Coronavirus – guidance and advice

I have been contacted by a large number of constituents who are, understandably, concerned about the impact of Coronavirus on them and their families. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges for our public health and our economy at an individual, local, national, and international level. Last night’s lockdown announcement was a further first-time…

Charity of the Month: HWD Hospital Radio

Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and Spen, has visited HWD Hospital radio volunteers after raising £175 for the much-loved station as her February charity of the month. Ms Brabin met the broadcasting team at their studios based inside Dewsbury and District Hospital to chat about activities and future plans for the long-running station. Broadcasting from…

West Yorkshire Devolution deal gives us control of how our money is spent

Tracy Brabin MP has said the announcement of a West Yorkshire devolution deal in today’s Budget is a victory for the North. After more than five years of campaigning by West Yorkshire MPs, Council leaders, business leaders and citizens, the county will now get a metropolitan mayor and control over how money is spent in…

Tracy Brabin demands urgent action to make Batley Station disability-friendly

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin has written to the Government demanding urgent investment to make Batley railway station fully accessible for disabled passengers. Only one of the station’s platforms has level, step-free access, and Ms Brabin is calling on the Government to modernise the station to make it fit for purpose by making the…

International Women’s Day celebration a success

Tracy Brabin MP celebrated the brilliant women of Batley and Spen by hosting an International Women’s Day event in the town on Saturday. The all-day event featured a great line-up of guest speakers, live dance performances and demonstrations and a marketplace made up of local businesswomen, charities and community groups. Held at Batley Community Centre…

New film and TV training centre opening welcomed by Tracy Brabin MP

Tracy Brabin MP is calling on young people from Batley and Spen to sign up for training in the creative industry after attending the opening of Screen Yorkshire’s new Centre of Screen Excellence in Leeds. The new national initiative is being run by Screen Yorkshire in partnership with the National Film and Television School and…

International Women’s Day event in Batley on Saturday 7th March

Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and Spen, is holding an event on Saturday 7th March to celebrate International Women’s Day and the area’s brilliant and successful women. The all-day event, which kicks off at 10am, will feature a marketplace of excellent local businesses run by women, charities and community groups run by and supporting women,…

We need proper investment in flood defences

Over the past three weeks our area has been battered by storm after storm, with heavy rain, hail and gale-force winds causing flooding in our towns and villages. Luckily we have escaped the worst of it, but neighbouring areas in the Calder and Aire Valleys and York have been devastated. This is a national emergency,…

‘Shouldergate’ dress fetches £20,000 in charity auction

A dress worn by Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin which sparked a national debate on everyday sexism and dress code in Parliament has sold for £20,200 in a charity auction. The money raised by the sale of the black off-the-shoulder dress, originally bought for £35, will be donated to Girlguiding UK by Ms Brabin….

Charity of the Month: Friends of West End Park

Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and Spen, has presented £235 to her first charity of the month of this decade, Friends of West End Park. Ms Brabin presented Cleckheaton-based community group with the money on Friday, February 7. The volunteer group give up their time to maintain the popular park to improve the experience of…