Tracy Brabin MP helps secure £1.2m funding for historic CSE investigations

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin has helped secure £1.2 million in special grant funding for West Yorkshire Police to assist investigations into historic child sexual exploitation cases. Ms Brabin has been working closely with West Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson and West Yorkshire Police to secure the Home Office funding. It comes after…

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…

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…

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…