Fabian Hamilton| Labour MP for Leeds North East
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Visit to Diabetic Foot Clinic at St James’s Hospital

Visit to Diabetic Foot Clinic at St James’s Hospital

Visit to the Diabetic Foot Clinic at St James’s Hospital with Cllr Ghulam Hussain, Dr Jonathan Bodansky and Dr Liz Martin. The biggest cause of toe and foot amputations is the combination of poorly managed diabetes and foot infections.  The Diabetic Foot Clinic at St James’s Hospital is an important treatment centre for these conditions as well as being able to deal quickly and effectively with infections which can lead to the loss of parts of the foot, or at worst the leg if not dealt with immediately.   Constituents Dr Liz Martin and Dr Jonathan Bodansky are leading experts in the field and I was delighted to be invited to visit the centre in December to see their excellent work for myself. As I suffer from Type 2 Diabetes, it was especially chilling to see what happens if treatment of injuries to the feet of diabetes sufferers… Read more


Bernard Moss Awarded Chevalier de la Légion D’Honneur

Bernard Moss Awarded Chevalier de la Légion D’Honneur

Longstanding Labour Party member and constituent, Bernard Moss, was honoured by the President of France, François Hollande, for his wartime service in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Bernard is pictured with Fabian Hamilton MP and Lord Mayor Gerry Harper. Bernard, who is now 91 years old,… Read more


Support for Andy Tsege

Support for Andy Tsege

Andagarchew (Andy) Tsege is a British citizen of Ethiopian origin who has lived in London since 1979.  Whilst travelling in the Middle East two and a half years ago, he was abducted by Ethiopian security forces and taken to a prison in Addis Ababa where he had previously been… Read more


Meeting with Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir

The Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir came to the House of Commons on January 25th to meet MPs and Peers.  The meeting was well attended and addressed by Parliamentarians of all parties from both Houses, as well as by the Prime Minister himself.  Leeds was well represented by three Labour… Read more


Visit My Mosque Day

I will be visiting Mosques in the constituency on Sunday 5th February as part of Visit My Mosque Day when the doors of our community Mosques are open to people of all faiths and the work they do is carefully explained to visitors.  … Read more


Keynote Speech at this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day Event

I was honoured to be asked to give the Keynote Speech at this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day Event at Leeds Town Hall which took place on Sunday 22nd January.  It was well attended, as always and the organisation and programme were excellent.  Congratulations should go to the performers and singers… Read more


Planned visit to Cyprus re peace process

On March 6th I will be travelling to Cyprus to find out whether the Peace Process on the island is about to become a final settlement after nearly 43 years since the coup d’état and the Turkish invasion that followed. Many older members and constituents will remember the events of… Read more


Meeting with Turkish Ambassador

I met with the Turkish Ambassador in London, Abdurahman Bilgiç, earlier in January to be updated on bilateral relations and Turkey’s policies in the Middle East, especially Syria.  Turkey is part of my Foreign Affairs Team regional brief and I have a longstanding interest in the country.  … Read more


New Minister at UHC Synagogue

New Minister at UHC Synagogue

Installation of new Minister at UHC Synagogue, Albie Chait. I attended the installation of the new Minister at the United Hebrew Congregation Synagogue on Shadwell Lane on Sunday 4th December.  Albert Sebastian Chait (Albie) is the youngest Minister ever to serve at a Leeds Synagogue and was its Cantor,… Read more


Variety Club Yorkshire Business Awards Lunch – Award to family of Jo Cox

I was privileged to be able to award the parents and sister of the late Jo Cox MP with an award for her lifetime achievements at the annual Variety Club of Great Britain Yorkshire Business Awards which took place at the Queen’s Hotel on Friday 9th December.  … Read more


Meeting with Richard Ratcliffe re Nazarin in Jail in Iran

Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe is a British citizen of Iranian origin who still holds dual nationality.  On a routine visit to her parents in Iran to celebrate Persian New Year in March last year, she was arrested and detained.  Last September she was tried on unknown charges and imprisoned for five… Read more


Disarmament Ambassador Patricia Flor of Germany

Germany has a dedicated Disarmament Ambassador – Patricia Flor – who I hosted in the House of Commons when she addressed the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Security and Non-Proliferation on Tuesday 6th December.  It would be a very good idea if we in the UK were to follow Germany’s… Read more


Rachel Reeves Alice Bacon book launch

Rachel Reeves Alice Bacon book launch

Rachel Reeves MP My colleague, Leeds West Labour MP Rachel Reeves, launched her excellent book on Labour’s first woman MP in Leeds,  Alice Bacon, who also represented part of today’s Leeds North East constituency until she retired in 1970.  The initial launch was at Waterstones Bookshop in Leeds on … Read more


Visit to Jordan

Visit to Jordan

Syrian refugee children at school in the Azraq camp in North Jordan The Azraq Refugee Camp in North Jordan desert – it is the newest camp to be built by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). As part of my new Peace and Disarmament brief, I… Read more


SNP Debate on Chilcot

On November 30th I was asked to lead for the Labour Front Bench in a debate on the Chilcot Report into the causes of the war in Iraq which took seven years to write and was finally published last July. The debate was tabled by the Scottish National Party and… Read more


European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill

The last few months in Parliament have been dominated by the Brexit debate: what kind of Brexit will the Government negotiate? How will the economy of this country be affected by no longer being part of the Single Market? Will we still have access to the Customs Union?  There… Read more


Refugees – A National and Local Response

Refugees – A National and Local Response

The End of the Jungle Last month saw the destruction by the French Police and Security forces of the so-called ‘Jungle’ in Calais. I always hated that name, used by sections of the British media to suggest that those seeking refuge there were little better than animals.   Certainly the residents… Read more


Westminster Hall Debates

Westminster Hall Debates

Larium On October 27th I took part in the Westminster Hall debate on the use of the Anti-Malarial drug Larium by the Army. I had been asked to represent the Shadow defence team on this occasion.  This is an important issue as the side effects of this drug, which can… Read more


Out and About In The Constituency

Out and About In The Constituency

New Surgery Venues I try to select venues for advice surgeries which reflect the needs of constituents. We are seeking to establish a new surgery venue at Waitrose supermarket from the new year. We also have a new venue in Oakwood Library.  We made the move from Andrew’s United Reformed… Read more


The Leeds West Indian Carnival

The Leeds West Indian Carnival

Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Gerry Harper and Lady Mayoress Lynne Scholes with winning Leeds West Indian Carnival Queen costume at 2016 King and Queen Show held at West Yorkshire Playhouse I am so proud to represent the community who have created the oldest (yes!) West Indian Carnival… Read more


Labour Leadership Election

This summer has been a difficult time for the Labour Party – members will not need to be reminded of how strong feelings have been on all sides since the final weeks of the last Parliamentary year.  In July I resigned with a very heavy heart from the front bench. … Read more


Charity Bike Ride: Leeds to Brighton 27th July – 1st August

Charity Bike Ride:  Leeds to Brighton 27th July – 1st August

It has become a bit of a tradition for me to mark the end of the Parliamentary Year with a bike ride for a charity which has some significance for me and for my constituents.  This year I rode from Leeds Civic Hall to Brighton Pavilion over five days,… Read more


Fabian inspects the new Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Fabian inspects the new Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Fabian inspects the new Yorkshire Air Ambulance, built by Airbus Industries at the Farnborough Air Show back in July. It was delivered a few days later.  … Read more


Labour Party Conference, 25th – 28th September, Liverpool

Labour Party Conference, 25th – 28th September, Liverpool

Fabian with Roundhay Councillor Ghulam Hussain at the Labour Party Conference I went to Party Conference again this year for the first time in many years.  The day before it started we heard the result of the summer’s Leadership election and then the conference itself started on the Sunday.… Read more


Front Bench Appointment

Last week, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn asked me to rejoin the Front Bench as Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament and I was pleased to accept his invitation.  I will be a part of both the Shadow Foreign Affairs and Defence teams. The role is unusual because no such post… Read more


Meeting on Kashmir Crisis

Meeting on Kashmir Crisis

Last week Fabian spoke at a meeting called to discuss the current crisis in Kashmir.  The meeting was organised by constituents concerned at the escalating violence in Kashmir and the use of illegal pellet guns against protestors, many of whom have received appalling facial injuries simply for expressing their… Read more