Long-standing councillor Andrew Cooper will contest the Huddersfield seat at the general election for the Green Party.
Clr Cooper is the prospective parliamentary candidate for the party in May’s election.
A Newsome ward councillor of 16 years, he says the “time is right now for a credible MP for Huddersfield who is independent of the almost identical establishment Westminster parties”.
Clr Cooper said: “It is a privilege to be standing as a prospective MP in the town I grew up in.
“As a local councillor I spend a lot of time trying to find ways to improve the Town and to fight for a better deal for local people.
“The real alternative is a party like the Greens with a strong commitment to social justice and protection of our local and global environment not a right-wing mark-two Conservative Party like UKIP.
“The Green Party is a very progressive party which has a strong emphasis on protecting those people in the greatest need.
“It is the lack of a real social conscience in politics and politicians these days which really concerns me and why I feel the Green Party is right place for people who are concerned about addressing poverty and social justice.”
For the last eight years he has worked in the private sector developing energy saving schemes to help householders insulate their homes, improve their heating and install solar panels.
He is married with two children and lives in Brockholes.
He lists achievements in Huddersfield as proposing the UK’s first universally free insulation scheme, Kirklees Warm Zone that saw tens of thousands of homes insulated across Huddersfield.
He also led a campaign to replace ‘Welcome to Kirklees’ with ‘Welcome to Huddersfield’ signs; organised and helped run a free Boxing Day and New Year’s Day bus service in the Newsome Ward for the past 23 years and secured an agreement that 2,000 council homes will benefit from solar electricity, at no cost to the council taxpayer nor council budgets.
He goes up against Labour MP Barry Sheerman, Conservative candidate Itrat Ali and UKIP’s Rob Butler.