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I would like to thank everyone in the Leeds Central constituency who voted for me as their Member of Parliament on 7th May.  It is an honour and a privilege to be your representative once again and I will do my best to repay your trust by listening and standing up for you.  I would also like to thank the wonderful team who supported me in the campaign and congratulate Adam Ogilvie, Asghar Khan, Patrick Davey, Gerry Harper and Judith Blake on their re-election as councillors.  

The full election result in the parliamentary constituency was as follows:


Hilary BENN                     24,758    Labour
Nicola FARIS-WILSON        7,791   Conservative
Michael HAYTON                3,558   Green
Liz KITCHING                      330      Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Luke SENIOR                      7,082    UK Independence Party (UKIP)
Emma SPRIGGS                  1,529    Liberal Democrat

              Electorate: 81,799  Turnout: 55.35%


I am sorry that we now have a Conservative Government but I will do my best to hold that Government to account and speak up for our city.

Finally, I am here to represent all of you, regardless of how you voted, so if you need my help then please contact me or come to see me at one of my advice surgeries.

Best wishes

 

Hilary Benn
MP for Leeds Central

Thank You

I would like to thank everyone in the Leeds Central constituency who voted for me as their Member of Parliament on 7th May.  It is an honour and a privilege...

The introduction of the National Minimum Wage was one of the proudest achievements of the last Labour Government but there is a continuing need to tackle the problems of low pay in our economy after five years of the Coalition. Five million people are in low-paid jobs earning less than the Living Wage. Average wages have fallen £1,600 a year since 2010. There are more and more people on precarious zero-hours contracts 1.3 million people are working part-time because they cannot get a full-time job. Half of all those in poverty live in working households. And 900,000 people, many of them in work, used food banks last year. This is completely unacceptable; not only is this bad for individuals and families, but it’s also bad for business.

The next Labour Government will raise the National Minimum Wage to more than £8 an hour by October 2019, ban exploitative zero-hours contracts and promote the Living Wage which I am proud to say that Leeds City Council is committed to implement. Indeed it is Labour local authorities that are leading the way on paying the Living Wage. Our Make Work Pay contracts will give tax rebates to businesses that sign up to paying the Living Wage in the first year of a Labour Government and we will make it a requirement that publicly listed companies report on whether or not they pay the Living Wage. We’ll also be introducing a new, lower 10p starting rate of tax, benefiting more than 24 million people on middle and lower incomes, paid for by getting rid of the Tories’ Marriage Tax Allowance.
 
We also need to address insecurity in the labour market, which is why we’ll ban exploitative zero-hours contracts so that if someone works regular hours for 12 weeks they’ll receive a regular contract. We’ll make it illegal to use agency workers to undercut the wages of permanent employees and ban recruitment agencies from hiring only from overseas. The next Labour Government will also ensure proper justice in the workplace by abolishing the Government’s employment tribunal fee system as part of wider reforms to create a remedy that is quicker for employers and employees and cheaper for the taxpayer.
 
Best wishes
 
Hilary Benn
Labour Candidate for Leeds Central

National Minimum Wage

The introduction of the National Minimum Wage was one of the proudest achievements of the last Labour Government but there is a continuing need to tackle the problems of low...

Many people have contacted me about the recent terrible tragedy in the Mediterranean.

Last year 3,000 men, women and children died as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea. They fled because they were avoiding war and poverty, and ended up putting their lives in the hands of ruthless people smugglers. The fact that this has happened again, with 1,200 estimated to be dead, is truly unforgivable

We need to work with our partners in the European Union to help resolve the immediate crisis. As you may know, on 20th April the European Commission proposed a 10-point plan that would increase resources and actions to tackle the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean and Heads of Government agreed a plan last weekend. Labour welcomes this response, but I think that European Governments were wrong to drop search and rescue last year. I believe it was appalling and inhumane to argue – as the Coalition Government did – that this was justified to deter others from travelling too

My colleague, Yvette Cooper, the Shadow Home Secretary, has said that it is extremely important that Europe has promised to increase the mission at sea and that anything short of a properly resourced and extensive search and rescue mission will be a moral failure. A future Labour Government will also ensure that the United Kingdom continues it history of providing refuge for those fleeing persecution by upholding our international obligations

I can assure you that the next Labour Government will do all it can to ensure that we never see a tragedy like this again.

Mediterranean Refugee Tragedy

Many people have contacted me about the recent terrible tragedy in the Mediterranean.

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