Kirklees Council politicians have been surprisingly tight-lipped over the EU Referendum.

The Tories have declared they are “neutral” but refused to comment or issue a statement while Labour says it backs the national party’s Remain stance but won’t say much more.

The Lib Dems said they backed Remain.

But Kirklees Green Party chief, Clr Andrew Cooper, has plenty to say.

Clr Cooper, who is running for the deputy leader role for the national Green Party, said he had been disappointed by the rhetoric and annoyed that important issues had been ignored.

He said: “I will be backing remaining in the EU in the Referendum though I have to say I have not been impressed by the negative campaigns being waged by the leaderships of the Leave and Remain camps.

“Where have been the positive messages about the fact that it was the EU that put a cap on bankers bonuses, or that our rivers and beaches are now clean due to EU regulations.

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“No longer is the UK referred to as ‘the dirty man of Europe’.

“Employment rights such as paid leave and maternity pay are guaranteed as part of our membership of the EU.

Clr Andrew Cooper

“We need to work together across the EU to tackle a range of transnational problems such as tax evasion, crime and climate change. “We will not be able to do this as easily from the outside.

“I’ve been disappointed by the EU Leave’s claim that we send £350 million a week to Brussels without mentioning how much of that money comes straight back to the UK in terms of farm subsidies, support for universities and not to mention the billions of pounds of benefits of tariff free trade across the EU.

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“There has been a lot of negativity and misinformation in this campaign.

“If we are to heal the wounds and division created through the referendum then I believe voting Remain is our best option for us to move forward as a nation.

“We need to move on to tackle the important issues such as how to provide a secure future for young people and a properly supported National Health Service.”