A FORMER Tory councillor who said he would never stand for office again says he will be an anti-fluoride candidate at the next election.
Robert Reynolds represented the Sowerby Bridge area for two years until 2006 when he said he was quitting politics and advocating what he called “constitutional terrorism”.
“I used to believe I could make a difference but I will not stand for election again as a councillor,” he said.
But Mr Reynolds, who lives at Chevinedge Crescent, Exley, Halifax, said he was so incensed by the recent debate over fluoride, he has decided to throw his hat into the ring once more.
“Without waiting for any public consultation, some councillors have already made up their minds and are supporting fluoridation of water supplies.
“My experience is that all too often issues are passed without council officers or civil servants receiving any kind of intense scrutiny,” he said.
“Sleepy and clueless councillors are dangerous – they are not wanted on our council and it’s time for a rude awakening.
“With deep regret, I find myself announcing my decision to stand as a ‘Say No to Fluoride’ candidate in next May’s elections.”
Mr Reynolds will be fighting in Town ward for the seat held by Megan Swift (Lab), who chairs the children and young people scrutiny panel.
In March this year the panel supported the fluoridation of water supplies and last month the council’s health and social care panel recommended that the council “review its policy” on the matter, which has long been total opposition.