Valley MP launches re-election campaign

Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker with Conservative supporters at his re-election campaign launch in Brighouse
Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker with Conservative supporters at his re-election campaign launch in Brighouse

Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker launched his re-election campaign in Brighouse with an Easter themed event over the bank holiday weekend.

Speaking at the launch event in Thornton Square, Mr Whittaker, who is hoping to retain the seat for the Conservatives at next month’s election, said he was proud of what the Government has achieved over the past five years and hoped to be able to continue to represent the Calder Valley constituency.

“We can go forward proud in the knowledge of the great turnaround in our country,” he said.

“We have a great story to tell from picking up a nation on the brink of financial ruin to the success story it is today.

“Britain has the fastest growing economy of any major Western nation. There are now 1.9 million more people in work than in 2010; we have reduced the deficit by half as a share of national income; and we have a long-term economic plan that is working.

“From a nation where benefits prohibited people from work and unemployment was rising, to a nation where we have the highest number of people employed in our history.

“From a nation where we accepted poor educational attainment and were content to be 26th in the world at English (our own language), to a nation where our educational reforms are driving improved standards.

“From a nation where the standard of care at Mid Staffordshire was acceptable in our NHS, to a nation where we now have over 9,500 more doctors and 7,000 more nurses and a better funded NHS than in 2010.

“We have a great story to tell and we should be proud to tell it. Proud of what this Government has achieved.”

After the launch, teams of campaigners went out to every ward within the Calder Valley to talk to residents.