Rugby League international set to stand in election

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Rugby league international Ross Peltier could soon be swapping the field for the podium, having been selected as the Green Party’s candidate for the forthcoming Batley and Spen by-election.

Previous MP Tracy Brabin has recently become the Mayor of West Yorkshire, so an election in her constituency now needs to go ahead.

The 29-year-old, who has previously played for Bradford and who now stars for Doncaster, is a Jamaican international who moved to Cleckheaton to raise his family a few years ago.

“As a working-class man who lives in the area in a humble terrace house, I feel I am like everyone else in the area and a relatable to them,” Peltier told BBC News.

“I feel I am in tune with the attitudes, needs and wants from the area through living and working shoulder to shoulder with everyday people within the community.”

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