Posted by: Jason's Staff | February 2, 2016

Parliamentary Debate on A&E at HRI

Jason led a debate in Parliament this afternoon on A&E services at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. Jason was joined by other local MPs including Barry Sheerman and Paula Sherriff in the 90 min Westminster Hall debate.


To view the whole debate please click here

Posted by: Jason's Staff | January 27, 2016

Holocaust Memorial Day

Jason has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s book of commitment to show his respect to those who died during the Holocaust as well as to honour those Holocaust survivors who work tremendously hard to educate and inform young people about the horrors they endured.

Holocaust Memorial Day Book of Commitment.jpg

Today marks the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp which is the site of the largest mass murder in history. Jason visited Auschwitz in 2012 with local students as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust programme.


Posted by: Jason's Staff | January 26, 2016

Saving our A&E

Just another quick update from me. I am pleased to have secured a Westminster Hall debate in Parliament next week on A&E Services at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. The debate will be on Tuesday 2nd February from 1430-1600. Your local MPs applied as individuals and as a group to maximise our chance of getting a debate, and this one was chosen by the Speaker’s office.

Continuing our cross party working there will be opportunity for Barry Sheerman, Paula Sherriff and other interested to local MPs to speak if they wish. Westminster Hall is the chamber where the Trump debate was last week. It is all on the record in Hansard and a Health Minister will respond at the end of the debate. Your local MPs are also working on getting Ministerial meetings. I have a scheduled meeting on Monday with the Prime Minister on other topics but you can be assured I will be raising the issue at A&E at HRI.

This has been a great community campaign. Thank you to everyone who has contacted me and I’ll certainly be using some of the individual experiences of our local A&E and well researched points in my speech next week.

I’m aware some of the posts on social media have become political and commentators are right to say politics is involved. The key thing though is that we don’t let petty partisan politics and other issues divide and distract us. We must all to continue to work together to keep our A&E at HRI. You can be assured that’s what I’m fully focussed on.

Right – let’s go Save our A&E!

Best Wishes,



Posted by: Jason's Staff | January 19, 2016


I thought I’d just a quick update on where I am at with our campaign to keep full A&E at HRI and answer some of the most common questions I’m being asked.

Like most of you I am absolutely shocked and appalled at this proposal and I will be fighting it all the way. It’s not just empty words. I live in Honley and my parents are just up the Holme Valley – it’s our local A&E too. For me it’s about doing the right thing and not about following a party line – I voted against the government over 50 times in last Parliament on key votes including tuition fees, the badger cull, fracking and bombing Assad in Syria.

I have been greatly heartened by the way in which our community is coming together to fight to save our A&E. I will work with anyone and everyone who shares my passion for saving our A&E. I rang Barry Sheerman on Friday night to suggest working together. Last night I met with Paula Sherriff (Dewsbury Labour) and Holly Lynch (Halifax Labour) with Barry on the phone to discuss how we can work together in Parliament. This isn’t unusual by the way, MPs of all parties often work together on campaigns. We agreed to apply for Parliamentary debates and explore the best ways to stop this proposal.

I have personally applied for a Parliamentary debate. We will then be able to explore the reason the GPs are giving for closing our A&E at HRI. Key to this is the ruinous PFI contract at Calderdale Hospital. They signed, in 1998, a deal which will see the taxpayer paying £773m for a hospital in Halifax that cost £64m to build. On every measure Huddersfield is the preferred site to have an A&E except for the crippling debt.

It is the Clinical Commissioning Group who is made up of local GPs who have put forward closure, not the Government. Yes I voted to put GPs in control of our local NHS as I believed they would put patients first – be honest wouldn’t you of thought the same? In 2008, before I was elected, I was part of the MOMs campaign which fought unsuccessfully to keep full maternity services at HRI. That time it was the faceless bureaucrats of the PCTs who downgraded HRI.

This is personal for me, it’s my local A&E. I’ll be exploring Parliamentary ways to stop this, including asking Ministers and the PM, but we need to let the local GPs who will make the decision know how we feel.

In the meantime let’s put political differences aside and focus all our efforts on saving our A&E.


Best wishes,



Posted by: Jason's Staff | January 15, 2016

Save our A&E at HRI

Jason is shocked and appalled that our local A&E services at HRI are under threat. This proposal by local NHS bosses is completely the wrong decision and needs overturning now. Halifax’s new hospital cost £64m to build, but because of a rushed and ill thought through PFI contract it will actually cost the taxpayers £773m when the contact comes to an end. Jason believes that it’s ridiculous that we have to pay for this by losing our A&E at HRI.

HRI Feb 2014

Huddersfield is a growing University town, which relies on our A&E. Jason lives locally and so like all of us needs an A&E close to home. He has seen first-hand the service currently provided at the HRI from when he has been volunteering there and also when he fractured his elbow. He would like you to join with him to Save A&E at HRI and sign his petition calling to ‘maintain full A&E services at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary’


‘I want to add my voice in support of maintaining a full accident & emergency service at the HRI’



Posted by: Jason's Staff | January 12, 2016


Jason joined Huddersfield and Colne Valley’s Ukrainian Community to celebrate Ukrainian Christmas at the Kalyna Centre on Halifax Road. There was a variety of traditional Ukrainian food including ‘Borscht’ which is beetroot soup, ‘Varenyky’ which is a type of dumpling and ‘Holubchi’ which are cabbage rolls served with mushroom sauce. Jason then took part in singing ‘the 12 days of Christmas’ in Ukrainian. Jason is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Ukraine.

Ukrainian Christmas

Posted by: Jason's Staff | January 8, 2016


Jason was delighted to join the Huddersfield New College “Class of 2015” at their annual Celebration Evening at Huddersfield Town Hall.

It was a wonderful event filled with the successes of last year’s leavers who have now moved onto the next step of their future. Huddersfield New College and the Class of 2015 had excellent results in August with the College in the top 20% nationally for student progress and 68% of their students getting a place on a course at their first choice University. Congratulations to all the staff and students!

 New College Leavers Celebration evening 2015



Posted by: Jason's Staff | December 22, 2015

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Myself and my team – John, Florence, Stephen, Rob and Dave would like to wish you all very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. 2015 has been another busy and successful year. I am proud to have been re-elected as your representative with an increased a majority and the most votes for an MP in our constituency for 65 years. I would like to thank you for all the support me and my team receive. Whether its cards, letters, cakes or people just coming up to speak to me whilst I’m out and about in the constituency – it really is appreciated.

I will be spending Christmas and New Year with my family and my friends in Holme Valley, on Boxing Day I will be cheering on Huddersfield Town at home to Preston at the John Smith’s Stadium.

X-Mas webpost

Please note: My office is closed from Wednesday 23rd December and will reopen at 0900 on Monday 4th January 2016. If you need to contact me urgently I will be checking my emails at Or you can leave a message on the office phone using 01484 688378.



Posted by: Jason's Staff | December 18, 2015


Jason visited the Royal Mail delivery office in Holmfirth to thank all the local posties for their hard work throughout the year. Today is their busiest day of the year so far as they sort and deliver thousands of cards, letters and parcels.

Holmfirth Delivery office







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