Holiday childcare cost increase ‘locking parents out of workplace’

Many Batley and Spen parents will struggle to meet childcare costs over the summer holidays as the latest figures reveal holiday childcare is getting more expensive. Childcare is now costing parents across Yorkshire and Humber an average of £130 a week- a five per cent increase in a single year. The rise highlights the serious…

Batley’s International Women’s Day festival hailed a huge success

Batley’s inaugural International Women’s Day festival was hailed a huge success as hundreds of people of all ages descended on the Older People’s Centre for a “truly humbling” day of workshops, inspiring speeches and fun. The event, envisaged to celebrate International Women’s Day and Vote 100, saw inspirational women keep the crowds entranced with their…

Tracy Brabin MP launches Youth Work Week in Parliament

Today Tracy Brabin has hosted a reception in support of rebuilding the youth service in parliament. The event came at the launch of Youth Work Week which runs from 6-12 November 2017. It provides an opportunity for youth organisations, youth workers and young people to celebrate their achievements and the impact of their work. The…

Shared parental leave raised with PM by Tracy Brabin MP

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin has today raised the issue of Shared Parental Leave for the self-employed and freelancers with Prime Minister Theresa May. Shared parental leave currently allows mothers to end their maternity leave early in order for her partner to take time off. The policy gives greater flexibility to families, allowing them…

Rocky is crowned Westminster Dog of the Year

There was a worthy winner in Westminster today, as Rocky, a seven-year-old Labrador belonging to Batley and Spen Labour MP Tracy Brabin, was crowned 2017 Westminster Dog of the Year. The 25th annual Westminster Dog of the Year competition, organised by Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club, took place in Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster. Rocky…

Tracy Brabin and Rocky contend for Westminster Dog of the Year

TRACY BRABIN AND ROCKY CONTEND FOR COVETED WESTMINSTER DOG OF THE YEAR TITLE And are calling for local support in a special ‘pawblic’ vote On Thursday 26th October, Tracy Brabin, Labour MP for Batley and Spen and her 7 year old Labrador, Rocky will take to Victoria Tower Gardens in London, to compete with other politicians…

Statement by Tracy Brabin MP on Children’s Services in Kirklees

“In light of today’s report, my first and primary concern is children’s safety and ensuring that the responsibility to children’s welfare is always met in Kirklees. “I continue to be deeply concerned by the Ofsted report of 2016, and I believe that every child should benefit from high quality support when they need it. For…