Posted by: Jason McCartney | July 30, 2015

Save Grimescar Valley

Jason joined Lindley Councillors Mark Hemingway, Gemma Wilson and many local residents to speak against the planning application for 190 houses in Grimescar Valley. Holme Valley North Independent Cllr Terry Lyons proposed that the development should go ahead and he was backed by Labour Cllrs as it passed 4-3.


Jason said: “I am appalled that Cllr Lyons and the Labour Cllrs failed to listen to local people and voted through this latest unsustainable development. I am deeply disappointed that we are now set to lose a rare green lung of countryside for an already congested area between Huddersfield and Calderdale.”

Posted by: Jason McCartney | July 22, 2015

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Jason is backing the Alzheimer’s Research UK campaign to fightback against the devastating condition which currently affects 850,000 people in the UK.

ARUK-Defeat Dementia campaign

The Parliamentary reception gave MPs the chance to meet scientists at the forefront of dementia research, as well as learning about Alzheimer’s Research UK’s work to fight dementia and improve public understanding.

For more information please click here.

Posted by: Jason McCartney | July 20, 2015

Honley High School in Parliament

Jason welcomed pupils from Honley High School and 12 Chinese students to Parliament in a joint programme organised by Learning CIC.  The pupils received a tour of the Palace of Westminster before Jason hosted a Q&A.

Honley High Parliament

The programme will see the pupils put on a performance of Romeo and Juliet at the RSC outdoor venue in Stratford and were in London to visit the Globe as well as the Houses of Parliament.

Posted by: Jason McCartney | July 20, 2015

River Holme Clean Up

Jason spent Saturday morning with the River 2015 team helping to clear the River Holme path in Holmbridge.

River Clean Up 2

River 2015 is an environmental project which aims to improve the River Holme running from Holme Village to Honley and beyond.

River Clean Up

The next clean up is scheduled for Saturday 15th August. For full details please click here.

Posted by: Jason McCartney | July 17, 2015

Jason’s Jobs Fair – Dathan Tool & Gauge

Jason visited Dathan Tool & Gauge in Meltham to meet up with their new employee Mathew Heaton. Mathew has been taken on by the company after initially speaking with them at Jason’s Jobs Fair in Marsden last October.

Dathan Tools 2

After two successful Jobs Fairs in 2014 Jason is looking forward to hosting a third later this year.

Posted by: Jason McCartney | July 14, 2015

Pennine Sports Partnership Awards

Jason had an inspirational evening at Huddersfield Town Hall for the Pennine Sports Partnership Awards which celebrates excellence in sports in local schools.

Pennine Sports Awards

(Jason is picture with ‘So Bored’ a dance group from Linthwaite Clough school) 

Jason joined Olympic medalist Beth Tweddle presenting an award to influential head teachers for their contribution to the sport partnership.

Pennine Sports Awards 2

For more information on the sport partnership please click here.

Posted by: Jason McCartney | July 10, 2015

Kirkroyds Pre-school Bikeability

Jason had a great morning at Kirkroyds Pre-school where he handed out certificates to the 3 and 4 year olds who have completed their Bikeability training.

Kirkroyds Pre-school

The 5 Chris Hoy Balance Bikes were kindly provided by British Cycling on a permanent loan and the session is run by Mark Wilcox as part of the Holme Valley Wheelers ongoing commitment to cycling in the Holme Valley.

Posted by: Jason McCartney | July 9, 2015

Kurdistan All Party Parliamentary Group

Jason joined Nadhim Zahawi MP in hosting a Parliamentary Reception for Mr Karwan Jamal Tahir Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the United Kingdom. Jason is the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Kurdistan.


Jason served on Operation Warden, the No Fly Zone over Northern Iraq, during his RAF Service. He returned to Erbil 2 years ago. Among the guests at the Reception were Falah Mustafa, Head of Department of Foreign Relations, Tobias Ellwood MP, FCO Minister for the Middle East and North Africa and Sir Adrian White OBE, Chairman of Biwater.

Posted by: Jason McCartney | July 8, 2015

Delivering Security for Working People

Jason was in the House of Commons Chamber to hear Chancellor George Osborne deliver the first Conservative budget since 1996.

The deficit is coming down, jobs are being created, and Jason is pleased that this budget will help deliver security for the people of Holme Valley, Colne Valley and Lindley:


  • A new compulsory National Living Wage for all working people aged 25 and over will be introduced. It will start in April 2016 at £7.20 an hour and will reach £9 by 2020.
  • Fuel Duty has once again been frozen. The typical family will save around £10 when they fill up compared to previous Labour plans on Fuel Duty.
  • The personal allowance will rise from £10,600 to £11,000 from April next year. This is worth £80 to the typical taxpayer, meaning they are paying £905 less than in 2010. 47,587 in the constituency will benefit from the rise.
  • The amount of free childcare will be doubled from 15 hours a week meaning that working parents will be entitled to 30 hours of free childcare a week for 3 and 4 year olds.
  • From 2016 the Employment Allowance will rise 50% to £3,000, cutting the jobs tax for firms.
  • For us here in Yorkshire this Government will help re-balance the economy and build the Northern Powerhouse with talks now in advanced stages to see devolution to our region through directly elected Mayors.

Furthermore as a former RAF officer Jason is pleased that the Chancellor’s budget confirmed that the UK has committed to meet the NATO pledge to spend 2% of our national income on defence. Jason is also pleased that the Battle of Britain Fighter Command Centre will be renovated.

For full information on the budget please click here.

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