Jason is a proud Yorkshireman who lives in Honley.
For 9 years he was an RAF Officer serving at home and abroad including tours in Turkey, Las Vegas and Iraq. He reached the rank of Flight Lieutenant.
On leaving the RAF Jason studied Broadcast Journalism to Post Graduate level. After a spell with BBC Local Radio, he joined Calendar News and Sport at ITV Yorkshire in Leeds. For many years he was the weekend News and Sport Presenter.
Jason was selected as the Conservative PPC for Colne Valley at an Open Primary in March 2007. In May 2010 Jason was proud to be elected as the Member of Parliament for Colne Valley with a majority of 4,837. Jason has set up his constituency office in Holmfirth where his team are already helping thousands of constituents with a variety of issues.
Jason was appointed to the UK Delegation of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly by the Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon William Hague, and from there was appointed to the NATO PA Defence Committee.
Jason is on the editorial board of www.politics.co.uk.
Jason is a member of the Aldersgate Group, which is “a coalition of progressive business, environment groups and individuals that believe that high environmental standards will be major part of future economic growth and international competitiveness”. Microsoft, Jaguar, PepsiCo, BT, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, the Co Op and Friends of the Earth are also members.
All Party Parliamentary Groups – Jason acts as Co-Chairman of the Gas Safety Group. He’s Vice Chairman for the Post Offices, Northern Rail and Education for All groups. He’s an officer of the Hepatology group, and a member of The Armed Forces, Cadets, Pakistan, Save the Pub, Cricket, Rugby League, Hill Farming, London 2012, ITV and Flood Prevention groups.
Jason is the President of the Huddersfield branch of the Royal Air Force Association. He is a member of the Royal British Legion New Mill branch and is a keen supporter of the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Jason is a big Huddersfield Town fan and tries to get the Galpharm Stadium as much as he can. He was at Wembley in 1995 and Cardiff in 2004 when Town won the Playoff Finals.