Friday, January 22, 2010

Craig Whittaker - Candidate Profile

The first of the Calder Valley candidates to be profiled, as mentioned before, is Craig Whittaker, standing on behalf of the Conservative Party.

Brief biography:
Craig was born in 1962 in Bury, Lancashire. He emigrated to Australia at the age of five with his Parents. In 1984 Craig came back to live in England and settled in Yorkshire.

He lives in Rastrick with his two daughters, Sophie and Bethannie. His son Lee, attends Manchester University.

Craig is a Retail General Manager for a large blue chip high street retailer and has been in retail management since leaving high school in Australia, after completing his Higher School Certificate.

When not working Craig enjoys being fully involved in the local community and he has served as both a Parish Councillor and a school governor.

Craig has campaigned for many years on local issues and has experience of being a Parish Councillor on Heptonstall Parish Council where he also served as Chairman.

He currently serves as a Calderdale Borough Councillor representing the Rastrick Ward

Craig also serves on the Cabinet of Calderdale MB Council as the portfolio holder for Children and Young People’s Services. Having lived and worked at both ends of the Calder Valley, Craig understands the diversity and differing issues, which affect the various communities throughout the Calder Valley.

He was selected in March 2007 to be the Conservative PPC for Calder Valley.

My experience of Craig:
I have met Craig a number of times, at events as diverse as the Calderdale Business Awards and the switching on of the Hebden Bridge Christmas lights, and have found him to be a very energetic and likeable guy who spends a lot of time out and about, listening to the voters at ground level. He certainly can't be accused of laziness or unwillingness to engage with the electorate!

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