Local MPs join forces in bid to bring back popular local bus service

Three local MPs have joined forces in a bid to save the 253 bus service in light of the “overwhelming strength of feeling” displayed by local residents. Batley and Spen’s Tracy Brabin, Dewsbury’s Paula Sherriff and Bradford South’s Judith Cummins have written a joint letter to West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), urging them to fund…

Google joins Tracy Brabin MP at local primary school to talk internet safety

Internet giant Google joined local MP Tracy Brabin at Carlinghow Princess Royal Primary to deliver a free educational programme designed to equip children to explore the internet safely. The Be Internet Legends programme, run in partnership with Google and Parent Zone, is aimed at 7-11-year-olds to help them be safe, confident explorers of the online…

MP slams government after latest figures show unemployment rising locally

New figures reveal that unemployment is continuing to rise locally in what Tracy Brabin MP says is yet another sign the government has “abandoned” communities like Batley and Spen. The total number of unemployed benefit claimants in Batley and Spen has risen to 2,490 in February 2019 – an increase of 735 on the previous…

‘Poorest being punished’ by public computer cuts

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin says the ‘poorest in our society are being punished’ after new figures revealed hundreds of public computers have been cut across Yorkshire and Humberside. Over five hundred public computers have disappeared from libraries across the region since 2010, while over 2,000 computers have been cut across the north since…

MP praises local support for Fairtade products in Parliament

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin praised local support for Fairtrade products at the Parliamentary launch of a fortnight of events held to back a better deal for farmers from developing countries. Ms Brabin met farmers from the Ivory Coast, Rwanda and the Dominican Republic at the reception on February 27th as part of Fairtrade…

MP calls public meeting with transport bosses over North Kirklees bus cuts

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin has called a public meeting with transport bosses over a controversial overhaul of North Kirklees bus routes. Now Ms Brabin is urging those affected to attend the meeting to demonstrate the strength of opposition to some of the changes. The new timetable, which came into force on February 23rd,…

Tracy Brabin MP: ‘Every community deserves to feel safe’

On Saturday I took full advantage of the unseasonably warm weather by enjoying my lunch outside one of Birstall’s many wonderful eateries, writes Tracy Brabin MP in her latest Batley News column. As I sat, watching the world go by in the glorious winter sun, it reminded me just how fantastic a town it can…