We are very pleased and proud to announce that our candidate for the Colne Valley constituency in the 2017 General election is Thelma Walker.
"I have lived in the Colne Valley for most of my life. I'm married to Labour Councillor Rob Walker and my working life has been in teaching. I've worked in a number of Kirklees schools, three of which are in the Colne Valley constituency.
It is an absolute honour to be selected to represent Colne Valley Labour Party at this election – the constituency where I live, and where I raised my children, who were both educated at local schools. I love the people and the place. Our valleys are an area with a proud history – and a bright future.
But we have been short-changed under this government, with local schools facing cuts and academisation, GP practices under threat, our local council slashed repeatedly, our A&E potentially closing and our roads falling to pieces. I will fight a clean and fair campaign, standing up for every single town, village, street, and resident."