News from Hilary

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

First published in the October edition of South Leeds Life, available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/mps-notebook-2/

There has been a great deal of debate about the Holbeck managed prostitution area ever since it was introduced three years ago as a pilot scheme. The aim was to try and control the impact of prostitution on the lives of local residents as it’s been a problem for a long time. How’s it gone? Well, it seems that women working on the street are now more likely to report men who are violent or otherwise abusive to the police. But it is hard for the businesses inside the area to cope with the mess that’s left behind from the night before. I have always said that the scheme is only going to sustain its credibility with the public if everyone sticks to the rules, including women not working in residential areas and not doing so outside the night time permitted hours. Judging by the complaints I have had recently, this isn’t happening in far too many cases - some of the experiences I have had reported to me are pretty shocking – and that’s why I have expressed strongly my concern on behalf of my constituents to both the police and Leeds City Council. I do hope they will listen and take action.

Hilary's Article for South Leeds Life - October 2017

First published in the October edition of South Leeds Life, available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/mps-notebook-2/ There has been a great deal of debate about the Holbeck managed prostitution area ever since... Read more

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

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