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.

Jason McCartney PMQs 2017

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.

RAFA 2017

 

 

Posted by: Jason's Staff | April 21, 2017

Fun, Friendship and Fitness

Jason visited the multi-sports programme for young people with additional needs in the Sports Hall at Colne Valley High School.

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The project delivered by Sports Works Yorkshire focusses on enhancing positive health outcomes for participants as well developing life skills, confidence and self-esteem through inclusive sports sessions.

Colne Valley Sports Workshops

 

 

Posted by: Jason's Staff | April 20, 2017

COMPANIONSHIP CENTRE

Jason was delighted to join with Age UK Kirklees at Sandy Mount Care Home in Crosland Moor to see their project to help tackle loneliness.

Sandy Mount - 2

Local elderly people are invited into the home for games, activities, a cuppa and a chat. Jason spoke with some of the local people benefitting from this wonderful initiative and discussed ways to extend it. Jason fully supports the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, to find out more please click here.  

 Sandy Mount - 1

 

 

Posted by: Jason's Staff | April 18, 2017

GENERAL ELECTION

The Prime Minister has just announced, subject to a Parliamentary vote, there will be a General Election on 8th June 2017

I am fully in support of this announcement and I look forward to the campaign ahead. We need certainty, stability and strong leadership, Theresa May has done this since day one. The country voted to leave the European Union, now is the time for the nation to come together and make it a success. We need strong leadership with a strong majority to make the impact our Prime Minister, Theresa May needs to do this.

Theresa May Announcement

To date the Government has delivered on the mandate the country gave it from the referendum in June 2016. Britain is leaving the European Union and there can be no turning back. And as we look to the future, the government has the right plan for negotiating our new relationship with Europe. To quote the Prime Ministers statement

‘In recent weeks Labour has threatened to vote against the deal we reach with the European Union.

The Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill.

The Scottish National party say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain’s membership of the European Union.

And unelected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way.

Our opponents believe that because the government’s majority is so small, our resolve will weaken and that they can force us to change course.

They are wrong.

They underestimate our determination to get the job done and I am not prepared to let them endanger the security of millions of working people across the country’.

Now is the time to give Theresa May the option to make Brexit a success for everybody, a country that works for everyone, where we decide where we spend our money and what laws we set. We cannot allow Corbyn’s Chaos to damage the country in the same way he has damaged his party.   

 

Posted by: Jason's Staff | April 4, 2017

Institute of Railway Research at Huddersfield University

Jason joined Chancellor Emeritus, Sir Patrick Stewart and Vice Chancellor, Bob Cryan CBE to see the investment that has been put into the Institute of Railway Research, which is based at Huddersfield University. The investment has come from a number of sources including the Government backed Regional Growth Fund.

Institute of Railway Research

The Institute of Railway Research (IRR) is a world leading centre in the field of railway engineering and risk. Their research has helped to improve the knowledge of the way in which railway vehicles interact with the track to increase safety and reliability levels, reduce cost and improve performance of the railway system.

To find out more about the great work they do, please visit their website.

Posted by: Jason's Staff | April 3, 2017

COMMUNITY SPIRIT

Jason took part in community litter picks this weekend. On Saturday he joined the Brockholes Village Trust team and on Sunday he once again joined the Keep Honley Tidy Volunteering Team. In Honley they were painting Yellow Bikes ready for the upcoming bike race Le Tour de Yorkshire which passes through the village on Sunday 30th April 2017.

 

 

 

Posted by: Jason's Staff | March 31, 2017

Another Busy Day in the Constituency

Jason began another busy day in the constituency at the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce breakfast business forum at the John Smith’s Stadium. He held a Q&A session as he heard first-hand about the issues affecting local businesses.

 Chamber of Commerce Business Forum

He then visited the new Beaumont Primary Academy in Crosland Moor. Jason was delighted to go on a tour of the new academy and take part in a Q&A session about his life as an MP.

Beaumont Primary Visit

 Later on he visited Jim Woodhead, Director of A for Agency in Milnsbridge, to discuss how the government can do even better for small businesses.

 Visit to A for Agency

ason has had further meetings at his office this afternoon and is taking part in a number events across the constituency including a residents meeting on broadband this evening. Over the weekend Jason is supporting local village tidy ups and of course cheering on Huddersfield Town.

 

 

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