Councillor/candidate for Holgate
Since moving here from Widnes in his late teens, Kallum has lived, worked, studied and volunteered in York for nearly ten years. He joined the Labour Party in 2014 and was elected as City Councillor in the Holgate ward by-election in February 2018, earning an impressive 50% of all votes cast.
Since then, Kallum and the Holgate Labour team have sought to raise the bar set by councillors of all parties, by going out speaking with residents on a weekly basis, holding drop-in sessions twice a month in West Bank Park and Cafe Leemo, and working hard to effectively represent and when necessary, speak up loudly for local residents.
His work so far has involved lobbying the Lib-Dem/Tory coalition council on making the York Central development achieve its potential to benefit the many residents of York and not just the privileged few, as well as campaigning for the Railway Museum to alter its expansion plans so that it doesn’t take away safe 24 hour access to and from the city centre for the Leeman Road community. His other local priorities are tackling congestion around schools, working with the community to enhance our green spaces, and improving the accessibility of key routes in and around Holgate.
Alongside Council duties, Kallum lives in the Leeman Road area with his girlfriend, and works for a local homelessness charity. Whenever he has the time outside of these commitments, Kallum can probably be found on a football pitch somewhere around York playing for Poppleton United, where he is also the club treasurer.
“It has been a privilege to have served my local community as a councillor over this last year. I hope that residents will see that I’ve started as I hope to go on, and worked hard to take their individual and collective issues seriously. With the current coalition council unable to even get the basics right, let alone address our bigger challenges on housing, the economy and transport, York needs councillors who take pride in being responsive to residents, who unashamedly stand up for the community on issues they care about, and who make the case in the council chamber for what this city can and should be like to live in.”