Rachel Reeves

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

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Great to see the new and improved Bramley Community Hub re-opened and to hear about all the wonderful benefits this will bring to our local community! The interior has been fully restored and the children's corner allows for a fantastic opportunity for the family to come down, with friendly staff who are at hand as always to help whenever needed.

The library is now open to the public and we will be holding a more formal opening on Thursday 2nd November at 2pm which is a great opportunity to come and see the Hub for yourself!

Bramley Hub Re-Opening

Great to see the new and improved Bramley Community Hub re-opened and to hear about all the wonderful benefits this will bring to our local community! The interior has been... Read more

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Really good to join friends at the Bramley Elderley Action AGM on Saturday and hear about all the wonderful work being done in our local community. I talked about the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission and the work being done in Bramley to help people deal with the challenges of feeling lonely.

 

Bramley Elderly Action AGM

Really good to join friends at the Bramley Elderley Action AGM on Saturday and hear about all the wonderful work being done in our local community. I talked about the... Read more

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I am very proud to be patron of Leeds Women's Aid - on Thursday I spoke at their annual event about the excellent work they do.

Visit to Leeds Women's Aid

I am very proud to be patron of Leeds Women's Aid - on Thursday I spoke at their annual event about the excellent work they do. Read more

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I was proud to speak alongside fellow MPs, councillors and trade unionists in Leeds about the plight of the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar whose plight must be heard and action taken to relieve the suffering, ensure the right of return and to give them full and equal citizenship at home. Our PM and government must speak on behalf of the British people at the UN and internationally to bring and end to the genocide and bring peace and justice for the Rohingya Muslim population.

Rohingya Muslims

I was proud to speak alongside fellow MPs, councillors and trade unionists in Leeds about the plight of the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar whose plight must be heard and action...

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I recently met with Yorkshire Water at Farnley Reservoir to discuss the ongoing maintenance of the area.

Progress has been made with two recent clean ups carried out by Yorkshire Water volunteers but more needs to be done to improve and maintain the area in the future.

I will now be working with Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Water to make the case for the much needed clearance of the build-up of silt in the water and regular clean-ups. I will also be asking for bins to be placed around the area to help alleviate litter from local takeaways.

Farnley Reservoir has potential to be an area which local residents can enjoy. I will continue to push for its ongoing improvements so it does not fall back into the neglected eyesore it has been previously.

Progress for Farnley Resevoir

I recently met with Yorkshire Water at Farnley Reservoir to discuss the ongoing maintenance of the area. Progress has been made with two recent clean ups carried out by Yorkshire...

 8 Jan 2016.....MP Rachel Reeves and Cllr Alison Lowe on Armley Town Street discuss how tackle street drinking issues amid claims it has become a booze fuelled 'no go zone' for locals. Picture Scott Merrylees

 

Read my response to the two men who were photographed on Town Street in Armley on Tuesday. 

“There are lots of positives about Armley Town Street but they are let down and we are let down in the community by a few individuals who think this behaviour – drinking in the street and drinking so much they pass out – is acceptable and it’s not. I’m determined we take back Armley Town Street for people so they can enjoy their local community.”

I stressed that there are many good things about Town Street, including its recent festival. Sergeant Chris Craven, of the Inner West Neighbourhood Policing Team, said that police had spotted the pictured men on CCTV. He said: “One was arrested and subsequently charged with being drunk and disorderly in a public place. He was given bail conditions that include an exclusion zone of Armley preventing him entering the area. “The other man needed medical treatment but was later reported for summons to attend court.”

Sgt Craven said that there had been an increase in anti-social behavior on Town Street in the last two months and officers would be “stepping up” their work. But he said enforcement cannot be used alone, and work with other agencies would continue to find “longer-term solutions”.

Armley Town Street Response

    Read my response to the two men who were photographed on Town Street in Armley on Tuesday.  “There are lots of positives about Armley Town Street but they...

Read below my comment in The Times on the Citizen's Advice findings of growing household debt due to reckless lending by banks and credit card companies: 

We must not allow banks and credit card companies to push the vulnerable into debt

Read below my comment in The Times on the Citizen's Advice findings of growing household debt due to reckless lending by banks and credit card companies:  Read more

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Read my reaction to Chris Grayling comments on transportation in the North below:

The ill-judged comments of Transport Secretary Chris Grayling about transport in the North are dangerous, damaging and hypocritical.

He talked about how political leaders in the North should “take control” of our transport system when he knows full well that continued Government support, as well as any initial investment from central Government, is critical to a successful transport system.

When it comes to his vague talk of investment, all we have seen from the Transport Secretary recently are announcements about scrapping the planned electrification of railway lines in the North, as well as in Wales and the Midlands.

Despite all the old promises from ex-Chancellor George Osborne this week about keeping his Northern Powerhouse dream alive, the current Government are starving the region of the investment we need to create jobs and growth.

Yet, Grayling is still pressing ahead with plans to boost transport infrastructure and help commuters in London and his South East constituency by renewing his backing for Crossrail 2 – a new link across London – before Crossrail 1 is even up and running.

When it came to his own backyard in the South East, Grayling blocked the capital’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, taking over some poorly-run suburban rail services.  

But, with breath-taking hypocrisy, he is talking about giving Labour politicians control over services in the North – the same services he refuses to support with central Government investment.

Grayling is only concerned with one thing and that’s cutting investment, especially investment in the North where Government help is needed far more than in the capital.

His transport strategy is nothing of the sort. He is betraying the legacy of his own predecessors, like George Osborne, who recognised the need to support more investment in key rail projects and other transport schemes in the region. 

Worse still, Grayling’s comments are damaging to the prospects of future private and public sector investment in Leeds and across the North.

His remarks will also be a bitter blow to political and business leaders who are working with investors in the private sector to help grow the economy in Leeds.

The Transport Secretary’s decision to abdicate responsibility for transport in the North and starve the region of the funds needed to create a successful transport network is damaging and potentially dangerous.

His refusal to seek consensus and work with local political leaders threatens to damage our local economy and deter future investors. Just because he and his Government have run out of steam and ideas, I won’t give up fighting to help improve public transport in Leeds and across the North. 

My Reaction to Chris Grayling's Comment

  Read my reaction to Chris Grayling comments on transportation in the North below: The ill-judged comments of Transport Secretary Chris Grayling about transport in the North are dangerous, damaging...

Bramley Festival

The popular Bramley Carnival has returned for its first event since 2014 and has also renamed itself as the Bramley Festival! 

It will take place in Bramley Park on Sunday 20th August from midday to 5pm and will include many stalls, attractions, donkey rides, a fun fair and a talent contest. 

The organiser of the Bramley Festival has been telling residents to "expect the unexpected." 

Local residents are encouraged to volunteer and local community groups are able to host stalls. Any ideas for the event are very welcome. Anyone interested in helping can contact the organiser Mr McBarron on 07411 299389 or email him at stevemcbarron90@gmail.com. 

It will be a great day and I strongly encourage you to attend! 

Bramley Festival 2017

The popular Bramley Carnival has returned for its first event since 2014 and has also renamed itself as the Bramley Festival!  It will take place in Bramley Park on Sunday...

See below the summary of the transport survey I conducted. The results will be used to question transport chiefs in how they can improve transport here in west Leeds.

Transport Survey results

See below the summary of the transport survey I conducted. The results will be used to question transport chiefs in how they can improve transport here in west Leeds. Read more

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