Ex-Calderdale councillor loses long battle against cancer

Ian Cooper at the Piece Hall
Ian Cooper at the Piece Hall

The funeral of former councillor Ian Cooper will be held at Park Wood, Elland, on Thursday at 12.45pm.

Mr Cooper was Calderdale Council’s cabinet spokesman for community services in 2008/9 and was involved in the early stages of the bid to attract Lottery funding for the Piece Hall, Halifax.

He quit as planning committee chairman in 2011 to fight a controversial planning application to build a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Todmorden.

Mr Cooper, a retired businessman, lived at Old Hall Barn, Higher Eastwood, Todmorden.

He first stood for election as a Conservative candidate in Todmorden in 2004 and was elected in 2008.

He tried unsuccessfully to retain his seat at the elections in May this year.

Mr Cooper was a member of Todmorden Town Council, the town’s Tourism Champion and chairman of the town centre regeneration board.

A close friend and colleague, Calder Valley Conservative MP Craig Whittaker, said: “It is with heavy heart and sadness that I need to inform you that Ian has lost his nine year battle against cancer. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and close friends.”

*Ian Cooper broke the mould when he was elected in Todmorden ward in 2008.
He was the first Conservative in that area to win an election to Calderdale Council for nearly 30 years.
It paved the way for Craig Whittaker to go on to become the Conservative MP for the Calder Valley in 2010.
Before Coun Cooper, the last Conservative victor in the Todmorden ward was Eric Dennett.
He was re-elected in 1979 after having served as the Mayor of Calderdale the year before.