Conservative MP for Calder Valley Craig Whittaker has accepted his opponent Josh Fenton-Glynn’s call for a debate on proposed changes to local NHS services.
Mr Fenton-Glynn, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for the Calder Valley, has challenged Mr Whittaker’s stance on the future of A&E provision in Calderdale.
Mr Fenton-Glynn made the offer of a debate in response to Mr Whittaker’s Talking Politics column in the July 11 edition of the Halifax Courier where he outlined his position on the future of NHS services.
Mr Fenton-Glynn said: “This shouldn’t be about party politics - it should be about local people fighting for our A&E services together.
“But time and time again, our current MP has gone out of his way to demonstrate his opposition to the efforts of people across the area trying to save our crucial emergency units from closure.
“So I’m offering him the opportunity to debate the issue with me, so that we can let local people know where we stand.
“My stance is simple – I’m against closing either A&E unit and I’ll do everything I can to ensure they stay open.”
Mr Whittaker welcomed the opportunity to debate the issues in a public forum and has invited Mr Fenton-Glynn to take part in four debates at different locations across the Calder Valley, including in the Upper Valley, Ryburn Valley, Brighouse and Hipperholme.
He said: “I fully welcome these debates - the key thing for me is that we have more than one debate so people across the Calder Valley can hear what we have to say.”
He also criticised Mr Fenton-Glynn for not wanting to debate national issues until closer to next year’s election.