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Thank you to the electors of Leeds Central for putting their trust and confidence in me once again as their Member of Parliament. 

Here is the result in full.   

General Election 2017:

Leeds Central                                                                                                                                         

  Candidate Votes % +/-
Labour Hilary Benn 33,453 70.2 +15.2
Conservative Gareth Davies 9,755 20.5 +3.2
UKIP Bill Palfreman 2,056 4.3 -11.4
Green Ed Carlisle 1,189 2.5 -5.4
Liberal Democrat Andy Nash 1,063 2.2 -1.2
Christian Peoples Alliance Alex Coetzee 157 0.3 +0.3
Majority   23,698 49.7 +12.0
Turnout 47,673 47,673 53.2 -1.9
Labour hold     Swing +6

We had a bigger electorate due to a surge in voter registration, and although the percentage turnout was slightly down on 2015, we got 70.2% of the vote - the highest Labour share in the history of the Leeds Central constituency.

Thank you to all those who helped to make it happen.

 

Hilary Benn

MP for Leeds Central

Leeds Central General Election Result

Thank you to the electors of Leeds Central for putting their trust and confidence in me once again as their Member of Parliament. 

Conserving our natural environment has always been a major concern of mine and during my time as the Environment Secretary in the last Labour government, I established the South Downs National Park, set up the Lawton Review, helped to put the Climate Change and Marine and Coastal Access Acts on the statute book, undertook a comprehensive look at the health of England’s ecosystems, and produced the Food 2030 strategy which stressed why domestic agriculture is so important for jobs, the economy, and the shape the character of our landscape and countryside. I decided against a badger cull and it is clear that the cull the current government instituted has failed. I also voted in favour of the ban on hunting with hounds.

There is still a great deal to do to maintain and develop our natural habitats, as well as protect our diverse species. The Labour Manifesto is committed to protecting Britain’s biodiversity and reads

‘The Conservatives’ threatened bonfire of red tape’ is a threat to our environmental protections and to the quality of our lives. Their record on combating climate change and environmental damage has been one of inaction and broken promises. The balance needs resetting: our air is killing us, our farms face an uncertain future, our fish stocks are collapsing, our oceans are used as dumping grounds, and our forests, green belt, national parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest are all under threat.

Labour will introduce a new Clean Air Act to deal with the Conservative legacy of illegal air quality. We will safeguard habitats and species in the ‘blue belts’ of the seas and oceans surrounding our island. We will set guiding targets for plastic bottle deposit schemes, working with food manufacturers and retailers to reduce waste. We will protect our bees by prohibiting neonicotinoids as soon as our EU relationship allows us to do so. We will work with farmers and foresters to plant a million trees of native species to promote biodiversity and better flood management.  Unlike the Conservatives who attempted to privatise our forests, Labour will keep them in public hands. Our stewardship of the environment needs to be founded on sound principles and based on scientific assessments. We will establish a science innovation fund, working with farmers and fisheries, that will include support for our small scale fishing fleet’.

I also think that we need to bear the environment in mind when it comes to other policies on farming, transport, housing and the way in which we aim to reduce and manage waste.
 
Rt Hon Hilary Benn
Labour Candidate for Leeds Central

Protecting the Environment

Conserving our natural environment has always been a major concern of mine and during my time as the Environment Secretary in the last Labour government, I established the South Downs National...

The Coalition Government’s decision to speed up the increase in the women’s state pension age has had a devastating impact on many women who were born in the 1950s, some of whom now face real hardship.

I support the equalisation of the state pension age. However, changes to the state pension age should be carefully implemented so that those who are affected are given adequate notice of the changes and have enough time to plan for the future. The decision to accelerate the rise in women’s state pension age has meant that women born in the 1950s did not have enough notice of changes and hadn’t planned for their new circumstances. This has been further exacerbated by the Government’s failure to communicate the changes.

Under Labour’s plan, Pension Credit would be extended to those who were due to retire before the chaotic pension age increase brought in by the Conservative-led Coalition Government. This would alleviate the worst of the impact for the most vulnerable women and restore some of the dignity many feel they have lost.

In 2011 the then Work and Pensions Secretary committed to looking at transitional provisions to help the women who have been hit hardest by the changes but he has failed to do so. There have been a number of Parliamentary debates on this issue in recent months, including a Westminster Hall debate in November 2016, where the Shadow Frontbench urged the Government to take appropriate action.

Given the mishandling of the raising of the pension age for women born in the 1950s, which has already caused financial worries for 2.6 million women across the country, we need to take action. Labour recently announced plans to help end the plight of women affected, having repeatedly called on the Government to deliver on its promise to look at transitional arrangements for the 1950s women but they failed to respond.  The Labour Party’s 2017 Manifesto says:

‘Over 2.5 million women born in the 1950s have had their state pension age changed without fair notification. These women deserve both recognition for the injustice they have suffered and some kind of compensation for their losses.

Alongside our commitment to extend Pension Credit to hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable women, Labour is exploring options for further transitional protections, to ensure that all these women have security and dignity in older age.

This must never happen again. Labour will legislate so that accrued rights to the basic state pension cannot be changed, but future benefits can. The pension age is due to rise to 66 by the end of 2020. Labour rejects the Conservatives’ proposal to increase the state pension age even further. We will commission a new review of the pension age, specifically tasked with developing a retirement policy...."

Best wishes

Hilary Benn

Labour Candidate for Leeds Central

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