Local filmmakers celebrated in prestigious Westminster competition

Two talented creatives from Batley and Spen made it to the final of a prestigious Parliamentary competition searching for the best and brightest new talent in the industry. The annual Film the House competition is run by Members of Parliament to find the next generation of filmmakers and scriptwriters, and to raise awareness of the…

MP slams government after latest figures show unemployment rising locally

New figures reveal that unemployment is continuing to rise locally in what Tracy Brabin MP says is yet another sign the government has “abandoned” communities like Batley and Spen. The total number of unemployed benefit claimants in Batley and Spen has risen to 2,490 in February 2019 – an increase of 735 on the previous…

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…

Tory Government plans to fund policing ‘unjust and fundamentaly unfair’

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin has slammed Government plans to force taxpayers to fork out for more police officers as “unjust and fundamentally unfair”. Under the Conservative Government’s Funding Settlement announced today, police forces will be given the option to double the council tax precept. It comes after years of cuts to West Yorkshire…

Tracy Brabin MP joins 209 women MPs in historic exhibition

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin is among 209 female Members of Parliament to have their portrait taken by a female photographer to mark 100 years since women first gained the right to vote and stand. The groundbreaking ‘209 Women’ project, envisaged by photographer and university lecturer Hilary Wood, was designed to mark the milestone…