DEWSBURY Liberal Democrat Coun Karam Hussain will be proposed to be the next mayor of Kirklees at the council's annual meeting and mayor-making ceremony on Wednesday, May 21.
And for the first time the Green Party will figure in the civic team, through Newsome Coun Julie Stewart Turner, who has been nominated to be the deputy mayor.
Coun Hussain, currently the deputy mayor, is married with four children and five grand-children. He was born in Azad, Kashmir, and spent his childhood studying and growing up there.
At the age of 15 he moved to England and started working locally.
He has lived in the same area for over 30 years. He has undertaken a range of voluntary work and held posts such as executive member for Kirklees Racial Equality Council and trustee of a local mosque.
In the mid 1980's he joined the then Liberal Party. In1 1998 he was elected as the first Liberal Democrat councillor for Dewsbury West.
In 2004 he was elected as deputy chair of West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority, and in 2005 was elected as chair.
The mayoress will be Coun Hussein’s daughter-in-law, Mrs Noreen Kantar. She is married to Coun Hussein’s son, Aran, and the couple have four children.
Coun Julie Stewart Turner was born in Richmond, Surrey. She moved to Yorkshire in 1991 to continue to develop her career in management consultancy. At the age of 30 she took advantage of an opportunity to seek new adventures in South Africa.
After varied working and life experiences, she returned to Huddersfield and settled in Taylor Hill. She became actively involved in saving Lockwood & Salford Village Green, and being a founder of the Yorkshire Games. She is proud that she was conferred honorary ‘Yorkshire lass’ status by the locals.
Julie became a Kirklees Green Party councillor in May 2002. She is a member of the overview and scrutiny committee, deputy chair of the community cohesion programme board and the council's corporate parenting committee. Her husband Darrel will be Julie’s consort during her year as deputy mayor.