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


Jason has once again spoken out in Parliament against plans to downgrade A&E at HRI. During questions to the Secretary of State for Health Jason asked: ‘On these important questions on A&Es does the Secretary of State agree with me that it makes no sense at all for my local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to be bringing forward a business case to spend an extra £300 million on bulldozing HRI and downgrading our A&E’

 Jason McCartney MP - Commons

The proposals to downgrade A&E at HRI are appalling and Jason is still urging the doctors who sit on the CCG to think again. There is still a long way to go and we all need to keep campaigning to Save A&E at HRI. Jason supports the pan political community Hands OFF HRI campaign led by Karl Deitch.

To watch the question and the Secretary of State’s response please click here


Posted by: Jason's Staff | March 15, 2017


Every year Jason hosts large numbers of constituents, students and community groups in Parliament. It is wonderful place to be and Jason feels very privileged to be able to work there, because of this he thinks it is important allow his constituents to visit and take it in for themselves.

Kirklees Youth Council in Parliament

If would like to visit Parliament please do get in contact with Jason or his office and he would be delighted to make the arrangements for your visit.

To visit please email – or call 01484 688364/01484 688378 (Constituency) or 020 7219 6556 (Parliament).

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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


Jason has been busy in the community meeting with a number of groups and residents discussing local issues.

 Jason with Donna & Mat

Jason joined hard working local Cllr Donna Bellamy and local campaigner Mat Noble to listen to residents’ concerns about the new housing development in Linthwaite.

 SHAPE Lindley

Jason was delighted to attend the 1st Birthday celebrations of SHAPE Lindley Afterschool & Homework Club with Marcus, Zoe, Local Councillor Gemma Wilson and all the team.

 Pat Swallows Memorial Garden Clear UP

Jason enjoyed joining the local volunteers to help tidy the Pat Swallows Memorial Garden in Golcar.


Jason was honoured to be re-elected once again as the Honorary President on the Huddersfield Branch the Royal Air Forces Association. Jason was an Officer in the RAF for 10 years. Congratulations to Mike Todd who was also elected as the new Chairman.

Kirklees Youth Council in Parliament

Jason was delighted to join fellow Kirklees MPs in welcoming the Kirklees Youth Council to Parliament.


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

Fairtrade Fortnight

Jason was delighted to join colleagues in launching Fairtrade Fortnight at the Fairtrade APPG Reception in Parliament. Jason, who is co-chair of the APPG with Halifax MP Holly Lynch, thoroughly enjoyed meeting Leonard Kachebonaho, who is one of the founders of the Fairtrade-certified co-operative Kaderes Peasants Development Plc (KPD) in Tanzania.


Leonard told the reception how Fairtrade is helping his community and improving their standard of living. The reception also heard from Rory Stewart MP, Minister of State for International Development about how the Government will be working with Fairtrade to have more people like Leonard, enjoying a fair wage and a better life. There was also representatives of The Co-Op and Traidcraft at the event, both supporters of Fairtrade.


Jason will be attending a number Fairtrade events in his constituency as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from Sunday 27th February – Sunday 12th March

For more information:







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.

 National Lottery Week.jpg

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


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