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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I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped with our campaign in Halifax and all those who backed Labour at this election. I'm delighted to be re-elected as the MP for my hometown.

We won in all but one of the wards that make up the constituency showing the broad base of support for Labour’s positive message in this campaign. From my conversations with people on the doorstep it is clear that there is a real enthusiasm for our policies to hire more police officers, to invest in the NHS and to scrap tuition fees for our students.

Although nationally Labour have fallen short of forming a Government the result is undoubtedly a rejection of 7 years of falling living standards and Conservative cuts to our public services. I struggle to see how Theresa May will manage to pass many of her manifesto promises, such as the dementia tax, and Labour will oppose them every step of the way on these proposals.

This campaign has been powered by hundreds of volunteers who helped take our positive message directly to voters in Halifax. I’m hugely grateful for their efforts which resulted in over 20,000 conversations with local people.

The next few years will see some exciting developments for Halifax with the Piece Hall set to open this summer as well as the new library, the improved Square Chapel and revamped Industrial Museum. We all want these projects to be a success and I will provide any support they need.

I am also looking forward to continuing my campaigns; protecting our emergency services and those who work for them, defending our local schools and our hospital, and fighting for a fair living wage for under 25 year olds.

"I'm delighted to be re-elected as the MP for my hometown."

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped with our campaign in Halifax and all those who backed Labour at this election. I'm delighted to be...

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Halifax Labour candidate Holly Lynch has expressed her delight that Halifax has been officially declared a Fairtrade Town after nearly two years' work by Ms Lynch and local campaigners coordinating the application.

The award recognises a commitment to supporting Fairtrade and using products with the Fairtrade Mark and was presented by the Fairtrade Foundation at a special event in Halifax last Friday.

Fairtrade products guarantee that producers in the poorest parts of the world receive a fair price for the products they trade. The most popular Fairtrade product is bananas with one in three bananas bought in the UK being Fairtrade.

To become a Fairtrade Town required meeting certain criteria that show a commitment to Fairtrade. These included an active campaigning group for Fairtrade, shops, cafes and supermarkets stocking Fairtrade goods, and having passed a motion in support at Calderdale Council.

Michael Gidney, CEO of the Fairtrade Foundation said:

“Many congratulations to everyone involved. It’s inspiring work by Halifax campaigners and wonderful to have such active support from across the community.

“As a Fairtrade Town residents of Halifax can be proud that their efforts mean more producers receive a fair and stable price, get an extra premium to invest in their community and have improved workplace conditions and protection.”

During her time as an MP for Halifax Holly Lynch has been coordinating the bid for Fairtrade Town status. Ms Lynch said:

“This has been a long process and I have been working hard to achieve this award for Halifax. I am immensely proud of everyone here who has helped out and it was great to get everyone together for the special event where the award was presented.

“I’ve met with many schools, places of worship, employers, shop and cafe owners and local campaigners in our town while putting together the application. It’s been fantastic to see how many people are motivated to make a small change to their shopping to make a big difference to the poorest in the world.

“This is just the beginning and I’m hoping to keep on working closely with the newly established Halifax Fairtrade group to build on this success.”

The award puts Halifax in good company with 1,830 Fairtrade towns worldwide so far, one of the latest being Rio de Janeiro. Speaking after the launch event Calderdale Council leader Tim Swift said:

“This is a huge boost for Halifax and means that we now have two Fairtrade towns in the borough as Hebden Bridge has also attained this status.

“The council passed a motion supporting Fairtrade last year showing support for those in the developing world and recognising the advantages this prestigious status brings to the town.”

“I commend Holly’s work on this issue and this award is the result on two years of hard work to achieve this status for her hometown.”

Halifax awarded prestigious Fairtrade Town status

Halifax Labour candidate Holly Lynch has expressed her delight that Halifax has been officially declared a Fairtrade Town after nearly two years' work by Ms Lynch and local campaigners coordinating...

Halifax Labour candidate Holly Lynch has attacked the Conservative’s record on transport in Calderdale after the Conservative Transport Minister promised improvements to local rail services at a campaign stop at Sowerby Bridge Station.

In a video filmed at the station Ms Lynch claims that the Conservatives have failed to deliver on past campaign promises:

“Chris Grayling was here just this week talking about electrification. This Government keep on hiding behind excuses and we know they’re not going to deliver that anytime soon.

“They only show up talking about how important transport is in Halifax when there’s a General Election on.

“I’ve been campaigning on these issues for the last two years and it really bothers me that they only want to talk about it now.”

During a campaign stop video with Conservative Candidate for Halifax, which was posted on the social network Twitter, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:

“This is one of the lines that is going to be getting new trains, longer trains, better services as its modernised and then the electrification.”

A local rail expert explained that it was very unlikely that the Conservatives would keep the promise to deliver electrification in the near future:

“The fact is nobody knows when the Calder Valley Line is going to be electrified. The Department for Transport over which Grayling presides is at the moment in the process of backtracking on all sorts of electrification commitments.

“I wouldn't be at all surprised if early next year the announcement is that wiring from Huddersfield to Manchester is "too difficult", and the Calder Valley Line is behind the Huddersfield line in the queue.

“Ten years away might be a reasonable estimate. Since the Northern Electrification Taskforce put the Calder Valley Line at the top of the list of schemes over 2 years ago, the government has done absolutely nothing to suggest it will pursue these schemes.

“The Conservative candidate’s opening on the video is really quite disingenuous.”

Holly slams Conservatives for broken transport promises following Transport Secretary visit

Halifax Labour candidate Holly Lynch has attacked the Conservative’s record on transport in Calderdale after the Conservative Transport Minister promised improvements to local rail services at a campaign stop at...


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