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…

MP celebrates one year as Shadow Minister for Early Years

Today marks a year since I joined Labour’s front bench as the Shadow Early Years Minister. It has been an absolute joy to get to know our early years sector. People who dedicate their lives to providing the best possible start for our young people. Whether that’s as academics, providers or campaigning groups, the commitment…

Batley headteacher joins Tracy Brabin MP to call for end to school cuts

A local headteacher has joined Tracy Brabin MP to call for an end to cuts that are ‘putting children’s futures at risk’ after it was revealed that schools in Batley and Spen will have lost almost £4.5 million in real terms funding by 2020. The startling figure, taken from the latest ’School Cuts’ data analysed…

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…

Gomersal Primary Arts Council bowl over MPs in Parliament visit

The children from Gomersal Primary’s Arts Council moved MPs to tears in Parliament as they joined Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin to talk about their hopes for the future. Six representatives from the school’s children-led Arts Council visited Westminster to speak in the All Party Parliamentary Group’s cross-party meeting on Art, Craft and Design…

Future political stars shine in debate at Batley Girls’ Question Time event

The political stars of the future took centre stage as Tracy Brabin MP joined a panel of local politicians, academics and students to field intelligent and incisive questions at Batley Girls High School’s annual Question Time event. Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin, Liberal Democrat Baroness Pinnock, Conservative councillor Robert Light and Professor Munro Price…