James Homewood is our candidate in Ashbrow ward
Can you help in the election? Contact James on 07865 782094 or Cllr Jean Calvert on 07552 405429
I was born and raised in the area and understand the needs of our local community. I have seen first-hand the fantastic job the Labour councillors have done representing and transforming Ashbrow. I’m inspired by their success and committed to continuing their good work.
The Tories are destroying local government by imposing unfair cuts on the council: this affects all of our daily lives from how we care for our elderly to getting our bins emptied. I want to work with Labour colleagues on the council to ensure that our reduced budget is distributed fairly and the needs of Ashbrow’s residents are represented.
I have the knowledge and confidence to speak up for our community and to get things done. I hope you can support me on the 5th May.
A bit about me
I was born in HRI and grew up in Fixby. I went to school in Birkby and then Rastrick and after a degree from Liverpool University, I now work in a local bank - so I know how to manage finance. I joined the Labour Party because communities are important to me. I've been working with our councillors and local residents ever since. Ken Smith has been a massive support to people in Ashbrow - personally and as a councillor for many years. I hope to step up to that: I do feel I have the skills and ability to represent the Ashbrow ward and understand the issues affecting local people.
A & E
The threat to our local A&E service at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary came as a blow to all of us in the town. A town the size of Huddersfield needs its own hospital and A&E department and the proposed closure will increase the potential for more deaths and worse health outcomes for Huddersfield residents. As expected we haven’t taken this news lying down, people across the town have been out in force campaigning hard for the decision to be overturned.
We have had a fantastic response to our Labour petition which our local MP Barry Sheerman has presented to Parliament. The response we have had from the residents of Ashbrow has been phenomenal. People young and old have gone out of their way to sign our petition and many of they have said they want to be involved in the Labour campaign to save the A&E. With this fighting spirit we have to believe we can overturn this terrible decision.
Despite local Tories claiming to be up in arms about the proposal the blame for this decision can be laid firmly at the door of their government. A lack of investment in the NHS is leading to this type of decision being made up and down the country leaving major towns without A&Es and Maternity Units. It is clear that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt could choose to reverse this decision at any time but ideological plans to cut vital services and privatise the NHS mean he won’t change course.
I'm saying that, although the Council won’t get to vote on this decision, if elected I will make it clear what local residents demand and the level of Healthcare provision Huddersfield needs. We will call out the hypocrisy of local Tories who have for years supported a government making cuts to public services but are now outraged that the axe has fallen at their door, you reap what you sow!”