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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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Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth has backed a campaign to increase protections for emergency service workers from assault after meeting with paramedics in Halifax this week.

Halifax Labour candidate Holly Lynch has been running a campaign to ‘Protect the Protectors’ after having to call 999 from the back of a police car for back-up when shadowing a police officer in Halifax last year who was at risk of being assaulted.

Local paramedics from the trade unions UNITE, Unison and GMB met with Ms Lynch and Mr Ashworth and explained some of the dangers they face on the job.

A report published earlier this year by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service revealed that staff faced “violence and aggression” on a weekly basis. There was a 50 per cent increase in reported incidents of verbal and physical attacks on staff, with 606 incidents reported in 2015-16.

Mr Ashworth used the visit to announce that a Labour Government would introduce legislation to make it a specific offence to attack NHS staff as “no one should have to go to work scared and intimidated”.

Speaking after the meeting he said:

“Today I've been in Halifax listening to paramedics about the conditions they work in. They are assaulted and threatened week in week out, just going about their duty serving the community. It's a disgrace.

“Following the brilliant campaigning work of Halifax’s Labour candidate Holly Lynch, as Secretary of State for Health I'll make it a specific criminal offence to assault paramedics and NHS staff.”

Ms Lynch said:

“It’s great to get Jon’s support for my campaign to introduce more protections for emergency service workers.

“I’ve been working hard over the last two years to tackle this problem and recently put forward a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament which, despite having cross party support, the Government failed to adopt.

“If emergency workers feel unsafe we all get a worse service. Those who assault these brave workers should receive custodial sentences which reflect the seriousness of the crime.”

Labour Health Secretary Backs Holly's Campaign against 'disgrace' of Paramedic Assaults

Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth has backed a campaign to increase protections for emergency service workers from assault after meeting with paramedics in Halifax this week. Halifax Labour candidate...


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