Issues

In my constituency of Leeds Central about 1,900 families are affected by the bedroom tax and many of them are now in rent arrears.  To make matters worse, some of these families have also been affected by cuts in council tax support.

The Bedroom Tax

In my constituency of Leeds Central about 1,900 families are affected by the bedroom tax and many of them are now in rent arrears.  To make matters worse, some of... Read more

Many constituents have contacted me about the Conservative Party's manifesto commitment to give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote, with a Government bill in Government time.

Possible repeal of the Hunting Act

Many constituents have contacted me about the Conservative Party's manifesto commitment to give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote, with a Government bill in Government... Read more

I have been contacted recently by a number of constituents regarding potential changes to surveillance laws and oversight. I know there is real public concern about this extremely important issue, especially given that the Conservative Government has included proposals on this in the Queen’s Speech.

Communications Data Bill ('Snooper's Charter')

I have been contacted recently by a number of constituents regarding potential changes to surveillance laws and oversight. I know there is real public concern about this extremely important issue, especially... Read more

Many constituents have contacted me about electoral reform.

Electoral Reform

Many constituents have contacted me about electoral reform. Read more

I have received lots of representations about cuts to further education funding.

Further Education Funding

I have received lots of representations about cuts to further education funding. Read more

 

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Hilary with his award for Parliamentarian of the Year from League Against Cruel Sports, 2011

 

Thanks all of you who have written to me about animal welfare. As a vegetarian of over 40 years, I'm a very strong supporter of action to protect our creatures great and small, and this year marks the 10th anniversary of the hunting ban which I voted for. I have written more about the hunting ban here.

Animal Welfare

  Hilary with his award for Parliamentarian of the Year from League Against Cruel Sports, 2011   Thanks all of you who have written to me about animal welfare. As a... Read more

A number of you have contacted me about how we can tackle sexism, improve the representation of women in Parliament and tackle violence against women.  These are very important issues, and while we have made some real progress as a society, there is still a long way to go.

Gender Equality, Women's Representation and Tackling Violence

A number of you have contacted me about how we can tackle sexism, improve the representation of women in Parliament and tackle violence against women.  These are very important issues,... Read more

A lot of people in Leeds Central contact me about their housing problems. Young people and families starting out who feel that the dream of having a home of their own is disappearing into the distance. We require a lot of new homes in Leeds, and yet nationally we are building less than half the number of homes we need and young people are being priced out of the market with the average house price now eight times the average wage.

Housing

A lot of people in Leeds Central contact me about their housing problems. Young people and families starting out who feel that the dream of having a home of their... Read more

The introduction of the National Minimum Wage was one of the proudest achievements of the last Labour Government but there is a continuing need to tackle the problems of low pay in our economy after five years of the Coalition. Five million people are in low-paid jobs earning less than the Living Wage. Average wages have fallen £1,600 a year since 2010. There are more and more people on precarious zero-hours contracts 1.3 million people are working part-time because they cannot get a full-time job. Half of all those in poverty live in working households. And 900,000 people, many of them in work, used food banks last year. This is completely unacceptable; not only is this bad for individuals and families, but it’s also bad for business.

National Minimum Wage

The introduction of the National Minimum Wage was one of the proudest achievements of the last Labour Government but there is a continuing need to tackle the problems of low... Read more

Thanks to all of you who have contacted me expressing concern about benefit sanctions.

I share your worry, not least because of the number of constituents who have been sanctioned who have been to see me in my advice surgeries.

Benefit Sanctions

Thanks to all of you who have contacted me expressing concern about benefit sanctions. I share your worry, not least because of the number of constituents who have been sanctioned... Read more

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