‘A strong voice in this House and a powerful advocate for my constituency’ – Alex Sobel’s Maiden Speech

On Wednesday 12 July our new MP, Alex Sobel, made his maiden speech – in the debate concerning the Grenfell Tower tragedy. He celebrated the diverse and great area which is Leeds North West Constituency. He promised to ‘speak truth to power and be an advocate for this one issue [climate change], which will define … Continue reading ‘A strong voice in this House and a powerful advocate for my constituency’ – Alex Sobel’s Maiden Speech

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Clean Air Act, No Fracking, No Fox Hunting – Vote Alex Sobel in Leeds NW

Labour's policies on the Environment include - Clean Air Act - No to Fracking - Keep the Fox Hunting Ban - 60% of energy from Low Carbon and Renewables by 2030 - End to the Ivory Trade And a vote for Labour is not just a protest - it's a vote to get those policies … Continue reading Clean Air Act, No Fracking, No Fox Hunting – Vote Alex Sobel in Leeds NW

Alex Sobel’s Green credentials – ‘fairness and the green agenda go hand in hand’

Alex Sobel, our candidate in Leeds NW, has strong green credentials. He is the Deputy Executive Member for Sustainability and Climate Change on Leeds City Council, and also a member of the SERA Executive Committee. Through SERA he’s been involved in campaigning for and shaping the big picture on Labour’s Green agenda. Here at home, … Continue reading Alex Sobel’s Green credentials – ‘fairness and the green agenda go hand in hand’

Labour, Delivering for a Cleaner, Greener Leeds – vote of confidence in Council’s plans to improve air quality

Leeds Labour Council took a step forward this week in its efforts to improve air quality in the city. It had already been agreed that the council would work with partners to build and run what could be the country’s biggest compressed natural gas filling station, with a view to also converting the Council’s bin … Continue reading Labour, Delivering for a Cleaner, Greener Leeds – vote of confidence in Council’s plans to improve air quality

Labour’s pressure secures Tory concession on Leeds floods –the fight for proper defences continues

Last Wednesday Labour’s Rachel Reeves secured a debate in Parliament on the Leeds floods – and a concession from the Tories that the feasibility study into flooding in the city can go ahead. As we reported before, the Environment minister claimed there was no money in the kitty to fund that study. Thanks to concerted … Continue reading Labour’s pressure secures Tory concession on Leeds floods –the fight for proper defences continues

Bees, Rubbish and the ‘Kirkstall spirit’: a personal take on the Leeds Floods

The Boxing day floods in Leeds caused enormous damage – and have left a trail of heartache and distress in their wake. Leeds North West was badly affected – people along the Wharfe were flooded, in some cases for the second time in all too quick succession. Our members in both Otley and Pool have … Continue reading Bees, Rubbish and the ‘Kirkstall spirit’: a personal take on the Leeds Floods

Tories’ empty words and hot air won’t fund Leeds flood defences. We need cold cash, and soon.

This week Judith Blake, Labour leader of Leeds City Council, met with Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss to discuss what funding and assistance the government is prepared to give Leeds for flood damage and future protection. Leeds City Centre is 
still getting a £33m investment to build new defences, 
as agreed before the flooding and to … Continue reading Tories’ empty words and hot air won’t fund Leeds flood defences. We need cold cash, and soon.

Leeds Floods? Government must apply for EU solidarity funds to help Yorks victims – says Linda McAvan MEP

Linda McAvan and Richard Corbett, Labour MEPs for Yorkshire and the Humber, have called on the Tory Government to apply for EU money to help flood victims - money to which we are entitled. As Linda writes: "The recent flooding across the region has caused widespread devastation. So far the government has offered £50m to … Continue reading Leeds Floods? Government must apply for EU solidarity funds to help Yorks victims – says Linda McAvan MEP

Council plans a Regeneration-approach to recovery, but Leeds needs phase 2 of Flood defences

Storm Eva may have gone, and the winter’s snow arrived – but for those affected by the flooding here in Leeds the effects remain very real. The damage caused by the floods over Christmas was huge – and the impact far from over. Leeds Labour Council continues to see this as a central concern. This … Continue reading Council plans a Regeneration-approach to recovery, but Leeds needs phase 2 of Flood defences

Leeds City Council support for flood victims – update, including emergency support for local manufacturers

Leeds City Council leader, Judith Blake, has added more detail to proposals to help those affected by the recent flooding. - households affected by flooding will receive up to £500 to help with recovery costs; - householders flooded will receive council tax relief and this will be for a minimum of three months or while … Continue reading Leeds City Council support for flood victims – update, including emergency support for local manufacturers