Ex-councillor fights Rastrick

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A FORMER councillor, Peter Judge has been chosen as the Labour candidate for Rastrick in Calderdale Council’s election in May.

Mr Judge served as a Labour and Co-operative councillor between 1994 and 1998 and served on various committees including education and the environment committee.

The 57-year-old who is a chartered management accountant employed by Bradford Council hasn’t been able to stand as a candidate over the last few years because his job was classed as ‘politically restricted’.

But thanks to a change in law made by the last Labour government, his post is no longer subject to this restriction.

An active campaigner in the area Mr Judge organised a successful petition to retain the last 549 bus from Halifax to Rastrick via Brighouse at the end of 2010 and throughout the 1990s he campaigned for the re-opening of Brighouse railway station.

He organised the Halifax Action Group; a national campaign which tried to head off the privatisation of the then Halifax Building Society. As part of this campaign, he stood for the board of directors.

From 2006 to 2010, Mr Judge was a parent governor of Rastrick High School and is currently a director of the Bradford District Credit Union. He is an active Trade Unionist, and is a Unison steward representing his colleagues at Bradford Council. Among other interests, he is also a member of the Building Societies’ Members’ Association and the Campaign for Real Ale.

Mr Judge and his family live in the Tofts Grove area, having lived in Rastrick for 23 years. He has been a member of the Labour party for over 35 years and the Co-operative party for about 20 years. He is treasurer of the local Labour party branch.

In relation to the council and public sector cuts, he said: “As a Labour party councillor, I will do my utmost to ensure that council spending is prioritised to help the most vulnerable in society, and to stimulate jobs and the economy. But with the lack of assistant, nay deliberate obstruction, from national government, this will be an uphill struggle.”