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Labour party membership doubles in region

The Labour Party has told Calendar its membership has doubled in our region since the election, with many new members in Brighton this week for the annual conference.

It is the first time the party has got together since Jeremy Corbyn became leader, beating the Yorkshire MP Yvette Cooper.

Paul Brand reports:


Holly Lynch selected as Labour candidate for Halifax

Labour members in Halifax have selected Halifax-born Holly Lynch as the party's candidate for the General Election.

Labour members in Halifax have selected Halifax-born Holly Lynch as the party's candidate for the General Election. Credit: Labour Party

Holly won a vote of members at a hustings held at the Three Ways Centre in Ovenden.

The selection came about after sitting MP Linda Riordan announced she would be standing down at the next election after 10 years as the town's MP.

She currently works for Yorkshire and Humber MEP Linda McAvan.

I'm delighted and immensely proud to have been selected to represent my home town. Linda has been a strong MP for Halifax and hers will be big shoes to fill, but I have the experience and the values to be the champion for Halifax in parliament that we need. My number one priority will be to fight for the future of services at Calderdale Royal Hospital, particularly the A&E department and maternity services which so many local people rely upon.

– Holly Lynch

Miliband rules out SNP coalition during Leeds visit

Ed Miliband announced he won't enter into a formal coalition with the Scottish National Party when he made a visit to a marginal constituency in Leeds today.

As part of his visit, he took time out to answer some questions from Calendar viewers, put to him by Adam Fowler:

Senior Labour officials to select Bradford West candidate

Members of Labour Party's National Executive Committee will select their prospective parliamentary candidate in Bradford West, after the original representative stood down.

Amina Ali's was selected as the Labour candidate last weekend Credit: Twitter

Amina Ali announced her resignation citing family reasons yesterday.

New candidates have until Friday to register their interest in a seat with an all-women shortlist.

A panel of NEC members will interview the shortlisted candidates on Monday and make their decision.

Labour lost the seat to Respect’s George Galloway in a by-election in 2012.


Lord Ahmed "very disappointed" at treatment

Lord Ahmed - who has resigned from the Labour Party - said he was "very disappointed" with the way he had been treated by Labour.

"I don't want to appear before any kangaroo court where the rules of justice have been denied. All I want is any evidence in front of me so I can look at it and defend myself. I can't defend myself if there is no evidence produced."

"I don't want my friends in the Labour to think that I have walked away but the rules of justice demand it. It's very unfortunate."

Lord Ahmed said he had "never been anti-semitic" and had "unreservedly apologised" for any offence caused to the Jewish community.

He added his "heart" is still with the Labour Party.

The Rotherham peer was due to face a hearing over allegations he made anti-Semitic comments in a TV interview.

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