Posted by: Jason's Staff | February 24, 2017


This week is National Lottery Week. Jason was pleased to hear that since 1994 Colne Valley has received more than £16 million of Lottery grants. This funding has supported a large number of local projects, charities, sports clubs and community events.

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Recently Honley Cricket Club received over £50,000 from Sport England to go towards refurbishing the pavilion and changing rooms to benefit the wider community. If you would like to know more about what funding opportunities are available or to apply for funding please see the links below:

The Big Lottery Fund –

The Heritage Lottery Fund –

The National Lottery, Good Causes –

Sports England –


Posted by: Jason's Staff | February 10, 2017


Jason gave a speech in the Governance of the Football Association debate in Parliament. Jason supported the call for reforms of the FA. Jason supports the Football Supporters’ Federation’s call for 5 fans to be representatives on the FA Council and for a supporter on the FA board.


These proposals would hopefully lead to an increase in the diversity of representation at the top decision making levels in football. Safe standing, homophobia, ticket prices, club ownership, kick off times, stadium accessibility are among the big issues to be tackled. As a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and as a Huddersfield Town season ticket holder, Jason will keep campaigning. 

To watch the full speech, please click here.





Posted by: Jason's Staff | February 6, 2017


Jason visited Helme School to see the project work the children have been doing as part of Parliament Week in connection with the charity “Into Film”. Jason was really impressed by the short films the children had made, one featured a Paralympian who visited the school recently.


The children also watched the film “Animal Farm”, based on the book by George Orwell, and then discussed issues related to it. Jason also answered a wide range of questions about his role as their local MP.




Posted by: Jason's Staff | February 1, 2017


Jason has joined a powerful cross party group of MPs calling for a long term plan to address NHS and Social Care funding and challenges. The group includes Frank Field MP (Labour Chair of DWP Select Cmtee) Caroline Flint MP (Labour) Liz Kendall (Labour former Shadow Health Minister) Meg Hillier MP (Labour Chair of Public Accounts Cmtee) Ivan Lewis (Labour) Dr Sarah Wollaston (Conservative Chair of Health Select Cmtee) Dr Dan Poulter (Conservative former Health Minister) Hugo Swire (Conservative) Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative) Dr Andrew Murison (Conservative) Norman Lamb (Lib Dem former Health Minister) Tom Brake (Lib Dem former Deputy Leader of the House). A small delegation met the PM and Health Secretary this afternoon for a constructive meeting where Number 10 agreed to further talks.


Successive governments have failed to bite the bullet and put together a long term plan to address social care and NHS funding. It instead has been a political football for far too long. We are all thankfully living longer due to advances in medicine but this extra care is expensive to provide. We have joined together to launch a campaign to encourage the Government to establish a cross-party NHS and Care Convention to examine the future funding requirements of these cherished services and agree a new, long-term settlement to guarantee their sustainability for future generations and to ensure that this country has one of the best health and care systems in the world.

Posted by: Jason's Staff | January 26, 2017


Jason has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s book of commitment in the House of Commons 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.


Friday marks the 72nd 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.

In the weeks leading up to and after Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events have been arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, to remember all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. For more information please visit


Posted by: Jason's Staff | January 13, 2017

Honley Railway Station Refurbishment

Jason joined the Honley Railway Refurbishment Team at the station this morning.


The team involving – Northern Rail, Honley High School, Holmfirth and District Rotary Club, One 17 Charitable Trust, Huddersfield to Sheffield Rail User Group and Network Rail are working towards a £250,000 project to improve safety and facilities at Honley Railway Station.

Jason is chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Rail in the North and is giving his full backing to this project.


Posted by: Jason's Staff | January 12, 2017


Jason once again joined the wonderful volunteers to take part in the monthly Honley community clear up.


Every first Sunday of the month Jason joins volunteers to do clear up which can involve litter picking, and painting railings. If you would like to join the next tidy up the volunteers meet at 1000 on the first Sunday of the month outside Honley Library

Posted by: Jason's Staff | January 11, 2017


Jason joined Huddersfield and Colne Valley’s Ukrainian Community once again this year 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 is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Ukraine.


Posted by: Jason's Staff | January 10, 2017


Jason has once again raised in Parliament the appalling proposals to downgrade A&E at HRI.


Jason asked: 

“Will the Health Secretary please get the message out there, loud and clear to health bosses up and down the country that we need more capacity in our A&Es. So that when my CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) come forward to NHS England with a request for £285million for their appalling plan to downgrade my local A&E, bulldoze Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and replace it with a small Planned Care Unit with fewer beds, that the money would be better spent on frontline A&E care in one of the country’s biggest towns.  

 To watch Jason’s question and to see the Health Secretary’s response, please click here.





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