Holly chosen by Labour for Halifax

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Holly Walker-Lynch has been selected by the Labour party as its Parliamentary candidate for Halifax.

Ms Walker-Lynch was chosen by members of the Halifax Constituency Labour Party over four other candidates at a hustings debate at the Threeways Centre last weekend.

“I’m from Halifax. I’ve worked here, I’ve grown up here, I went to school here.

“It’s a great place to live, but we’ve also got our problems too . I think we’d all like to see more jobs, more opportunities for young people and I think I can be the fresh start we need,” she said.

Ms Walker-Lynch said she is passionate about standing up for local A&E services, getting rid of the exploitation of zero-hours contracts and tackling poverty.

She said: “It’s absolutely galling that we need things like food banks in Halifax - the families that are there, the children and young people that are hungry - we’re not a developing country, I find it really difficult to comprehend.

“Delays in benefit payments and changes to benefits are what leads to people needing food banks - we really need to address those issues.”

With less than six weeks to go until voters go to the polls, Ms Walker-Lynch said she knows she’s got a lot of campaigning to do.

She said: “You can see that there’s an awful lot of money on the Tory side going into campaigning in Halifax, but it all seems to be photo opportunities and a superficial involvement with the issues in Halifax. The Tories will always have more money than Labour, but I know Halifax much better than Philip Allott and I think he lacks credibility in his campaign.”

Ms Walker-Lynch, 28, was born at Halifax General and grew up in Northowram. She is the daughter of a police officer and a nurse.

She went to school at Northowram Primary and Brighouse High before gaining a degree from Lancaster University. She got married in December last year.

She currently works for Yorkshire and Humber MEP Linda McAvan.