‘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 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…

Tracy Brabin MP visits local Co-op to pledge support for safety campaign

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin has thrown her weight behind a campaign to protect shop workers from abuse and violent attacks at work during a visit to a local Co-op store. Ms Brabin visited the Westfield Lane store in Scholes where she discussed local community safety issues with staff and learnt about the retailer’s…

MP returns to the cobbles to talk social mobility with ITV bosses

Tracy Brabin MP revisited several old haunts on a trip to Coronation Street to discuss social mobility in the media industry, while grabbing the opportunity to canvass a few doors on the familiar cobbled street in the process. The MP took several local activists and campaigners along for the visit to the ITV studios in…

Government refuses to guarantee much-needed local rail improvements

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin has attacked the Government’s refusal to guarantee the long-promised full-electrification of the TransPennine rail route, saying a failure to deliver the improvements would amount to a “betrayal”. The MP says the latest reports, which indicate the Government is planning to ditch its pledge to fully electrify the route, will…