Friday, 27 March 2015

Politics: Labour selects candidate from Halifax

Holly Lynch has been selected by the Labour party as its Parliamentary candidate for Halifax.

Ms Lynch was chosen by members of the Halifax Constituency Labour Party over four other candidates at a hustings debate at the Threeways Centre last weekend.

“I’m from Halifax. I’ve worked here, I’ve grown-up here, I went to school here,” she said.

“It’s a great place to live, but we’ve also got our problems too - I think we’d all like to see more jobs, more opportunities for young people and I think I can be the fresh start we need.”

Ms Lynch said she is passionate about standing up for local A&E services, getting rid of the exploitation of zero-hours contracts and tackling poverty.

She said: “It’s absolutely galling that we need things like food banks in Halifax - the families that are there, the children and young people that are hungry - we’re not a developing country, I find it really difficult to comprehend.

“Delays in benefit payments and changes to benefits are what leads to people needing food banks - we really need to address those issues.”

With less than six weeks to go until voters go to the polls, Ms Walker-Lynch said she knows she’s got a lot of campaigning to do.

She said: “You can see that there’s an awful lot of money on the Tory side going into campaigning in Halifax, but it all seems to be photo opportunities and a superficial involvement with the issues in Halifax.

“The Tories will always have more money than Labour, but I know Halifax much better than Philip Allott and I think he lacks credibility in his campaign.”

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