2013 was our first year here on the Leeds NW Labour website. We started posting in April – so we’ve been up and running for about nine months.
It’s been a busy time. We’ve posted 263 times over those months – and thousands of you have visited the site.
We’ve got some faithful readers out there. But we’re also gathering new ones all the time – a large number of you have visited for the first time over the last weeks, and especially over the Christmas season.
So in time-honoured fashion, we’ve produced an end-of–year round-up – ten posts we’ve published this year – to give a flavour of what we’ve been doing to our new readers, and to remind our regulars of what they’ve been enjoying!
1. We’ve regularly kept you up-to-date with what Leeds Labour Council is up to. Like here – on Leeds Landlord Accreditation scheme https://leedsnwclp.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/looking-for-accommodation-leeds-labour-councils-landlord-accreditation-scheme-is-designed-for-you/
2. And we’ve also tried to keep you informed of the problems of local government finance – not the sexiest topic, but it has certainly interested a lot of you, and so it should https://leedsnwclp.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/council-funding-changes-and-their-impact-on-northern-cities-like-leeds-placing-the-blame-where-it-belongs/
3. We’ve published occasional posts on local people whom we really admire. So we wrote about John Packer, the retiring bishop of Leeds, who lives in Leeds North West. https://leedsnwclp.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/john-packer-bishop-of-ripon-and-leeds-and-a-champion-of-the-poor-and-vulnerable-retiring-in-january/
4. We’ve kept you on top of the implications of the Coalition’s policies for Leeds – as here, for example, on Transport https://leedsnwclp.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/two-speed-britain-city-deals-and-localism-how-this-torylibdem-government-is-failing-leeds/
Or here on unemployment in Leeds NW https://leedsnwclp.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/the-price-of-government-failure-unemployment-in-leeds-north-west-parliamentary-constituency/
5. To judge by your responses, housing and planning have been right at the forefront of what concerned many of you this year. We’ve done a series of posts on this – here’s one for starters https://leedsnwclp.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/leeds-north-west-housing-planning-and-sustainability-and-mr-mulholland-again/ Our sister site – Adel and Wharfedale – http://www.awlabour.info has more local stuff on this one for the areas North of the Ring Road.
6. The NHS was one of the big stories throughout the year – and we predict that will continue. Here’s two posts – one giving Andy Burnham’s speech promising that Labour would repeal the LibDem/Tory Coalition’s NHS market https://leedsnwclp.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/labour-will-repeal-camerons-nhs-market/ and another on the EU/US Trade agreement – which we – and many of you clearly – think is a huge threat to the NHS https://leedsnwclp.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/g8-eu-us-trade-negotiations-and-the-greatest-threat-to-the-nhs/
7. The other big stories have been around the growing squeeze on our living standards locally. There’s been a lot of interest in our posts on foodbanks and food and fuel poverty – like this one on fuel poverty https://leedsnwclp.wordpress.com/2013/09/07/one-in-six-households-in-leeds-north-west-in-fuel-poverty-less-champagne-dave-and-more-help-for-families-struggling-with-the-cost-of-living-crisis/
Or this on the Otley foodbank https://leedsnwclp.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/stronger-economy-fairer-society-foodbanks-bring-the-reality-of-poverty-and-inequality-home-to-leeds-north-west/
8. Where possible we’ve given a local view or angle on national and international events. So here’s an Adel and Wharfedale member’s own take on Nelson Mandela’s death – with her own memories of the anti-apartheid struggle https://leedsnwclp.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/the-tale-of-an-anti-apartheid-t-shirt-told-by-an-adel-and-wharfedale-member/
9. We’ve tried to keep you abreast of some of the events and opportunities here in Leeds – remember our posts on Le Tour – which started on our sister site, Adel and Wharfedale – but continued here – with e.g. details of July’s Leeds Sky ride https://leedsnwclp.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/countdown-to-the-grand-depart-sky-ride-in-leeds-sunday-7-july/
10. And we’ve kept you informed about the activities of your Labour MEP, Linda MacAvan, and your Labour Police Commissioner, Mark Burns Williamson – for example his initiatives on domestic burglary here in NW Leeds https://leedsnwclp.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/super-cocooning-alex-sobel-welcomes-policing-initiatives-against-domestic-burglary-in-leeds-north-west/
OK – so we cheated – there are ten topics not ten posts there! We just got carried away. No selection can do us justice – though we say it as shouldn’t.
So look round the site yourself – there’s more on all the topics above – and lots besides
– an Events page to tell you what delights we’ve got in store for you
– details about your local Labour Councillors – Working for You
– and a regular watch on the news spinning of our LibDem MP, Mr Mulholland – check out the Categories on our News page.
There’s also a host of Tags on the News page to guide you through all the topics we’ve written about – including many not covered in our bare selection – like education, employment, welfare changes.
Of course the biggest event of the year from our point of view was the selection of our Parliamentary candidate, Alex Sobel. The biggest from your point of view, too – no single post this year got more views than this one! https://leedsnwclp.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/labour-selects-alex-sobel-as-next-mp-for-leeds-nw/
We think that’s a good omen.
So we’ve had a great 2013, and we’ve enjoyed sharing it with you. And we’re looking forward to seeing you all again in 2014.
In the meantime, Happy New Year – to all our readers, and to everyone in Leeds NW.
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