"It was pretty cool" Kirklees' first female Sikh councillor on being elected by her home town

New Kirklees Clr Harpreet Uppal is a real trailblazer for her community

“I know it sounds cheesy, but I want to make a difference.”

In just a dozen words Harpreet Uppal outlines the motto that has taken her from passionate campaigner to councillor representing the ward in Kirklees in which she lives.

Elected to the Labour stronghold of Ashbrow during the local elections in May, the 35-year-old is continuing a 15-year journey into the political arena.

And she’s had the backing of one big hitter, with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham describing her as “ a genuine pioneer” who could go very far in politics.

Born and bred in Fartown , educated at the local school and still living in the neighbourhood where she grew up, Harpreet is well respected in her community. Worshippers at the Gurdwara Singh Sabha temple are hailing her as not just Kirklees’ first Sikh female councillor, but also the first in Yorkshire and maybe even the north.

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