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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

First published in the July 2017 edition of South Leeds Life, available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/mps-notebook-july-2017/

 

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who voted for me in the recent general election. It is a great privilege to have been elected as your local Member of Parliament for the sixth time, and I will do my best to repay your trust and confidence. And whether you voted for me for not, or didn’t vote at all, I am here to represent all of you, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you think I can be of assistance. You can email me at bennh@parliament.uk, ring my constituency office on (0113) 244 1097 or come to one of my regular advice surgeries - details available on my website at http://www.hilarybenn.org/get_help.  

The Grenfell Tower fire was an awful tragedy that shocked us all. Our first priority must be to ensure that all those affected are given the support they need - now and in the years ahead. The second is for the Public Inquiry to find out what happened and why. And the third is to implement its recommendations so that nothing like this ever happens again.

Hilary's Article for South Leeds Life - July 2017

First published in the July 2017 edition of South Leeds Life, available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/mps-notebook-july-2017/   First of all, I would like to thank everyone who voted for me in... Read more

Read the article I have written with Ed Miliband on Brexit, first published here:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/01/labour-heal-wounds-of-brexit-ed-miliband-hilary-benn

For all of us who believe the EU has helped keep the peace, and that our membership has given us prosperity and made Britain bigger, not smaller, these have been a particularly sad few days. The triggering of article 50 brought home the fact that we are leaving and the risks that lie ahead.

Now Labour must heal the wounds of Brexit – and salvage a fairer future

Read the article I have written with Ed Miliband on Brexit, first published here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/01/labour-heal-wounds-of-brexit-ed-miliband-hilary-benn For all of us who believe the EU has helped keep the peace, and that our membership has... Read more

First published in the April 2017 edition of South Leeds Life available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/newspaper/back-issues-newspaper/

The terrorist attack in Westminster on 22 March claimed the lives of four people, including PC Keith Palmer. Many others were injured, some very seriously. The attacker was shot dead. The following day the House of Commons held a minute's silence and the Prime Minister made a statement. Leeds Town Hall flew its flag at half-mast in memory of those who had lost their lives and on the Friday evening I attended a vigil in the city centre.

Hilary's Article for South Leeds Life - April 2017

First published in the April 2017 edition of South Leeds Life available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/newspaper/back-issues-newspaper/ The terrorist attack in Westminster on 22 March claimed the lives of four people, including... Read more

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On Monday 13 March we had the final debate in the House of Commons on the Article 50 Bill that will start the process of the UK withdrawing from the EU.

We discussed, and I spoke about, two issues – the position of EU nationals here and Parliament’s role in deciding the terms on which leave the EU. Neither amendment would have stopped us leaving – that was not their purpose - but the Government opposed them, and now the Prime Minister is free to trigger Article 50 at any time. Next stop - the negotiations……   

Watch my speech in the debate on the Lords' amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill here https://goo.gl/MVALUt.

Hilary's speech in the debate on the Brexit Bill

  On Monday 13 March we had the final debate in the House of Commons on the Article 50 Bill that will start the process of the UK withdrawing from...

First published in the March 2017 edition of South Leeds Life, available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/read-march-newspaper-online/.

For quite some time now it has been clear that there is a North-South divide when it comes to Government funding for infrastructure. The facts speak for themselves.

Hilary's Article for South Leeds Life - March 2017

First published in the March 2017 edition of South Leeds Life, available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/read-march-newspaper-online/. For quite some time now it has been clear that there is a North-South divide... Read more

Hilary recently gave a speech as part of the Speaker's Lecture Series 2017 on the Future of Brexit.  Read the full transcript below.

You can also watch Hilary's speech here http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08gmv1p/speakers-house-future-of-brexit-lecture (available until 27th March 2017)

Speaker's Lecture on the Future of Brexit: Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP

Hilary recently gave a speech as part of the Speaker's Lecture Series 2017 on the Future of Brexit.  Read the full transcript below. You can also watch Hilary's speech here... Read more

First published in the February 2017 edition of South Leeds Life, available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/newspaper/

The problems facing the health service are being keenly felt in Leeds. We recently read about operations, including cancer operations, being cancelled in the city, and the pressures on the LGI and St James's accident and emergency departments - staff and patients - as well as on GPs are enormous. Saying that there have only been a ‘small number of incidents’ nationally or trying to blame staff and councils is wrong and ignores the truth about what is happening. I am also very concerned about the Sustainability and Transformation Plans which will involve further cuts that we simply can’t afford, locally or nationally.

Hilary's Article for South Leeds Life - February 2017

First published in the February 2017 edition of South Leeds Life, available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/newspaper/ The problems facing the health service are being keenly felt in Leeds. We recently read... Read more

A lot of you have contacted me about the vote on the Bill which will enable the Government to trigger Article 50 to start the process of leaving the EU following last summer’s decision in the referendum. Here is my speech in the House of Commons on 31 January setting out why I will vote for the Bill but also want the Government to get the right deal for the UK. You can also watch my speech here https://goo.gl/pXPNbp .

Article 50 and the EU

A lot of you have contacted me about the vote on the Bill which will enable the Government to trigger Article 50 to start the process of leaving the EU... Read more

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