Calder Valley was the constituency that provided the most signatures for my e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting. In fact it produced 871 (out of 123,077) signatures. The rival e-petition, supporting grouse shooting, accumulated just 31 signatures in Calder Valley (and only 25,322 overall). And yet Conservative MP for the Calder Valley, Craig Whittaker, spoke in the Westminster Hall debate in favour of grouse shooting. He chose to snub his constituents – why vote for him?
Mr Whittaker clearly doesn’t have much time for his constituents’ views. Maybe he is more influenced by the millionaire grouse moor owner Richard Bannister who owns the ultra-controversial Walshaw Moor (see over 50 posts about Walshaw Moor on this blog – search for Wuthering Moors and start here) which sheds its water into the Calder Valley? Before he spoke in Westminster Hall Mr Whittaker scurried up to Walshaw Moor to get his lines from the estate there rather than to look at the science.
Calder Valley is a marginal seat – it was Labour from 1997-2010 and it’s time that it was again. The Labour candidate, Josh Fenton-Glynn, looks pretty good on paper and was within 5000 votes of Whittaker last time around. This seat is winnable for Labour – particularly if LibDems and Greens (I’m sorry guys) gang up on this Tory.
Vote for Josh Fenton-Glynn on 8 June.