Posted by: Jason's Staff | October 11, 2016


Jason met up with #HandsOffHRI campaigners in Westminster to deliver their petition with 135,085 signatures to Downing Street.


The petition opposes the plans by the doctors on the Clinical Commissioning Group to downgrade A&E at HRI. Jason said ‘It is crucial that these plans do not go ahead. Huddersfield is a growing University town and we need a full A&E unit at HRI. The CCG’s proposals don’t have the support of local people, they don’t have the support of local MPs and crucially they don’t have the support of the GPs on the Kirklees Medical Council. The CCG needs to think again.”







Posted by: Jason's Staff | October 6, 2016


Jason would like to thank everyone who helped make his 4th annual Jobs Fair at Slaithwaite Civic Hall a big success.


Thanks to Huddersfield Town midfielder Jack Payne for opening it, Principle Group for sponsoring the fair and to all the local companies and organisations who attended.


Jason would also like to thank his great team and volunteers for making it run so smoothly. Hundreds of jobseekers came along and Jason is already looking forward to his 5th jobs fair next year.

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

JASON’S JOBS FAIR 2016 – Wednesday 5th October

Jason’s next Jobs Fair is at the Slaithwaite Civic Hall on Wednesday 5th October 4pm-6:30pm, to be opened by Huddersfield Town Midfielder Jack Payne.

Don’t forget to register here.

Jason is pleased to announce that 27 businesses and organisations will be recruiting at the fair.

JF 2016 Banner

Attending the Fair:

West Yorkshire Police

Spectrum Yarns

Principal Group

Job Centre

C&K Careers


Northwood Hygiene Products

The Army

KC Communications

Holmfirth Jobs

First Bus

Meltham Thermal Engineers

Dathan Engineering

Camira Fabics

Hinchliffe’s Farm Shop


Huddersfield Town

Textile Centre of Excellence


Autism plus


David Brown


Ramsdens Solicitors


Trinty Mirror

Future Skills Academy

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


Jason attended the 11th annual Holmfirth Food & Drink Festival over the weekend. It was a great event for Holmfirth, drawing the thousands of people in from across the area.

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There was a wonderful array of foods from local producers as well as fantastic examples of world cuisine with nearly 80 stall holders. There was also street entertainers and bands adding to the atmosphere. It’s great to see brilliant events like this so well supported by our community.

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Jason would like to thank the many volunteers who gave their time to make the festival happen.


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


Jason spoke in the Hospital Reconfiguration Debate in Parliament yesterday and again raised the appalling CCG proposals to downgrade A&E at HRI.

To watch the speech in full, click here

Jason voted in favour of the motion for the Government to publish the NHS Sustainability and Transformation plans and to provide an adequate consultation period for the public and practitioners to respond.

Jason in Parliament

Jason’s speech is below:

“I value our wonderful NHS, having volunteered again this summer in my local community hospital, and I should like to put on record my admiration for all the wonderful staff who provide great care, free at the point of delivery, in our communities. Every day, our NHS is performing 4,400 more operations and seeing 2,500 more people in A&E within four hours than it did in 2010. NHS spending in England is going up by £10 billion in real terms by 2020-21, of which £6 billion will be delivered by the end of 2016-17. Despite this, however, many communities are seeing big challenges, and it was really good to hear the calm, rational and knowledgeable comments from the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire (Dr Whitford) and my hon. Friend the Member for Totnes (Dr Wollaston) on that subject. As a result of those challenges, many of our communities are facing the reconfiguration of local services.

I want to speak briefly about my proposed local reconfiguration. My local clinical commissioning group is planning to downgrade the A&E department at Huddersfield royal infirmary, a hospital in my constituency. A huge community campaign called Hands Off HRI is supported by the local community, local MPs of all parties, local councillors and local GPs. If the downgrade happens, Huddersfield will be the biggest town in England without a full A&E, and patients needing A&E in our growing university town will have to travel all the way to Calderdale hospital along the notorious Elland by-pass.

On 25 May at Prime Minister’s questions, when the then Chancellor, my right hon. Friend the Member for Tatton (Mr Osborne), was taking questions, I asked him about this reconfiguration. He said that any decisions

“must be based on clear evidence that they will deliver better outcomes for patients.”—[Official Report, 25 May 2016; Vol. 611, c. 534.]

He also said that these decisions by local clinicians would have to meet four key tests, and I want to update the House on how we are doing in that regard. The first test is that the plans must demonstrate public and patient engagement. However, the results of the official consultation show that some 80% of the Huddersfield people who completed the survey said that the plan would make the care they receive worse. The second test is that the plans must have the support of GP commissioners. Okay, the commissioners on the CCG are proposing this change, but the Kirklees local medical committee, which represents 200 local GPs, has said that local resources should be developed instead and that this controversial plan should be dropped.

The third test is that the plans should be based on clinical evidence. I am pleased to say that the recent Care Quality Commission report gave the A&E departments at Halifax and Huddersfield good ratings, but the consultant-led maternity unit, which was centralised at Halifax nearly a decade ago, was rated as requiring improvement. The fourth test is that the plans must take account of patient choice. It is clear that patients want the millions of pounds that would be spent on a new planned care hospital in Huddersfield to be used instead to improve and safeguard existing local A&E services.

I am really not interested in the partisan politics of this. I am standing up to focus on fighting to save my local A&E unit. I really believe that patients should come first. In finishing, I have one question for the Minister. I am hearing that the STP plans for West Yorkshire will be released on 21 October, the day after my CCG makes its decision. How will that impact on the future for a full A&E department at Huddersfield royal infirmary?”

Posted by: Jason's Staff | September 14, 2016


Jason is encouraging his constituents to take part in the UK’s biggest, brightest and pinkest fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 21 October 2016.

 Wear it pink is back for its 15th year, calling on supporters across the country to add a flash of pink to their wardrobe for the day and raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving breast cancer research. Jason is supporting Breast Cancer Now towards their ambition that, by 2050, everyone that develops the disease will live.


Sign up to wear it pink on Friday 21 October to support Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research. For more information or to register, visit


Posted by: Jason's Staff | September 9, 2016


Jason joined the Hands off HRI March and Family Fun Day last week in Greenhead Park. Jason is fighting proposals from the Doctors on the Clinical Commissioning Group to downgrade A&E at HRI. He walked down from HRI to Greenhead Park with hundreds of campaigners protesting against the proposed changes to A&E at HRI.


Once at Greenhead Park Jason then addressed campaigners and asked for them to keep on fighting. Jason said “All the local MPs are united in fighting these plans, the Local GPs under Kirklees Medical Council are against these Plans and the vast majority of the community, 80% of the consultation and the hundreds of people here today are against these plans. The doctors who sit and make these decisions on the CCG seriously have to withdraw these proposals and think again”



Posted by: Jason's Staff | September 9, 2016


Jason presented a cheque of £340,000 to Hepworth United Football Club on behalf of the Football Foundation. The money is for the new £500,000 clubhouse they are building for players and supporters.


The club raised the remaining £140,000 by selling their old club house and through brilliant fundraising from everyone at Hepworth United. It is brilliant to see the Football Foundation funding local clubs in our area and supporting young people who want to play football. To find out more about the Football Foundation click here

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

Volunteering Week – Forget Me Not Hospice

Jason brought his Annual Volunteering Week to a close spending time at the Forget Me Not Shop in Golcar. Jason has been involved with the Hospice for a number of years now, running the London Marathon twice to raise funds for the Hospice.

Volunteering week Forget me not

The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports over 200 local children with life shortening conditions and their families in West Yorkshire.

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