FOR the first time, Labour supporters in Park ward will be able to vote for a woman at the next Calderdale Council election.
Jenny Lynn is well known for having piloted the West Central Halifax Regeneration Partnership for seven years.
Choosing her has caused some problems for the local Labour Party as for decades their candidate has always been a man from the Asian community.
But on this occasion, the party’s central office decided that there should be an all-women shortlist.
The situation was finally resolved at a special meeting of Labour’s Calderdale Local Government Committee, chaired by former Labour councillor Mohammed Naeem.
There are three seats in Park ward, two of which are held by Labour councillors Ferman Ali and Faisal Shoukat.
The seat which will be contested in May is held by Liberal Democrat councillor Mohammed Ilyas.
Jenny Lynn was born in North Yorkshire and County Durham, and has been a member of the Labour Party for over 30 years.
She moved to Halifax in 1995 and since her job with the partnership came to an end in 2002, she has continued to live in Park ward, working as a freelance adviser and trainer.
She is a member of Halifax Opportunities Trust board and Square Chapel Arts Centre.
She is also a member of the shadow board of governors of Mount Pellon School, as well as being a Trustee of St Augustine’s Family Centre and the Himmat project.
She chairs Halifax Friends of Palestine, which was established in 2006 to campaign for justice and peace in Israel/Palestine.
Ms Lynn said: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to stand as Labour candidate for Park ward. I love living in this neighbourhood, which I believe is a real asset to the town now.
“But we also have to deal with a coalition government that just doesn’t care about the impact of their disastrous economic policies on places like Calderdale – that’s why I believe it’s vital that we have an even stronger Labour voice on our council.”
• Park ward was created in 2004 and is based almost entirely on the old St John’s electoral ward.
Labour’s Margaret Berry was the last women to win a seat for Labour in St John’s in 1980.