Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for the Calder Valley was joined by shadow justice minister Dan Jarvis on campaigning to highlight the ‘Cost of Cameron’.
Josh Fenton-Glynn, along with Mr Jarvis and 15 Labour activists, visited homes in Mytholmroyd to ask people about the increased cost of living affecting residents.
“People in Calder Valley are really struggling with the cost-of-living crisis and they’re not getting the help they need from government,” said Mr Fenton-Glynn. “The average family in Yorkshire is over £1,800 worse off as a result of prices going up and wages flat lining.
“One of the biggest concerns people raised with me and in many places in the Calder Valley where I knock on doors was the cost of childcare – many parents don’t feel they can afford to return to work when the vast majority of their pay disappears to pay the child-minder or nursery.
“Every time I hear a Tory tell me there is a recovery, for me, it shows how out of touch they are with the people they claim to represent.
“Labour have policies that will stop communities like ours being left behind - freezing energy bills, extending free childcare for working parents to 25 hours a week, restricting rail fare hikes to one per cent above inflation, strengthening the minimum wage.
“In Mytholmroyd I felt a real sense of anger that struggling families are being let down by this government and work isn’t paying.
“I think people are realising that only Labour will stand up for those who are finding it harder.”
The Labour Party published new figures showing that the fact prices have risen faster than wages for 41 of the 42 months David Cameron has been Prime Minister has hit Yorkshire workers hard, with the average wage in our region now £1,876 lower in real terms than it was in 2010.
“David Cameron officially has the worst record on living standards of any prime minister in history - on his watch, prices have risen faster than wages for 41 of the 42 months he’s been in Downing Street,” said Mr Jarvis.
“People in Yorkshire are feeling the squeeze of that even more than most and it’s not good enough. Every single person we spoke to in Mytholmroyd today agreed there is a cost of living crisis and that the government isn’t doing enough to tackle it.
“The Tories stick up for a small elite at the top - they’ve proven they’d rather give their millionaire mates a huge tax cut than act to help hard-working people in our region.”
Mr Fenton-Glynn also visited Brighouse in the Calder Valley where he held a street stall.
He was joined by Brighouse Labour council candidate Anthony Rutherford and Rastrick council candidate Peter Judge. “In Brighouse we got a really positive response. Over 100 people signed our petition calling for this government to act on the price of gas and electricity bills,” he said.