Posted by: Jason McCartney | January 26, 2018


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!


  1. Thanks Jason. You have done a great Job. Good Luck for the future. Kind Regards. Ken Lunn.

  2. A great post, Jason. Not many have the privilege of a variety of successful careers. And no, you don’t look 50! Sorry I was not able to speak with you at the Insider breakfast meeting earlier this week.

  3. This is a real shame Jason the best MP we have had in the Colne Valley

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