A KEIGHLEY councillor has been highly commended in a coveted national awards scheme.

Cllr Mohammed Nazam, who represents Keighley Central on Bradford Council, received the accolade after being shortlisted in the Resilience and Recovery category of the Councillor Awards.

The scheme is organised by the Local Government Information Unit, in partnership with CCLA.

In the same awards, another Conservative member of Bradford Council – Dale Smith, who represents Wharfedale – was shortlisted for the Lifetime Achievement accolade in recognition of his 58 years' service as a councillor.

Tribute was paid to both by the Conservative group leader on the council, Worth Valley councillor Rebecca Poulsen.

She said: "I am delighted that two of our Conservative councillors were shortlisted for these awards. Councillors work incredibly hard in their communities."

Cllr Nazam said: "I am extremely proud to have been recognised. I would like to thank all my constituents who nominated me and those who recognised my dedication and commitment.

"It is six months since I was elected a district councillor and I'm delighted to have been given this opportunity to represent my constituents. I always endeavour to do my best and will continue to work hard for residents of Keighley Central."