A long-term answer to deep-seated problems: Ed Miliband tackles the bankers, and sets Osborne’s political agenda.

On 16 January a very interesting article appeared in the Financial Times. It was written by Philip Stephens, associate editor of the FT. And its message was simple and direct: the banking system is – still – broken. ‘The bankers have got away with it. They have seen off politicians, regulators and angry citizens alike … Continue reading A long-term answer to deep-seated problems: Ed Miliband tackles the bankers, and sets Osborne’s political agenda.

Autumn Statement: Losers – The Young, Working Families and Children – and the greenfields of North West Leeds?

How should we react to the autumn statement? Perhaps, as many commentators have said, as a piece of political theatre. It was certainly that – complete with smoke and mirrors. Its big message is – continuing austerity. And it’s becoming clear that for George Osborne, David Cameron and Nick Clegg austerity is an end in … Continue reading Autumn Statement: Losers – The Young, Working Families and Children – and the greenfields of North West Leeds?

Last Leeds North West Food Bank Gig of 2013 – Gerry MacNiece Band at Otley Labour Rooms, Sun 1 December.

Don’t miss last Food Bank Gig of 2013. Nearly £1000 raised already. Otley Food Bank to open before Christmas. Fight Food Poverty and Enjoy yourself.

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Please try and find time to support the last Food Bank gig of 2013, this Sunday 1st December.

Upstairs at the Otley Labour Rooms, Walkergate
7.30 to 10 p.m.

It would be great to see you even if you can only pop in for half an hour.stb sidebar

The Gerry MacNiece Band are generously donating their time and talent for free this Sunday to raise money for Otley’s Food Bank . Please bring your friends!!

The band describe their music as ‘hardcore-folk-pop’ in a very tongue-in-cheek kind of way. They perform a mixture of Gerry’s songs, traditional music and a handful of songs written by their contemporaries.
Described by Mike Harding as ‘real lovely’ the band’s on-stage camaraderie and presence is an essential part of the live experience.
Gerry McNeice has been part of the UK music scene for over
30 years. Beginning his career playing English…

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Fuel Poverty and Energy Bills in Leeds NW – Come along today and Freeze that Bill now.

Street stall today at Holt Park at 12.30 p.m.

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In Leeds NW there are 33,744 households
5890 of these are in fuel poverty – that’s over 1 in 6.

In Leeds NW there are 33,744 households
Since the last election Energy bills have increased for those households by an average of £300 a year. Bill rises this autumn could add another £100 on top of that.

Leeds NW is not alone.

Take Fuel Poverty in particular.

• Official figures published over the summer show that the fuel poverty gap – the gap between people’s bills and what they can afford – has increased by over £200 million in the last two years.

• At the same time as the Government has halved the budget to fight fuel poverty, the gap for people in fuel poverty between their bills and what they can afford has increased to nearly £500.

• The over-75s are the most likely to live in homes…

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A party that works for working people, which has learnt from the lessons of the past: Jon Trickett’s speech to Leeds NW Labour

Many Adel and Wharfedale members had a great evening at Leeds NW CLP’s annual dinner. You can read about Jon Trickett’s speech here.

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Learning from the lessons of the past, making Labour truly the people’s party – these were the themes of Jon Trickett’s speech at Leeds NW Labour’s hugely successful annual dinner and 2015 campaign launch on Sunday evening.IMG_2553

He was eloquent about Ed Miliband’s style of leadership:
– His strength – standing up to Murdoch, where some might have kept quiet; one of the first politicians prepared to do that
– – ready to take a principled stand on Syria, to give diplomacy a chance.
– In general his readiness to listen and learn – but also his courage to act when his mind was made up.

Jon reminded us of the successes of the last Labour government – and especially about its rescue of the NHS from the crisis situation of 1997
– the contrast with the failures of this LibDem/Tory Coalition
– a government which had created an A…

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Wholesale prices up 1.7%, Energy Bills up 11.1% – Sign the petition, #Freezethatbill

Join the protest – sign Labour’s petition now

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I never thought I’d have to use a credit card to pay for my weekly shop, but that’s how things are now.

My wife and I are lucky — I know there are people far worse off than us — but I feel like there are a lot of people in our boat. Both of us work, but still every month we drop into our overdraft about a week before payday.

It’s wrong: we’re working hard and yet we’re struggling to keep the lights and heating on.

That’s Russ’s story, a Labour party member from Lancashire.
And it’s a recurring one.

Which magazine recently found that three out of ten people it surveyed said they did not know how they would be able to afford to heat their homes this coming winter. And that included pensioners, spending time in the library to avoid heating their homes.


Since the…

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‘Labour – the party for ALL children and ALL families – in Leeds and at Westminster’: Alex Sobel.

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This week has seen significant announcements by both main parties relevant to childcare and families.

In advance of the Tory Party Conference, David Cameron has said he will bring in tax relief for families in 2015.
By this what he means is tax relief for a Tory version of a family – in work, with one wage-earner, a stay-at-home parent, earning enough to benefit from tax-threshold changes. The gender of the working parent is not specified – but in practice this looks too like a return to the old Married Man’s Tax Allowance for comfort. In practice, too, it will likely put money into the hands of men, rather than directly into the hands of women and children.

‘Love is love, commitment is commitment’ says David Cameron
– for married couples with one earner on £40K, but not for married couples with each on £10K;
– except for two thirds…

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One in six households in Leeds North West in fuel poverty – less champagne, Dave, and more help for families struggling with the Cost of Living Crisis

Celebration of recovery may be premature – it’s certainly inappropriate as living costs soar.

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Families in Leeds North West and across the country can see what David Cameron and George Osborne are incapable of seeing: that the Government has failed to turn things around for Britain’s hard-working families.
We’ve had three damaging years of a flat-lining economy and the slowest economic recovery in over a century.
As we go round the constituency, people in Leeds North West tell us they are struggling – that things are getting harder not easier for them as the prices of essentials such as food, clothes and heating are rising much faster than wages.
The government boasts that they’ve fixed the economy but their decisions choked off the recovery and we’re yet to make up the ground lost since 2010.
The talk of economic recovery rings hollow for families that are still struggling with the cost of living crisis.

Since David Cameron became Prime Minister wages in Yorkshire and…

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The Greg Mulholland Spin Dossier No. 6: Stuck in a Siding – Again

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As we have noted before, our Leeds NW Liberal Democrat MP thinks of himself as a different kind of politician.
This is how he describes himself – weirdly in the third person:

‘Whilst other politicians rely on spin, Greg is known as a plain speaker who is not afraid to speak his mind.’images

It is becoming clear to us, unfortunately, that his increasing reliance on spin is bordering on the pathological. In this dossier, we are talking railways!

On the 19th of August, Greg Mulholland informed his constituents online that he welcomed the fact that, ‘North Yorkshire County Council has taken the first step in what is anticipated to be a multi-million pound modernisation and improvement of services on the Harrogate rail line.’ He continued, ‘The electrification of the Harrogate line has the opportunity to provide a boost to the local economy and bring massive benefits for businesses, visitors and…

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