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…

From Batley to Brussels: Local Young Campaigner Secures Internship in Europe

Tracy Brabin MP has today offered her congratulations to local young campaigner, Jawad Khan, who is set to embark upon a sought-after internship in Brussels later this month. The 19-year-old from Liversedge will be working within the Secretariat of the European Trade Union Committee for Education. A Labour Party and Trade Union campaigner, Mr Khan…

Tracy Brabin Speaks Out For Local Children on Access to NHS Dentistry

Tracy Brabin MP has spoken out in Parliament about poor access to NHS Dentistry in Kirklees. Speaking during an Adjournment Debate secured by her colleague Judith Cummins, the MP for Batley & Spen raised her concerns about child oral health in Kirklees. She said; “Does my hon. Friend agree that it is deeply worrying that…

Tracy Brabin MP Stands up for Low Earning Parents

Shadow Early Years Minister Tracy Brabin, has today stood up for low earning parents, in Parliament. Speaking at Education Questions, the MP for Batley & Spen raised the case of the 110,000 children whose working parents do not earn enough to access the 30 hour free childcare scheme. In his response, the Minister for Children…

Tracy Brabin MP Encourages Organ Donation in Batley & Spen

Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin has issued an appeal to her constituents to talk about organ donation. 31,755 people in Batley & Spen are on the NHS Organ Donor Register but hundreds of lifesaving transplants are being missed around the country every year because families don’t know about their relatives’ wishes. During Organ Donation…

Labour’s Acting Up inquiry says it’s time to bring the curtain down on middle class dominance in the performing arts

Labour’s Acting Up inquiry led by Gloria De Piero MP and Tracy Brabin MP have today released its final report including policy recommendations to make the performing arts more accessible and diverse. Tom Watson, Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Culture Secretary commissioned the inquiry in response to increasing concern about poor diversity and access within…

Batley & Spen MP: Government Have Let Yorkshire Down on Bus Services

Tracy Brabin MP has today spoken out on the Government’s handling of the bus industry. This news comes as Labour have released analysis showing that five more years of this Government’s plans for the bus industry will see fares rise to 59 per cent more than 2010. Meanwhile, falling operating costs and rising revenue caused…

Batley & Spen MP Launches ‘Charity of the Month’ Campaign

Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin has launched ‘Charity of the Month’, a new campaign to promote the work of local charities. Launching the campaign today by announcing Batley Food Bank as her chosen charity for the month of July, Tracy Brabin has encouraged local people to donate to, or volunteer for the Food Bank….

Tracy Brabin MP Reacts to Batley Jobcentre Closure Confirmation

Today the Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed by way of a written statement that Batley Jobcentre is going to close, alongside tens of others across the country. The statement reads ‘Some smaller jobcentres will merge with larger ones, and others will be co-located with local government premises’. The Government announced plans to close…