News from Hilary

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

My thanks to all of you who have contacted me recently about the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and its future consideration by the House of Commons.

I didn’t support the Bill at its Second Reading on 11 September – I voted against it – because significant changes are needed to make it acceptable. I also voted against the Programme Motion - which proposed just 8 days to scrutinise the Bill in committee - because I do not think that is enough time. As someone who campaigned hard for Remain, I have to accept that the UK will be leaving the EU at the end of March 2019, but the task we now face is to secure a good deal to safeguard jobs, security, the environment, workers’ rights and sensible co-operation in future.

Brexit Update

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill My thanks to all of you who have contacted me recently about the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and its future consideration by the House of Commons.... Read more

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2.23 pm

Hilary Benn (Leeds Central) (Lab)

First, I just say to the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith) that this is not about defying the will of the British people; it is about how sensibly we are going to give effect to it. The referendum campaign seems a long time ago now, but during it we heard endless assertions that the process of leaving the European Union would be easy, straightforward and all those things. Anyone who looks at the Bill will see with their own eyes just how wrong the people who said that were. Despite the brave face that the Secretary of State habitually puts on things, it must now be dawning on Ministers that their assertion that they would be able to negotiate the whole thing—a comprehensive agreement covering all the things we need and all the benefits we want—by the end of the article 50 process is not now going to be possible. The reason why both those assertions have failed to survive contact with reality is not for want of effort, but because of fundamental disagreements in the Government about what the policy should be, which has resulted in delay, and because the task is Byzantine in its complexity. I do not envy civil servants, who are working hard, or indeed Ministers, and I do not envy the House the task that confronts us, but we have a duty to be honest with each other and with the British people about the choices that we face, their consequences and the fact that we have to do all this against the ticking clock.

Hilary's speech on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill 7 Sep 2017

2.23 pm Hilary Benn (Leeds Central) (Lab) First, I just say to the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith) that this is not about defying... Read more

First published in the September 2017 edition of South Leeds Life, available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/mps-notebook/

Once again, food banks are in the news. Research by the Trussell Trust, which runs a network of food banks across the UK, including in Leeds, has found that more than one third of food distributed goes to needy children. School-age children up to the age of 11 are most likely to require emergency food parcels, especially during the summer holidays.

Hilary's Article for South Leeds Life - September 2017

First published in the September 2017 edition of South Leeds Life, available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/mps-notebook/ Once again, food banks are in the news. Research by the Trussell Trust, which runs... Read more

First published in the July 2017 edition of South Leeds Life, available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/mps-notebook-july-2017/

 

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who voted for me in the recent general election. It is a great privilege to have been elected as your local Member of Parliament for the sixth time, and I will do my best to repay your trust and confidence. And whether you voted for me for not, or didn’t vote at all, I am here to represent all of you, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you think I can be of assistance. You can email me at bennh@parliament.uk, ring my constituency office on (0113) 244 1097 or come to one of my regular advice surgeries - details available on my website at http://www.hilarybenn.org/get_help.  

The Grenfell Tower fire was an awful tragedy that shocked us all. Our first priority must be to ensure that all those affected are given the support they need - now and in the years ahead. The second is for the Public Inquiry to find out what happened and why. And the third is to implement its recommendations so that nothing like this ever happens again.

Hilary's Article for South Leeds Life - July 2017

First published in the July 2017 edition of South Leeds Life, available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/mps-notebook-july-2017/   First of all, I would like to thank everyone who voted for me in... Read more

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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. 

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.  Read more

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.

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... Read more

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.

WASPI Campaign

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... Read more

 

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Hilary with his award for Parliamentarian of the Year from League Against Cruel Sports, 2011

 

Thanks all of you who have written to me about animal welfare. As a vegetarian of over 40 years, I'm a very strong supporter of action to protect our creatures great and small.

This year marks the 13th anniversary of Labour's hunting ban which I voted for and strongly support. I simply cannot understand why the Tories want to bring fox hunting back as animal cruelty is still animal cruelty. I will vote against any attempt to repeal the ban.

Animal Welfare

  Hilary with his award for Parliamentarian of the Year from League Against Cruel Sports, 2011   Thanks all of you who have written to me about animal welfare. As a... Read more

Many people have written to me with their concerns about community pubs and the difficulties that local pubs are currently facing, and the related CAMRA campaign.

Pledge for Pubs

Many people have written to me with their concerns about community pubs and the difficulties that local pubs are currently facing, and the related CAMRA campaign. Read more

I’m proud that it was the last Labour Government that put the Human Rights Act on the statute book and we now need to defend it against the Tories’ plan to replace it.

I’m also committed to advancing the cause of human rights around the globe.

Human Rights

I’m proud that it was the last Labour Government that put the Human Rights Act on the statute book and we now need to defend it against the Tories’ plan... Read more

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