Partition of India– a Leeds NW member remembers a toddler’s terrifying journey in Sylhet

As we remember the partition of the Indian sub-continent, our secretary, Doreen Illingworth, has sent in her memories of being caught up in the tragic events. "I was hot & upset, sitting on a very scratchy thick old army blanket in the back of a Morris car driving along the unpaved roads in Bengal with … Continue reading Partition of India– a Leeds NW member remembers a toddler’s terrifying journey in Sylhet

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‘We are whatever it is we want to be – and whatever it is we believe we can be.” Leeds Cllr Alison Lowe celebrates #IWD2017

International Women’s Day events are held worldwide on March 8 to celebrate women and their global contribution. Various women, including political, community, and business leaders, as well as leading educators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and television personalities, are usually invited to speak at events on the day, highlighting their successes to illustrate how much progress has been […] … Continue reading ‘We are whatever it is we want to be – and whatever it is we believe we can be.” Leeds Cllr Alison Lowe celebrates #IWD2017

Cllr Pauleen Grahame reminds us of Leeds women who defended Britain in WWII – celebrating the forgotten

On International Women’s Day – Cllr Pauleen Grahame writes about the Barnbow Lasses, A story of women who worked in a munitions factory which also records the worst tragedy in the history of the City of Leeds – in terms of people killed – a story however that never made the news headlines of the […] … Continue reading Cllr Pauleen Grahame reminds us of Leeds women who defended Britain in WWII – celebrating the forgotten

Headingley Councillor Al Garthwaite on the history of International Women’s Day

After being celebrated widely during the first part of the twentieth century, International Women’s Day was neglected, apart from in the Soviet Union, where men would present women with flowers and make them a cup of tea, presumably as some sort of sop for doing nothing for them the rest of the year. This was […] … Continue reading Headingley Councillor Al Garthwaite on the history of International Women’s Day

Join us to Campaign for the NHS – 21 Jan, Otley Market Place, Arndale Headingley, Green Road Meanwood

Last week the Prime Minister said the NHS crisis is nothing more than a 'small number of incidents where unacceptable practices have taken place'. Both patients and over-stretched NHS staff will be shocked at Theresa May's casual dismissal of the realities of what's happening on the ground. Disagree with her? Read other people’s experience – … Continue reading Join us to Campaign for the NHS – 21 Jan, Otley Market Place, Arndale Headingley, Green Road Meanwood

The holiday photo that will stay with me forever. Local Labour Member on the legacy of war in Laos

As Aleppo falls, the long-term as well as short-term effects of war on civilian populations are on our minds. In these circumstances, Leeds NW Labour member, Doreen Illingworth’s reactions to her recent visit to Laos are an eloquent reminder of the legacy of war. The UXO (= unexploded ordinance) exhibition centre is in Luan Prabang, … Continue reading The holiday photo that will stay with me forever. Local Labour Member on the legacy of war in Laos

Investing in social housing: a good deal for the taxpayer whatever happens after Brexit — Red Brick

'The short term increase in borrowing that would be required to fund the programme of building 100,000 houses for rent per year is estimated to be between £6.5 and £7 billion. This is equivalent to two weeks’ spending on the NHS (or less than a month’s worth of the supposed savings from leaving the EU … Continue reading Investing in social housing: a good deal for the taxpayer whatever happens after Brexit — Red Brick

Leeds Labour Council’s innovative White Rose Energy scheme offers fairer, transparent tariffs

Energy prices are something which concern most of us. Which is why Leeds Labour Council’s innovative White Rose Energy – which launched this week – is such an exciting development. It offers all households across the Yorkshire region the opportunity to sign up to fairer, more transparent energy tariffs. Leeds City Council has teamed up … Continue reading Leeds Labour Council’s innovative White Rose Energy scheme offers fairer, transparent tariffs

More on Housing Policy from Labour’s Redbrick blog

'Looming over the whole of the housing budget, especially those parts that have yet to come on-stream, is of course the referendum result and its likely effects both on the public finances and on the housing market itself. Brandon Lewis would have been received more warmly at this week’s Housing 2016 conference in Manchester if … Continue reading More on Housing Policy from Labour’s Redbrick blog