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It has been a privilege to represent all of you and our community over the last 16 years, and I am asking for your support and trust once again on 7th May 2015.

Society works best when we all contribute. We can see the benefits of this in the great community organisations we are proud to have in Leeds. But we also need a Labour Government that will stand up for all of us too and build a fairer society.

I am fighting this election to devolve power, abolish the bedroom tax - which affects 1,900 families in Leeds Central - increase the minimum wage, freeze energy prices, provide proper apprenticeships, build the homes we need and protect our NHS.

Please get in touch with me at hilarybenn4leedscentral@outlook.com if I can be of help, and I do hope you will cast your vote for Labour on polling day.


Best wishes

Hilary Benn
Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Leeds Central

General Election 2015

It has been a privilege to represent all of you and our community over the last 16 years, and I am asking for your support and trust once again on...

Lots of people have contacted me about a proposed Financial Transaction Tax and the ‘Robin Hood Tax’ campaign.

I know how strongly many people feel about this issue, not least because of the effects of the global financial crash and the part the banks played in it. I believe that our banking sector needs to be reformed so it is more sustainable and competitive, and so that our banks work for savers, investors and small and medium-sized businesses that have found it so difficult to get the finance they need to invest and grow. I also think that the banks should make a significant contribution to repaying the debts that were incurred as a result of the banking crisis.
 
Labour will continue to campaign for an international Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) covering major financial centres. We agree that this should be looked at to see if it could be introduced in a way that would raise additional revenue while making financial transactions less volatile and more sustainable. It is also important that any FTT should incorporate the widest possible global participation to avoid the risk that traders simply play one jurisdiction off against another.
 
Meanwhile, the next Labour Government will raise the current Bank Levy to fund an increase in free childcare from 15 to 25 hours a week for working parents of three and four year olds and we will introduce a bank bonus tax to pay for our Jobs Guarantee for the long-term unemployed. Labour will also reform our banking system to make it more competitive in the long-term, including by introducing at least two new challenger banks and a market share test.

Labour will also close tax loopholes that cost us billions of pounds a year with tougher penalties and an end to unfair tax breaks used by hedge funds and others. We will seek international agreement on transparency covering multinational companies' revenues, profits and tax for each country in which they operate and will act at home if agreement is not reached. British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies will have to declare the real owners of companies. We will review the practices of HMRC and abolish non-dom status so that all those who make the UK their home pay tax in the same way as the rest of us.
 
I hope this is helpful.

Hilary Benn

Robin Hood Tax

Lots of people have contacted me about a proposed Financial Transaction Tax and the ‘Robin Hood Tax’ campaign.

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Today I attended the launch of Labour's General Election Manifesto.  Ed Miliband spoke with passion and commitment about the difference that a Labour Government and the British people working together could make to our country.

You will probably read and hear a great deal about what others make of the Labour's Better Plan, so why not click on the link below, read it for yourself and let me know what you think?

Britain can be better: The Labour Party Manifesto 2015

Best wishes

 

Hilary Benn

Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Leeds Central

Labour's General Election Manifesto

Today I attended the launch of Labour's General Election Manifesto.  Ed Miliband spoke with passion and commitment about the difference that a Labour Government and the British people working together...

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