Rachel was joined by Labour Councillors John Hardy and Jim Mckenna, and labour members in Farnley and Wortley. The team was talking to people about local and national issues.
Many people remarked that it was really good to see their MP and Councillors on their doorsteps.
Rachel said “Its always a great opportunity to talk to people by visiting their streets, and find out what their concerns are. This is the best way to understand the challenges people face such as the impact of rising energy costs, the pressures of finding jobs, and the fact that people in Leeds West are struggling with the cost of living.”
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Recently Rachel was delighted to celebrate with friends from Kirkstall Brewery on their success at ‘Great British Beer Hunt 2013’. She stopped at Sainsbury’s at the White Rose Shopping Centre to cheer for the historic brewery for making it to the shelves of Sainsbury’s. The hunt aims to bring new and interesting beer from all around the UK to the Sainsbury’s customers and Kirkstall beer is amongst them now.
Rachel said “I am so happy to see Kirsktall beer selling in the nationwide store. Its a great achievement for the brewery and Kirkstall. I’d like to congratulate them for keeping the heritage of brewing in Kirkstall alive. The beer is great- brewed on the banks of the Leeds-Liverpool canal in the shadow of Kirkstall’s historic brewery.”
The brewery’s beer was featured as a local ale in the House of Commons last year for a week.
Last Friday Rachel attended the switch-on of the Christmas lights in Bramley, the event marked the beginning of an exciting festive season. The spectacular fireworks illuminated the Bramley skyline, pupils from schools sang carols and did routine dances, and an ABBA tribute band made the evening more special.
She was joined by Labour council candidate Kevin Ritchie, Labour Councillors Caroline Gruen, and Ted Hanley.
Rachel said “I thank all the organisers and volunteers who worked really hard to make this evening possible. It was great to see so many people there and such community spirit. I think this event really get people into Christmas mood and the lights looked just fabulous."
Last Friday Rachel visited St Peter’s Primary School in Bramley to thank the children who took part in her Christmas card competition and give away certificates and prize. Ndanatsei Chinyoka of year one won the prize for the best card submitted by the school.
Rachel said “I’d like to say a big thanks to all the pupils who participated in my Christmas card competition this year. All the cards showed evidence of creative flair, concentration, and attention to detail but I am delighted to award first prize to Ndanatsei for her outstanding design.”
Hundreds of children from fourteen schools across Leeds West competed for the chance to design Rachel’s Christmas card, which will be sent to local groups, business and charities in the coming weeks.
Rachel will visit all the schools that entered, thank all the children and give away prizes and certificates to those who won and participated.
Last Friday Rachel spent some time at Tesco in Bramley shopping centre to collect emergency food for vulnerable people in her Leeds West constituency. She teamed up with Tesco, the Trussell Trust and Fareshare to encourage shoppers to donate a little extra to help the food bank to support needy families over the Christmas period. She was joined by local council candidate Kevin Ritchie and Labour Councillor Caroline Gruen.
Rachel said “It was so heartening to see people coming to donate for such a worthwhile cause. There is a massive need for this right now when rising bills are putting huge pressure on family finances. Changes to tax credits and benefits have affected people so much that they struggle to make choices about rent, food, and heating. We are also getting cases every week of people who are affected by the ‘bedroom tax’. It is so sad that people are coming to rely on food banks and can’t afford basics.”
This week Rachel will be joining forces with Tesco, the Trussell Trust and Fareshare to collect emergency food for people living in Leeds West. The collections will take place on the 29th, 30th November and 1st December at the Tesco on Bramley Shopping Centre.
So please feel free to pop in at any time during these three days to make a donation. It's really easy to get involved, we are asking that people simply donate items from the following list and Tesco will add 30% to the total given.
Milk (UHT or powdered)
Fruit juice (long life carton)
Tinned sponge pudding
Tinned rice pudding
Tea bags/Instant coffee
Instant mash potato
Biscuits or snack bars
Rachel will be at Tesco in Bramley from 13:30 this Friday to help with the collection and it is hoped that this food can be used to support the most vulnerable members of Leeds West over the Christmas period.
'I really hope that as many people as possible will be able to make a small donation over the three days. This really is such a worthwhile cause. More and more people are sadly coming to rely on foodbanks and collections such as this one, ensure that people are not left to go hungry over the Christmas period'
Year one at Summerfield Primary School have beaten off stiff competition to win Rachel’s Christmas Card Competition with their hand printed design of a robin (see above).
Hundreds of children from fourteen different schools across Leeds West competed for the chance to design Rachel’s Christmas card, which will be sent out to local groups, business and other MPs in the coming weeks.
The runner-up was ten year old Hannah Edley, of Beecroft Primary School, with her vibrant festive design.
Rachel is now preparing to tour all the schools that entered, thank the children who took part and give out certificates.
‘Thank you to the record fourteen schools that entered the Christmas Card competition this year’, Rachel said. ‘There were so many good designs that it was hard to pick a winner, but I’m delighted to award first prize to form one at Summerfield Primary’.
The competition was kindly sponsored by Commercial Estates Group and the cards were printed by local Bramley firm Resource.
Many local people came down to share their concerns and suggestions regarding local bus services. First and Metro have taken the feedback given on-board and are looking into ways to implement changes to improve services, particularly the service level of the number 86 in Rodley and the turnaround point of the 49 in Bramley.
Rachel said, “The bus drop-in was a great success and I was delighted with how many people came along to make their views heard. It is important that First and Metro hear feedback from people who use their services and I hope improvements can be made soon. A big thank you to Cafe Fraiche for hosting the event and making us all welcome.”
Colin Booth, area service delivery manager for First commented, "We were delighted to team up with Rachel Reeves and Metro to listen to our customers in the Rodley area. We got some very useful feedback and will now consider the points raised and look to introduce improvements for our customers in the near future."
Pictured left to right: Mrs Norma Moss of Rodley, Rachel Reeves MP, David Keady of Metro & Colin Booth of First at Cafe Fraiche on Rodley Lane.
This morning Rachel attended the ‘Connecting Girls, Inspiring future’ conference at University of Leeds and shared her story with pupils from John Smeaton Community College, David Young Community Academy, and Leeds East Academy. She really enjoyed talking to the young women about how they can change society and shared her experiences about what life was like being a woman in the Parliament.
The programme is part of this year’s Parliament Week and aims to raise young women’s aspirations by connecting them to successful women through the sharing of personal stories and help them feel connected with democratic life (images courtesy of Johanna Hilton photography).