News from Hilary

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

Commenting on the news that the European Commission has told the Government that a British city cannot hold the title of European Capital of Culture in 2023, Hilary Benn said:

This is a terrible blow to Leeds’ great bid for 2023 which has gathered so much support from across the city. It is also inexplicable given that in the past Bergen and Istanbul have both been awarded the title even though neither Turkey nor Norway are members of the European Union.

The European Commission must now explain why it has decided to engage in blatant discrimination against the bid from Leeds.” 

Leeds' Bid for European Capital of Culture 2023

Commenting on the news that the European Commission has told the Government that a British city cannot hold the title of European Capital of Culture in 2023, Hilary Benn said:...

First published in the Yorkshire Evening Post 21st November, available online here https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/hilary-benn-we-need-honesty-in-the-brexit-debate-says-leeds-mp-1-8868367

The Brexit negotiations have reached crunch point. The EU says there must be sufficient progress on three key issues – citizens’ rights, Northern Ireland and money – before we can move on to discuss our future relationship on trade, services and lots of other things.

Hilary's Article for the YEP - We need honesty in the Brexit debate

First published in the Yorkshire Evening Post 21st November, available online here https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/hilary-benn-we-need-honesty-in-the-brexit-debate-says-leeds-mp-1-8868367 The Brexit negotiations have reached crunch point. The EU says there must be sufficient progress on three... Read more

Universal Credit

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

There is a very important debate going on at the moment about Universal Credit and the outcome will affect a lot of people in our community.

Hilary's Article for South Leeds Life - November 2017

Universal Credit First published in the November 2017 edition of South Leeds Life, available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/author/hilary-benn-mp/  There is a very important debate going on at the moment about Universal... Read more

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I will be supporting Jim McMahon's bill on votes at 16 which is being debated this Friday.  It will be good for democracy.

Support for Votes at 16

I will be supporting Jim McMahon's bill on votes at 16 which is being debated this Friday.  It will be good for democracy. Read more

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I took part in today's Westminster Hall debate on Royal Mail delivery offices to raise the proposed closure of the Holbeck Delivery Office.  Watch my intervention here https://goo.gl/T9FdZY.

Proposed closure of Holbeck Delivery Office

I took part in today's Westminster Hall debate on Royal Mail delivery offices to raise the proposed closure of the Holbeck Delivery Office.  Watch my intervention here https://goo.gl/T9FdZY. Read more

I have been contacted by a number of constituents and members of staff at the University of Leeds expressing concern about the proposed University of Leeds statute revisions.

Leeds University Statute Revisions

I have been contacted by a number of constituents and members of staff at the University of Leeds expressing concern about the proposed University of Leeds statute revisions. Read more

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