News from Hilary

Hilary and his fellow Leeds Labour MPs have written to the Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to ask them to reconsider their proposal to form a subsidiary company which would transfer thousands of NHS staff out of the organisation.

See the letter below.

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Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Hilary and his fellow Leeds Labour MPs have written to the Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to ask them to reconsider their proposal to form a subsidiary... Read more

A relative in the US recently emailed to tell me that ‘for reasons of security, privacy and ethics, I’ve dumped my Facebook account’. The revelations about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have probably got us all thinking about who knows what about our lives. The internet is a wonderful thing, Facebook is a great means of keeping in touch and loyalty cards give us points or special deals, but as we are learning they also reveal a great deal of information about us and the lives we lead. We can share with the cyber-world our purchases, the telephone numbers of all our friends, our photos and our views on life and politics. All of this is harvested in order to target advertising at us. It's how companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon make their money.

Hilary's Article for South Leeds Life - April 2018

A relative in the US recently emailed to tell me that ‘for reasons of security, privacy and ethics, I’ve dumped my Facebook account’. The revelations about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica... Read more

I have been contacted by a number of constituents about Orkambi and the terrible plight of cystic fibrosis sufferers.

I was present for part of the debate on this issue in Westminster on 19th March where there was was a huge turnout of MPs from all over the country. This showed just how great is the concern we all feel to do everything we can to help those living with this disease.

Orkambi

I have been contacted by a number of constituents about Orkambi and the terrible plight of cystic fibrosis sufferers. I was present for part of the debate on this issue... Read more

I have been contacted by a number of constituents about the recent report of the Select Committee on Exiting the European Union.

Can I first of all encourage you to read the report, if you have not yet had the opportunity to do so, because some of the comments made about it bear no relationship to the conclusions that a majority of the members of the Committee reached. You can find a copy using the link below:

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmexeu/884/88402.htm

Select Committee Report

I have been contacted by a number of constituents about the recent report of the Select Committee on Exiting the European Union. Can I first of all encourage you to... Read more

The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP) is coming to Beeston to hold a Popup Business Advice Café in partnership with Leeds City Council, offering totally free business advice.

The Popup will be open from 9.00-12.20pm on Thursday 5th April 2018 at the Hillside Centre in Beeston and will have local experts waiting to give practical answers to your questions on a range of business topics. Totally informal, non-sales, turn up when you like, leave when you like, come back again when you feel like it. It's a café, not a conference.

The LEP's FREE Business Advice Popup Cafe

The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP) is coming to Beeston to hold a Popup Business Advice Café in partnership with Leeds City Council, offering totally free business advice.... Read more

It's time to talk about the air we breathe.

High levels of air pollution can make asthma symptoms worse, damage our lungs and is linked to an estimated 40,000 premature deaths in the UK every year. The elderly and people with particular medical conditions like heart and lung disease are most at risk. Leeds is one of the cities with a big problem and the worst spot for nitrogen dioxide pollution is by the Corn Exchange. The truth is we can't go on like this - we're actually breaching the law - and that's why Leeds City Council is drawing up a plan.

Hilary's Article for South Leeds Life - March 2018

It's time to talk about the air we breathe. High levels of air pollution can make asthma symptoms worse, damage our lungs and is linked to an estimated 40,000 premature... Read more

Problems of deregulation

I've been dealing with two problems recently where local residents have been on the receiving end of sharp business practice with distressing consequences.

Hilary's Article for South Leeds Life - February 2018

Problems of deregulation I've been dealing with two problems recently where local residents have been on the receiving end of sharp business practice with distressing consequences. Read more

Time to re-nationalise the railways

First published in the January 2018 edition of South Leeds Life, available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/mps-notebook-time-re-nationalise-railways/  

Seeing the New Year in has its own special traditions, but one that is less than popular is the annual rise in rail fares.

This year they are going up by around 3.4% – the largest increase for five years. Comparing the rise in fares on over 80 routes between when the current Government came to power and this January, the average commuter will now be paying £2,888 for their annual season ticket – that’s £694 more than in 2010. At a time when real wages for many people are stagnant, this will hit family budgets hard.

Hilary's Article for South Leeds Life - January 2018

Time to re-nationalise the railways First published in the January 2018 edition of South Leeds Life, available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/mps-notebook-time-re-nationalise-railways/   Seeing the New Year in has its own special... Read more

First published in the December 2017 edition of South Leeds Life, available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/author/hilary-benn-mp/

It is said that Christmas is the season of goodwill. So it was timely to find myself recently discussing with a senior clergyman and some parliamentary colleagues the way politics is debated and MPs are sometimes treated. What got the discussion started was Brexit and the way it has polarised opinion within political parties and across the country. Those who voted leave can't understand why it's taking so long, and anyone who tries to point out that it is slightly complicated can be attacked for being a mutineer, a traitor or worse. And those who voted remain are really angry at all those who say that Brexit will be wonderful when they think it will be an utter disaster.

Hilary's Article for South Leeds Life - December 2017

First published in the December 2017 edition of South Leeds Life, available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/author/hilary-benn-mp/ It is said that Christmas is the season of goodwill. So it was timely to find... Read more

I have been contacted by a number of constituents about the Government's EU Withdrawal Bill.

As you know, this Bill is not about whether we leave the EU - that was decided by the referendum and Parliament's vote to trigger Article 50 earlier this year. The Bill is instead about Parliament's role in the withdrawal process and how we ensure that our legal system is maintained and that vital rights and protections are safeguarded as we leave the EU. It is therefore crucial that the Government gets this important legislation right.

EU Withdrawal Bill

I have been contacted by a number of constituents about the Government's EU Withdrawal Bill. As you know, this Bill is not about whether we leave the EU - that... Read more

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