Labour members in Calder Valley have selected poverty campaigner Josh Fenton-Glynn to be the Party’s parliamentary candidate at the next election.
Josh was selected from a shortlist of four by Calder Valley Labour Party members at a selection hustings at Calder High School in Mytholmroyd on Saturday morning.
Josh was born and grew up in Hebden Bridge where he attended local schools.
His first job was as a special needs assistant at Calder High. He gained a degree from Liverpool University and has since worked for organisations fighting UK poverty, including roles for Child Poverty Action Group and Oxfam’s UK Poverty Programme.
He played a central part in changing the law to stop unfair sanctions being imposed on benefits for parents of disabled children and helped push through the Child Poverty Act in 2010.
After being selected to be Labour’s candidate to take on Craig Whittaker at the next election, Josh Fenton-Glynn said:
“I’m proud and humbled to have been selected to be Labour’s candidate in my home constituency. I love the Calder Valley but it’s being hit hard by this Tory-led government and it needs an MP prepared to stick up for local people.
“I will campaign tirelessly between now and the next election to win the trust and support of voters in every corner of the Calder Valley.
“Tory MP Craig Whittaker has let down the very people he should be standing up for time and time again. He voted for the bedroom tax, he voted for a needless and hugely damaging top-down reorganisation of our health service, he voted to treble university tuition fees, and worse still he’s an apologist for this government’s utter failure to deal with the flood insurance crisis.
“Through my work fighting UK poverty, I’ve already achieved more changes to the law from outside parliament than Calder Valley’s current Tory MP has managed from inside it.
“I’ve had enough of David Cameron’s constant attack on our living standards. Unlike Mr Whittaker and the government of millionaires he supports, if elected I will always put Calder Valley people first and will always be on their side.”