‘Soggy Bottom’ – Objection 2

This is the second of three objections which the Adel & Wharfedale Branch Labour Party is submitting to the Reserved Matters application 15/04884/RM by Taylor Wimpey for their proposed housing development off Moseley Wood Gardens in Cookridge. Reserved Matters are the conditions which in December 2014 the council decided to require the developer to fulfil … Continue reading ‘Soggy Bottom’ – Objection 2

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Saving Bramhope

Site at risk. Leeds City Council has been required by the Government to identify possible sites for housing in the years up to 2028.  The Development Plan Framework identifying sites across Leeds is now in the final stages of public consultation. The council does not build itself but developers can propose development on any land they … Continue reading Saving Bramhope

Good News for Holt Park, Cookridge and Tinshill: Labour community campaign heads off surgery closure

Good news for Holt Park, Cookridge and Tinshill. NHS England today announced that Holt Park Surgery will not now close. This decision follows a successful community campaign, led by Labour parliamentary candidate Alex Sobel and Labour’s local election candidate here in Adel and Wharfedale, Mark Henley, and Al Garthwaite, our candidate in Weetwood. The surgery, … Continue reading Good News for Holt Park, Cookridge and Tinshill: Labour community campaign heads off surgery closure

Holt Park Polling Station: Democracy and Consultation in Leeds NW

Last week polling cards for the Council and EU elections on 22 May dropped through Holt Park letter boxes. And with them came a shock – the usual Polling Station at Holt Park had been moved, to a considerable distance – more than half a mile away. This was the first the residents of Holt … Continue reading Holt Park Polling Station: Democracy and Consultation in Leeds NW

Mark Henley welcomes Dog Exclusion Order for Pool in Wharfedale Play Area and Skate Park

From 13 November the Children’s Play Area and Skate Park in Pool in Wharfedale will be covered by a Dog Exclusion order – thanks to an extension of Dog Orders by Leeds City Council. What does this mean? Anyone in charge of a dog will commit an offence if, at any time, they take their … Continue reading Mark Henley welcomes Dog Exclusion Order for Pool in Wharfedale Play Area and Skate Park

Mark Henley to fight Adel and Wharfedale for Labour in Leeds Council elections in 2014.

Mark Henley has been chosen to fight Adel and Wharfedale in the Council elections in 2014. Mark has lived in North Leeds for the past fifteen years. He’s a barrister, who has been in self-employed practice in Leeds for eighteen years: and has long experience of working for local people as a professional advocate on … Continue reading Mark Henley to fight Adel and Wharfedale for Labour in Leeds Council elections in 2014.

Public Opinion – misperception and the problem of informed debate.

Leeds North West Constituency

Labour often thinks that the media world is stacked against it – the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Sun, the Daily Telegraph and so on. Against this cacophony, Labour finds it very difficult to have its voice heard. But does this matter? Well, Labour thinks it does. After all, political discussion and public policy making ought to be based on sound evidence and reasoned debate.L_560e5310-b3fd-c6b4-7d6b-fbbce8453bd2
So it would be great, wouldn’t it, if the public’s understanding of British society matched what is going on, out there, in the real world.
A recent survey by Ipsos MORI for the Royal Statistical Society and King’s College London has investigated just this. Published on July 9th it revealed how wrong the British public can be when asked questions about the make-up of the population and the scale of key social policy issues.

Here is a selection of Ipsos Mori’s findings.

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More Labour candidates – Labour’s MEP list for Yorkshire and Humber 2014

Leeds North West Constituency

Labour has unveiled its candidates to fight the 2014 European Elections in Yorkshire and the Humber.

They are – in order:

1. Linda MCAVAN
2. Richard CORBETT
3. Eleanor TUNNICLIFFE
4. Asghar KHAN
5. Helen MIRFIN-BOUKOURIS
6. Darren HUGHES

Two of them – Eleanor Tunnicliffe and Asghar Khan – are from Leeds. You can read more about all of them on our Page – European Elections 2014, under ‘About Us’.

Linda McAvan, Labour’s sitting Yorkshire & Humber MEP who tops the list having been reselected, said:

“I am delighted with the strong list of Labour candidates. They are a diverse group from all walks of life across Yorkshire and the Humber, and will be an asset in next year’s campaign to ensure everyone can make an informed decision about who really represents their best interests in Europe.

“Only Labour is standing up for people in this region and fighting the…

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Alex Sobel – the Open Mosques, Otley Food Festival and the Bedroom Tax

Leeds North West Constituency

Alex Sobel has hit the ground running after his selection as parliamentary candidate for Leeds North West.

On Saturday evening he was at the Big Iftar at the Makkah Mosque in Hyde Park, an Open Mosque evening. The mosque donated parcels of food/hampers to charities serving homeless people and will be raising funds for a local children’s charity during Ramadan.

Yesterday he was at the Otley Food Festival – a wonderful event drawing people from across the region to Otley, helping the local economy and bringing Yorkshire people together. [Many thanks to John Eveleigh and his colleagues for organizing this!]

In the afternoon, Alex was out door-knocking and contacting local people in Meanwood. meanwood_doorknock

And it was there that he met Paul.

As Alex puts it ‘Paul came to the door on his crutches and told me that he had to pay £50 a month to top up his rent due…

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Labour selects Alex Sobel as next MP for Leeds NW

Leeds North West Constituency

Watch Alex tell his story – explaining why he’s standing in Leeds NW http://www.alexsobel.org/alex_campaign_video

Labour party members in Leeds North West turned out in large numbers in 2013 to select Alex Sobel as their candidate for the 2015 election.
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Giving up a Saturday in the sun, they attended Hustings meetings in Headingley and Otley – two venues needed to cope with a fantastic attendance.

Alex was an overwhelming winner.

Alex is married to Susan with 2 boys Jakob and Zachary. He was born in Leeds and went to Leeds University. He lives in the Constituency, in Weetwood Ward. He is a Leeds City Councillor and also runs Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber – creating better communities and sustainable jobs across the region.

Alex said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to have been selected to be our candidate for Leeds North West.

“My priorities are simple: good jobs and high quality education…

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