Posted by: Jason's Staff | March 29, 2017

A Plan for Britain, A Plan for Colne Valley

Jason was in the chamber of the House of Commons on the historic day the Prime Minister triggered article 50.  The people of the Colne and Holme valleys and Lindley will see a country working for everyone, now the Prime Minister has started the process for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

The Prime Minister, Theresa May will now lead the Conservative Government to deliver on a Plan for Britain.

Theresa May triggers A50

The plan means there will be a fairer society where success is based on merit, not privilege, a stronger economy where everybody plays by the same rules and a global Britain that is outward-looking.

Jason welcomed the triggering of Article 50 and said he was determined to deliver on these plans for everybody living in Colne Valley. “As the Conservative Government begins negotiations with our friends in Europe, we will provide as much certainty and clarity as we can at every stage.”

Jason will continue to keep you updated throughout the process on his web site. The Government has also which sets out the 12 negotiating objectives as they build a new and equal partnership with the European Union.

“Conservatives have a plan to get the right deal for Britain abroad and a better deal for ordinary working people in Colne Valley too. Our Plan for Britain will deliver a country that is stronger, fairer, more united and more outward-looking than ever before.” Jason said.

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.

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