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Last week Rachel was invited to Leeds West Academy, she spoke to the Sixth form and was very encouraged by the number of the 18 year olds who were planning to vote. She also taught part of a year 9 history class and joined a politics lesson. 

Rachel visits Leeds West Academy

Last week Rachel was invited to Leeds West Academy, she spoke to the Sixth form and was very encouraged by the number of the 18 year olds who were planning...

This week’s Budget changed nothing for working people in Leeds. George Osborne spent an hour telling people they’ve never had it so good. But after five years of the Tory government, working people are still an average £1,600 a year worse off. 

Pledge_Card.jpgThe Tories came into office promising to protect our National Health Service, make people better off and balance the books. But their plan hasn't worked and the Budget said nothing about the NHS. I’m worried that the NHS as we know it won’t survive five more years of the Tories.

The Tory government started Budget day with plans for extreme spending cuts and they ended Budget day with plans for extreme spending cuts which go beyond simply balancing the books.  

They would mean deep cuts to police, defence and social care which are almost impossible to achieve. That’s why I believe the Tory plans can only be achieved by putting the NHS at risk and raising VAT again.

That’s what you get from a Tory Chancellor who gives with one hand and takes away much more with the other. The Tories can’t build a better future for working people because they only stand up for a privileged few.

Labour has set out a better plan for Britain's future; a plan that works for ordinary families, rewarding the hard work they do and saving the NHS they rely on.

So a Labour Budget will raise living standards by increasing the minimum wage to at least £8 per hour by 2020. We will save our NHS from the Tories with 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 GPs and cancer tests guaranteed in one week, paid for by closing tax loopholes and a mansion tax on properties over £2million. 

We will cut business rates for small firms, reduce tuition fees to £6,000 a year and guarantee an apprenticeship for every school leaver who gets the grades. We will cut taxes for millions of working people through a lower 10p starting rate. 

And we will balance the books in a fairer way by reversing the Tory tax cut for millionaires and scrapping the Bedroom Tax. 

That’s the Labour Budget we need; a better plan that puts working families first and saves our NHS.

Leeds West needs a Labour Budget

This week’s Budget changed nothing for working people in Leeds. George Osborne spent an hour telling people they’ve never had it so good. But after five years of the Tory...


Over the last few years Rachel has been campaigning to improve local bus services in the Leeds West Constituency, collecting surveys, hosting meetings, and passing on views to First Bus.

Time and time again local residents expressed their concern about the lack of a direct service between Bramley and The Owlcotes Centre. A service used to run on this route, and Rachel lobbied First Bus to reintroduce it. First Bus have now announced that they will trialling a new service, the No.88, to meet the needs of people in Bramley and Rodley.

Buses.jpgThe service will run between Bramley and Owlcotes via Rodley Lane, Bagley Lane, Farsley Cenotaph and Dawsons Corner. It will run hourly from 9:50 - 13:50 from Bramley and 10:20 - 14:20 from Owlcotes, from 27 April.

Rachel said:

“I’m delighted this service is being reintroduced. So many people asked for it, and I’m pleased First have listened. Please spread the word and encourage family, friends and neighbours to use it.

Please also get in touch if you have any comments to make regarding this, or any other bus services in Leeds West that you would like me to raise about local bus services.”

New bus route for Rodley

Over the last few years Rachel has been campaigning to improve local bus services in the Leeds West Constituency, collecting surveys, hosting meetings, and passing on views to First Bus....

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Last week when Rachel was chatting to 6th Form pupils from Lawnswood, Swallow Hill Community College and Leeds West Academy at the Council's apprenticeship fair she met a number of young women interested in doing apprenticeships in engineering. She also spoke to employers who explained what they were doing to increase the number of women who wanted to be engineers. Careers in this sector can be very rewarding and often well paid!

Increasing the number of women in engineering

Last week when Rachel was chatting to 6th Form pupils from Lawnswood, Swallow Hill Community College and Leeds West Academy at the Council's apprenticeship fair she met a number of...

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Rachel visited the William Merritt Disabled Living Centre in Armley to speak to young people and their families about the vital role the Centre plays in their lives. When she popped in there was a ‘Gaming marathon’ going on. The staff explained to Rachel how computer games can be adapted so that people with a range of mobility issues and other challenges can get involved. A lot of fun was being had!

 

 

 

 

Rachel visits William Merritt Disabled Living Centre

    Rachel visited the William Merritt Disabled Living Centre in Armley to speak to young people and their families about the vital role the Centre plays in their lives. When she...

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