Labour candidate Holly Walker-Lynch proud to be fighting for Halifax seat

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The new Labour party candidate says she is delighted and proud to be fighting for her hometown seat in Halifax.

Holly Walker-Lynch, was selected to represent the party just seven weeks before the General Election.

Speaking to the Halifax Courier after her selection at the Three Ways Centre in Ovenden, Ms Walker-Lynch said: “I am delighted to be chosen as there was a strong line up of local members to choose from.

“I was born and raised here in Halifax and worked in the town centre.

“Linda Riordan 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.

“I am very proud and very pleased to be given this opportunity.”

Holly was born at Halifax General and grew up in Northowram in the constituency. 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 worked at a fast-food restaurant in Halifax on the minimum wage before taking up a job with Matrix Technology Solutions in Halifax giving her a grounding in the business world.

She currently works for Yorkshire and Humber MEP Linda McAvan. She said the hard work now begins in the next seven weeks before the General Election.

“The Tories have put in a lot of effort to win this seat but it is my job to stop that.

“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 said she will now be focusing on five key areas including food banks and poverty, creating more opportunities for young people, fighting to keep the A&E department at Calderdale Royal Hospital, looking for more investment in jobs in the town centre and improve transport links in Halifax.

Along with Jo Coles, Dot Foster and Susan Hinchcliffe, the candidates took part in a hustings debate today (Saturday) where they were given ten minutes to convince local party members that they are the right person to stand.

Naveed Ikram who was another candidate on the Labour shortlist withdrew overnight.

Ms Walker-Lynch will replace the MP Linda Riordan who announced to stand down due to ill health.

Mrs Riordan, who has represented Halifax since 2005, was re-elected at the last general election with a majority of just 1,472.