A NEW political coalition formed in response to Labour Party support of the Iraq war has announced that it will stand in upcoming elections.
And the move has been welcomed in Huddersfield.
The coalition is provisionally entitled Respect - The Unity Coalition.
It is made up of a number of different anti-war factions who met for last year's spate of protest rallies and demonstrations against the Iraq war.
The coalition's founder members include George Galloway MP, British film director Ken Loach, John Rees of the Stop The War Coalition and Anas Al Tikriti of the Muslim Association of Great Britain.
The coalition intends to field candidates in the European Parliament and Greater London Assembly elections in June.
It will aim to heap further pressure on the Prime Minister's shoulders by asking people to use their vote to protest against the war in Iraq.
The coalition's inaugural conference will be held in London on Sunday.
Roger Keeley, of the Huddersfield Stop The War Coalition, believes the coalition will present a "formidable challenge" to the Government.
"Personally I'm all for it and I am intending to join."