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Kirklees Councillor launches bid for Mayoral Election

Cllr Cooper wants to implement "positive Green Party proposals" at a West Yorkshire level

Kirklees councillor Andrew Cooper has been selected as the Green Party candidate in the upcoming West Yorkshire Mayoral Elections.

The councillor was first elected to Kirklees Council in 1999 and is the Leader of the Green Group. He has been re-elected six times to represent the Newsome ward in Huddersfield and has a background working in the energy efficiency and renewables industry.

If elected, Cllr Cooper wants to make energy-efficient initiatives adopted in all new housing. He says that current Mayor Tracy Brabin has “not achieved her pledges” when it comes to green jobs and sustainable homes.

In addition, the councillor says he would make his support for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza clear in his role as Mayor, should he be successful.

He said: “The Labour Mayor has not achieved her pledges on green jobs and sustainable homes. If selected, I will contrast that with positive Green Party proposals to establish the Passivhaus standard for all new housing supported by Mayoral funds and a proper skills programme to install renewable technologies and to retrofit homes.

“I am supportive of proposals to bring public transport under public control and to develop a West Yorkshire Tram Network. I would call for a moratorium on all new road-building programmes supported by the current Mayor and call for a safe network of routes for cyclists.

“As West Yorkshire Mayor I will make clear my support for an immediate permanent ceasefire in Gaza and promote boycotts, divestment and sanctions to put pressure on the Israeli Government to abide by International Law and end illegal occupations of Palestinian territory.

“The Mayor also has responsibility for Police and Crime Policy in West Yorkshire and has a nominated Deputy. My nominated Deputy Mayor is Mothin Ali, our candidate in Gipton and Harehills in Leeds. He liaises with his local police over crime in his community and I am pleased he is my running mate.”

Cllr Cooper Chairs the council’s Children’s Scrutiny Panel and sits on the Calderdale and Kirklees Joint Health Scrutiny Committee. He is also Kirklees’ representative on the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Climate, Energy and Environment Committee and has been a member of the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel.

The Mayoral elections will take place on Thursday, 2 May.

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