Our MP Alex Sobel has joined fellow Leeds MP, Hilary Benn, in offering his support to those taking strike action at Leeds University. https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/8975/Pressure-grows-on-University-of-Leeds-as-more-MPs-back-striking-staff#.WeCCphRf6fU.twitter As Alex wrote: "Dear UCU members at the University of Leeds I want to let those of you who live in the Leeds North West constituency know that you have my … Continue reading Alex Sobel’s message of support to Leeds University staff taking strike action
Twenty years ago today, the British elected a Labour government at Westminster - and here in Leeds NW we elected a Labour MP, Harold Best. Harold was a great local MP, who worked tirelessly for all his constituents. And the combination of Labour MP and Labour government brought real benefits for Britain and for the … Continue reading May 1 1997: best for Britain, Best for Leeds NW. What Labour Governments 1997-2010 achieved
Grammar schools perpetuate and reinforce the inequalities in our society. Yet in the face of cuts in money for the education of the many, the Tories in this week’s budget found cash for free schools – which might include grammars. According to James Bloodworth, grammar schools may help 20-25%, but education for 75-80% suffers, and … Continue reading Grammar schools – education for 75-80% suffers, disproportionately the poor: James Bloodworth
It’s been calculated that over £32 million will be lost to Leeds Schools by 2020 under the government’s School Funding proposals – that’s 860 teachers and an average of £314 per pupil. Unless the Government allocates additional money, schools and academies are set to lose huge amounts in real terms cuts — rising to £3 … Continue reading Leeds NW and Horsforth Labour campaign against cuts to local schools
Leeds is home to more than 180,000 children and young people. The Labour Council’s aim is to provide the best start in life for ALL those children: - which is why the Council has prioritised spending on Children’s Centres and support for families; - and why it has opposed the Tories’ plans to expand selective … Continue reading Leeds Labour calls for support for ALL our children – not divisive Grammar School plans.
The Tories’ plan for grammar schools will segregate our children, providing a privileged education for a few and a second class education for the rest. Join Headingley Labour on Saturday to take part in Labour’s national campaign for inclusive education for all. We’ll be meeting outside the KFC in the centre of Headingley at 10.30 … Continue reading 1 October – Headingley Labour campaign for inclusive education for all.
Today is polling day – for Leeds City Council elections, and also for West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. We’re asking you to vote Labour in both elections. Labour is standing on its record of achievement – and its commitment to the future: - on its record in working for a strong local economy - … Continue reading Labour’s vision for Leeds – A strong economy and a compassionate city. Vote today
Why vote Labour in Leeds on May 5th? Because Leeds Labour Council has been supporting our children and young people, and promoting physical activity. • In December, the Government named children’s services in Leeds as one of six exemplar providers of local authority children’s services • The number of children in care in Leeds has … Continue reading Leeds Labour Council: Supporting children, closing educational achievement gaps, promoting physical activity
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
Last Thursday in an obscure Committee at Westminster, 10 men and women – all Tories – voted to deprive the poorest students of maintenance grants. The aim is to scrap the maintenance grant for the most disadvantaged and replace it with loans. This decision to hit those who are aspiring to better themselves, and using … Continue reading Student maintenance grants: Labour forces the Tories out of the shadows