News from Hilary

[First published on South Leeds Life, 9 January 2016 http://www.southleedslife.com/reflections-on-the-boxing-day-floods/]

Floods..Xmas.2015.jpgThe first indication was the automated flood warning phone call from the Environment Agency.

There wasn’t much I could do about it as I was away at the time enjoying Boxing Day with the family and my two grandsons, but I spent the evening watching the River Aire rise alarmingly, courtesy of Twitter and some intrepid reporting by South Leeds Life, including photographs of water where we have never seen it before.

Reflections on the Boxing Day floods

[First published on South Leeds Life, 9 January 2016 http://www.southleedslife.com/reflections-on-the-boxing-day-floods/] The first indication was the automated flood warning phone call from the Environment Agency. There wasn’t much I could do... Read more

Many people have written to me about the vote in the House of Commons on 2nd December to extend British airstrikes against ISIL/Daesh to Syria.

As you may appreciate, I have had a lot of emails both against and in favour of this decision, and there were consequences whichever way Parliament voted. As you may know Jeremy Corbyn took the decision to give Labour MPs a free vote and many of my parliamentary colleagues came to a different conclusion to my own. I would add that it was  completely unacceptable of the Prime Minister to suggest that those opposed to airstrikes were ‘terrorist sympathisers’. David Cameron should have apologised to Jeremy Corbyn and everyone else he insulted with those remarks and I urged him to do so in the debate in Parliament.

Decision on Syria

Many people have written to me about the vote in the House of Commons on 2nd December to extend British airstrikes against ISIL/Daesh to Syria. As you may appreciate, I have... Read more

Hilary's speech to the House of Commons in the debate on Syria air strikes,

2 December 2015

 

Hilary's speech on Syria air strikes

Hilary's speech to the House of Commons in the debate on Syria air strikes, 2 December 2015   Read more

Thanks to all of you who have contacted me about the decision the House of Commons will take on 2 December 2015 about extending UK airstrikes to Syria.

What should we do about the threat from ISIL/Daesh?

Thanks to all of you who have contacted me about the decision the House of Commons will take on 2 December 2015 about extending UK airstrikes to Syria. Read more

Many constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the related campaign by the Campaign for Freedom of Information and 38 Degrees.

Protect Freedom of Information

Many constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the related campaign by the Campaign for Freedom of Information and 38 Degrees. Read more

ISIL/Daesh poses a threat both regionally in its main area of military operations and internationally through terrorism.

Labour agrees that we must act to end the threat from ISIL/Daesh to the region and internationally and that it is a vital national interest to defeat ISIL/Daesh. The tragic events in Paris have emphasized just how important this is to us all.

Syrian Airstrikes

ISIL/Daesh poses a threat both regionally in its main area of military operations and internationally through terrorism. Labour agrees that we must act to end the threat from ISIL/Daesh to... Read more

Lots of constituents have contacted me recently about the Government’s Trade Union Bill.

I’m strongly opposed to this Bill because it undermines the basic protections that trade unions provide for people at work.   Trade unions are an important part of an open, democratic society.  I am very concerned, therefore, that the Government’s Bill seeks simply to weaken trade unions rather than to work with them in order to help boost economic efficiency and tackle Britain’s major economic challenges including our worrying productivity gap and skills shortages.

The Trade Union Bill

Lots of constituents have contacted me recently about the Government’s Trade Union Bill. I’m strongly opposed to this Bill because it undermines the basic protections that trade unions provide for people... Read more

The case for a stronger United Nations to protect and keep the peace

It is a great honour to have been invited to contribute to Rising 15 and to do so on 11 November here in Coventry.

This cathedral – the old and the new – stands as a reminder both of the consequences of war and of the enduring power of faith to inspire.

Hilary's speech to the Rising 15 peace symposium - 11 November 2015

The case for a stronger United Nations to protect and keep the peace It is a great honour to have been invited to contribute to Rising 15 and to do... Read more

Join us for this year’s Leeds Central constituency annual dinner on Thursday 26th November with special guest speaker Andy Burnham MP.  It will be a chance to unwind after a long year, meet new and old friends and have a great meal while helping to support the Party in standing up for local people.  We’re dishing up a three course meal and a great political speaker for you.

Leeds Central CLP Annual Fundraising Dinner - Thursday 26th November 2015

Join us for this year’s Leeds Central constituency annual dinner on Thursday 26th November with special guest speaker Andy Burnham MP.  It will be a chance to unwind after a... Read more

I am only too aware of how strongly junior doctors feel about the proposed changes to their contracts, including a number who are my constituents.  The Government’s approach has been completely wrong and ministers should work with the BMA and junior doctors to find a fair agreement that avoids the threat of industrial action.  Junior doctors are vital to the future of the NHS and it is clear that, if we want to move toward a seven-day NHS and improved patient care, we need to ensure that the staff we rely on are supported and valued.

Junior Doctor Contracts

I am only too aware of how strongly junior doctors feel about the proposed changes to their contracts, including a number who are my constituents.  The Government’s approach has been... Read more

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