Kirklees local elections 2021: Where do candidates stand on the climate and ecological crises?

Online hustings organised by Huddersfield Friends of the Earth THIS Thursday 22 April at 7pm

Huddersfield Friends of the Earth is organising a hustings and candidate survey ahead of the Kirklees local elections 2021. The online hustings/ debate will be held on Thursday 22 April at 7pm and offer a chance to hear local politicians discussing their party’s stance on a wide range of climate and environmental issues. The hustings will be chaired by Huddersfield-based global climate interfaith leader Kiran Bali.

The following local party representatives/ candidates will be speaking at the hustings:

  • David Hall, Conservative (Leader of Kirklees Conservative Councillors)
  • Andrew Cooper, Green (Joint Leader of the Kirklees Green/Valley Independent Group and Candidate for Newsome)
  • Dathan Tedesco, Labour (Candidate for Golcar)
  • Andrew Marchington, LibDem (Deputy Group Leader, Kirklees Liberal Democrat)

At the hustings event, there will be a chance to hear from local party representatives on how their party is going to address the climate and ecological priorities if elected in May. They will also face questions on key elements such as local road schemes, transport, waste recycling, housing, green jobs and skills, and Leeds Bradford Airport expansion plans.

Chayley Collis from Huddersfield Friends of the Earth said:

“On 6 May 2021, Kirklees will elect its local councillors. The council elections provide a great opportunity to secure commitments for ambitious climate action from current and potential councillors.

Normally Huddersfield FoE would only undertake a hustings and election survey for a General Election but we felt that this year there were so many pressing climate and environmental issues that it was important for the Kirklees’ electorate to find out candidates’ positions ahead of the election.

Friends of the Earth’s50 point Climate Action Plan sets out what the elected councillors will need to do to tackle climate change and improve our natural environment.”

Huddersfield Friends of the Earth has developed also developed a survey form for all Kirklees Council candidates in the forthcoming May 2021 local elections. The results will be shared next week ahead of the elections. The survey covers a wide range of issues including: Leeds Bradford Airport expansion, Green Jobs and a Green Recovery, Road-building schemes, waste policies and much more.

More information: ‘Kirklees local elections 2021’ on huddersfieldfoe.wordpress.com

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