‘Top of my list’ pledges MP

Craig Whittaker at his re-election as Calder Valley MP last Thursday. He has made the Calder High rebuild one of his top priorities

Craig Whittaker at his re-election as Calder Valley MP last Thursday. He has made the Calder High rebuild one of his top priorities

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Calder High School will be the top of Craig Whittaker’s 
priority list when he returns to Westminster next week.

Mr Whittaker reiterated his promise to address the appalling condition of the school buildings - Todmorden High also needs a rebuild - following his re-election as the Conservative MP for Calder Valley.

He said: “My priority for the Calder Valley, as it has been for the past five years, is to continue working hard as a good local constituency MP - looking at our schools, to keep badgering the government for money for Todmorden and Calder High School.”

He said the Prime Minister David Cameron has promised the money and that he will hold Mr Cameron to account on that promise. Prior to his election in 2010, Mr Whittaker made the same promise to the people of Calder Valley, but was unable to secure funding for the project.

In February this year, Mr Whittaker mounted a rooftop protest at Todmorden High when it became clear that the school, along with Calder High, had been overlooked for funding from two different government schemes.

Anthony Guise, headteacher at Calder High School, said he was pleased to hear Mr Whittaker will continue fighting for improvements, but criticised the government for allowing the school to fall into disrepair. He said: “As one of the remaining state-maintained schools, it is appalling that we are still having to educate the children of the Calder Valley in buildings that are no longer fit for purpose.

“In 2010, the Local Authority identified £4.5 million of work that needed doing then.

“The level of investment required is sadly beyond the coffers of Calderdale Council, so to secure funding for even a major refurbishment would be a fantastic result for the Calder High community would be a major achievement and would