News from Hilary

I have been a proud trade union member for 40 years and spent 22 years working for a union. I believe in the right of trade unions to represent their members – a fundamental freedom – but sadly we have a Government which wants to attack them rather than work together in a spirit of social partnership.

Trade Union Bill Second Reading

I have been a proud trade union member for 40 years and spent 22 years working for a union. I believe in the right of trade unions to represent their... Read more

A large number of my constituents contacted me about the Assisted Dying Bill. As some of you will know, the House of Commons debated the Bill on 11th September and it was defeated by 330 votes to 118.  The Hansard record is available here so you can see what was said. I did vote for the Bill, but I respect the fact that there was a clear majority against it.

Assisted Dying

A large number of my constituents contacted me about the Assisted Dying Bill. As some of you will know, the House of Commons debated the Bill on 11th September and it was defeated... Read more

Many constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government’s proposal to cut support for Feed-in Tariffs (FITs).

Cuts to Solar Power

Many constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government’s proposal to cut support for Feed-in Tariffs (FITs). Read more

I have been contacted by a huge number of constituents about the terrible refugee crisis as increasing numbers of people flee the violent civil war in Syria. Most of those who have fled have gone to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq but an increasing number are making their way to Europe.

Syrian Refugee Crisis

I have been contacted by a huge number of constituents about the terrible refugee crisis as increasing numbers of people flee the violent civil war in Syria. Most of those... Read more

A number of my constituents have contacted me about the BBC Charter review.

BBC Consultation

A number of my constituents have contacted me about the BBC Charter review. Read more

Many of you have contacted me recently regarding the BMA's 'No More Games' campaign and the six priorities they have set out for the new government.

No More Games Campaign - Securing a Healthier Future for the NHS

Many of you have contacted me recently regarding the BMA's 'No More Games' campaign and the six priorities they have set out for the new government. Read more

There has clearly been some confusion about Labour’s position on the Government’s Welfare Bill and what was actually voted on in the House of Commons on 20 July, so it might be helpful if I set out the facts.

Labour's Position on the Government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill

There has clearly been some confusion about Labour’s position on the Government’s Welfare Bill and what was actually voted on in the House of Commons on 20 July, so it... Read more

Please note

Due to the temporary closure of Little London Community Centre, Hilary's Advice Surgery this Friday (24th July) will take place at Lovell Park Hub, Wintoun Street (off North Street), Leeds LS7 1DA, 2pm-3pm.

Little London Advice Surgery - Friday 24th July 2pm

Please note:  Due to the temporary closure of Little London Community Centre, Hilary's Advice Surgery this Friday (24th July) will take place at Lovell Park Hub, Wintoun Street (off North...

Thank you to all of you who have contacted me about the Government's appalling proposal to - in effect - overturn the fox hunting ban by means of a statutory instrument and a 90 minute debate in the House of Commons.

Fox Hunting

Thank you to all of you who have contacted me about the Government's appalling proposal to - in effect - overturn the fox hunting ban by means of a statutory... Read more

by Hilary Benn MP

[first published on South Leeds Life, 5 July 2015. Available here.]

The recent brutal and cowardly murder of British and other tourists on a beach in Sousse, Tunisia has shocked us all.

Tolerance and solidarity will defeat terrorism

by Hilary Benn MP [first published on South Leeds Life, 5 July 2015. Available here.] The recent brutal and cowardly murder of British and other tourists on a beach in... Read more

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