If the recent chaos on the railways proved anything, it was the need for the North to have a voice in the corridors of power – and a strong and united one. That voice will be found this summer, when a Convention of the North is established. Northern council leaders will meet alongside business leaders, … Continue reading Leeds’ leader, Judith Blake, welcomes creation of a powerful new voice in the Convention of the North
Last week the Australian investment firm, AMP, bought Leeds Bradford airport. Our MP Alex Sobel, has been quick to seek assurances from the new owners on the airport’s future – on infrastructure investment, terms and conditions for staff and improvements for passengers. The airport, which was once owned jointly by local authorities, was bought by … Continue reading Leeds NW MP Alex Sobel seeks assurances from Leeds Bradford Airport’s new owners
Leeds is a member of the Core Cities group. Today they have launched a Green paper. Cities are capable, ready and willing to help the UK become a fairer and stronger place. The Green paper sets out how – and calls on government to help and support their efforts. You can read more about it … Continue reading Leeds Council Leader Judith Blake – how cities can make UK fairer & stronger
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
This week has seen Leeds City Council announce its budgetary plans. We’ll be covering aspects of this in more posts. The context for everything is the continued vicious squeeze on Council budgets by Central Government – beginning back under the LibDem/Tory Coalition in 2010, and continuing ever since. 50% of central government funding has already … Continue reading Leeds Council job losses held to 800 – in spite of continuing savage Government cuts.
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 should you vote Labour on May 5? Because the Labour Council has been working hard to improve the employment chances of local people. • Leeds City Council, John Lewis and Hammerson signed an Employment and Skills Charter, marking their commitment to support Leeds residents to access new employment opportunities created through the £165 million … Continue reading Leeds Labour Council: providing skills programmes and employment support so our citizens can prosper
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”
Yorkshire & Humber has been a huge beneficiary from European funding over the years for research, social enterprise, business support, regeneration, and infrastructure. Global companies set up their businesses throughout the UK. Within the region, companies like Siemens in Hull, O2 in Leeds and BASF in Bradford have set up business. There are over 360,000 … Continue reading So what has EU ever done for Yorkshire? More than Tories would. Linda McAvan’s Referendum e-bulletin
Housing in the UK is in crisis. The Housing and Planning Bill currently making its way through Parliament is not an answer to the acute crisis of Housing provision faced by the UK – it will only make it worse. Housing is a number 1 social problem – and should be a number 1 political … Continue reading Leeds MP Fabian Hamilton’s report on ‘Building Homes for Britain’.