Posted by: Jason's Staff | November 28, 2014

Dragons’ Den Kirklees College

Jason was honoured to be a judge on the Kirklees College Dragon’s Den panel. Jason and the other judges heard pitches from young entrepreneurs with ideas for fundraising products for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Kirklees College 1

The event was part of Global Entrepreneurship Week and Kirklees College got involved by replacing lessons for all students during the week with entrepreneurial challenges. For more information please visit: http://uk.gew.co/

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Posted by: Jason's Staff | November 27, 2014

East Coast Mainline

Jason has welcomed the news that the new East Coast Mainline rail franchise to be run by Stagecoach and Virgin means that Huddersfield will get its first direct service to London since 1960.

In Parliament Jason asked Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to ensure that passengers remain at the forefront of these new services.

Posted by: Jason's Staff | November 26, 2014

Movember

Jason has joined hundreds of thousands of men in growing a moustache this November in support of Movember which raises money and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues.

At Prime Minister’s Questions Jason asked David Cameron to join him in congratulating all the men that have taken part in the campaign as well as committing to continued support for tackling men’s health issues.

Jason then joined his Parliamentary “MoBros” to further boost awareness of the campaign.

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For more information please visit: http://uk.movember.com/

Posted by: Jason's Staff | November 25, 2014

Fibre Broadband in Colne Valley

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Jason knows how important having superfast broadband is for businesses and homes in the Colne and Holme valleys and Lindley. Poor broadband speeds and connections is a local issue that Jason regularly tackles. BT today briefed MPs on their continuing £2.5bn commercial roll out of fibre optic broadband, at speeds of 80Mbps, to two thirds of UK premises. The Government has announced plans to expand its broadband programme – updates here: https://www.gov.uk/broadband-delivery-uk.

Fibre Broadband in Colne Valley

Ofcom figures show that availability of superfast broadband has increased in the UK to 78% in June of this year, ahead of France, Germany, Italy and Spain. UK leads those four EU countries in the highest broadband take-up (83% of households), highest proportion of people who have bought goods online in the last year (77%), highest weekly usage of the internet (87%) and the lowest proportion of people who have never used the internet (8%).

Fibre Broadband in Colne Valley

However there must be no complacency though as Jason sees superfast broadband provision to businesses and homes in his constituency as a major priority.

Posted by: Jason's Staff | November 21, 2014

Textile Centre of Excellence

Textiles are booming in Huddersfield and Colne Valley with 60 plus companies employing over 3,000 local people. Jason is a proud supporter of the Textile Centre of Excellence which today honoured local trainees, apprentices and companies for their outstanding work.

Textile Centre of Excellence Awards

Guest speaker Roger Marsh, Chair of Leeds City Region Enterprise partnership, told the 200 strong audience about the Billion Pound Growth Deal for our region recently announced by the Government.

Jason is pictured with Andrew Blacker and Chris Royle from Camira Yarns.

Posted by: Jason's Staff | November 19, 2014

Fair Deal for Our Local Pubs

Jason was proud to back an amendment of the Small Business Bill that will deliver a fair deal for local pubs that are owned by pub companies.

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The amendment which was voted through last night means that pub tenants tied to the large pub companies can opt in to a rental only deal, allowing them to buy beer on the open market at prices up to 70% below what pub companies currently force them to pay.

For more information please visit: http://www.fairdealforyourlocal.com/

Posted by: Jason's Staff | November 18, 2014

Meningitis Now Campaign

Jason is backing the charity Meningitis Now in their call to introduce a vaccine to protect babies against Meningitis B as soon as possible.

Meningitis Now Campaign November

(Jason is pictured with Meningitis Now Young Ambassador Mollie Gobey)

There have been 1000 cases of meningococcal group B disease (Men B) since the new vaccine Bexsero received its licence in January 2013, yet the vaccine still hasn’t been given to babies.

For more information on the campaign please visit: www.meningitisnow.org/

Posted by: Jason's Staff | November 17, 2014

HS2 Transport Select Committee

Jason was at the University of Manchester for an evidence session on High Speed 2 in his role as a member of the Transport Select Committee.

HS2 Transport Select Committee

The committee were taking evidence from the Chairman of High Speed 2 Ltd, Sir David Higgins. Sir David emphasised the argument of capacity and connectivity, as well as highlighting the fact that HS2 is a huge opportunity for UK businesses.

HS2 Transport Select Committee

Posted by: Jason's Staff | November 17, 2014

Out and About in Lindley

Jason had a fantastic day in Lindley this weekend at the packed Reindeer parade.

Lindley Reindeer Parade

It was also heaving at Lindley Infant School for the Lindley Food Fair where local businesses such as Fairandfunky, Bean Brothers Ltd, Udders Orchard Cider and Fudgerrific had their products on offer.

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