News from Hilary

Now that the clocks have gone back and winter is on its way, we are rapidly hurtling towards the end of the year. Hard to believe.

Hilary's Blog - 7th November 2014

Now that the clocks have gone back and winter is on its way, we are rapidly hurtling towards the end of the year. Hard to believe. Read more

Thanks to all of you who have contacted me about recall.
 
I support recall and the Recall of MPs Bill which received its Second Reading in the House of Commons on 21st October. This provides for recall to be initiated if an MP is sentenced to a term of imprisonment of less than 12 months (the law already provides for an MP’s seat to be vacated if they are sent to prison for 12 months or more) or if s/he is found guilty of misconduct by the House of Commons and suspended for at least 21 sitting days.

Recall of MPs Bill

Thanks to all of you who have contacted me about recall. I support recall and the Recall of MPs Bill which received its Second Reading in the House of Commons on... Read more

I have had a very large number of emails from constituents about the debate next Monday in the House of Commons on Palestinian recognition. I will be attending the debate and will be voting in favour of my colleague Grahame Morris' motion which calls on the Government to "recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel".

Hilary's Blog - 10th October 2014

I have had a very large number of emails from constituents about the debate next Monday in the House of Commons on Palestinian recognition. I will be attending the debate... Read more

Hilary Benn MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, in a speech to Labour’s Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester, said:

Hilary's speech to Labour Party Conference 2014

Hilary Benn MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, in a speech to Labour’s Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester, said: Read more

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place on 27 January each year and is a time for us to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or persecuted during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. On HMD we honour the survivors of these atrocities and challenge ourselves to learn the lessons of their experiences to create a safer, better future.

Holocaust Memorial Day Activity Organiser Workshop - 21st October 2014

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place on 27 January each year and is a time for us to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or... Read more

It's been a busy seven days.

First, we had an important victory in Parliament on the bedroom tax on Friday 5 September. Despite Government opposition, we voted through a proposed Bill which would lessen some of the impact of this terribly unfair tax. Then it was back up to Leeds to attend a meeting of the Girl Guides Senior Section who meet in Wrangthorn Church Hall in Hyde Park. There were lots of questions and an excellent discussion.

Hilary's Blog - 12th September 2014

It's been a busy seven days. First, we had an important victory in Parliament on the bedroom tax on Friday 5 September. Despite Government opposition, we voted through a proposed... Read more

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The bedroom tax is unfair, immoral and undermines family life. Over 2,000 households in my constituency have been affected by it and they are all people on low incomes. Most of them want to stay in their family home – it’s what most people would do if they found themselves in this position – but even for those who want to downsize to a smaller property, there simply aren’t enough of them available. This is why the bedroom tax needs to be scrapped completely.

The Bedroom Tax - a first step to abolition

The bedroom tax is unfair, immoral and undermines family life. Over 2,000 households in my constituency have been affected by it and they are all people on low incomes. Most... Read more

New analysis shows that households living in the 10 most deprived local authorities in England will, as a result of council funding cuts, have faced a reduction in spending power per household 16 times greater than the 10 least deprived areas under the Tory-led Government.

David Cameron promised that those with the broadest shoulders would bear the greatest burden, but he broke his promise - Benn

New analysis shows that households living in the 10 most deprived local authorities in England will, as a result of council funding cuts, have faced a reduction in spending power... Read more

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The grave of Private George Edwin Ellison in the St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Belgium.

George Ellison was from Leeds and served throughout the First World War. Tragically, however, he was killed in Mons on the morning of the Armistice (11 November 1918) and it is said that he was the last British soldier to die in the conflict. In a twist of fate, he lies buried opposite the first British soldier to die on the Western Front, Private John Parr.

George Edwin Ellison and the First World War

  The grave of Private George Edwin Ellison in the St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Belgium. George Ellison was from Leeds and served throughout the First World War. Tragically,... Read more

It is with great sadness that we have heard the news that our friend John Hodgson has passed away.

John was an active member of the CWU and the Labour Party for many years. He was a passionate believer in social justice and will be much missed.

Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

Hilary Benn MP

John Hodgson

It is with great sadness that we have heard the news that our friend John Hodgson has passed away. John was an active member of the CWU and the Labour...

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