News from Hilary

The revelations in the Panama papers are extremely serious and many people feel very strongly about the injustice uncovered.  That’s why there needs to be decisive action against global tax avoidance.

Panama Papers and Tax Havens

The revelations in the Panama papers are extremely serious and many people feel very strongly about the injustice uncovered.  That’s why there needs to be decisive action against global tax... Read more

By Hilary Benn MP

This article first appeared on the New Statesman website, 06 April 2016 http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2016/04/britain-weaker-if-our-principles-are-sale

Britain's voice in the world is a reflection not only of the strength of our economy, but also the leadership we demonstrate in standing up for fundamental rights around the world.

Indeed, our long-term security and prosperity are best protected when we seek to uphold and protect human rights and democratic freedoms beyond our own shores.

Why Human Rights Matter

By Hilary Benn MP This article first appeared on the New Statesman website, 06 April 2016 http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2016/04/britain-weaker-if-our-principles-are-sale Britain's voice in the world is a reflection not only of the strength... Read more

Thanks to all of you who have contacted me expressing concern about the Government's intention to force all local authority maintained schools to convert to academies.

I will oppose the Government's plan, as will all Labour MPs. It is badly thought out, unnecessary and a distraction from the real challenges facing our schools

Why I will oppose the Government’s plan to force all schools to become academies

Thanks to all of you who have contacted me expressing concern about the Government's intention to force all local authority maintained schools to convert to academies. I will oppose the... Read more

These were cowardly terrorist attacks aimed at people on their way to work and going on holiday. Daesh has claimed responsibility and described the men, women and children they murdered as “crusaders.” They have no regard for human life.

Terrorist Attack in Brussels

These were cowardly terrorist attacks aimed at people on their way to work and going on holiday. Daesh has claimed responsibility and described the men, women and children they murdered... Read more

This is a devastating blow for all the staff at the factory who have worked so hard to recover from the terrible flooding they suffered on Boxing Day.

Hilary's statement on the closure of ThyssenKrupp Woodhead Ltd

This is a devastating blow for all the staff at the factory who have worked so hard to recover from the terrible flooding they suffered on Boxing Day. Read more

Hilary's article for South Leeds Life [First published 04 March 2016 http://www.southleedslife.com/iii-vote-stay-eu/]

In just under four months’ time we will take the most important decision about the future of our country for at least 40 years when we cast our vote in the EU referendum.

Why I’II vote to stay in the EU

Hilary's article for South Leeds Life [First published 04 March 2016 http://www.southleedslife.com/iii-vote-stay-eu/] In just under four months’ time we will take the most important decision about the future of our... Read more

Speech by Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 
Chatham House, Thursday 11 February 2016

Since it was founded almost a century ago Chatham House has born witness to, and at times helped shape, profound changes in our world.

Two world wars, the end of Empire, the creation of the United Nations and of the European Union, the formation of NATO, the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Berlin Wall. An era that has seen the rise of new world powers, alliances, conflicts and threats and the blistering pace of technological change that is revolutionising our economies and shrinking the world. News has never travelled faster.

The Internationalist Case for Europe

Speech by Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs  Chatham House, Thursday 11 February 2016 Since it was founded almost a century ago... Read more

[First published on South Leeds Life, 07 February 2016 http://www.southleedslife.com/managed-area-is-not-working/]

There's been a lot of debate in Holbeck recently about the ‘managed area’ for prostitution.

The story goes as follows. There's long been prostitution in the area and it has caused nuisance and distress to local residents. The police have tried their normal approach although according to research by York University it has “made very little difference to local residents and to the numbers of complaints” and there are groups, like the Joanna project and the Basis Sex Work Project, that support the sex workers and, in some cases, help them to leave behind prostitution as a way of life.

Hilary's Article for South Leeds Life - February 2016

[First published on South Leeds Life, 07 February 2016 http://www.southleedslife.com/managed-area-is-not-working/] There's been a lot of debate in Holbeck recently about the ‘managed area’ for prostitution. The story goes as follows.... Read more

The introduction of the New State Pension in April 2016 by the Government unfairly affects women born in the 1950s, and I fully share the concerns many people have about the new legislation. A debate was held on Monday 1st February about the issue, prompted by an online petition signed by thousands of people calling for fair transitional state pension arrangements. Women Against State Pension Inequality believe that there has been too little notice of the government’s changes to pensions, and that these changes happened faster than promised, leaving little time for women to plan for retirement.

State Pension Equalisation for Women

The introduction of the New State Pension in April 2016 by the Government unfairly affects women born in the 1950s, and I fully share the concerns many people have about the... Read more

I strongly support extending the franchise to 16 and 17-year olds. Scotland has given us a glimpse of what enfranchising 16 and 17-year-olds can mean. Over 80% registered to vote in the referendum in 2014 and they brought energy and vitality to the debate. And all of us who already have the right to vote and who value the opportunity it gives us to decide how we are governed should be hugely proud that young Scots voters showed that they had thought long and hard about the world they want to inherit.

Votes at 16

I strongly support extending the franchise to 16 and 17-year olds. Scotland has given us a glimpse of what enfranchising 16 and 17-year-olds can mean. Over 80% registered to vote... Read more

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