News from Hilary

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place on 27 January each year and is a time for us to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or persecuted during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. On HMD we honour the survivors of these atrocities and challenge ourselves to learn the lessons of their experiences to create a safer, better future.

Holocaust Memorial Day Activity Organiser Workshop - 21st October 2014

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place on 27 January each year and is a time for us to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or... Read more

It's been a busy seven days.

First, we had an important victory in Parliament on the bedroom tax on Friday 5 September. Despite Government opposition, we voted through a proposed Bill which would lessen some of the impact of this terribly unfair tax. Then it was back up to Leeds to attend a meeting of the Girl Guides Senior Section who meet in Wrangthorn Church Hall in Hyde Park. There were lots of questions and an excellent discussion.

Hilary's Blog - 12th September 2014

It's been a busy seven days. First, we had an important victory in Parliament on the bedroom tax on Friday 5 September. Despite Government opposition, we voted through a proposed... Read more

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The bedroom tax is unfair, immoral and undermines family life. Over 2,000 households in my constituency have been affected by it and they are all people on low incomes. Most of them want to stay in their family home – it’s what most people would do if they found themselves in this position – but even for those who want to downsize to a smaller property, there simply aren’t enough of them available. This is why the bedroom tax needs to be scrapped completely.

The Bedroom Tax - a first step to abolition

The bedroom tax is unfair, immoral and undermines family life. Over 2,000 households in my constituency have been affected by it and they are all people on low incomes. Most... Read more

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.

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... Read more

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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.

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,... Read more

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...

A number of constituents have been in touch to express their deep concern about the plight of the Yazidis in Iraq and religious persecution against Christians.

I am appalled at what is happening.

Statement on the plight of the Yazidis in Iraq and religious persecution of Christians

A number of constituents have been in touch to express their deep concern about the plight of the Yazidis in Iraq and religious persecution against Christians. I am appalled at... Read more

The scenes we have witnessed have been appalling. The ground invasion of Gaza by Israeli troops was wrong and has only led to even more suffering.

Statement on the continuing crisis in Gaza

The scenes we have witnessed have been appalling. The ground invasion of Gaza by Israeli troops was wrong and has only led to even more suffering. Read more

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I am in the process of responding to the many emails I have received  from my constituents about the current appalling crisis in Gaza.  Please see my most recent statement on this website.

 

Hilary's Blog - 31st July 2014

I am in the process of responding to the many emails I have received  from my constituents about the current appalling crisis in Gaza.  Please see my most recent statement... Read more

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Today at the House of Commons the Labour ‘Vote No’ bus pulled up and we all gathered, led by Ed Miliband, to have a photograph taken in support of Scotland remaining part of the United Kingdom.

Vote No in the Scottish Referendum

  Today at the House of Commons the Labour ‘Vote No’ bus pulled up and we all gathered, led by Ed Miliband, to have a photograph taken in support of...

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