A WOMAN from a local village is to fight the General Election, campaigning for the family.
Theresa Quarmby, of Highburton, plans to stand in Huddersfield as a Pro-Life Independent candidate.
And the 66-year- old former medical receptionist is determined to get a national debate on family values.
Mrs Quarmby said: "I have watched the disintegration of the family over the past 30 years.
"The state has taken over the family, none more so that this Labour Government.
"We desperately need to capture the richness of family life.
"Family life is about things like celebrating anniversaries, caring for an elderly parent and tucking one's children into bed.
"The Government should support and strengthen families by respecting their wellbeing, encouraging healthy marriages and support- ing families that need help.
"There is an obligation to respect, defend and protect the family."
Mrs Quarmby also said it was a tragedy that the number of abortions rose 9% last year.
Abortion was especially tragic when it was carried out on a teenager.
Mrs Quarmby, who was divorced many years ago, has two grown-up children, Matthew and Francesca, and four grandchildren.
She gave up her career to care for her mother. She now cares for an aunt.
She admits she is unlikely to attract many votes, but hopes her candidacy will start a debate on family matters.
"I do not expect to win, but I would be delighted if one of the main parties took up the cause of the family," she said.