Official Parliamentary portrait, June 2017
|Shadow Minister for Flooding & Coastal Communities|
3 July 2017 – 30 July 2018
|Member of Parliament|
|Assumed office |
7 May 2015
|Preceded by||Linda Riordan|
|Born||8 October 1986|
|Alma mater||Lancaster University|
Holly Lynch (born 8 October 1986), also known as Holly Walker-Lynch, is a British Labour politician. She was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Halifax at the 2015 general election.
Lynch was given just over six weeks to retain the marginal seat of Halifax for Labour having been selected as the party's candidate only at the end of March 2015.
Labour's search for a new candidate was triggered by the decision of sitting MP Linda Riordan in February to stand down on health grounds. Her decision, and Lynch's subsequent selection, set up one of the most closely fought contests in Yorkshire in the election.
Riordan had held Halifax for Labour in 2010 by a majority of just 1,472 votes, and the seat was considered a key target for the Conservative Party. Lynch was successful on election night and held the Halifax seat for Labour with a majority of only 428 votes over the Conservative candidate.
Lynch was born in Halifax and grew up in Northowram. She then attended Brighouse High School and studied Politics and History at Lancaster University. She worked in a fast food outlet in Halifax town centre, before joining a small local business involved in exporting Halifax goods around the world.
Lynch made her maiden speech in the House of Commons on 9 June 2015. She stated her priorities as being Human Rights, the UK's relations with Europe and the protection of services at Calderdale Royal Hospital.
Lynch was a member of the Environmental Audit Committee from July to October 2015 and was appointed to the Procedure Committee in February 2016. Lynch was appointed as an Opposition Whip in the Commons on 18 September 2015.
Lynch has also been a member of All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Migration, Britain-Palestine, Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East, Art and Health, Kashmir, Policing and Rugby Union.
She was reappointed to the front bench by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on 3 July 2017, taking on the role of Shadow Flooding & Coastal Communities Minister within the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs team.
Lynch married Chris Walker in December 2014.
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- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
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