Holly Lynch MP

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Holly’s campaign to deliver free entry to the popular Eureka Museum has received a boost from the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party who backed the proposal during a visit to Halifax this week.

Holly is calling on the Government to review its rules on museum funding which see the pioneering Eureka! miss out.

Holly and Eureka! chief executive Leigh-Anne Stradeski held talks with Conservative Minister Matt Hancock over the lack of support for the pioneering attraction in Halifax last December.

“It cannot be right that almost all the top museums in London are free yet families in Halifax have to pay to access their local cultural spaces” said Holly.

“Of all the National Museums, the ‘children’s museum’ should surely be as accessible as possible so it’s great to get this support from Tom Watson for my campaign.”

Despite being The National Children’s Museum, Eureka! does not qualify for the financial support which allows other national museums to allow free entry.

Ms Stradeski explained:

“Any profits from our entrance fees, gift shop, café, nursery and corporate activities go towards staffing and general upkeep of Eureka! Museum and Nursery.

“Eureka! currently gets no Government support and additional funding could bring the benefit of our unique educational experience to many more children from diverse backgrounds, opening their eyes to their potential and inspiring them to pursue new learning opportunities as they grow older.

“It was great to meet with Tom Watson and our local MP Holly Lynch who recently organised a meeting in London with myself and the Museums Minister on this issue.”

The Government has previously defended its decision not to fund Eureka! on the same basis as other national museums. Ministers have pointed to the collection of artefacts held by institutions such as the British Museum and described those of attractions such as Eureka! as “not of a standard or scale comparable”.

Labour’s Deputy Leader Tom Watson MP said:

 “Eureka! is a world class museum, it’s somewhere I’ve brought my own children and it was fantastic today to see the huge range of exhibits and activities for children of all ages.

 “I pay tribute to Holly Lynch’s campaign for proper government funding for this museum – it is a national museum, with children coming from across the country to experience it, and it should be treated as such.

“On 8th June, people in Halifax have a choice to make – if you want a strong, determined campaigner who will fight for the issues that matter here in Halifax, you need to re-elect Holly.”

Deputy Labour Leader Tom Watson backs Holly's campaign on Eureka Funding

Holly’s campaign to deliver free entry to the popular Eureka Museum has received a boost from the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party who backed the proposal during a visit...

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Theresa May has today announced that she is taking the country to the polls with a snap general election on 8th June.

She says this is to honour Brexit and bring the country together. We know that that is the last thing it is really about. 

She has seen the weekend’s polls and is acting in the interests of her party, not the country.

She wants to brand this as the ‘Brexit Election’ however Article 50 has already been triggered and she should now be concentrating on getting a good deal for Britain. The Conservatives continue to use the issue of Brexit to divide the country and distract from their long list of failures.

Our schools are having to make their staff redundant because they cannot afford to pay their wages. There is a crisis in our NHS with waiting lists at an all-time high, continued uncertainty about our own hospital, and mental health and social care provision broken. We have seen a stark rise in anti-social behaviour in Halifax because the numbers of neighbourhood police officers have halved. The Tories are running our country into the ground.


I have been working hard as the Labour MP for Halifax since my election in May 2015, but my work isn’t finished. It has been an honour and a privilege and I will be asking voters to back me again, to give me the chance to finish the campaigns I have been working on.

To fight for our A&E and NHS services. To make sure we get the floods funding we need to recover from 2015 and protect ourselves from future flooding. To protect emergency service workers from assaults, and get more police officers on our streets. To continue to be a champion and raise money for our local charities. To secure Fairtrade Town status for Halifax. To hold the Government to account for denying the Living Wage to young people, as well as all the other campaigns I have poured my heart and soul into.      

I hope that I can count on your support on 8th June. 

 

Statement from Holly on the General Election

Theresa May has today announced that she is taking the country to the polls with a snap general election on 8th June. She says this is to honour Brexit and bring...

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After a 2 month campaign, Halifax MP Holly Lynch has handed over a large stash of donated foreign coins to the Alzheimer’s society to help fund their essential research.

Local residents have been handing in their coins to Halifax Town Hall and the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre from as far as South Africa, Guatemala, and Indonesia.

850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia and more than 67,000 of those people live in Yorkshire and the Humber.

The coins collected will be exchanged by the Alzheimer’s society to help them fund research into the cause, cure, care and prevention of dementia.

Holly has previously worked with the Alzheimer’s Society to run Dementia Friends events in Halifax and at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool last year. These events help participants to better understand how dementia affects people’s daily lives and what can be done to improve the way we support those with dementia.

Holly said;

“Whilst more and more people are living well with dementia, there is still a long way to go. This money will help with vital research and support for those living with dementia.

“New treatments are badly needed and I am hopeful that we could see new drugs in the coming years which can finally beat dementia.

“Thank you to everyone who donated, your money will go a long way in helping the Alzheimer’s Society’s work.”

Alison Bradbury, Dementia Support Manager at the Alzheimer's Society, said;

“As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals to help us continue our vital work. We are really pleased that Holly has been working with her constituents to support us in this way. We would like to say a big thank you to all those who donated to support people with dementia in Halifax.”

“If anyone still has coins that they would like to donate, or would like to collect coins within their workplace or family and friends, then please do get in touch with the Alzheimer’s Society using my email address alison.bradbury@alzheimers.org.uk”.

Left over holiday coins help find a cure for Alzheimer’s

  After a 2 month campaign, Halifax MP Holly Lynch has handed over a large stash of donated foreign coins to the Alzheimer’s society to help fund their essential research....


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