The Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Halifax Mohammad Ilyas opened his campaign office on Hopwood Lane, Halifax, to mark the start of his election campaign.
Mr Ilyas is the first ever British Pakistani candidate to have been selected to contest the seat.
He said: “My priority is the young people of Halifax - I want to see more jobs and apprenticeships.”
He said the Liberal Democrats are the only party that have committed an extra £8.2 billion for the NHS and said he is committed to fighting against any plans to downgrade local health services.
He said: “The Liberal Democrats have worked very hard to fight against Tory cuts and if you look at our manifesto you’ll see that around 70 per cent of our policies have been achieved.”
Mr Ilyas said he is committed to spreading a message of diversity and equality.
Coun James Baker (Lib Dem, Warley) said “Whilst the likes of UKIP play on fear of people who are different, we offer a different vision. A vision of hope in which people of different backgrounds work together to build a peaceful, tolerant and understanding society.
“It is in celebration and respect of our differences that we will build that society, and I am proud to be working towards that goal with Mohammad and the Halifax Liberal Democrat team.”
Mohammad is of Pakistani origin and moved to this country in 1973. He currently lives in Halifax and is married with 4 children. He is self-employed and runs a Driving School.