Labour and Tory politicans set dates for NHS - and more - head-to-heads

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Labour parliamentary candidate for Calder Valley, Josh Fenton-Glynn, and incumbent Conservative MP Craig Whittaker have agreed the dates and locations for four NHS debates to take place in the autumn.

The exact venues in each of the towns is yet to be finalised.

Mr Fenton-Glynn said after agreeing the four locations, designed to give as many Calder Valley residents access to a debate near to their homes as possible, the two camps drew the location names out of a hat to decide the order, with the results as follows:

Thursday, September 25, Brighouse; Tuesday, September 30, Ryburn; Wednesday, October 1, Hebden Bridge; and Saturday, October 11, Elland.

Work will now commence on finalising specific venues and chair-people – both of which will be neutral and agreed by both sides.

The debates have come about as a result of Mr Fenton-Glynn challenging Mr Whittaker to go head-to-head to make their cases for the future of health services across the Calder Valley.

The debates will each be two hours long, with the first hour dedicated to taking questions on local NHS provision, and a second hour where audience members will be able to ask questions on any topic they choose.

Mr Fenton-Glynn said: “These debates will be a real opportunity for people locally to hear for themselves where Mr Whittaker and I stand on the future of Calderdale NHS provision.

“They are an opportunity for local people to have their say on this hugely important issue.”