In the News

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October 2018

Nearly 9000 childcare providers have close since 2016 Nursery Word

Channel 4 announces Leeds as location of new headquarters Leeds Live

100 MPs call for urgent action to secure future of Black Cultural Archives The Stage

Help share the burden for self-employed parents Yorkshire Post

Allow freelancers and the self-employed access to shared parental leave and pay Politics Home

High streets being crippled by Government policy says Batley and Spen MP Yorkshire Post

Tracy Brabin: Growing up in the 2020s. Here’s what it would look like under Labour LabourList

Theresa May accused of misleading Parliament over ‘discredited’ schools claim HuffPost

Dewsbury Hospital chiefs to close another service for the whole winter ExaminerLive

September 2018

Jo Cox honoured in Brussels in moving ceremony Batley News

Labour plans dramatic £4.8bn expansion of free childcare policy Huff Post 

Batley and Spen MP to battle childcare crisis Batley News

‘Outrageous’ Northern Rail forgets Yorkshire and only apologises to North-West Yorkshire Post 

Nursery closures rise 66% since 30 hours policy began Nursery World

Tracy Brabin calls for people to Wear it Pink Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Cross party MPs urge Government to take urgent action over nursery school closures Independent 

MP hits out at nursery funding Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Labour sweeps to victory in Westminster Dog Show Huff Post 

August 2018

Batley and Spen shops to be given card machines in business boost Spenborough Guardian

Trust U-turn is a ‘victory for principles of NHS’ Yorkshire Post

We must be part of any NHS shake-up, say local MPs Batley News

Children’s centre consultation off the table Nursery World

MPs urge Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust to ditch staff transfer plan Yorkshire Post 

Former Paralympian sues TransPennine after being stuck on frozen platform Independent 

West End professionals return to Batley and Spen after success of Jo Cox inspired Les Miserables Batley News

July 2018

Dewsbury Hospital still using premium rate numbers nine years after they were banned Huddersfield Examiner 

Here’s why these Heckmondwike trees are wearing woolly jumpers Huddersfield Examiner Huddersfield Examiner 

Roving return of ex-Corrie star Dewsbury Reporter 

Show deals with knives and bullying Dewsbury Reporter 

Rise is holiday childcare cost ‘another blow’ for struggling parents Nursery World

This Government’s decisions have real human consequences The Press

MP’s sweet treat for NHS workers Batley News

TransPennine rail electrification ‘at risk’ as Tory ministers fail to guarantee it in ‘betrayal of the north’ Mirror

Batley and Spen MP slams rail electrification delays Bradford Telegraph and Argus

June 2018 

Labour MPs demand compassion from Government whips on voting rules Huffington Post

Great Get Together events bring out crowds in memory of Jo Cox Yorkshire Post

Childminder crisis: twice as many leaving profession as joining Huffington Post

Rail passengers ‘standing in loos’ Yorkshire Evening Post

Tracy Brabin pays tribute to ‘inspiring’ unpaid carers during Carers Week Bradford Telgraph and Argus

District’s MPs hit out at Transport Secretary amid rail chaos The Press

MP Tracy Brabin tackles train delays Bradford Telegraph and Argus

MP and commuters to stage protest at Batley Station Huddersfield Examiner

Community gathers for Iftar event Batley News

Doctor gave up trying after SIX times trying to visa to work in Kirklees Huddersfield Examiner

What a mess: MPs challenge Chris Grayling over rail fiasco Huddersfield Examiner

May 2018

Brabin attacks trust’s ‘transfer’ plan The Press

Alarming rise in jobless tally in Batley and Spen Huddersfield Examiner

MP calls out Health Secretary over ‘backdoor privatisation’ of hospital facilities Bradford Telegraph and Argus

‘Lack of job security in UK theatre is forcing parents out’ The Stage

Reel people a ‘premiere attraction’ Dewsbury Reporter

Kirklees MPs join forces in bid to bring Channel 4 to district Dewsbury Reporter

Batley and Spen MP remembers workers The Press

How Shared parental leave gives adoptive parents real time to build a new family unit The Conversation

Children give MP a warm welcome Batley News

April 2018

Tracy Brabin: ‘We need to put the joy back into early years education’ Guardian

Government ‘should urgently review 30-hours funding rates’ Pre-school learning alliance

Kirklees Young Carers speak about how lonely their lives can be Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Campaigners against Cleckheaton asbestos transfer station celebrate as plans withdrawn Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Loneliness ‘won’t be solved overnight’ Yorkshire Post

By axing early years help, we give our children a mountain to climb Guardian

‘Stop the cuts’ – Head joins Tracy Brabin in plea to end school funding decline The Press

Tracy Brabin joins Jeremy Corbyn in Watford to discuss rise in cost of childcare Watford Observer

Children’s futures put at risk by education cuts, claims MP Huddersfield Examiner

1,000 Sure Start children’s centres may have shut since 2010 Guardian 

March 2018

International Women’s Day festival comes to Batley Huddersfield Examiner

Sure Start funding halved in eight years, figures show Guardian

Children speak in Parliament about their school’s Art’s Council Bradford Telegraph and Argus

T&A campaign brought into national spotlight as MP mentions it in Parliament Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Tories try to axe vital childcare scheme that 10,000 troops rely on Mirror

Play centre gets MP’s seal of approval Dewsbury Reporter

Jeremy Corbyn backs bid to save Huddersfield Royal Infirmary Huddersfield Examiner

February 2018

Move for new self-employed parents to have paid shared leave after the baby is born Huddersfield Examiner

MP backs bid to get a counsellor for every school Yorkshire Evening Post

Tracy Brabin calls for self-employed to be able to share parental pay Guardian

Hundreds of children’s centres axed since Tories came to power Mirror

Tracy Brabin MP chairs public meeting over crime concerns Dewsbury Reporter

Tracy Brabin MP demands shared parental leave for the self-employed The Stage

MP Tracy Brabin hits out at hospital parking fees Huddersfield Examiner

Gig economy workers don’t qualify for shared parental leave. This MP wants to change that Buzzfeed

Furry successful visit to Mars Petcare The Press

Is your family pet labradorable? Dewsbury Reporter

January 2018

Misery for teacher and young son needing food banks due to Universal Credit delay Huddersfield Examiner

Major jobs surge for Fox’s Biscuits Batley and Birstall News

Youngsters at Gomersal school learn how Parliament works Huddersfield Examiner

Mums lose out on £1.2billion a year from a system ‘stacked against them’ Mirror

How victims of stalking by strangers will get better protection – but Clare’s Law is still disappointingly underused Huddersfield Examiner

Campaigners against formal learning in reception call for controversial report to be withdrawn Nursery World

Minister for Loneliness is testament to Jo Cox, says the MP who now sits in her constituency Yorkshire Post

Private renters at risk of homelessness as deeply flawed Universal Credit roll-out continues Telegraph and Argus

NHS beds crisis: sick patients can sit in A&E, says health minister response to question from Tracy Guardian

December 2017

How we must all meet the challenge of tackling loneliness Huddersfield Examiner

Free childcare finally extended to foster families Nursery World

More than 3,000 foster children are excluded from the Tories’ flagship free childcare pledge Mirror

September 2017

Local MP raises a Glass to Kirkwood Hospice Kirkwood Hospice

Hound of Parliament: MP Tracy Brabin’s Labrador Rocky put forward for Westminster Dog of the Year The Huddersfield Daily Examiner 

Government’s offer of 30 hours’ free childcare is ‘falling short’ says MP Telegraph & Argus

MP claims Dewsbury and Huddersfield hospital downgrades are “undermining” the NHS The Huddersfield Daily Examiner

Tracy Brabin: Silence of the Tories on childcare shows their policy is unravelling LabourList

August 2017

Looking forward to those 30 hours of free nursery care? Think again… The Observer

Now More Than Ever We Must Call Out The Poisonous Rhetoric We Saw In The Sun The Huffington Post

Report exposes ‘class-shaped hole’ in UK performing arts Sky News

Free Childcare? Check the Smallprint The Huffington Post

July 2017

Labour calls on sector to take part in 30-hours survey Nursery World

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin appointed to Labour’s front bench The Huddersfield Daily Examiner

June 2017

Tracy Brabin Q&A: “I’d like to be part of Boudicca’s tribe. In my version, we’d win” New Statesman

Brabin suggests Batley as Channel 4 Location, Location, Location Yorkshire Post

Labour MP Tracy Brabin: ‘Schools can’t afford theatre’ The Stage

This Time I Was Elected to Jo Cox’s Former Seat, The Atmosphere Was Very Different Huffington Post

Women in Red lead Labour to clean sweep of Kirklees with four victories The Huddersfield Daily Examiner

How tragedy propelled a former actor into politics CNN

May 2017

Tasty night for charity fundraiser Furniture News

Headteachers tell Greening they fear impact of funding changes The Yorkshire Post

More in Common: Birstall united to light up Tour on the world stage Yorkshire Evening Post

April 2017

Schools enjoy exciting time in Wonderland Dewsbury Reporter

Tracy Brabin reveals how she was moved on a visit to Auschwitz with local schools Huddersfield Examiner

Race is on to try to save Batley Job Centre Huddersfield Examiner

Young people begin rehearsals for performance in memory of Jo Cox ITV News

Single sex schools ‘failing in their legal duties to accommodate transgender pupils’ The Independent

Pregnant women deserve better rights at work rather than being bumped down the career ladder The Mirror

David Davis accused of ‘making it up as he goes along’ after refusing to disclose basic details of Brexit analysis The Mirror

Children ‘will suffer’ as school budgets across Yorkshire slashed The Yorkshire Post

March 2017

MP opens revamped hospital radio studio Radio Today

MP backs Side by Side dementia service Dewsbury Reporter

Former Coronation Street star reveals how she had to hide her pregnancy in desperate search for work The Mirror

Swine flu vaccine damages hope for ‘living nightmare’ Batley boy, 11 BBC News

A&E patients are queuing out of the door so downgrading services ‘defies logic’ The Huddersfield Daily Examiner

West End classic Les Miserables coming to Batley in honour of MP Jo Cox The Yorkshire Evening Post

Two local MPs attend Walk for Peace dinner Dewsbury Reporter

Lack of women working in cultural industries ‘woeful’ says MP Tracy Brabin SBTV