Holly Lynch MP

Working hard for the people of Halifax, Illingworth & Mixenden, Town, Ovenden, Park, Skircoat, Northowram & Shelf, Sowerby Bridge and Warley

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In many ways 2016 has been a difficult year. In Halifax we have seen the continued impact of the Government’s cuts to public services. Our Crown Post Office closed this autumn depriving local people of its dedicated services and leaving the landmark building on Commercial Street empty. Soon after, our Magistrates’ Court and County Court were closed marking the end of 140 years of justice provision in Halifax. Our social care services are stretched to breaking point and the Council continues to have its budget cut year after year. This is in addition to the continuing problems with insurance after the floods last Boxing day, the overcrowding on our trains, worsening A&E waiting times and the cuts to the number of Police Officers.

In all of these cases the Government has made clear choices, and I have campaigned to do what I have thought best for our town (if you want to read more about my campaigns on any of these issues see my website for details). In politics there have been some terrible moments; the murder of Batley MP Jo Cox who was a friend and colleague was an event none of us will forget. She inspired us all and I will always remember her warmth and her good spirit.

So as we prepare to say goodbye to 2016, we look to 2017 which promises a lot to look forward to for Halifax.

The Piece Hall is set to reopen next year and should be a source of immense pride for us all. It is without doubt Yorkshire's most important secular building and the plans for huge 5,000 capacity open air concerts, regular markets and a host of independent shops, cafes and restaurants will put Halifax at the centre of Yorkshire’s cultural life.

The new Square Chapel will join the Piece Hall, the new Central Library and Eureka to form what will hopefully be a brilliant new Cultural Quarter.

I have started a campaign calling on the Government to provide funding so that Eureka can offer free access. It cannot be right that almost all the top museums in London are free yet our own ‘National’ children's museum has to charge entry as it receives no funding from Government at all. I recently met with the Museums Minister alongside the CEO of Eureka to urge him to do more to support the museum.
 
This week a group of ‘peer mentors’ from the Mixenden Activity Centre came to visit me in Westminster. They spent 2 nights in London and got to take the official tour of Westminster. It was nice to then give them the ‘unofficial’ tour with everything from MPs vending machines (just like most other work places) to the broom cupboard where suffragette Emily Davison hid on the night of the 1911 census, in order to record her address as the House of Commons.
  
I have always promised to work hard, stand my ground and deliver for my hometown and I will strive to continue this work to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead in 2017.

As one of our younger MPs, I feel a part of my job is to make sure the next generation have an interest in politics so please do let me know if you would like to organise a visit to Westminster next year.

Halifax Courier Column - Looking Ahead to 2017

In many ways 2016 has been a difficult year. In Halifax we have seen the continued impact of the Government’s cuts to public services. Our Crown Post Office closed this...

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A Christmas card designed by a Halifax schoolgirl will be finding its way through the letterboxes of hundreds of people across the country, including the Prime Minister.

Holly has picked her 2016 Christmas card, choosing a design by Moorside Community Primary School pupil Jasmine Jones. The winning card features a drawing of Big Ben, the London Eye and Santa’s sleigh.

Students at the school were encouraged to submit their designs and the winning drawing was picked by Holly earlier this month from over a hundred entries.

The cards have been professionally printed in full colour and include the name and school of the winner.

Holly said:

“I visited Moorside Primary School to announce the winner of my annual Christmas card competition. There were lots of imaginative entries and it was a really difficult choice deciding which one to use.

“I loved Jasmine's design of a festive Westminster. A big thanks and well done to all the children at Moorside.”

Jasmine’s creation becomes MP’s Christmas Card

A Christmas card designed by a Halifax schoolgirl will be finding its way through the letterboxes of hundreds of people across the country, including the Prime Minister. Holly has picked...

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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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