John McMahon and two Labour members visited St Paul's Foodbank to see the work they do. John writes: “The Foodbank Leader explained that a large number of the users were people who have had their benefits stopped or delayed due to sanctions or other problems. Some were struggling with debt and low pay. The products … Continue reading John McMahon visits St Paul’s Foodbank
Today the Trussell Trust released figures which confirm the grim reality of Christmas for so many families in Britain. They expect this to be the busiest Christmas to date for their foodbank network. They have called on us all to help those facing hunger at Christmas. “New data released today reveals that during December 2016, … Continue reading Labour’s Debbie Abrahams calls for pause to fix Universal Credit before Christmas
As new child poverty figures are published amid increasing Tory pressure to change the way we measure it, we publish here a piece by Jonathan Bradshaw, which he wrote for The Conversation. Jonathan Bradshaw, University of York There has been no real change in the proportion of children living in poverty in the past year, … Continue reading Tinkering with child poverty won’t help end it
This week a new foodbank has opened here in Leeds NW - at St Paul's church, Ireland Wood. The rise of food banks in 21st Century Britain is a tragedy and a disgrace - and one which affects us right here in our own community. People are going hungry - and good people locally are … Continue reading New foodbank opens in Leeds NW at Ireland Wood – we need policies to tackle food dependency
Ebola, Gaza, South Sudan and Syria, all these have put pressure on budgets, but we cannot let the poorest on the planet pay the price – including here at home, where foodbanks have become part of the life of far too many of our fellow-citizens. Linda’s Christmas message is one of hope but also urgency. … Continue reading Merry Christmas – and a December message of hope and urgency from Linda McAvan MEP
December is one of the quieter months in the political calendar – but we’re not yet hanging up our stockings here at Leeds NW Labour. On Thursday Dec 4 we will be joined by Gareth Smith who is Head of General Election Youth Strategy for the Labour Party – for a student registration session, starting … Continue reading Clean up in Ireland Wood, gigs in Holt Park + Otley, wassailing with Ilkley brewery beer: Leeds NW Labour’s busy December
This was an amazing weekend in Leeds North West. We began with a packed Otley Labour Rooms on Friday evening listening to Ian Lavery MP speaking with real passion on the 30th Anniversary of the Miners’ Strike [with some great backing acts – from Red Grass and Gary Kaye – and moving speeches from Mark … Continue reading ‘Have hope, give hope, be optimistic, unite’. Owen Jones’ messages in Leeds NW on Saturday.
Don't forget the winter season of fundraising concerts for Food Banks at the Labour Rooms! The gig on Sunday 9 November features Becky Mill, former member of Waking the Witch who has played Glastonbury, the Cambridge Folk Festival and many other top venues. Doors open 7.30-10pm Entry £3, extra donations welcome. Local musicians donate their … Continue reading Another Foodbank Gig in Otley – shame it’s still necessary, but a great night out for a good cause
The clocks went back last night. Winter is on its way. Christmas is coming – the shops are already preparing. Christmas is coming – but all that’s growing fat for many people in Leeds is debt. For many of our fellow-citizens all that Christmas will mean is an ever greater headache – and desperation – … Continue reading The State of the Nation – and the Condition of Leeds: City Council tackles poverty, but we need to reverse rising inequality
Now autumn is upon us, and – unfortunately – the food banks are still with us. So we’re advertising the new season of concerts to raise funds for the Otley Food Bank. We wish we didn’t have to do it! But the plus side is that Phil Snell and local musicians have organised a full … Continue reading Another autumn, another series of concerts fundraising for Otley Food Bank at Otley Labour Rooms.