Over the weekend the Yorkshire and the Humber Labour Party held our last annual Conference before the General Election, which was held at Leeds Beckett University's excellent Rose Bowl facilities.
Regional Conference saw over 250 Labour Party members, delegates, MPs, MEPs and Councillors attend a series of events alongside 8 members of the Shadow Cabinet and representatives of the trade union movement.
Conference began with a speech by the Leader of Labour Party and MP for Doncaster North the Rt. Hon. Ed Miliband MP.
Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for International Development and MP for Wakefield, Mary Creagh led a discussion on Labour's Approach to International Development.
Mary was joined by Linda McAvan MEP for Yorkshire and Humber and Chair of the European Parliament International Development Committee and Jane East Labour's PPC for Colne Valley, who has had a career dedicated to international development, having held senior roles in both Amnsety International and Christian Aid.
The Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and MP for Morley and Outwood, Rt. Hon. Ed Balls MP, was joined by Nigel Foster President of Leeds Chamber of Commerce and the prominent Leeds-based entrepreneur and campaigner Anj Handa, for a discussion around Labour's Better Plan for Britain's Prosperity.
Michael Dugher MP. Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Transport spoke to delegates about Labour's plans to improve the region's roads, rail and buses.
Staying with the economy, Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey delivered his quarterly Jobs and Opportunities Bulletin to conference.
Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and MP for Leeds Central Hillary Benn MP, was joined by Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council and the Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones. to discuss Labour's plans for local Government and devolution.
At the end of a long but stimulating day conference was concluded by Rt. Hon. Rosie Winterton, Labour Party Chief Whip and MP for Doncaster Central.
Over the weekend the Yorkshire and the Humber Labour Party held our last annual Conference before the General Election, which was held at Leeds Beckett University's excellent Rose Bowl facilities....
Bradford born and bred mother of three, Naz Shah, has been selected as Labour’s candidate for Bradford West.
Naz has championed women’s rights across the country achieving national recognition for her work.
She is the chair of mental health charity Sharing Voices Bradford, but is perhaps better known locally as the campaigning daughter of Zoora Shah, who was jailed in 1993 for poisoning her partner Mohammed Azam after years of suffering domestic violence, and later released early.
She was born in Bradford West and went to school at Green Lane nursery through to Waverley Middle school until the age of 12 when she was sent to live with her grandparents in Pakistan for three years.
When she returned aged 15 she was subjected to a forced marriage and was not allowed to return to school, instead starting work in an industrial dry cleaners then packing crisps at Seabrooks factory.
She later became a carer for children and adults with disabilities and worked her way up to become an NHS Commissioner and subsequently a Director of a Regional Leadership Programme for Local Government Yorkshire & Humber.
She served as a Samaritan for a number of years and has sat on the boards of a number of charities and campaigning groups.
Speaking after being chosen as Bradford West candidate, Naz Shah said:
“I’m proud to have been chosen as the Labour Party’s candidate for the seat in which I was born and am proud to call home.
“I am someone with a track record of campaigning and working for grass roots change and promise that if elected I will be a visible presence for Bradford West constituents and a stark alternative to divisive figure George Galloway.
“As is well documented I have faced big challenges in my life – I know the struggles being faced by families across Bradford West because they are struggles I have had to experience myself too. My life, since as far back as I can possibly remember, has been about having responsibility. From the age of 6 I became an “interpreter‟ for my mother as my father had left her with two young children and expecting a third child.
“In the by-election in 2012 people here were sold a fake vision by a man who now admits he is more interested in winning elections than actually representing his constituents. I know much of the anger that people felt about mainstream parties in Bradford then still exists now, but so does a deep sense of betrayal among residents here – particularly women and young people – that Galloway led them to the top of the mountain then deserted them.
“People here want real change, and they want someone who will genuinely fight their corner – I can be that person. I will not ever make promises I can’t keep, and I will absolutely always put Bradford West people first – as your MP I would work full time for you, and only for you.”
Bradford born and bred mother of three, Naz Shah, has been selected as Labour’s candidate for Bradford West. Naz has championed women’s rights across the country achieving national recognition for...
Labour's Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle and PPC for Elmet and Rothwell, Veronica King with David Richardson, a resident of Garforth whose home was flooded last year and Robert Richardson, the secretary of Garforth Flood Support Group.
This week marks a year since David Cameron told flood stricken communities that ‘money is no object’ in the relief effort. New figures revealed by Labour show that the Tory-led Government has failed to pay out millions in funds promised by David Cameron to flood victims.
David Cameron promised households and businesses with flood damaged property that they would be eligible for up to £5000 in grants for repairs.
Over 13,000 households and businesses were directly affected by the 2013/14 winter floods but a year later the Government has only paid out grants for repair work to 1680 households and businesses.
A year on from David Cameron’s pledge the Government have only paid out:
Less than one third of the £10m farming recovery fund for farmers affected by flooding
Just over half of the £6m of council tax rebates for flood-damaged properties
Less than a quarter of the £5m sport relief fund for damaged sporting facilities
Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle, joined Veronica King – Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Elmet & Rothwell – this week to visit the Garforth home of David Richardson, which was severely flooded last year, the third time he’s suffered a major flood. There she also met Robert Richardson, the secretary of Garforth Flood Support Group.
Maria Eagle MP, said:
“This time last year David Cameron promised that ‘money is no object’ for flood stricken communities and businesses, but the truth is that support has failed to reach many thousands still recovering from the damage caused by the winter floods. The Prime Minister has clearly gone from ‘money is no object’ to ‘out of sight, out of mind’.
"People like David in Garforth who we met this week deserve better – last August was the third time his home has been seriously flooded and he is still waiting to discover what the ramifications will be for his home insurance.
“David Cameron has also broken his promise to lead the ‘greenest Government ever’. It is clear flood protection is going backwards under this Tory-led Government because they’ve ignored the evidence on climate change. David Cameron has abandoned the last Labour government’s robust plans for reducing flood risk, slashed the budgets, crossed his fingers and hoped for the best. We know that Tory climate failure will put an extra 80,000 properties at risk from flooding in the next Parliament.
“The next Labour Government will make flood protection a top priority, introducing a new climate change adaptation programme and establishing an independent National Infrastructure Commission as part of our plan to protect homes and businesses from extreme weather caused by climate change.”
Labour's Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle and PPC for Elmet and Rothwell, Veronica King with David Richardson, a resident of Garforth whose home was flooded last year and Robert...