Leeds’ leader, Judith Blake, welcomes creation of a powerful new voice in the Convention of the North

If the recent chaos on the railways proved anything, it was the need for the North to have a voice in the corridors of power – and a strong and united one. That voice will be found this summer, when a Convention of the North is established. Northern council leaders will meet alongside business leaders, … Continue reading Leeds’ leader, Judith Blake, welcomes creation of a powerful new voice in the Convention of the North

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Lib Dem claims on Health, Recycling, Merrion House: Let’s #SetTheRecordStraight

Three new claims have been made in the latest leaflet from the Liberal Democrats about the Labour Party. Unfortunately once again we need to correct them, and set the record straight. First: they claim “Labour voted down a Lib Dem plan to provide six Admiral Nurses to help dementia patients in Leeds”. The provision of … Continue reading Lib Dem claims on Health, Recycling, Merrion House: Let’s #SetTheRecordStraight

Leeds Labour Manifesto 2018:8- Safer Communities, Leeds Labour protects community policing

On Theresa May’s watch, police numbers have been cut by 20,000. Cuts to the police force endanger communities and endanger police officers too. Labour’s approach to policing crime will be different. Here in Leeds Labour will protect the numbers of Police Community Support Officers. Leeds Labour works with West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark … Continue reading Leeds Labour Manifesto 2018:8- Safer Communities, Leeds Labour protects community policing

Leeds Labour Manifesto 2018:7, Healthcare for All-Labour Leeds ‘best city for health and wellbeing ‘

Labour created the National Health Service - our proudest achievement, providing universal healthcare for all on the basis of need, free at the point of use. In government we will reverse moves which have put profits before patients, tackle the problems of staffing levels and work to protect patients. Here in Leeds, in spite of … Continue reading Leeds Labour Manifesto 2018:7, Healthcare for All-Labour Leeds ‘best city for health and wellbeing ‘

Leeds Labour Manifesto 2018: 6, Tackling poverty and deprivation- Leeds Labour pays the Living Wage

Under the Tories and LibDem/Tory Coalition targets for tackling Child Poverty were abolished and it is women and children who have borne the brunt of austerity. Child poverty has soared by 400,000 since the Tories came to power. This is a direct result of this Government’s seven wasted years of austerity and punitive social security … Continue reading Leeds Labour Manifesto 2018: 6, Tackling poverty and deprivation- Leeds Labour pays the Living Wage

Leeds Labour Manifesto 2018: 5, Secure homes for all – brownfield first, affordable homes and tackling empty housing

Everyone in Leeds is entitled to a decent home, and security of tenure. After eight years of failure, the Conservatives have no plan to fix the housing crisis. Since 2010, housebuilding has fallen to its lowest level since the 1920s, rents have risen faster than incomes, and new, affordable housebuilding is at a 24-year low. … Continue reading Leeds Labour Manifesto 2018: 5, Secure homes for all – brownfield first, affordable homes and tackling empty housing

Leeds Labour Manifesto 2018: 4, Preventing homelessness – Labour Leeds has fewest rough sleepers of any major city

Homelessness is not inevitable in a country as privileged and well off as ours. However, since 2010, nationally the number of people sleeping rough has more than doubled. There can be no excuses – homelessness must end. Here in Leeds, Labour has been trying to do just that. Thanks to Leeds Labour Council, the city … Continue reading Leeds Labour Manifesto 2018: 4, Preventing homelessness – Labour Leeds has fewest rough sleepers of any major city

Leeds Labour Manifesto 2018: 3 – Transport: improvements on A660, Airport rail-link and park and ride, for a cleaner, greener NW Leeds

Transport is vital to quality of life and for accessing jobs. Better public transport is an important way to improve air quality and cut pollution. Improvements on major bus routes, park and ride schemes, new railway stations, smart ticketing and a short-term bike hire scheme: these are all among Labour’s plans for a cleaner, greener … Continue reading Leeds Labour Manifesto 2018: 3 – Transport: improvements on A660, Airport rail-link and park and ride, for a cleaner, greener NW Leeds

Leeds Labour Manifesto 2018: 2 – a cleaner city. Headingley Labour Councillors are already showing how.

The Conservatives have almost halved the amount of money Leeds has to spend. These cuts have affected the services which Leeds City Council deliver. Despite that, our Labour council has worked hard to keep our city clean and green. And here in Leeds NW, Headingley’s Labour Councillors have tackled local problems in local ways. If … Continue reading Leeds Labour Manifesto 2018: 2 – a cleaner city. Headingley Labour Councillors are already showing how.

2018 Leeds Labour Manifesto: 1 – Cleaning Our Air

Air pollution has serious implications for our health. Spending time in areas with high levels of air pollution can worsen asthma symptoms and prevent development in children. It is linked with an estimated 40,000 premature deaths in the UK every year. The Government is abdicating their responsibility on clean air, so Leeds Labour is leading … Continue reading 2018 Leeds Labour Manifesto: 1 – Cleaning Our Air