Support for council candidate Jenny at Labour rally

Labour party rally at Queen's Road Neighbourhood Centre with Mohammad Maeem, Jenny Lynn and Coun Faisal Shoukat.

Labour party rally at Queen's Road Neighbourhood Centre with Mohammad Maeem, Jenny Lynn and Coun Faisal Shoukat.

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Support poured in for Park ward council candidate Jenny Lynn at a Labour party rally.

The event, at the Queen’s Road Neighbourhood Centre, Halifax, was a chance for her to talk about her priorities for the area, which include better housing.

She said: “Increasingly, the condition of housing and the shortage of it is an issue.

“I certainly want to learn more about the problems people are experiencing in relation to housing and what solutions might be possible.”

Getting better facilities and play areas for children and young people is also high on her agenda.

Halifax MP Linda Riordan and Calderdale Labour group leader Tim Swift were among those showing their support for her.

Mrs Riordan told the meeting of her concerns about unemployment and the NHS reform bill going through Parliament.

Mr Swift talked of how Calderdale Council was trying to protect frontline services in the face of Government cuts.

Former Mayor of Calderdale Arshad Mahmood also spoke at the meeting, which was chaired by former Labour councillor Mohammed Naeem.

Labour councillors Ferman Ali and Faisal Shoukat, who hold two of the three seats in Park ward, also spoke.

The seat to be contested in May is held by Liberal Democrat councillor Mohammed Ilyas.

Ms Lynn said she was particularly encouraged by the number of women who turned out to support her election campaign.

She said: “I’m feeling very positive. I think it’s high time there was a change in Park ward and high time there was a woman representing it.

“I’ve lived here for 17 years and I’m really looking forward to it.”