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

Midnight Memory Walk

Jason joined over 1200 Midnight Memory Walkers raising £113,000 for Kirkwood Hospice. It was Jason’s 8th Midnight Memory Walk with this years event starting and finishing at Huddersfield University’s wonderful new Oastler Building.

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

THANK YOU

Thank you for all the wonderful messages, cards and emails I’ve received since the election result in the early hours of Friday morning. I polled over 2,600 more votes than in 2015 but a poor national campaign and manifesto whilst Mr Corbyn was offering freebies galore meant that we eventually lost out by just 900 votes. Thank you to everyone who volunteered with my campaign team over the last 7 weeks.
 

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I’m immensely proud to have had the privilege of representing the Colne and Holme and Lindley here and in Westminster for the last 7 years. I’m proud to have always put local people first which led to quite a few rebellious votes. I’m proud of my Jobs Fairs having helped hundreds of local people access quality jobs and apprenticeships. I’m proud to have supported local charities, volunteering and community groups including running the London Marathon twice for the Forget Me Not Trust. I’m proud of my wonderful constituency team, led by John Travis, having helped thousands of local people with a huge variety of issues. I’m proud we treated people with respect and courtesy whatever their political allegiances.

Best wishes to our new Labour MP and her team. I’m not going anywhere, I live here and so Thelma is now my MP. I will be holding her to account on all her promises especially the one saying a vote for her will definitely save our A&E.

After a short break I’m looking forward to some new challenges as well as cheering on Town in the Premier League. Thanks again for the opportunity to serve, it was a great honour.

Jason McCartney

Posted by: Jason's Staff | June 7, 2017

Vote Jason, Vote Conservative

This is one of the most important elections in generations – where we have a simple choice between Theresa May as Prime Minister through Brexit and beyond, or Jeremy Corbyn propped up by a coalition of chaos.

My pledges:

I will continue to be a local, hardworking, full-time MP.

I will continue to live here full-time with no 2nd home.

I will continue to put local people first here in the constituency and down in Westminster.

I will continue to volunteer in our community, fundraise for local charities and support local community groups.

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My Priorities:

Protecting jobs – Unemployment here is down by 60% since 2010. My Jobs Fairs have helped local people access local businesses who are creating quality jobs and apprenticeships. Hikes in business taxes will costs jobs here. Don’t let Labour crash our economy again by an unfunded spending splurge leading to higher unemployment.

Making Brexit a success – I will support the Prime Minister in getting the best possible deal as we leave the EU.

More cash for our NHS – Locally I will continue fighting for our A&E. The CCG’s plans to spend £285m on building a smaller new HRI with no A&E makes no sense. I am pushing the scrutiny committee to refer the decision for review. We will increase the NHS’s budget every year to ensure every family has the care they need and I will continue to work cross-party for a long-term solution to social care and NHS funding.

Increasing school funding every year – We will increase the overall schools budget by £4 billion by 2022, representing more than a real terms increase for every year of the parliament.

Looking after pensionersWe will make sure nobody has to sell their family home to pay for care; you will never have to go below £100,000 of your assets and we are looking at capping care costs so you will always have something to pass on to your family.

 

Posted by: Jason's Staff | May 30, 2017

Huddersfield Town in the Premier League

Jason was delighted to be at Wembley to see his team, Huddersfield Town, get promoted to the Premier League for the first time ever.

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Town kept their nerve in a tense penalty shoot out to clinch promotion to the top flight of English football for the first time in 45 years. It was a wonderful day and a great moment not only for the club but for our whole town. Jason would like to congratulate everyone at the club for this amazing achievement most notably Chairman Dean Hoyle and inspirational manager David Wagner.

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

Examiner Community Awards

Jason was delighted to attend the Huddersfield Examiner Community Awards at the John Smith’s Stadium. As always Jason had a great evening with inspiring people. Jason would like to extend his congratulations to all the nominees and winners who were honoured at the awards.

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Among the winners were community campaigner Karl Deitch, Leader of ‘LetsSaveHRI’ who won the ‘Examiner Outstanding Community Spirit Award’. The Award for ‘Services to Charity’ went to Janet Swallow and Jean Semple for their brilliant fundraising efforts for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The winner of the ‘Services to the Community Award’ went to the Cuckoo’s Nest in Marsden. There was also an Award for Gavin Shaw from Slaithwaite who won the ‘Emergency Services Award’. A big congratulations also go to ‘Dementia Friendly’ based in Lindley who picked up the ‘Community Event Award’. Congratulations to Holmfirth Harriers U20s who won the  ‘Sports Team of the Year Award’.

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Posted by: Jason's Staff | May 19, 2017

Manifesto launched in Yorkshire

Theresa May and her team have launched the Conservative Party’s manifesto in Yorkshire.

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The next five years will be the most challenging our nation has faced in generations. Getting Brexit right is central to everything: our place in the world, our economic security and our future prosperity. So now more than ever, Britain needs strong, stable leadership under Theresa May to get the best Brexit deal for our country and its people.

Jason had called for increased spending on the NHS and for our schools. He was delighted that the manifesto announced an increase in spending on our NHS by a minimum of £8 billion in real terms over the next five years, delivering an increase in real funding per head of population for every year of the parliament and an increase in the overall schools budget by £4 billion in real terms by 2022 and ensure that no school has its budget cut as a result of the new, fair funding formula.

You can read the manifesto by clicking here.

Posted by: Jason's Staff | April 28, 2017

Jason McCartney for Colne Valley

Jason is delighted to have been readopted as the Conservative party candidate for Colne Valley for the forthcoming General Election. Jason was unanimously readopted at a meeting of Conservative party members in his home village of Honley last night.
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It’s a huge honour representing the area where I live and love so much,” said Jason. “The people of the Colne and Holme valleys and Lindley have a big choice to make on 8th June – strong and stable leadership under Theresa May or a coalition of chaos under Mr Corbyn.”

Jason is a proud Yorkshireman and was first elected as the MP for Colne Valley in 2010 and re-elected in 2015. In the last election he received 25,246 votes, the most in Colne Valley for over 60 years, with a majority of 5,378.

Jason recently topped the national survey is being named the most responsive MP in the UK out of all 650. He sits on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee which has been looking into broadband and mobile phone connectivity which is a big issue in his constituency. He Co Chairs the Yorkshire APPG and is Chairman of the Rail in the North group. Jason, who’s a former RAF Officer, serves on the Defence & Security Committee of the NATO Assembly.

He’s a Huddersfield Town and Giants season ticket holder. Jason has raised thousands of pounds for local charities including the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Kirkwood Hospice and the Huddersfield Town “Keep It Up” campaign. Jason spends a full week volunteering in his community each summer. Jason is passionate about getting young people into training, education or work. He has held four Jobs Fairs across the Colne and Holme valleys which has led to local people gaining themselves full time and part time work, apprenticeships and work experience.

 

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

Hands Off HRI at PMQs

Jason has once again raised A&E at HRI in Prime Ministers Questions this afternoon. Jason has been campaigning week in week out since January 2016 to change the minds of the doctors who sit on the local CCG and for them to scrap their appalling proposals to downgrade A&E at HRI. Please see Jason’s question and response from the Prime Minister below.

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Jason said to the Prime Minister, Theresa May:

 “My local CCG is planning to downgrade A&E at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and move it to Halifax, this is being dictated by a disastrous PFI deal. I have been fighting these appalling plans alongside the community campaign Hands Off HRI led by Karl Deitch.

 Will the Prime Minister join me in praising the community campaigners led by Karl, does she agree with me that patients should not be suffering as a result of the catastrophic PFI deals signed by the last Labour government and will she ensure that communities like mine will have their voices listened to properly?”

 The Prime Minister said in response:

“Can I say to my Hon. Friend, that I know he has been a tireless campaigner on this issue, he has been a strong voice for his local constituency and he has put his case very persuasively to ministers. He is absolutely right, it’s Labours disastrous PFI deals that are costing the NHS more than £1billion every year, and the choice at the election will be clear. Do the people of Colne Valley want that strong voice for their local A&E, with the ear of a strong Conservative government, continuing to keep our economy strong and investing in our National Health Service? Or do they want the Leader of the Opposition’s ‘Coalition of Chaos’, less money for our public services, less money for our National Health Service, fewer doctors, fewer nurses and worse healthcare for our constituents?”

 To watch Jason’s question to the Prime Minister, and her response please click here.

 

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

HUDDERSFIELD RAFA CELEBRATE ST GEORGE’S DAY

As Honorary President of the Huddersfield branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, Jason joined fellow RAF veterans and families to celebrate St George’s Day with a lunch in Lindley. Jason served as an RAF Officer for ten years and is proud to have just been re-elected as Hon President of the local RAFA branch.

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