News from Hilary

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

Although I campaigned hard to remain in the European Union, I respect the outcome of the referendum. The UK will therefore now be leaving the EU and the triggering of Article 50 is required to start the process. The recent court ruling was important, but it does not change the outcome of the referendum. What the court said was that the Government cannot initiate Article 50 using what is known as the Royal prerogative power; instead this must be a decision for Parliament. The Government is currently appealing but if it is unsuccessful, then I expect that they will come forward with legislation to trigger Article 50, which I will support.

Brexit and the Article 50 court ruling

Although I campaigned hard to remain in the European Union, I respect the outcome of the referendum. The UK will therefore now be leaving the EU and the triggering of... Read more

First published in South Leeds Life 1st November 2016, available here http://www.southleedslife.com/local-regeneration-local-jobs-local-history/

It is not often that we get the chance as a city to decide on a major regeneration scheme on a really important site, but that is exactly what is happening on the south bank of the River Aire.

Hilary's Article for South Leeds Life - November 2016

First published in South Leeds Life 1st November 2016, available here http://www.southleedslife.com/local-regeneration-local-jobs-local-history/ It is not often that we get the chance as a city to decide on a major regeneration... Read more

Parliament debated a Labour motion yesterday on the need for scrutiny of the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

Here's my speech: http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/9da7b790-789f-46f3-8fbd-b0cc29e949fb?in=15:33:04&out=15:45:54    

I campaigned strongly for us to remain in the EU, but we lost the referendum and therefore have to respect the outcome. The task now is to work towards securing the best deal for Britain.

My Brexit red lines

I campaigned strongly for us to remain in the EU, but we lost the referendum and therefore have to respect the outcome. The task now is to work towards securing... Read more

Like many who have contacted me recently, I value our National Health Service; it’s one of our great national institutions and forms part of the essential fabric of our society, there for us all when we need it.

NHS funding

Like many who have contacted me recently, I value our National Health Service; it’s one of our great national institutions and forms part of the essential fabric of our society,... Read more

First published in South Leeds Life Magazine 5th October 2016, available here http://www.southleedslife.com/mustnt-return-11-plus/

Why bringing back the 11 plus would be a return to the bad old days

First published in South Leeds Life Magazine 5th October 2016, available here http://www.southleedslife.com/mustnt-return-11-plus/ Read more

[First published on South Leeds Life, 03 September 2016 http://www.southleedslife.com/holiday-reflections/]

Hilary's Article for South Leeds Life - September 2016

[First published on South Leeds Life, 03 September 2016 http://www.southleedslife.com/holiday-reflections/] Read more

Watch Hilary's challenge to the Education Secretary here goo.gl/uGxYd8.

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Why the return of grammar schools won't help our children to succeed

Watch Hilary's challenge to the Education Secretary here goo.gl/uGxYd8.

It is deeply concerning that homelessness and rough sleeping have both risen sharply since 2010.  While homelessness fell by 62% under the previous Labour government (1998 to 2010), the number of families accepted as homeless has risen by a third since 2010, and recorded rough sleeping has doubled in the last six years and has risen by 30% in the last year alone.

Homelessness

It is deeply concerning that homelessness and rough sleeping have both risen sharply since 2010.  While homelessness fell by 62% under the previous Labour government (1998 to 2010), the number... Read more

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