Latest Stories

This evening Rachel will be appearing on the panel of the Radio 4 show 'Any Questions?'

The political debate and discussion is being hosted by Colyton Grammar School in Devon. Tune in to Radio 4 at 8pm this evening (Friday 13th May) , repeated on Saturday 14th at 1.10pm. 
The other guests will be the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Lord Ashdown, former Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox and the Green Party peer Baroness Jenny Jones. 
bbc_radio_four.png

Any Questions?

This evening Rachel will be appearing on the panel of the Radio 4 show 'Any Questions?'

with Anneliese Dodds MEP

 

The Times, 12 May 2016

 

Today politicians from around the world will be arriving in London for the anti-corruption summit.

In the wake of the Panama papers, it is more important than ever that governments across the world do more to tackle global corruption and the use of overseas havens to avoid and evade tax. Oxfam and 300 leading economists have urged the government to use this summit to crack down on tax havens once and for all.

The PM has said that he wants “all those at the summit to sign up to the first ever global declaration against corruption that would commit them to working together to tackle it”.

Sounds good but the Panamanian government won’t be attending the summit because they weren’t invited. Nor were the British Virgin Islands.

In fact, despite repeated calls for the prime minister to ensure his own overseas territories and crown dependencies were here, just four days before the summit, the best he could say was that they were  “in discussions” with them about their attendance.

And commitments included in draft versions of the summit communiqué seem to have been watered down before the event has even started – crucially, the requirement for a public register of ownership for offshore companies has been reduced to a commitment that law-enforcement agencies can access the information.

Of course, the ambition behind this summit is welcome because global challenges can only be confronted with cross-border co-operation – clearly seen by the progress that has been made by the EU over recent months on tackling tax avoidance where Labour MEPs have pressed the case to fight tax dodging with proposals for new, transparent, country-by-country reporting rules.

If the prime minister is serious about tackling abuses, he would support these proposals in Europe. But Tory MEPs voted against proposals for public country-by-country reporting four times last year and look set to do the same again today.

At the EU level, most people now agree that multinationals should be forced to publish exactly where they make their profits and where they pay their tax.

Full public country-by-country reporting, broken down by every country in the world was a key recommendation of a European parliament report at the end of last year, backed and steered through by UK Labour MEPs.

The European Commission listened to these recommendations, and last month announced that large multinationals operating in the EU will have to publicly report on aspects of their business ranging from the number of employees to the amount of tax paid.

They will have to break these figures down for each member state in which they operate and also those that the EU determines to be tax havens.

That was a major victory. The final proposal is not perfect – we would like to see it cover more companies, and more countries – but it is a major first step in the right direction, and we in Labour will push for it to be improved as it passes through the European parliament.

If Cameron really wants to stamp out the types of aggressive tax avoidance revealed by the Panama papers, he could take immediate action to improve the European proposal.

He could announce that the final rules must apply to British overseas territories and Crown dependencies.   That’s what we are calling on him to do.

More than anything, this whole debate shows why we need to work together with our neighbours. There’s no point one country having tough rules if money can be moved to where secrecy prevails.

To be successful, nations must work together if we are to ensure that tax havens don’t deplete our tax revenues. This case should be made ahead of the EU referendum on June 23.  If we were to leave the EU, getting tax havens to open their borders will become much harder to achieve.

Our place within the EU gives us a seat at the table to drive the debate, and work with our EU partners to push for changes that are in our national interests and apply to us all. At the summit today, David Cameron needs to get results.

And then it is time for him and his colleagues to work with the European Union to get tough on all tax havens, and not least on the one third that Britain has sovereignty over.

We must all be clear that unless we have a seat at the EU table after  June 23, we have little way of keeping the pressure on and having our voice heard.

Cameron must work with Europe to really tackle tax avoidance

with Anneliese Dodds MEP   The Times, 12 May 2016

As always, I was thrilled to pop into Kirkstall Valley Primary last week to speak at a special assembly about Parliament. 

Kirkstall_valley.jpgThis was in follow up to a visit made by the School Council a few weeks ago to see me at work in Westminster.
I was really impressed by the how much the children knew and remembered about how MPs are elected and why we have a Parliament to represent people.

There were definitely some future MPs in the assembly, lookout for them soon! 

Kirkstall Valley Primary School

As always, I was thrilled to pop into Kirkstall Valley Primary last week to speak at a special assembly about Parliament. 

The local elections were a great success for the Labour Party in Leeds last week, with Labour holding all their seats across the city.

Election_photo.jpgIn Leeds West this meant resounding victories for Cllrs Lucinda Yeadon, Alison Lowe and Caroline Gruen. Many thanks to everyone who worked on the campaigns and to all those who voted Labour.

In Farnley and Wortley, John Hardy ran an enthusiastic campaign but lost out to the sitting Green Councillor.

The following Councillors were elected in the Leeds West area:

Armley – Alison Lowe (Labour)

Bramley & Stanningley – Caroline Gruen (Labour)

Farnley & Wortley – David Blackburn (Green)

Kirkstall – Lucinda Yeadon (Labour)

 

Armley

 

 

 

Alison

Lowe

Labour Party

2726

Dave

Caldwell

UK Independence Party (UKIP)

1104

David

Smith

Green Party

453

Shane Gary

Morgan

The Conservative Party Candidate

380

Christine Amy

Glover

Liberal Democrats

181

Beth

Sutcliffe

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

47

       

Bramley & Stanningley

 

 

 

Caroline

Gruen

Labour Party

2370

Anne

Murgatroyd

UK Independence Party (UKIP)

1152

Alexander Sebastian

Nancolas

The Conservative Party Candidate

484

Kate

Bisson

Green Party

453

Serena Samantha

Glover

Liberal Democrats

171

       
       

Farnley & Wortley

     

David

Blackburn

Green Party

2517

John Hamilton

Hardy

Labour Party

1576

Tony

Roberts

UK Independence Party (UKIP)

751

Hayley

Nancolas

The Conservative Party Candidate

380

Robert Hugh

Jacques

Liberal Democrats

60

       
       

Kirkstall

 

 

 

Lucinda

Yeadon

Labour Party

3453

Cain

Weber

UK Independence Party (UKIP)

547

Morgan

Tatchell-Evans

Green Party

420

George

Rear

The Conservative Party Candidate

313

Martin

Hughes

Liberal Democrats

212

Stuart

Long

Independent

53

Maddy

Steeds

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

43

Armley

 

 

 

Alison

Lowe

Labour Party

2726

Dave

Caldwell

UK Independence Party (UKIP)

1104

David

Smith

Green Party

453

Shane Gary

Morgan

The Conservative Party Candidate

380

Christine Amy

Glover

Liberal Democrats

181

Beth

Sutcliffe

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

47

       

Bramley & Stanningley

 

 

 

Caroline

Gruen

Labour Party

2370

Anne

Murgatroyd

UK Independence Party (UKIP)

1152

Alexander Sebastian

Nancolas

The Conservative Party Candidate

484

Kate

Bisson

Green Party

453

Serena Samantha

Glover

Liberal Democrats

171

       
       

Farnley & Wortley

     

David

Blackburn

Green Party

2517

John Hamilton

Hardy

Labour Party

1576

Tony

Roberts

UK Independence Party (UKIP)

751

Hayley

Nancolas

The Conservative Party Candidate

380

Robert Hugh

Jacques

Liberal Democrats

60

       
       

Kirkstall

 

 

 

Lucinda

Yeadon

Labour Party

3453

Cain

Weber

UK Independence Party (UKIP)

547

Morgan

Tatchell-Evans

Green Party

420

George

Rear

The Conservative Party Candidate

313

Martin

Hughes

Liberal Democrats

212

Stuart

Long

Independent

53

Maddy

Steeds

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

43

Celebrating great election results on 5 May

The local elections were a great success for the Labour Party in Leeds last week, with Labour holding all their seats across the city.

 sheesh.JPG

Rachel is thrilled to announce that she has nominated the Sheesh Mahal for the 2016 Tiffin Cup. 

The Tiffin Cup is a national competition to find the best South Asian Restaurant in the country with the short-listed entrants invited to a special ‘cook-in’ at Bellamy’s Restaurant in London, where the overall winner will then be decided.

Last week Azram Chaudhry, the owner of Sheesh Mahal announced that the much anticipated re-build of his Restaurant had commenced following the devastation causing by the Boxing Day floods.

In 2011 the Sheesh Mahal was awarded the title of the best South Asian Restaurant in the North of England and Rachel hopes that even while rebuilding from the devastating floods, the Sheesh will be recognised again as an asset to the community – and for its fantastic food!

Rachel would like to wish everyone at the Sheesh Mahal the best of luck, and we can’t wait for the winner to be announced.

Sheesh Mahal nominated for Tiffin Cup

  Rachel is thrilled to announce that she has nominated the Sheesh Mahal for the 2016 Tiffin Cup. 

 swim.jpg

On the 10 June I am taking part in the Great North Swim - this is an open water swim in Lake Windermere, I have never done an open water swim before so this will be quite a challenge!

My training is taking me from Bramley Baths to Brockwell Lido.

It would be great if you would consider sponsoring me, raising money for St Gemma's Hospice, Leeds. This is the link for the Just Giving website -  https://t.co/zHw4XDv1vR  or go on to my website so you can click through to the Just Giving page.

I will be swimming with fantastic Leeds Labour Cllrs - Jools Heselwood, Jonathan Pryor, Helen Hayden, John Illingworth, Jane Dowson, Lucinda Yeadon and Adam Ogilvie.

Taking the Plunge for St Gemma’s

  On the 10 June I am taking part in the Great North Swim - this is an open water swim in Lake Windermere, I have never done an open...

More Stories >

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.