Posted by: Jason McCartney | January 26, 2018

GREAT MEMORIES AND A POSITIVE FUTURE

The Colne Valley Conservative Association are about to start the process of selecting their Parliamentary candidate for the next General Election. I won’t be putting my name forward.

I relished the challenge of representing the Colne and Holme Valleys and Lindley in Westminster as your local Member of Parliament from 2010 to 2017. I’m really proud of everything me and my wonderful team achieved for our area from our successful Jobs Fairs to being a strong voice for our community in the House of Commons which sometimes meant voting against the party whip.

As I approach my 50th birthday (‘he doesn’t look it!’ I hear you all cry) I’m lucky to be able to reflect on 3 completely different roles in my life so far. From 10 years as an RAF Officer, to 10 years at ITV Yorkshire as a broadcast journalist and most recently 10 years as a local politician (3 years as candidate & 7 years as an MP). I’m now really enjoying getting stuck into my new role as the Head of Public Affairs at the award winning University of Huddersfield. I’m enjoying still being involved in the community I love from litter picks in Honley to supporting local charities. I’m continuing to support the excellent Let’s Save HRI community campaign and I’m really enjoying cheering on Town in the Premier League whilst being able to go to midweek games too. I’m particularly enjoying lots of quality time with my daughters.

I look forward to giving my full support to whoever is selected as the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Colne Valley and fully expect them to be successful at the next election.

Finally, I’d like to thank once again my wonderful team, we are still good friends and in regular contact. I’m also very grateful for all the wonderful well wishes and messages of support I’ve received since the General Election. Please come and say hello when you see me out and about – I’m not going anywhere!

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

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. I’ll be spending the Festive period with family and friends at home in Honley.

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2017 has certainly been an eventful year with plenty of highs and lows.

I was thrilled to be at Wembley to see Huddersfield Town clinch promotion to the Premier League after a thrilling penalty shoot out win. But just a week or so later I lost my Colne Valley seat at the General Election despite getting thousands of more votes and increasing my vote share from 2015. I’m proud of the positive way my team and I represented our area over the last 7 years.

I’m delighted to be now working as the Head of Public Affairs at the University of Huddersfield. I’m loving cheering on Town in the Premier League and will be at the Stoke and Burnley games. I’ve joined the One Community Charity Trust, continuing to support local charities, still volunteering in my home village of Honley, continuing to support the community based Let’s Save HRI campaign and I was honoured to be invited to join the Friend to Friend Christmas Party in Holmfirth (pictured).

Thank you for all the continuing messages of goodwill. Thank you to my fab team for their continued friendship and support. Watch this space for exciting news in 2018!

Merry Christmas!

Jason

Posted by: Jason's Staff | September 27, 2017

Holmfirth Food & Drink Festival

Jason enjoyed the 12th annual Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival which attracted an estimated 40,000 visitors over the weekend.

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A huge thank you to Festival Organiser Jamie and the team of volunteers who helped make the Festival such a big success.

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In the evening Jason enjoyed compering an evening of music at Holmfirth Civic Hall with the Hade Edge Band and Honley Ladies Choir. The concert was fundraising for the League of Friends of Holme Valley Memorial Hospital.

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

Let’s Save HRI

Jason continues to fully support the community based cross party campaign to save A&E at HRI – Let’s Save HRI. Jason supported the 24 hour vigil outside HRI and on Bank Holiday Monday he played in the charity football match at the Stafflex Arena to help raise funds for the campaign.

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Jason with campaigners at the vigil outside HRI

“This is my local Hospital and I’m determined to keep fighting to save our A&E”, said Jason. “These reconfigurations have been going on a decade with us losing paediatrics and full maternity under a Labour government.

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Jason at the fundraising football match

Now we face another reconfiguration with the disastrous PFI deal at Halifax (signed by Labour) dictating that A&E services should be centralised at Calderdale. These plans to spend hundreds of millions of pounds on a new reconfigured services leaving Huddersfield with just a small 64 bed hospital make no sense at all. Whilst some just want to attack the current government and score cheap political points, I’m totally focussed on saving a full A&E at HRI.”

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

Community Spirit

Jason continues to support local community events. Over the weekend he supported the annual Garden Party at the Taylor Funeral Home in Cowlersley fundraising for Kirkwood Hospice.

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On Sunday he joined fellow Honley volunteers at Magdale Fields for the Honley Village Trust big community thank you.

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Jason also supported the Let’s Save HRI Fun Day at Meltham – well done to everyone involved in organising such a wonderful event.

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

Honley Cricket Club

Jason was delighted to join in the celebrations for the official opening ceremony of the new changing rooms and pavilion refurbishment at Honley Cricket Club.

Jason would like to thank Honley Cricket Club and Honley Junior Football Club for inviting him and he was proud to support the project over the past year as it sought funding.

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Congratulations to everyone involved in improving these fantastic community facilities.

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

Community Spirit

Jason continues to support local community events, charities and volunteering in our wonderful community.

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Last weekend he enjoyed the Meltham Memories 1940s Wartime Weekend and went to the preview evening for the Holmfirth Art Week at the Holmfirth Civic Hall which raises thousands of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support. On Sunday morning Jason was back out with the local volunteers for the monthly Honley Village tidy up.

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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

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