Hilary Benn

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I am Member of Parliament for Leeds Central, which includes all of LS10 and LS11 plus the city centre, Woodhouse, Richmond Hill and Osmanthorpe.
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MP’s notebook: Problems of deregulation

MP’s notebook: Problems of deregulation

I’ve been dealing with two problems recently where local residents have been on the receiving end of sharp business practice with distressing consequences. The first involves constituents who purchased leasehold properties from Miller Homes on their new development in Hunslet. The homeowners thought they would be able to buy the freehold for a reasonable sum […]

By February 2, 2018 2 Comments Read More →
MP’s Notebook: Time to re-nationalise the railways

MP’s Notebook: Time to re-nationalise the railways

Seeing the New Year in has its own special traditions, but one that is less than popular is the annual rise in rail fares. This year they are going up by around 3.4% – the largest increase for five years. Comparing the rise in fares on over 80 routes between when the current Government came […]

By January 2, 2018 2 Comments Read More →
MP’s Notebook: online abuse

MP’s Notebook: online abuse

It is said that Christmas is the season of goodwill. So it was timely to find myself recently discussing with a senior clergyman and some parliamentary colleagues the way politics is debated and MPs are sometimes treated. What got the discussion started was Brexit and the way it has polarised opinion within political parties and […]

By November 30, 2017 6 Comments Read More →
MP’s notebook: Universal Credit

MP’s notebook: Universal Credit

There is a very important debate going on at the moment about Universal Credit and the outcome will affect a lot of people in our community. Universal Credit (UC) rolls six benefits – child tax credit, housing benefit, income support, JSA, ESA and working tax credit – into one monthly payment and it is meant […]

By November 3, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
MP’s notebook

MP’s notebook

There has been a great deal of debate about the Holbeck managed prostitution area ever since it was introduced three years ago as a pilot scheme. The aim was to try and control the impact of prostitution on the lives of local residents as it’s been a problem for a long time. How’s it gone? […]

By September 28, 2017 3 Comments Read More →
MP’s notebook

MP’s notebook

Once again, food banks are in the news. Research by the Trussell Trust, which runs a network of food banks across the UK, including in Leeds, has found that more than one third of food distributed goes to needy children. School-age children up to the age of 11 are most likely to require emergency food […]

By September 1, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
MP’s Notebook – July 2017

MP’s Notebook – July 2017

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who voted for me in the recent general election. It is a great privilege to have been elected as your local Member of Parliament for the sixth time, and I will do my best to repay your trust and confidence. And whether you voted for me […]

Hilary Benn MP: Defending democracy

Hilary Benn MP: Defending democracy

The terrorist attack in Westminster on 22 March 2017 claimed the lives of four people, including PC Keith Palmer. Many others were injured, some very seriously. The attacker was shot dead. The following day the House of Commons held a minute’s silence and the Prime Minister made a statement. Leeds Town Hall flew its flag […]

Time to let the north decide on spending

Time to let the north decide on spending

For quite some time now it has been clear that there is a North-South divide when it comes to Government funding for infrastructure. The facts speak for themselves. Public capital spending per person in the North is only half that in London, according to the think-tank the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). And the […]

Health cuts, safe standing and a neighbourhood plan

Health cuts, safe standing and a neighbourhood plan

The problems facing the health service are being keenly felt in Leeds. We recently read about operations, including cancer operations, being cancelled in the city, and the pressures on the LGI and St James’s accident and emergency departments – staff and patients – as well as on GPs are enormous. Saying that there have only […]

By February 3, 2017 0 Comments Read More →