KIRKLEES Green Party has selected Paul Cooney as their prospective Parliamentary candidate for the Huddersfield constituency at the next General Election.
Mr Cooney has lived in Huddersfield for 16 years and has a high profile as an active member of the community.
He said: “I consider Huddersfield to be my true home and I am honoured to have been given this opportunity to become its Parliamentary representative.”
He continued: “We are facing a crucial time in the future of this world, and real action needs to be taken now to safeguard our children’s chances of a fruitful and peaceful life.
“The fact that the climate change threat is recognised by the larger parties is useful, but their failure to act on this illustrates their hypocrisy. Those parties are so tied into big business, and whipped-in to toe the party line that they can no longer truly represent ordinary people.”
He is the secretary of the Huddersfield Unison health branch and has been an active Trades Union member all of his working life. He also works voluntarily for Amnesty International.
He is a Greenpeace activist, and treasurer of Marsh Community Forum.
A keen Crown Green bowler, he plays for Lindley Liberal Club in local leagues. He has contested Greenhead Ward for the Green Party on several occasions.
Mr Cooney, 52, is shortly to be married to Gini, and works in Clinical Development at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, after previously working in the Telecommunications industry.