Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme open for applications

The fantastic Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme is now open for applications for the 2018/19 year. The training programme, launched in memory of my talented and inspirational predecessor, is a great opportunity for women in the Labour Party and is designed to prepare them for roles in leadership in politics and beyond. It really…

‘Beautiful gesture’ sees square in Brussels renamed after Jo Cox

Today I had the honour of attending the unveiling of a square in Brussels renamed after my inspirational predecessor, Jo Cox. This beautiful gesture on behalf of a city she loved will act as a permanent reminder of the values of unity, peace and justice that guided her. Jo’s sister, Kim, delivered a moving, impassioned…

Cuts to legal aid ‘punishing the most vulnerable’ in society

A woman finally finds the strength to walk away from her abusive partner after being subjected to a seemingly endless cycle of violence, bullying, control and humiliation to seek justice – only to be told she doesn’t meet the criteria, writes Tracy Brabin MP. This is the brutal reality facing thousands of women throughout Britain…

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…

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 ‘moved & humbled’ by heartfelt support for NHS

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin was “moved and humbled” by the heartfelt messages of support members of public left for the NHS as she took to the streets of Cleckheaton to celebrate the NHS’ 70th birthday. Ms Brabin was joined by local activists and the GMB Union on Saturday morning to gather signatures on…

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…