Council’s coalition of Liberal Democrat Party and Green Councillors on the York Central development; particularly challenging their complete failure to get a better deal for residents out of the Railway Museum’s one-sided and ill-thought-through plans for Leeman Road, securing real progress, and some investment, on improving the riverside route, and lobbying to ensure that the overall development of this huge piece of publicly owned land genuinely benefits our community, and city, for the long-term. His other local priorities are tackling congestion around schools, working with the community to enhance our parks and green spaces, and improving the accessibility of key routes in and around Holgate.
Alongside his Council duties, Kallum works for a local youth homelessness charity. In the spare time that he does have Kallum can probably be found trying to keep up with his young dog Murphy out on Hob Moor or Clifton Ings, playing in goal for his football team Poppleton United, or having a well-earned pint in one of Holgate Ward’s pubs.