News from Hilary

A number of constituents have been in touch to express their deep concern about the plight of the Yazidis in Iraq and religious persecution against Christians.

I am appalled at what is happening.

Statement on the plight of the Yazidis in Iraq and religious persecution of Christians

A number of constituents have been in touch to express their deep concern about the plight of the Yazidis in Iraq and religious persecution against Christians. I am appalled at... Read more

The scenes we have witnessed have been appalling. The ground invasion of Gaza by Israeli troops was wrong and has only led to even more suffering.

Statement on the continuing crisis in Gaza

The scenes we have witnessed have been appalling. The ground invasion of Gaza by Israeli troops was wrong and has only led to even more suffering. Read more

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I am in the process of responding to the many emails I have received  from my constituents about the current appalling crisis in Gaza.  Please see my most recent statement on this website.

 

Hilary's Blog - 31st July 2014

I am in the process of responding to the many emails I have received  from my constituents about the current appalling crisis in Gaza.  Please see my most recent statement... Read more

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Today at the House of Commons the Labour ‘Vote No’ bus pulled up and we all gathered, led by Ed Miliband, to have a photograph taken in support of Scotland remaining part of the United Kingdom.

Vote No in the Scottish Referendum

  Today at the House of Commons the Labour ‘Vote No’ bus pulled up and we all gathered, led by Ed Miliband, to have a photograph taken in support of...

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The Tour de France was a stunning success for Leeds and for the wonders of Yorkshire. The Headrow was heaving with spectators from first thing on Saturday morning and I’ve never seen the city centre so crowded. The organisers of the Tour de France were bowled over by the enthusiastic welcome the riders received everywhere they went, and Yorkshire has never had a better advertisement for its many wonders and charms! We should once again say a big thank you to Gary Verity of welcome to Yorkshire, Keith Wakefield and Tom Riordan from Leeds City Council, all of the other councils that backed the bid and all of those who worked so hard to make it so successful. Someone said to me on Saturday “This is what you get when you devolve power”. How true that is.

Hilary's Blog - 14th July

The Tour de France was a stunning success for Leeds and for the wonders of Yorkshire. The Headrow was heaving with spectators from first thing on Saturday morning and I’ve... Read more

The continuing adventures of Mr Benn: Hilary Benn interview

by Jess Bowie / 04 Jul 2014 [first published in Total Politics Magazine, Issue 71 July 2014]


Few Labour ministers have made the transition from Blair to Brown to Miliband as seamlessly as Hilary Benn, an MP proud of his late father’s political legacy and determined to create his own. Jess Bowie meets the shadow communities secretary.

Hilary's Interview with Total Politics Magazine

The continuing adventures of Mr Benn: Hilary Benn interview by Jess Bowie / 04 Jul 2014 [first published in Total Politics Magazine, Issue 71 July 2014] Few Labour ministers have... Read more

Last week in the House of Commons we held a debate about the private rented sector. 9 million people now rent privately including over 1.3 million families with children.  Almost 50% of private rented households are over the age of 35 and many of this group struggle with the growing cost of renting and with the insecurity and uncertainty built into the rental market. That’s why Labour has proposed making 3 year long term tenancies with predictable rents the norm. We will also stop lettings agents from charging fees to tenants.

Hiary's Blog - 30th June 2014

Last week in the House of Commons we held a debate about the private rented sector. 9 million people now rent privately including over 1.3 million families with children.  Almost... Read more

Last Friday, I attended a wonderful event in the Civic Centre council chamber organised by the Leeds learning Disability Forum. It was part of Learning Disability Week and it gave many of the disabled people attending the chance to express their opinions on benefits, health, jobs and transport. It was really impressive and it was good to see representatives there from the NHS and First Bus who were willing to listen and respond.BqAXIjdIYAACBNR.jpg

Hilary's Blog - 16th June 2014

Last Friday, I attended a wonderful event in the Civic Centre council chamber organised by the Leeds learning Disability Forum. It was part of Learning Disability Week and it gave... Read more

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Hilary recently attended the opening of the newly refurbished St Mark's Church in Woodhouse.  Gateway Church has brought life back to the once redundant St Mark’s, as it hosted its Civic Opening on Friday 6th June with Hilary and the Lord Mayor of Leeds who with Gateway member Olivia Evans pulled the ribbon from the accessibility lift.

Hilary attends the opening of the new Gateway Church

Hilary recently attended the opening of the newly refurbished St Mark's Church in Woodhouse.  Gateway Church has brought life back to the once redundant St Mark’s, as it hosted its... Read more

Last Friday’s D-Day 70th anniversary commemorations were extremely moving. It is hard for us of this generation to imagine what it was like for those young men who, in wave after wave, poured onto the beaches of Normandy on 6th June 1944. What we do know is that it was a decisive turning point in the defeat of Hitler, but all those veterans still remember their comrades who sadly did not make it. The flower of a generation lie in those immaculately-tended cemeteries across northern France, and in honouring their memory we must never forget the true cost of war, even if sometimes it is necessary.  

 

Congratulations to Kim Groves (Middleton Park), Mohammed Iqbal (City and Hunslet), Ron Grahame (Burmantofts and Richmond Hill), Javaid Akhtar (Hyde Park and Woodhouse) and David Congreve (Beeston and Holbeck) on all being re-elected to represent us on Leeds City Council and to Richard Corbett on winning a second European seat for Labour in Yorkshire and the Humber to join Linda McAvan.

 

However, what was also evident in these elections across the UK was alienation in many of our communities. A lot of people feel left behind. Traditional industries have gone, the world has moved on and the deal in which you worked hard, and you and your children did better, has broken down. And some people see a pace of change in their communities that they are uncomfortable with. Our task is tackle the exploitation of zero hour contracts, give private tenants a bit more peace of mind with longer-term tenancies and crack down on the employment agencies that only hire workers from other countries.

 

We also need to point out that UKIP has only one priority to get out of Europe. As well as being bad for jobs, trade and the economy, how would that help us to see our GP quicker, establish more high quality apprenticeships, build the homes we need so that Generation Rent can realise their dream of owning a home, or create an economy that is sustainable in the long-term rather than built on short-term sand ?

 

The National Audit Office (NAO) has released a damning report into the botched fire sale of Royal Mail. The report revealed that the taxpayer was short-changed by hundreds of millions of pounds after the share price rose by 38 per cent on the first day of trading, and 70 per cent over the following six months. We opposed the privatisation and warned the government that it was drastically undervaluing Royal Mail’s property assets.

 

And finally, if you live in Woodhouse, please come along to my next Big Conversation event at the Oblong (Woodhouse Community Centre) 197 Woodhouse Street, Leeds LS6 2NY at 6pm this Friday 13th June. Everyone is welcome !

News from Hilary - 9th June 2014

Last Friday’s D-Day 70th anniversary commemorations were extremely moving. It is hard for us of this generation to imagine what it was like for those young men who, in wave...

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