All best wishes for 2016 from all of us here at Leeds NW Labour.

And here’s a New Year message from Labour’s Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, on how cuts to Local Government spending are threatening our ability to protect ourselves from – and respond to – events like flooding.

Jeremy Corbyn with Judith Blake in Leeds on New year's eve  - seeing for himself the effects of the floods on Kirkstall businesses
Jeremy Corbyn with Judith Blake in Leeds on New year’s eve – seeing for himself the effects of the floods on Kirkstall businesses

‘This erosion of our civic institutions has got to stop and in 2016 here’s three things that government must do to make the tide turn.
First, give us the flood defences we need and deserve as an economic powerhouse in Yorkshire and make sure the review of flooding provides a comprehensive response to the problem. I rather doubt that Oliver Letwin, who is leading that review, has the full confidence of all communities in the north in understanding the full range of issues. Secondly, replace your warm words about local media with practical measures that will make a difference to the public service they provide. Lastly, give the Leeds City Region the devolution deal that lets us get on with giving taxpayers a better deal. We’ve shown we can do three times better than Whitehall in running public services, so let’s get on with it. The report that the Treasury was questioning whether the people of Yorkshire deserved the same support as other flooded communities beggars belief. Here’s a New Year’s resolution for Whitehall: if it’s good enough for London, then it’s good enough for Yorkshire.”

Read more of what she had to say here: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/leeds-city-council-leader-time-to-end-this-flood-of-despair-by-putting-yorkshire-first-1-7650421#ixzz3vuTMPJWR

Amen to that, Judith. And Happy New Year to you, too – keep up the good work here in Leeds. We’re counting on you.

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