News from Hilary

Many constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government's proposed cuts to financial support for new claimants in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

I sympathise profoundly with anyone who is affected by cancer, and I appreciate how devastating this can be. I also recognise that those recovering from or being treated for cancer need additional support at this very difficult time and share the concerns about the Government's proposed changes to WRAG, which would see the level of support for new claimants in WRAG cut by around £30 a week from April 2017. I oppose this unfair and unjust measure, as it will hurt vulnerable people who through no fault of their own are suffering from serious illnesses and are in and out of work intermittently. It also risks creating a perverse incentive for people with health problems to be placed in the more expensive Support Group of ESA, thereby making is less likely they will receive help and support to return to work and potentially increase social security costs.

Don't Push Disabled People into Poverty

Many constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government's proposed cuts to financial support for new claimants in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). I sympathise... Read more

I know from the large number of letters and e-mails I’ve received on the issue of tax affairs of multinational companies that many local people are concerned at the deal between Google and HMRC, first reported in the media on the 22nd January.

Google Need to Pay their Way

I know from the large number of letters and e-mails I’ve received on the issue of tax affairs of multinational companies that many local people are concerned at the deal between... Read more

Lots of constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government's decision to end student bursaries for nurses and Allied Health Professionals and the related campaign by the Royal College of Nurses (RCN).

Nurses, midwives and allied health professionals work long hours, often in difficult circumstances, and frequently take a direct role in caring for patients when they are at their most vulnerable. They deserve our respect, admiration and support. It is absolutely crucial that the Government does not put people off pursuing a career in these professions.

Bursaries for Nursing Students

Lots of constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government's decision to end student bursaries for nurses and Allied Health Professionals and the related campaign by the Royal College of Nurses (RCN).... Read more

I share the concerns of passengers who once again face increases on their rail fares. The announcement that fares have risen by an average of 1.1% from January 2016, confirms that fares will have risen by a quarter since 2010, and the cost of some season tickets will have risen by as much as nearly 40 per cent - leaving passengers paying thousands of pounds more in some cases than just five years ago.

Rail Fare Increases and Rail Privatisation

I share the concerns of passengers who once again face increases on their rail fares. The announcement that fares have risen by an average of 1.1% from January 2016, confirms... Read more

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Hilary campaigning to save student maintenance grants

Many constituents have contacted me about student maintenance grants.

The Government is wholly wrong to be abolishing them. The grants are vital for students from low income backgrounds and it will be very damaging if they go.  We are fighting this as the Labour opposition as hard as we can, and I am appalled that the Government has used a statutory instrument – which minimises scrutiny – to push this through.

Student maintenance grants

Hilary campaigning to save student maintenance grants Many constituents have contacted me about student maintenance grants. The Government is wholly wrong to be abolishing them. The grants are vital for... Read more

I condemn in the strongest terms, the decision of the Saudi government to execute Sheikh al Nimr and three young Shi’a men whose only alleged offences appear to have involved taking part in political protests and demonstrations against the Government.  As you may know, the Labour Party opposes the use of the death penalty in every circumstance.

Sheikh Nimr

I condemn in the strongest terms, the decision of the Saudi government to execute Sheikh al Nimr and three young Shi’a men whose only alleged offences appear to have involved... Read more

Hilary recently met with representatives of Charlies Angel Centre, an organisation based in Leeds which provides bereavement support to parents and families after the loss of a child.  Following the death of Charlie Arthur Curtis in December 2012, Charlie's family set up the organisation to support others affected by the death of a baby or child.

Campaign to improve bereavement services across the UK

Hilary recently met with representatives of Charlies Angel Centre, an organisation based in Leeds which provides bereavement support to parents and families after the loss of a child.  Following the death... Read more

[First published on South Leeds Life, 9 January 2016 http://www.southleedslife.com/reflections-on-the-boxing-day-floods/]

Floods..Xmas.2015.jpgThe first indication was the automated flood warning phone call from the Environment Agency.

There wasn’t much I could do about it as I was away at the time enjoying Boxing Day with the family and my two grandsons, but I spent the evening watching the River Aire rise alarmingly, courtesy of Twitter and some intrepid reporting by South Leeds Life, including photographs of water where we have never seen it before.

Reflections on the Boxing Day floods

[First published on South Leeds Life, 9 January 2016 http://www.southleedslife.com/reflections-on-the-boxing-day-floods/] The first indication was the automated flood warning phone call from the Environment Agency. There wasn’t much I could do... Read more

Many people have written to me about the vote in the House of Commons on 2nd December to extend British airstrikes against ISIL/Daesh to Syria.

As you may appreciate, I have had a lot of emails both against and in favour of this decision, and there were consequences whichever way Parliament voted. As you may know Jeremy Corbyn took the decision to give Labour MPs a free vote and many of my parliamentary colleagues came to a different conclusion to my own. I would add that it was  completely unacceptable of the Prime Minister to suggest that those opposed to airstrikes were ‘terrorist sympathisers’. David Cameron should have apologised to Jeremy Corbyn and everyone else he insulted with those remarks and I urged him to do so in the debate in Parliament.

Decision on Syria

Many people have written to me about the vote in the House of Commons on 2nd December to extend British airstrikes against ISIL/Daesh to Syria. As you may appreciate, I have... Read more

Hilary's speech to the House of Commons in the debate on Syria air strikes,

2 December 2015

 

Hilary's speech on Syria air strikes

Hilary's speech to the House of Commons in the debate on Syria air strikes, 2 December 2015   Read more

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