Holly Lynch MP

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Holly has joined a host of music stars and MPs to celebrate the life of the late MP Jo Cox through recording a charity single which has just been released.

Under the name Friends of Jo Cox featuring MP4, Steve Harley, Ricky Wilson, KT Tunstall and David Gray the single is now available to download on itunes (click here). It is hoped it could be number one at Christmas.

Sales from the song, a cover of the Rolling Stones classic You Can’t Always Get What You Want will raise funds for the launch of the Jo Cox Foundation established after her death.

MPs from across the parliamentary spectrum joined the choir to highlight the cross-party support for the Foundation.

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Holly and singer KT Tunstall

Holly took over the constituency duties of the Batley and Spen MP after her murder, helping the staff to wind down the office before a by-election could be held. She said:

“Jo was a friend and a colleague who inspired us all and I will always remember her warmth, her spirit, and her laugh.

“It was wonderful to see people come together for this recording in order to celebrate her life and her message that we have more in common than that which divides us.”

Renowned producer Robin Millar, who has worked with countless artists including Sade, Big Country and Everything But The Girl produced the single.

Robin Millar said “This is essentially a protest record as we believe a piece of music can still make a statement. We wanted to create something to show that Jo Cox’s hugely selfless and energetic campaigning must live on through greater unity. 16 MPs from across the political spectrum took part alongside our artists to reflect Jo’s belief that more unites us than divides us. I hope by making this record we can both honour Jo and help work continue through the Foundation.”

Steve Harley said “I am not really a political animal. But Jo Cox was a cut above and her legacy should be celebrated. Mrs Cox was a truly special person, and the more I learn about her life and work, the more deeply I admire her.”

David Gray said “In an era of public disenchantment that has seen politics discredited by corruption scandals and characterized by political campaigns driven by hateful and divisive language, Jo Cox was that rare thing - someone you could believe in. A dedicated politician working at the heart of her community who believed in a politics of compassion and in building a fairer world.”

KT Tunstall said "In such a divisive political climate here and abroad, it was an absolute honour to take part in a project that brought so many different people together, Jo Cox's family, the local community, numerous MP's from all over the country and from ALL parties, as well as music artists I very much admire. I was grateful to be able to talk with those who knew Jo, and I can only wish I had known her. She sounded like an extraordinary person. Many people told me she would have loved what we did making this song; coming together to honour the causes she felt so strongly about, and having so much fun doing it. It is a tragic loss that she is gone, but the best way to remember her is to take action, speak up, and be kind."

Mrs Cox, a mother of two, was attacked by white supremacist Thomas Mair just days before the EU referendum in June. Mair has been told he will serve the whole of his life in jail for her murder.

Holly joins music stars to celebrate Jo Cox with charity single

Holly has joined a host of music stars and MPs to celebrate the life of the late MP Jo Cox through recording a charity single which has just been released. Under...

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Holly Lynch, pictured second from right, spent the night in freezing temperatures

 

Charity fundraisers braved freezing temperatures to spend a night sleeping out at the Shay stadium in order to raise funds and awareness for homelessness in Calderdale.

 

The fundraiser was in aid of Calderdale SmartMove who work to help homeless and vulnerably housed people across the borough. From their centre on Harrison Road in Halifax, Smartmove assists people in securing accommodation, and offers additional support and training courses where appropriate.

 

Temperatures were near freezing as participants arrived at the Shay where they had to find an area to sleep in the stands. Around 60 people, including Holly and members of her staff, took part bringing sleeping bags, blankets and cardboard boxes in order to keep warm. Bacon sandwiches and cups of tea were provided to everyone in the morning.

 

Homelessness case work has risen by a third in Yorkshire and the Humber since the height of the recession, according to official figures from the Office for National Statistics. More than 32,000 families and individuals were recorded as being homeless or at risk of becoming so during the past financial year, a rise of 37.10% since 2009/10.

Cuts to council budgets as well as reductions in housing benefit have meant that charities are needing to do more to help those in need of shelter.

 

Holly, who was attending the Sleep Out for the second time, said:

 

“Homelessness is a growing problem and now that the weather is getting colder it is so important that no one ends up spending the night outside.

 

“Everyone taking part in this event saw how challenging it is to be sleeping rough and all money raised for Smart Move will help this brilliant charity provide the best support for people in our local area. A really big well done to all those who took part in the sleep-out.”

 

For more information about Smart Move: Ring 01422 361515 or visit www.calderdalesmartmove.org.uk

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Holly sleeps rough at Shay Stadium

Holly Lynch, pictured second from right, spent the night in freezing temperatures   Charity fundraisers braved freezing temperatures to spend a night sleeping out at the Shay stadium in order...

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Local ‘Waspi’ women born in the 1950s, who are being adversely affected by an increase in the state pension age, have described facing uncertainty and financial hardship at a meeting organised by Halifax MP Holly Lynch.

 

‘Women against State pension Inequality’ have been campaigning for the Government to rethink the way it has increased the retirement age for women, without sufficient notice.  The problems stem from legislation from 1995 which looked to change the age at which women could claim their state pension from 60 to 65, to equalise it with the state pension age for men.

 

In 2011, the Government accelerated the changes however the local women explained that they were given as little as one year’s notice of up to a 6 year increase to their state pension age.

 

Barbara Keeley, MP for Worsely and Eccles and the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on WASPI spoke at the meeting to give women in Halifax an overview of what has been happening in Westminster to address the issue.

 

At the meeting, women shared their stories including one women who took the decision to take early retirement, a year from when she believed she could retire, in order to balance caring responsibilities at home. She was then told that she needed to work a further 6 years in order to draw her pension, and found it difficult to find another job.

 

Elizabeth Mitchell of Wheatley had hoped to receive her Pension and Bus Pass on turning 60 having been made redundant aged 58. She said:

 

“I started work at Crossleys Carpets from the age of 15 and I've paid full stamp from the day I started work. In those days we did not have equal pay and women were expected to get married, leave work and have children.

 

“I, like so many others, checked out the Pensions website and followed the instructions which showed that yes, my retirement age was 60.

 

“I was 60 in December 2015 and stupidly thought I would apply for my bus pass. I was shocked to learn that I would not only have to wait until I was 67 for my pension but I won't get my bus pass until then either.

 

“There are loads of women like me in our area and I hope everyone will support the 1950s’ women of Calderdale”.

 

Ms Lynch said; “There have been 6 debates in Westminster on this issue now, with MPs from all over the country calling on the Government to introduce transitional measures, to gradually increase the state pension age.

 

“Hundreds of women in Halifax are affected by these changes and we can’t forget that these women have faced a great deal of inequality in the workplace since the 1950s when there were no maternity rights and no equal pay.

 

“They cannot be left to face further inequality in their retirement so it is only fair to give them time to financially re-adjust to these changes.”

 

The Waspi group is looking to form a Halifax group and are looking to meet with people affected by the changes in the State pension age. Contact holly.lynch.mp@parliament.uk or call 01422 399 515 for more information.

‘Uncertainty and financial hardship’ for local Waspi women

  Local ‘Waspi’ women born in the 1950s, who are being adversely affected by an increase in the state pension age, have described facing uncertainty and financial hardship at a...


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