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New analysis shows that households living in the 10 most deprived local authorities in England will, as a result of council funding cuts, have faced a reduction in spending power per household 16 times greater than the 10 least deprived areas under the Tory-led Government.

In an open letter to Local Authority Leaders, Labour’s Shadow Local Government Secretary Hilary Benn MP has called on them to prepare for the devolution of resources and power with a Labour Government so that they can make a real difference.

In the letter, Hilary Benn writes:

“The Prime Minister and the Local Government Secretary say that tough times involve tough choices, but they have forgotten one very important principle. Tough times demand tough choices that are fair. And yet if we look at the way in which the Tory led Government has chosen to take most from those who have least – the most deprived local authorities – it is clear just how unfair and unjustifiable this is.

“David Cameron’s Government have made the wrong choices. They have ducked tough decisions and passed the hardest ones down to you, and they have failed to apply the basic principle of fairness. They had a choice, and they made the wrong one as far as communities up and down the country are concerned.”

David Cameron promised that those with the broadest shoulders would bear the greatest burden, but he broke his promise - Benn

New analysis shows that households living in the 10 most deprived local authorities in England will, as a result of council funding cuts, have faced a reduction in spending power...

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The grave of Private George Edwin Ellison in the St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Belgium.

George Ellison was from Leeds and served throughout the First World War. Tragically, however, he was killed in Mons on the morning of the Armistice (11 November 1918) and it is said that he was the last British soldier to die in the conflict. In a twist of fate, he lies buried opposite the first British soldier to die on the Western Front, Private John Parr.

Mons was the site of the first British battle of the War which took place on 23 August 1914. I visited the cemetery 100 years to the day later to lay this wreath at George Ellison’s grave. The town was full of visitors from the UK: family members looking for where their loved ones fought and, in all too many cases, their last resting place; representatives of the regiments that saw action there; and Royal British Legion branches.

It was a very moving day. There was a service in the beautiful cemetery, which is magnificently looked after by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. And as the sun went down, the Grand Place – bedecked with British and Belgian flags – hosted a concert by two Scottish pipe bands and the band of the Regimental Association in front of large crowds.

 

This is a copy of a post I have written for South Leeds Life.

George Edwin Ellison and the First World War

  The grave of Private George Edwin Ellison in the St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Belgium. George Ellison was from Leeds and served throughout the First World War. Tragically,...

It is with great sadness that we have heard the news that our friend John Hodgson has passed away.

John was an active member of the CWU and the Labour Party for many years. He was a passionate believer in social justice and will be much missed.

Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

Hilary Benn MP

John Hodgson

It is with great sadness that we have heard the news that our friend John Hodgson has passed away. John was an active member of the CWU and the Labour...


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