Calder Valley Labour Party has selected its candidate to take on Tory MP Craig Whittaker at the next General Election.
It will be poverty campaigner Josh Fenton-Glynn, who was selected from a shortlist of four by Calder Valley Labour Party members at a selection hustings at Calder High School in Mytholmroyd on Saturday morning.
Josh was born and grew up in Hebden Bridge where he attended local schools.
His first job was as a special needs assistant at Calder High. He gained a degree from Liverpool University and has since worked for organisations fighting UK poverty, including roles for Child Poverty Action Group and Oxfam’s UK Poverty Programme.
He played a central part in changing the law to stop unfair sanctions being imposed on benefits for parents of disabled children and helped push through the Child Poverty Act in 2010.
Mr Fenton-Glynn said: “I love the Calder Valley but it’s being hit hard by this Tory-led government and it needs an MP prepared to stick up for local people.
“I’ve had enough of David Cameron’s constant attack on our living standards. Unlike Mr Whittaker and the government of millionaires he supports. If elected I will always put Calder Valley people first and will always be on their side.”