Former Brighouse High student to contest Halifax seat

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A former Brighouse High School student has been selected by the Labour party to stand for the Halifax Parliamentary seat in May’s General Election.

Holly Walker-Lynch was selected by members of the Halifax Constituency Labour Party at a hustings debate at the Threeways Centre, Halifax, following the announcement last month that the current MP Linda Riordan plans to stand down.

She said: “I’m delighted and immensely proud to have been selected to represent my home town.

“Linda has been a strong MP for Halifax and hers will be big shoes to fill, but I have the experience and the values to be the champion for Halifax in Parliament that we need.

“My number one priority will be to fight for the future of services at Calderdale Royal Hospital, particularly the A&E department and maternity services which so many local people rely upon.

“And I will stand up for the interests of working families and young people who have been so badly starved of opportunities under David Cameron’s government.

“I will work relentlessly between now and election day to meet as many residents as possible to win your trust and support.”

Ms Walker-Lynch grew up in Northowram and current works as a communications officer for Yorkshire and Humber MEP Linda McAvan.

Her selection has been welcomed by local Labour activists.

Josh Fenton-Glynn, Labour PPC for the Calder Valley, said: “I think it’s fantastic that we’ve got two hard-working, energetic Labour candidates in Calderdale.

“As MPs we’ll be working to repeal the bedroom tax and fight together to save our A&E.”

Halifax has been marked as a key battleground seat in the General Election.