Leeds Council Leaders Judith Blake and Richard Lewis have issued an Open Letter on proposals for Leeds Bradford Airport parkway station [below]. As the letter makes clear, all proposals and decisions have to be made in the context of severe spending constraints - and as part of a package of measures to improve Leeds transport … Continue reading Leeds Council Leader Judith Blake on proposals for Leeds/Bradford Airport parkway station
Worldwide, air pollution is now one of the greatest external threats to health for urban dwellers. Here in Britain, London breached its air pollution limits for the whole year in the first five days of 2017. In 2015, in four out of ten UK councils, air pollution limits were exceeded. There is increasing evidence that … Continue reading Headingley and Weetwood Labour Party’s campaign for clean air on A660
Over the last couple of days there have been major announcements about the immediate future of transport in Leeds - £270 million investment over the next four years - including £180 million investment in bus travel - and new rail plans – which will involve a Park and Ride station on the Leeds/Harrogate line to … Continue reading Leeds Council Leader Judith Blake: We’ll keep pushing for mass transit scheme for Leeds
Leeds has some of the most polluted air in Britain and the main cause of that is traffic. That air pollution causes asthma, breathing difficulties and even premature death - every year. That’s why our local Labour Party Branches – in Weetwood and Heaadingley - are calling for a block of the money now available … Continue reading Transport and pollution – your local Labour party in Weetwood and Headingley is on the case.
Leeds Labour Council continues to do its bit to promote the green agenda - this time incentivising and encouraging the use of ultra low emission vehicles. Leeds residents who own an ultra low emission vehicle can apply for a free parking permit under a council initiative. The Council is offering free parking for owners of … Continue reading Leeds Labour Council introduces free parking for ultra low emission vehicles: another step towards cleaner air for Leeds
Today Jeremy Corbyn gave a keynote speech to the Fabian Society’s New Year Conference. In it he attacked the Tories view of fairness, and defended a Labour history in which the party has created the very basis of a fair society – now under Tory threat, including in their gerrymandering of the very democratic process … Continue reading A more equal society not only fairer, but more economically stable & better at wealth creation: Jeremy Corbyn’s speech today
The Labour group on Leeds City Council has launched a campaign against the Tory Government’s deeply unfair cut to health spending this year. This is part of an ongoing battle against the Tories’ assault on local services and infrastructure. Regular readers of this blog will not need reminding of the scale of the previous Coalition’s … Continue reading As Tories go back on election promises, Labour Council fights on behalf of wellbeing of all Leeds people
The Tories have broken their election promise to electrify key rail lines in the Midlands and the North. As we’ve reported before, the promises on electrification – part of the promise of the so-called ‘Northern Powerhouse’ – were no more than cynical Tory electioneering. But the electrification of those lines really matters to the economic … Continue reading ‘Don’t Pull the Plug on our Northern & Midland Railways” – Stop the Tories shunting us into the sidings.
Did you know that 90% of all journeys by public transport are on buses? That’s a huge proportion. Trains and rail fares matter - but buses are at the heart of our communities – and bus fares are an important question for those who want to participate fully in our local life. They’re an essential … Continue reading Labour – working for you in Leeds: extension of young people’s bus passes kicks in this autumn.
Anyone over the age of 65 will remember Simon and Garfunkel – and their great 1970 hit ‘The Boxer’. The song contains the memorable lines ‘I have squandered my resistance for a pocketful of mumbles, such are promises - all lies and jest – but a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards … Continue reading ‘All lies and jest, such are [Tory election] promises’ – the Northern Powerhouse just had its electricity cut off.