Leeds Migrant Access Project is up for a Eurocities award

Leeds has been shortlisted for a Eurocities award – one of only nine cities on the shortlist – for its Migrant Access Project. Eurocities was founded in 1986 by the mayors of six large cities: Barcelona, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Lyon, Milan and Rotterdam. Today, it brings together the local governments of over 130 of Europe's largest … Continue reading Leeds Migrant Access Project is up for a Eurocities award

Tackling pay gap, ethnic minority representation, hate crime – including Islamophobia: Labour’s BAME manifesto

Today Sadiq Khan launched Labour’s Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic manifesto - setting out our better plan to break down the barriers that still face many people from ethnic minority backgrounds. As Sadiq said “Although we have made huge progress as a nation since my parents first moved to the UK in the 1960’s, there is … Continue reading Tackling pay gap, ethnic minority representation, hate crime – including Islamophobia: Labour’s BAME manifesto

Labour, Working for you in Headingley: Councillors take firm stand against potential mega-party

As we’ve said before – Headingley is a great community – embracing long-term residents and the students who join them. But as we’ve also said before, it only takes a few, behaving inappropriately, to cause problems. Noise is one of those problems – and the Headingley Labour councillors announced a Noise Nuisance Crackdown last autumn. … Continue reading Labour, Working for you in Headingley: Councillors take firm stand against potential mega-party

Labour- Working for you in Leeds NW: Headingley Councillors tackle noise nuisance

Headingley is a great mixed community. It embraces long-term residents and the students who join them. It’s a welcoming environment – as the recent Welcome to Headingley event showed – where everyone adds to the rich mix. But, as in all communities, there are problems – usually caused by a very few. And in Headingley … Continue reading Labour- Working for you in Leeds NW: Headingley Councillors tackle noise nuisance

October in Leeds: Black History Month – Join Alex Sobel in celebrating the contributions of Black and minority ethnic people to Britain

October is Black History Month. It’s designed to celebrate the significant contributions that Black and minority ethnic people have brought to our country - socially, economically and culturally. The Black History Month website http://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/home/4578383287 is full of information about the contributions Black and minority ethnic people have made to our history. Since this is 2014 … Continue reading October in Leeds: Black History Month – Join Alex Sobel in celebrating the contributions of Black and minority ethnic people to Britain

‘Leeds Challenges Hate’ – Leeds City Council launches New Charter on Hate Crime

When Mark Burns-Williamson took up his position as West Yorkshire Police Commissioner he set up a ‘Listening to You First’ survey. The results of that were disturbing. They showed that those who felt threatened or had been attacked were more likely to be – female, disabled, Gay or Lesbian, Muslim or from an ethnic minority … Continue reading ‘Leeds Challenges Hate’ – Leeds City Council launches New Charter on Hate Crime

John Packer, Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, and a champion of the poor and vulnerable, retiring in January

John Packer, bishop of Ripon and Leeds, has announced that he will be retiring in January. The bishop's work in the city and in the House of Lords has been characterised by a strong commitment to the poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable. John Packer started his career as a priest in South Yorkshire. And his experiences … Continue reading John Packer, Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, and a champion of the poor and vulnerable, retiring in January

Lib Dems and Immigration: A Master Class in Bad Government

The present Tory and Lib Dem government is the first British coalition government since the 2nd World War, and some commentators think it will not be the last. The Lib Dems constantly remind us that coalitions are here to stay; at least they hope so. They are delighted because they see themselves becoming a permanent … Continue reading Lib Dems and Immigration: A Master Class in Bad Government

Public Opinion – misperception and the problem of informed debate.

Labour often thinks that the media world is stacked against it – the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Sun, the Daily Telegraph and so on. Against this cacophony, Labour finds it very difficult to have its voice heard. But does this matter? Well, Labour thinks it does. After all, political discussion and public policy … Continue reading Public Opinion – misperception and the problem of informed debate.

Alex Sobel – the Open Mosques, Otley Food Festival and the Bedroom Tax

Alex Sobel has hit the ground running after his selection as parliamentary candidate for Leeds North West. On Saturday evening he was at the Big Iftar at the Makkah Mosque in Hyde Park, an Open Mosque evening. The mosque donated parcels of food/hampers to charities serving homeless people and will be raising funds for a … Continue reading Alex Sobel – the Open Mosques, Otley Food Festival and the Bedroom Tax