Speeches & Articles

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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Watch Hilary's speech in the House of Commons last night on Trump’s Muslim ban here https://goo.gl/Mvh2mr.

 

 

 

 

Hilary's Speech on Trump's Muslim ban

Watch Hilary's speech in the House of Commons last night on Trump’s Muslim ban here https://goo.gl/Mvh2mr.        

First published in the January edition of South Leeds Life, available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/read-january-newspaper-online-2/

First of all, Happy New Year to one and all. I cannot pretend that 2016 was my favourite 12 months of all time so I am hoping that 2017 will represent a distinct improvement.

Talking of which, best of luck to Leeds Utd and their manager Garry Monk for the New Year. At the time of writing, Leeds are in a rich vein of form, and after quite a lot of difficulties and disappointment, could this be the season when Premiership status returns to Elland Road? Here’s hoping. 

Hilary's Article for South Leeds Life - January 2017

First published in the January edition of South Leeds Life, available online here http://www.southleedslife.com/read-january-newspaper-online-2/ First of all, Happy New Year to one and all. I cannot pretend that 2016 was... Read more

First published in South Leeds Life Magazine 1st December 2016, available here http://www.southleedslife.com/remember-order-build-better-world/

Recent figures published by End Child Poverty have highlighted the problem of rising inequality in our community. Leeds Central is the 7th worst constituency in the country for child poverty, with 11,520 of our children estimated to be living below the poverty line. Greater demand for foodbanks in recent years is just one consequence of what has been happening, as some people struggle to pay the bills and feed their families. Faced with this, the question for all of us is what can we do to change things and ensure that every child has a decent start in life? A fairer society would be a good place to begin and a good education is fundamental to that.

Hilary's Article for South Leeds Life - December 2016

First published in South Leeds Life Magazine 1st December 2016, available here http://www.southleedslife.com/remember-order-build-better-world/ Recent figures published by End Child Poverty have highlighted the problem of rising inequality in our community.... Read more

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