Ongoing campaigns supported by Jason McCartney:
HANDS OFF HRI
Jason McCartney is campaigning to maintain full A&E services at the
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Jason has been heavily involved with the #HandsoffHRI campaign, fighting to maintain full A&E services at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. He’s attended every rally and march, held a debate in Parliament, asked questions on HRI in Prime Minister Questions and other related debates as well as working cross party with local activists and Parliamentary colleagues. Jason recently joined campaigners in handing in the #HandsoffHRI petition, with 135,085 signatures to Downing Street.
Local MP Jason McCartney uses the HRI. He volunteered in the A&E department last summer and also was there as a patient after fracturing his elbow.
Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI)
(Above, Jason at the WASPI campaign rally in London)
Jason is heavily involved in the WASPI campaign. He is the Vice-Chairman of the WASPI All Party Parliamentary Group, marched alongside WASPI campaigners and spoke at a rally in London and Jason also joined colleagues from all parties in handing in the Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign’s petition to Parliament.
For more information about WASPI and their campaign please click here.
Jason led a debate on Stone Theft in the House of Commons.
This issue has been plaguing our community for years and Jason was able to secure a debate and full response from the Police Minister Mike Penning.
Save Our Libraries
Jason joined local Conservatives in Kirklees in committing to save libraries across Kirklees and reverse Labour’s plans to decimate the library service across Holme Valley, Colne Valley and Lindley.
Labour’s plans were to close all libraries bar Huddersfield and Dewsbury. This would mean that the libraries in Holmfirth, Honley, Slaithwaite, Marsden, Lindley, Golcar & Meltham would all close. Labour’s plans would also see our mobile library service terminated. A public consultation on these plans has now been initiated.
Conservatives will propose in their alternative budget that all libraries in Kirklees will remain open and that they will work with local communities to develop a more sustainable approach to the service and a multi-use for library buildings. They have also committed to maintain the mobile libraries which serve many of our smaller villages and outlying areas.
Yorkshire’s Children’s Heart Surgery Unit
Jason has campaigned to keep the Children’s Heart Surgery Unit at Leeds General Infirmary open.
On March 27th 2013 SOS Save Our Surgery won its High Court challenge to the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trust’s decision to remove children’s heart surgery services from Leeds. The ruling found that the Trust’s process and decision was unlawful. However, on April 18th 2013 NHS England announced that it would seek leave to appeal the ruling.
As of Wednesday 10th April 2013 Children’s Heart Surgery resumed at Leeds General Infirmary.
On June 12th 2013 Jason attended the House of Commons Statement by the Secretary of State for Health regarding the Safe and Sustainable Review of Children’s Heart Surgery Units. The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt accepted the Independent Review Panel’s judgment that the process was flawed and as a result has suspended the ‘Safe and Sustainable’ review.
NHS England will report back to the Health Secretary by the end of July on how they intend to proceed.
For more information about the campaign, please visit www.chsf.org.uk.
Jason is a strong supporter of rail investment. He is a vice-chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Rail in the North and recently joined the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin as he officially opened the Institute of Railway Research (IRR) at the University of Huddersfield.
Jason campaigned hard to help get the green light for the £560m ‘Northern Hub’ rail project, which could add up to 30,000 new jobs and be worth £4.2Bn to the northern economy. He secured a well-attended debate on the Northern Rail Hub on 18th January 2012 and the project was approved in July 2012.
Jason is fully behind High Speed Rail. HS2 is about making Britain a stronger and more prosperous place through the generation of hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of pounds worth of economic benefits and perhaps as importantly, the creation of extra capacity and better services on our crowded existing rail routes.
Jobs and Apprenticeships
Jason’s priorities include supporting local businesses and apprenticeships. In March 2013 he gave a key note speech in Parliament calling for us all to celebrate the successes in our community. He called for everyone to back business, back enterprise, back entrepreneurs and back Yorkshire.
Jason is a strong supporter of local apprenticeships, and in March 2013 in support of National Apprenticeship Week Jason visited Holmfirth Vineyard to meet with apprentice Helen Craner.
In the academic year 2011-2012 there were 1,220 new apprenticeships in his Colne Valley constituency. That is a 74% increase compared to the last year of the previous Labour government.
Holmfirth Adult Education Centre
Jason campaigned to keep the Adult Education Centre in Holmfirth open. Jason believes that the centre is a wonderful community facility and is delighted that Kirklees College found a way to keep the centre open.
Empty Homes Campaign
Channel 4’s programme “The Great British Property Scandal” featured Jason’s involvement in the campaign to tackle the problem of thousands of properties being left empty at a time when so many families are struggling to find suitable accommodation.
Facts and Figures:
- The two George Clarke programmes (broadcast Mon Dec 5th and 6th at 9pm) achieved high audiences of 2m and 1.9m respectively, showing that people who watched the first programme thoroughly engaged with the campaign.
- The online campaign reached 100,000 signatures within a week and the online petition now has 112,048 signatures.
- There is a reporting tool and app allowing people to report empties in their local area to the council – 6,124 empty properties have been reported so far and over 20 of these houses have already been brought back into use (or are about to be) since they were reported. They’ve also received several hundred emails and letters offering help, support, volunteer services and ideas.
Jason led an Adjournment Debate on Empty Homes on 29th November 2011:
Jason has become involved with the widespread issue of metal thefts. He visited J B Schofield and Sons in Linthwaite to hear the views of a local scrap metal merchant and also raised the matter the Prime Minister during PMQs on 2nd November 2012:
It is his view that the criminals must be punished, not reputable businesses.