L.E.D. burning bright, Please don’t set our house alight: A Cautionary [Brexit] Tale

A local Labour member, Doreen Illingworth, has sent us the following cautionary tale – about flaming L.E.D.s and deregulation. With Theresa May in the USA opening trade negotiations with Trump, this is a tale for our times. Contrary to popular perceptions, in ‘Free trade’ negotiations, tariffs will not be the main part of the agenda. … Continue reading L.E.D. burning bright, Please don’t set our house alight: A Cautionary [Brexit] Tale

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‘After 6 years of continuous cuts to Leeds budget, something now has to give’ warns Judith Blake

Leeds City Council is facing yet more severe reductions in its funding over the next three years - so challenging that it will have no choice but to make tough decisions that will impact on services. After six years of major cuts, financial planners are having to work increasingly hard to identify areas where savings … Continue reading ‘After 6 years of continuous cuts to Leeds budget, something now has to give’ warns Judith Blake

Leeds Labour Council: determined to find new ways to provide homes in Leeds

Leeds Labour Council is set to explore the possibility of building homes for sale. A detailed examination is to be made of the options for the council to build and sell affordable houses. The move comes as the council considers the implications for the supply of affordable housing to buy and rent of the Tories’ … Continue reading Leeds Labour Council: determined to find new ways to provide homes in Leeds

April 16 – Join Leeds NW Labour Party on March for NHS + Otley gig supporting Junior Doctors

Leeds NW Labour Party is supporting two events backing the NHS tomorrow, Saturday 16 April. MARCH FOR THE NHS Yorkshire march for the NHS – assemble at Leeds Art Gallery for 11.30am Then in the evening there will be a benefit gig organized by Otley and Yeadon Labour Party in support of Junior Doctors [and … Continue reading April 16 – Join Leeds NW Labour Party on March for NHS + Otley gig supporting Junior Doctors

Leeds Council Leader, Judith Blake’s warning on Brexit: “It is our communities which would be hardest hit”

Yesterday Leeds' Judith Blake joined over 60 other Labour Council leaders to warn that Brexit would cause “a further funding black hole” in their budgets, which are already strained after six years of cuts to local government by the Tories.'It is our communities which would be hardest hit", they warned - “the disastrous economic effects … Continue reading Leeds Council Leader, Judith Blake’s warning on Brexit: “It is our communities which would be hardest hit”

Enjoy a walk in Golden Acre Park? Take a good look at Tories’ Housing Bill.

Spring was in the air this week – and we hope you’ve been enjoying it, perhaps by taking a walk in Golden Acre, or Roundhay, or one of the other great public parks here in Leeds. Well, enjoy it while you can – because that’s a pleasure which may be under threat, thanks to the … Continue reading Enjoy a walk in Golden Acre Park? Take a good look at Tories’ Housing Bill.

Leeds NW Labour supports Junior Doctors: a call to get out and publicise the threats to NHS

Last Friday evening Leeds North West Labour Party voted unanimously to support the Junior Doctors in the current dispute. A packed meeting at the Otley Labour Rooms heard a passionate, controlled but devastating presentation of the facts of the situation from Dr Chloe Fairbairns – herself a junior doctor in Leeds. This is NOT a … Continue reading Leeds NW Labour supports Junior Doctors: a call to get out and publicise the threats to NHS

Osborne’s failure to deliver new housing stock is blowing out the Housing Benefit Bill – Seema Malhotra


Osborne’s failure to deliver on new housing stock is blowing out the Housing Benefit Bill. Little noticed data released on Friday by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), which revealed that private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 2.6% in the 12 months to January when inflation was running at zero … Continue reading Osborne’s failure to deliver new housing stock is blowing out the Housing Benefit Bill – Seema Malhotra


Labour – protecting frontline Leeds policing with more bobbies on the beat, in spite of years of LibDem/Tory cuts

Only Labour will protect our public services. The Tories and Lib Dems when in Coalition have cut West Yorkshire Police’s budget by £140m since 2010 at the cost of over 2000 police officers and staff. But despite these deep and damaging cuts your Labour Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson working closely with Leeds Council … Continue reading Labour – protecting frontline Leeds policing with more bobbies on the beat, in spite of years of LibDem/Tory cuts

Fragmentation, crisis of morale, and a democratic deficit: Emma Ann Hardy addressed Leeds North West on Education and the National Policy Forum

At our January meeting, Emma Ann Hardy, a member of Labour’s National Policy Forum [NPF] led a discussion on education. Emma has provided us with the notes of her opening remarks - which we are publishing below. “First NPF updates: • At their meeting in November, the National Executive Committee (NEC) agreed a process and … Continue reading Fragmentation, crisis of morale, and a democratic deficit: Emma Ann Hardy addressed Leeds North West on Education and the National Policy Forum