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Green candidate shuns “excessive” mayoral salary

The Green candidate for the first mayor of West Yorkshire has criticized the excessive salary agreed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and pledged to only take part if elected. Andrew Cooper, Green Party candidate for Mayor of West Yorkshire has branded the figure – £105,000 a year as “excessive” and has pledge to only […]

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Kirklees and Calderdale miss out on funding as Chancellor is “putting his party first” with new ‘Levelling Up Fund’.

Green Mayoral candidate has accused chancellor of “putting his party first” as his affluent Richmond constituency is given priority in new fund before Kirklees and Calderdale. Rishi Sunak has been accused of “putting his party first” after the council in his own affluent constituency was given top priority in the allocation of a new £4.8bn […]

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Greens react to Leeds Bradford Airport approval

The Green Party candidate for Mayor of West Yorkshire has criticised the decision to approve Leeds Bradford Airport’s expansion plans, warning it does not make sense in a climate emergency. This was one of Yorkshire’s most controversial planning applications in decades due to the negative environmental damage airport expansion would cause. Planning officers had recommended […]

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Green Party Mayoral Candidate calls for failing Green Homes scheme to be brought under Regional control

Green Party Candidate for West Yorkshire Mayor, Councillor Andrew Cooper has called for a faltering Government scheme to make homes ‘greener’ to be brought under regional control. It has been revealed that under the Green Homes Grant only 5% of the allocated £1.5bn budget for householders has been awarded. The scheme was launched in September […]

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Green Party mayoral candidate calls for new ideas to tackle fly-tipping epidemic

The Green Party’s candidate in this year’s West Yorkshire Mayoral Election has called for councils across West Yorkshire to look at alternative measures to tackle the fly tipping epidemic across the county. Councillor Andrew Cooper, who is also a councillor from Huddersfield has called for the local authorities to look at what other areas are […]

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Our mayoral candidate visits Bradford project looking to harness ‘people power’

The Green Party’s West Yorkshire mayoral candidate has visited an innovative project in Bradford to highlight the potential for community energy schemes. Bradford Community Energy has been established to help groups install renewable energy technologies on their buildings to save money on their energy bills and do their part to tackle our climate crisis. Councillor […]

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Green Party select candidates for West Yorkshire Mayoral Election

The Green Party has become the first national party to announce its candidate for the 2021 West Yorkshire Mayoral elections – and in what is thought to be a first, will run on a double ticket for both Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Andrew Cooper, the leader of the Green Group on Kirklees Council was selected […]

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Green Party councillor calls for rethink of Leeds-Bradford Airport expansion following Heathrow verdict

A senior Green Party councillor has called for West Yorkshire Combined Authority to rethink its support for expansion at Leeds Bradford Airport following the Court of Appeal verdict today. The court of appeal has ruled that plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport are illegal because ministers have failed to adequately take into account […]

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Climate Emergency declared across West Yorkshire following pressure by Green councillors.

Following pressure from Green Party councillors, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has formally announced a climate emergency, calling for urgent action in the region to tackle climate breakdown. Earlier this month, all of the Green Party councillors from across the council areas covered by WYCA signed a letter (included below) demanding more action by […]

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