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November 2015 Newsletter. The newsletter that Fabian has emailed to Labour Party members and supporters in his constituency. Added 23/11/2015 November 2015 Newsletter
Support for those terminally ill: Fabian supports the Marie Curie campaign calling for everyone to be able to receive the care they may need at the end  of their lives. Added 23/11/2015 More information

Building Homes for Britain: Fabian publishes his major report offering solutions to the desperate shortage of housing in the UK and calls for urgent debate on how to turn ideas into action. Added 2/11/2015 Details of report and link to download
Arrest of Tibet protesters: In The House of Commons Fabian addresses an urgent question to the Police Minister Rt. Hon. Mike Penning MP concerning the treatment of three peaceful protesters during the recent state visit of the Chinese President. Added 26/10/2015

Fabian's urgent question plus TV recording of the debate, Hansard record of proceedings and link to Background Briefing

Crisis in neonatal care: Fabian supports the call of the charity organisation BLISS for greater investment in care for vulnerable babies. Added 23/10/2015 Westminster event details
Human rights in Tibet: With the forthcoming visit to the UK by the President of China, Fabian calls for human rights to be raised in talks by David Cameron. Added 19/10/2015 Fabian's press release from the Tibet Society
Fabian visits Iceland: He heads an All Party Group of MPs prior to the visit by David Cameron, Prime Minister. Added 19/10/2015 Further details
Fabian's Newsletter October 2015: The newsletter that Fabian sends out by email to Labour Party Members and supporters. Added 16/10/2015 Link to newsletter
STOP HATE UK: Fabian learns of the scope of the work done by this charity to help those who are victims of hate and harrassment. Added 2/10/2015 Further details
Fabian visits PATH in Chapel Allerton: The organisation that helps Black and Minority Ethnic people to gain skills for employment thus improving their life chances, challenging discrimination and developing the local community. Added 2/10/2015
Report of Fabian's visit
Labour Leadership: Fabian explains why he is supporting Yvette Cooper in the leadership election. Added 4/9/2015 Fabian's endorsement of Yvette Cooper
Syrians in distress: Fabian argues for the UK to welcome refugees and for UN action against ISIS. Added 4/9/2015 Fabian's statement
The government Welfare Bill: Fabian shares his perspective on on this Bill through the words of his colleague MP, Andrew Gwynne. Added 24/7/2015 Andrew's blog text with introduction by Fabian
Awards presentation at Carr Manor Community School: Fabian is one of the guest speakers at the annual awards ceremony. Added 13/7/2015 Report and photographs
Fabian visits St Matthews Church of England Primary School: The Global Gang, a group of children concerned about fairer international development confront Fabian with challenging questions. Added 13/7/2015 Fabian's visit and pictures
International Development Select Committtee: Fabian has been re-elected to this important parliamentary committee that scrutises goverment policies and actions on International Development. Added 3/7/2015

Committee details

Official Committee Website

Fabian's June 2015 Newsletter: The text of Fabian's newsletter to local Labour Party members and friends who who request a regular email from their MP. Added 22/6/2105 June 2015 Newsletter
Tibet: Fabian introduces a Westminster Hall Debate on Tibet on Thursday 18th June 2015 Added 22/6/2015 Link to Hansard record of Fabian's speech
Queen's Speech: Fabian makes a short contribution to the debates following the official opening of Parliament with a contribution on the value of International Aid. Added 22/6/2015 Extract from Hansard record
Foster Care Fortnight: Fabian backs the call for more people to consider fostering vulnerable young children and teenagers. Added 1/6/2015 Fabian's plea
Fabian at Leeds United Football Club: He joins Cllr. Alex Sobell in a visit to celebrate the example of Albert Johanneson, the first African to play in an FA cup final. Added 9/3/15 Report and photograph
Speaking in debates at Westminster: Fabian contributes to debates on Gaza, the Jimmy Saville scandal and Equitable Life injustice. Added 27/2/15 Full details and all links to House of Commons TV and Hansard records
Fabian joins Select Committee visit to Nepal: Making sure that UK International Aid is well used to sustain development and well being. Added 20/2/15 Report and photographs of visit
Halal and Schechita slaughtering: Fabian outlines his response to the Westminster Hall debate set for Monday 23rd February. Added 20/2/15 Statement from Fabian
Cross Cancer Out Campaign: On World Cancer Day, Fabian joins with Cancer Research UK to highlight constituents awareness of cancer. Added 6/2/15 Details and photograph
Moortown Park - The work begins: Fabian attends the ceremony to cut the first sod for this long awaited development. Added 30/1/15 Commemorative photograph
Fabian's January Newsletter: His regular newsletter to local Labour Party members and friends. Added 19/1/15 Newsletter
Fabian visits Roundhay School: Fabian was invited to addess A level students of politics in preparation for their visit to Westminster. Added 9/1/15 Story and photographs
Fabian leads debate on Tibet: On United Nations Human Rights Day 2014, Fabian opened a Westminster Hall debate on Tibet. Added 15/12/2014 Full story and links
Fabian's Christmas Card: This year's competition to design Fabian's card was won by Maheen Ali a pupil at Chapel Allerton Primary School. Added 8/12/14 Story and pictures
Fabian's Newsletter December 2014 : In this newsletter Fabian describes some of the work that fills his his diary both in London and in Leeds during a typical period when Westminster is sitting. Added 8/12/14 December 2014 Newsletter
Mitzvah Day and Baking Challah Bread: Fabian meets members of the Jewish community in Leeds North East doing good works for others in need. Added 24/11/14 Story and photographs
Private members bill to safeguard the NHS: Fabian supports Labour colleagues at Westminster seeking to prevent future privatisation. Added 24/11/14 Details and links
Voter engagement - Fabian backs electoral reforms: The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, of which Fabian is a member, has proposed measures to secure greater involvement of the electorate with politics. Added 17/11/14

Full details of the proposals and Fabian's endorsement

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Fabian on a desert island: Fabian chooses his eight favourite pieces of music when interviewed in the style of Desert Island Discs at a campaign fund raising evening on Thursday 9th November. Added 14/11/14

Fabian's music choices

Fabian is to visit Zimbawe in 2015: He will join an International Development Select Committee visit next February and is keen to hear from constituents with close links to that country. Added 10/11/14 Further details
Fabian's October 2014 Newsletter: In this letter Fabian gives his reaction to the Ebola crisis hitting West Africa, reflects on the UKIP showing in the recent by-election results in Clacton and Heywood, considers the background to strikes over pay in the Health Service, surveys the recent Party Conference season and discusses the crisis in the building of new houses. Added 22/10/14 Full text of newsletter
Fabian's September 2014 Newsletter: In has latest mailing to Labour Party members and friends in the constituency, Fabian addresses the Scottish referendum aftermath, war against IS, conflict in the Ukraine, the refugee situation in Calais, UKIP and his recent charity cycle ride to Paris for Donisthorpe Hall. Added 3/10/14 Full text of newsletter
Constituency garden party tributes to Tom and Edna Murray: An event held to kick start fund raising for the general election gave Fabian the opportunity to express all our thanks. Added 8/9/14 Account and pictures
House of Commons debate on Infant class sizes: Fabian speaks at length in the debate held on the 3rd September 2014. To watch Fabian speaking use the link here and fast forward to 17:58 hrs Added 4/9/14

Westminster TV proceedings 3/9/14

Hansard written record

Meanwood Olympics: Fabian hands medals to the young people who enjoyed this summer's sporting and fun activites held at Meanwood Cricket Club. Added 19/8/14 Lots of pictures

Fabian sets off for France: Residents, staff and friends of Donisthorpe Hall give Fabian an exciting send off as he begins his sponsored cycle ride and personal pilgimage to Drancy near Paris.

Sucess: Fabian arrived safely in Drancy at the end of his marathon 430 mile ride.

Conclusion: Fabian returns to Donisthorpe Hall on Tuesday 1st October 2014 to hand over cheques for the money he raised and to tell of his cycling adventure. Amended 3/10/14

Fabians ride to Drancy and afterwards
Commons July 15th vote on Data Retention and Emergency Powers Bill: Fabian explains why he will be abstaining on this hastily introduced measure. Added 14/4/14 Further details and useful links
A New Magna Carta?: Fabian introduced the Report of the Select Committee on Parliamentary and Constitutional Reform in the House of Commons on Thursday 17th July 2014 Added 14/3/14 Full details and useful links inclluding video coverage of Fabian's speech
National BTEC Awards 2014: Fabian was delighted to present the Construction Student of the Year Award to his constituent Robert Noble of Leeds College of Building at a recent Parliamentary reception. Added 11/7/14 Photograph and details

Tour de France in Yokshire: Fabian congratulates all those who in any way helped bring the world's largest cycle racing event to Yorkshire and worked to make it such a success. A glorious showcase for the Yorkshire region. Added 7/7/14

Fabian's pictures

Khalsa Science Academy: Fabian visits the new Free School in Chapeltown and is impressed by the provision and aims of the school. Added 20/6/14

Story and pictures
Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods; Fabian was delighted to be asked to attend the Fun Day that the friends organised on Saturday 14th June. Added 17/6/14 Photograph and comment

My pilgimage to support Donisthorpe Hall: Fabian announces his annual summer sponsored cycle ride which will be a pilgimmage in memory of the Holocaust and he asks for your generous support. Added 2/6/14

Full details

Shadwell Medical Centre: Fabian has received a number of representations from constituents who have expressed concern over the departure of three of the four doctors from the team at the Shadwell Centre. Fabian has taken the matter up with NHS England who have promised to look into the issue. Added 30/5/14

Constituency Labour success in Leeds elections: Fabian expresses delight with the results in the Chapel Allerton, Roundhay and Moortown wards and congratulates the winning candidates. Added 23/5/14 Full constituency results
In Memoriam: Fabian writes a tribute to Tony Shinberg who passed away earlier this year. Added 9/5/14 Photographs and tribute
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust: Fabian welcomes to Westminster Iby Knill who survived the Holocaust in Germany and Safet Vukalic
Safet Vukalic
who survived the Bosnian war at a launch event for Holocaust Memorial Day. Added 11/4/14
Details and photograph
Palliative Care: Fabian makes a keynote speech to the 10th Palliative Care Conference that was held in Harrogate on the 12th to the 14th March 2014. Added 17 /03/14

Full text of Fabian's address to the conference

Conference web site

Fabian calls for more funding for diabetes research: Fabian meets a local constituent at a Westminster event to press for further research into diabetes. Added 14/4/14 Details and photograph
Fabian's February 2014 newsletter: Fabian is pleased to share the newsletter that he recently sent to constituency Labour members and friends. Added 28/2/14 Text of newsletter
Presentation of the Holy Koran to Fabian at the Sinai Synagogue: Fabian recalls a unique occasion at an event held last November. Added 31/1/14 Full story and photograph
Fabian receives Silver Star Diabetes Award: The Rev. Jesse Jackson thanks Fabian for his work to support diabetes awareness. Added 20/1/14 Details and photograph
Congratulations to Roundhay School: Fabian was delighted to read the government's inspectors OFSTED report of the recent inspection of Roundhay School. The school was graded outstanding in every aspect - a fine tribute to the quality and professionalism of the work of all staff at the school. Read the full report
In Memoriam: Fabian writes a personal tribute to the lives of Ruby Moss, Victor Zermansky and Alec Bloom - all members of the Jewish Community in Leeds, who have recently died within a short space of time. Added 24/12/13 Tribute to the lives of Ruby Moss, Victor Zermansky and Alec Bloom

Nelson Mandela: On the day of his death, Fabian reflects on Mandela's life and the influence of this great man on his political career. Added 6/12/13 Fabian's tribute
Fabian interviewed on Radio Leeds about fuel prices: He gives his reaction to news of the slight reduction to the anticipated higher gas and electricity charges to be faced by households in 2014. Added 2/12/13 Summary of interview
Fabian's November Newsletter: Fabian is pleased to share the newsletter that he recently sent to constituency Labour members and friends. Added 25/11/13 November 2013 newsletter
Cementing British and Turkish relations: As Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Turkey, Fabian attended the Annual Meeting of the bilateral 'Tatlidil' in Edinburgh at the weekend. Amenmded 4/11/13 Full details
Visit to Buckingham Palace: Fabian meets Her Majesty the Queen at a reception for backbench MPs. Added 25/10/13 Additional details

Fabian addresses the Westminster Russia Forum: On 15th October, Fabian was invited to talk about his perspective on the Middle East to this association of people interested in the politics, business, history and culture of Russia. Added 21/10/2013

Summary of Fabian's contribution
Crisis in house building: Fabian makes radical proposals for future Labour Housing Policy and explains just what could be achieved while visiting unused land in his constituency where many new homes could be built. Added 15/10/2013 Policy proposals and associated video

Fabian's September 2013 Newsletter: Fabian is pleased to share the newsletter that he recently sent to constituency Labour members and friends. Added 7/10/13

Full text
Work with the International Development Committee: Fabian has just returned from a short visit to the Americas as part of his work with the Parliamentary International Development Select Committee. The most memorable events were a visit to Brasila, the medernistic capital of Brazil and to the favellas, or shanty towns, of Rio de Janeiro which have been grealy helped thanks to a remarkable transport project. Fabian writes about his impressions. Added 16/9/2013

Account and photographs

The International Development Committee

Crisis in Syria - Fabian opposes retaliatory action: Fabian returned to Westminster on Thursday August 29th with other MPs for the emergency recall of Parliament and voted against the motion that supported military action by the UK government against the Assad regime. Any bombing of Syria by the USA or the UK risks the slaughter of innocent civilians and cannot guarantee that chemical weapons will be put beyond use. Western intervention makes it more likely that the civil war will degenerate the country into an environment where Al Quaeda and other terrorists groups can operate freely with the risk of Assad's weapons of mass destruction falling into their hands. There is also considerable risk to general peace in the Middle East and beyond. Amended 30/8/13 Hansard record and vote (division No 70)
Fabian attends the funeral of Bishop Levi Bailey: A joyous, moving celebration of the life of Bishop Levi Bailey (1938 - 2013) took place on Thursday 22nd August at Leeds Minster attended by some 1200 mourners and conducted by the Bishop of Wolverhampton. Fabian was invited to pay tribute to the life of this man who has made such a significant contribution to the community through his work with the New Testament Church of God on Easterly Road. A service of joyous singing and prayer marked by many spontaneous contributions was a fitting farewell to a man who always revealed his love of humanity with such an infectious smile. Added 22/8/13 New Testament Church of God tribute
An alternative strategy to Trident: Fabian supports the CND call for a 'no replacement' option in the government review of Trident policy and demands that the money be better spent on public services and conventional defence. Added 19/7/13 Story and picture
Constituency report June 2013: Fabian is pleased to share the latest report on his work that he recently gave to members of the constituency Labour Party. Added 8/7/13 Link to report

Latest News: Fabian completed his ride in Dortmund at 12:45 hrs. on Saturday 20th July 2013 and was greeted by the Deputy Mayor Birgitte Jödor and Bernd Buscher who runs an ecumenical soup kitchen for those in need.

Riding to Dortmund for St George's Crypt: Fabian's charity cycle ride this summer is given a wonderful boost with a generous donation from Sainsbury's.

Fabian makes good progress in the sunny weather: At 1:15pm on Friday, Fabian was reported well into Germany and approaching the town of Duisburg on the River Rhine. At the same time, donors have enabled him to reach 57% of his target to raise £5000 for St George's Crypt. Amended 9/8/13

Story and all photographs

Make a donation

Fabian supports the campaign for audible electric buses: The Guide Dogs for the Blind association lobbied Parliament to concered to protect those unable to see from the danger of road vehicles that cannot be heard. Added 28/6/13 Details and photograph
Fabian greets the President of the World Bank on his visit to Westminster: Dr Jim Yong Kim was in London on 19th of June 2013 to meet members of the International Development Select Committee on which Fabian serves. Added 24/6/13 Report and photograph
Fabian announces his charity cycle ride project for 2013: This July, Fabian will ride from Leeds to Dortmund seeking to raise money for St George's Crypt. He hopes that you will give generously to supporting him and the charity. Ammended 24/6/13

Preliminary details

St George's Crypt web site

No to the re-privatisation of East Coast Rail: Fabian speaks out against re-franchising the very successful state-owned East Coast Mainline company in the Transport debate at Westminster on Thursday 25th April 2013. Added 29/4/13 Text of Fabian's speech and link to the TV recording of the debate
Bus services in Yorkshire and Humberside: Fabian initiated a Westminster Hall debate on the quality and importance of local bus services on Wednesday 17th April 2013. Added 24/4/13 Further details

Fabian's anger concerning Children's Heart Surgery in Leeds: Events of the last few days raise key questions for which Fabian demands answers. Ammended 22/7/13

Fabian's perspective on current developments.
Sikh community outrage at Indian Supreme Court decision. A plea for Professor Davinder Singh Bhullar to be spared the death penalty in India has been rejected. Fabian, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs, is working to help avert a miscarriage of justice and a denial of Human Rights. Added 16/4/13 Full details
10 questions on palliative care: Fabian chairs a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hospices and Palliative Care where a campaign was launched to support all those seeking improved provision in their local areas. Added 25/3/13 Report, photograph and further links
Government cuts stack up: A briefing prepared by USDAW, the shop workers union, shows the unprecedented extent of all the measures now being introduced by the government with severe consequences for hard-pressed and low-income constituents. Added 14/3/13

USDAW briefing

(pdf download)

Loan Shark Campaign: Fabian invites you to support the campaign being led by Stella Creasy, Labour MP for Walthamstow who is seeking to cap the very high interest rates currently levied by pay day loan companies. Added 14/3/13 Join the campaign
Inter Parliamentary Union visit to Croatia: Fabian was invited to go on a fact finding visit to Croatia which will shortly join the European Union. Added 12/3/13 Report and photographs
Justice and Security Bill: Fabian remains critical of government measures for closed courts to sit on cases involving national security. He supports the view that Judges, not Ministers, should decide on the very small number of cases which should be held in secret. Added 11/3/13 Background details
Christian Aid IF Campaign - Fabian pledges his support: A letter has been received from the Treasury in response to Fabian who represented the many constituents lobbying for additional measures to ensure that multinational companies pay taxes fairly in developing countries. Added 11/3/13 Campaign details and Treasury Response
Fabian speaks out against the death penalty in India: In a House of Commons debate on Thursday 28th February 2013, Fabian joined calls for the Indian government to abandon the death penalty, an issue that has been drawn to his attention through his work with the Sikh community in Leeds and throughout the UK. Added 4/3/13

Fabians speech in the debate

Full proceedings

MPs unite against police cuts: Fabian joins Yorkshire MPs to draw attention to the scale of what is happening as a result of government cutbacks. Added 14/2/13 Photograph and story
Fabian visits Heathrow Terminal 2: The new Terminal 2 is taking shape at Heathrow and Fabian was invited to see work in progress, at the this project of major national importance. Added 14/2/13

Pictures and report of Fabian's visit

Details from BAA

Iceland Parliament Speaker at Westminster: As Treasurer of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Iceland, Fabian was pleased to welcome Ms Ásta R. Jóhannesdóttir, Speaker of the Icelandic Parliament, to Westminster when she made an official visit on Tuesday 5th February 2013. Added 11/2/13 Further details
Death of Councillor Suzy Armitage: Fabian was distressed to learn that his old friend, long-serving Leeds City Councillor Suzy Armitage, Member for Cross Gates and Whinmoor, has died after a long illness. Fabian extends his sincere condolences to members of her family, friends and political colleagues. Added 7/2/13  
Highfield Primary School visit: As part of his regular programme of visits to constituency schools, Fabian visited Highfield Primary School on Friday 1st February 2013 and met an extraordinarily curious and well informed group of pupils, members of the School Council. Added 1/2/13 Story and picture
International Development Select Committee: Fabian has been elected in a ballot of MPs to serve as a member of this important committee that scrutinises the work of the government in the field of overseas aid and international development. He will replace Alison McGovern MP who will become an Opposition Whip. Added 28/1/13 International Development Committee

Campaign on Food and Hunger: At a publicity event held in Leeds Market on Friday 25th January, Fabian stated his support for the joint agency campaign led of over 100 organisations including Christian Aid to address world hunger.

Pictures from Leeds Market

Campaign details (pdf file)

Commons debate - Holocaust Memorial Day 24th January. Fabian makes an extensive Commons speech in which he reflects on the need for continued remembrance of the Holocaust and talks of the experience of members of his family and that of some friends from the Jewish community in Leeds. Added 25/1/13 Fabian's speech in the House of Commons including video
Votes for 16 year olds: In the House of Commons debate on the 24th January, Fabian speaks in support of lowering the voting age to 16 years. Added 25/1/13 Transcript and video of debate.
Securing the future of the North Leeds Music Centre: Fabian, together with Moortown Councillor Alex Sobel, visited the centre based at Carr Manor Community School on Saturday 19th January and discussed plans to safeguard its important work. Fabian and Alex pledged their help and support. Added 22/1/13 Story and pictures
Police Cuts - A crisis looms: Fabian reflects upon the consequences both nationally and locally of the cuts the government is forcing on police services. In West Yorkshire the situation will be grim. Added 11/1/13 Fabian's analysis
Fabian's Annual Report for 2012: Fabian is pleased to publish his most recent annual report on his work as MP that he recently prepared for Labour Party Members in his constituency. Added 7/1/13 Report for download (pdf file)
Helping the homeless: Fabian joins forces with his colleague Rachel Reeves MP for Leeds West at the Waitrose foodbank to support the work of St George's Crypt for homeless people in Leeds. Added 20/12/12 More information and photograph
Justice for Agency Workers: Fabian endorses the campaign by the Communications Workers Union to ensure that agency workers receive the same pay and conditions as the permanent staff in the organisation where they are working. Added 17/12/12 Campaign details
Interns Working unpaid as an Intern: In a step towards ending the injustice of job seekers having to work unpaid as Interns, Fabian backs moves to make advertising such vacancies illegal. Added 17/12/12 Internship injustice
Comet Closure in Moortown: Fabian receives a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions assuring him that staff being made redundant will receive support from the agency and other measures offered by the administrator. Added 17/12/12 Letter received by Fabian
Climate Week 2013: Fabian encourages groups in the constituency to organise and join in events and activities for Climate Week. Showcasing real, practical ways to combat climate change, the week aims to renew the ambition to create a more sustainable, low-carbon future. Added 17/12/12 Find out more
A perspective from Belgium: Fabian, together with other parliamentarians, makes a short visit to a country facing succession and independance issues like the UK and reflects on the need for care and well informed debate before key electoral decisions are made. Added 14/12/12 Fabian's visit and his observations
Leveson Enquiry: Fabian criticises the Prime Minister and stands squarely behind all those who are calling for full implementation of the enquiry recommendations for press regulation underpinned by statute. Added 7/12/12 Fabian's position on the Leveson recommendations
Campaign for a posthumous award for Walter Tull: Fabian calls for First World War hero Walter Tull, the first black officer commissioned into the British Army, to receive the Military Cross he should have been awarded. Added 26/11/12 Further details
Concerns for dog welfare: Fabian visited the Leeds Dogs Trust Centre at Woodlands Farm on Friday 23rd November to understand the efforts made to provide good homes for unwanted pets. Added 26/11/12 Story and pictures
Fabian heads APPG visit to Turkey: A group of parliamentarians is visiting Turkey form the 18th to the 22nd November to understand the impact of the Syrian conflict on the region and for the UK. Updated 23/11/12 Purpose of visit and report
Election of a Police Commissioner for West Yorkshire: Fabian calls upon constituents to exercise their vote on the 15th November and support the Labour candidate Councillor Mark Burns-Williamson OBE Added 29/10/12 Campaign details
Equitable Life Campaign Lobby: Fabian continues to champion justice for Equitable Life Policyholders and met a large group of them who came to lobby MPs on Wednesday 24th October 2012 Added 29/10/12 Details and photographs

Eid Mubarak ! To all my Muslim friends, may Allah bless you and all your families at this special time. Peace to you all.

Best Wishes, Fabian Hamilton MP Added 26/10/10


Benefits changes: Fabian looks at the new raft of goverment changes to benefits which have very worrying implications for some of the poorest members of the community and pledges to try and help where he can. Added 26/1012 Fabian's pledge and a summary of the changes to benefits
At work with Team Leeds: A report of Fabian's contribution to promoting key issues concerning the propsperity and government of Leeds and the Yorkshire Region. Significant new legislation has crucial implications for local government in the city. Transport and sport initiatives will be significant for future prosperity. Added 26/10/12 Report details
Revised proposal for changes to Leeds North East: New proposals from the Boundary Commission envisage sharing the present constituency bewteen three new areas. Fabian will oppose the measure. Added 22/10/12 Details of the proposals for Leeds North East

Unveiling a Blue Plaque at the former New Synagogue on Chapeltown Road: Fabian attended and spoke at the unveiling of a Leeds Civic Trust Blue Plaque to commemorate the New Synagogue, now the Northern School of Contemporary Dance this morning, 14th October. Added 14/10/12

Full Story and Photos

Fabian pays tribute to his friend - Labour MP Stuart Bell - who died yesterday. Stuart, MP for Middlesborough, died aged 74 on 13th October after a short illness. Added 14/10/12.

Full Tribute
Fabian learns of hostage taking in the Sinai: Eritreans are being kidnapped, held for ransom and tortured as they seek safety. Fabian is asked to help and raise awareness of their plight. Story and pictures
Proposed relaxation of planning rules: Fabian is very concerned about government ideas that could unleash a rash of unsuitable home extensions and warns of the danger. Added 5/10/12 Full details
Judging cakes at Barclays Bank for Macmillan Cancer Support: Fabian judges a home baking competition in Moortown and it is all in a very good cause. This cake was the winner. Added 28/9/12 Story and photograph
Elections for a Police Commissioner: Fabian introduces Councillor Mark Burns-Williamson OBE, official Labour candidate for the post of West Yorkshire Police Commissioner to constituents in Moortown. Added 25/9/12 Report and photograph
GCSE English Grades: Moved by the overwhelming evidence from students and teachers in the constituency that grave injustice has been done this summer concerning the award of grades for GCSE English examinations, Fabian has written in strong terms to Education Secretary Michael Gove MP to demand an independent investigation. Added 21/9/12

Full text of letter to Michael Gove

Reply received from Elizabeth Truss MP Under Secretary of State

Fabian cycles again for charity: To raise funds for the Lord Mayor of Leeds charity Crohn's and Colitis UK, Fabian rode from London to Paris starting on Friday 28th September and arrived on Sunday 30th September. Fabian asks if you would make a donation through his Just Giving web site. Added 17/9/12

Full story and picture with the Lord Mayor

Just giving web site

Improved pharmacy services in Chapel Allerton: Fabian visits the Medichem pharmacy on Harragate Road in Chapel Allerton as it achieves the status of a Healthy Living pharmacy. Added 13/9/12 Story and pictures
He's made it! On Friday 27th July Fabian arrived safely in Berlin exactly on schedule and was greeted at the British Embassy by Simon McDonald CMG, UK ambassador to Germany and Barbara Harpham, Chief Executive of Heart Research UK. Fabian has undertaken this demanding ride funding all associated expenses himself and asks that you consider giving generously to the causes he has tried to help - click here Added 30/7/12

Photographs galore from the British Embassy

Foreign and Commonwealth Office web site report

Fabian's journey blog (whole trip) with pictures

He's off! Fabian begins his journey to Berlin: Fabian leaves the Ziff Centre and the Islamic Centre at the start of his gruelling journey by bike to Berlin in order to raise money for local charities. Added 20/7/12

Pictures and Story

Fabian's charity ride 2012

Fabian's ride on Facebook

Fabian meets widow of Alexander Litvinenko: Marina Litvinenko meets Fabian at Westminster where they discussed worrying trends in the apparently increased resurgence of former-style Russian Secret Service operations as a political instrument of the state. Added 16/7/12 Picture and futher details
LGI Children's Heart Surgery Unit: Fabian is working at Westminster to ensure that the controversial proposal to close the unit is properly debated in Parliament and joining efforts to require any decsion to be taken at minsiterial level and not by the Committee of Primary Care Trusts. Added 16/7/12

Progress to date and pictures of demonstration

Primary Care Trusts' decision

Childrens Heart Surgery Trust response

Fabian salutes the Yorkshire Regiment: The regiment paraded in Leeds on Thusrsday 12th July at a Civic Ceremony. Added 20/7/12 Photographs
Solutions for a Planet - Carr Manor High in national final: Fabian joins students and staff at Westminster Hall in London and congratulates them on an outstanding achievement. Added 21/7/12 Story and details
Proposed taxi deregulation: Fabian learns of taxi drivers' concerns when lobbied at Westminster. Added 23/7/12 Further details
Charity Bike ride to Berlin: Fabian asks for your support for his sponsored bike ride to Berlin from the 20th to the 27th of July where he aims to raise money for Heart Research UK and Radio J Com. Details of ride and how to make a donation
Aftermath of Icelandic banking crisis: Fabian leads an all party delegation to Iceland to learn of economic progress and debt repayment. Added 23/7/12 Details
Motor Neurone Disease (MND): Fabian signs the MND Charter calling for good care to be given to sufferers of this little understood condition. Added 25/6/12

Details of the charter

Where to sign

Alwoodley Primary School pupils write to Fabian: Fabian was delighted to receive so many letters from children following his recent visit and he asked if he could show them to others through his web site. Added 25/6/12 Photographs and letters
The Olympic Torch in Leeds North East: Constituents give a warm welcome to the Torch Relay as it passed through Chapel Allerton on Sunday 24th June 2012. Fabian was delighted with the event. Added 25/6/12 Pictures to remember
Fabian uses Prime Minister's Questions to champion Tibet: On Wednesday 20th June Fabian was lucky to be chosen to ask a question which was answered by the Foreign Secretary William Hague MP who was standing in for The Prime Minister. Modified 25/6/12

Video of question time

Fast forward to 12:22 hrs on player to see Fabian's question.

Fabian speaks on camera about the Dalai Lama's visit to the UK

Fabian welcomes the Dalai Lama to Leeds: The Dalai Lama met Fabian while attending the Yorkshire International Business Convention held in Leeds on Friday 15th June. This was in spite of pressure from the Chinese government objecting to his presence and threatening to withdraw from the use of Leeds facilities for their athletes preparing for the Olympic Games. Added 15/6/12

Further details

Fabian denounces Chinese pressure when interviewed by the BBC

Fabian welcomes the lobby for Brain Tumour support: One of Fabian's constituents, Hetta Morath whose husband was a victim of a brain tumour, travelled to London on Wednesday 13th June to take part in a rally outside Parliament to raise awareness of Brain Tumour issues where Fabian signed a pledge of support.

Added 15/6/12

Press release from Brain Tumour Consortium


Fabian appreciates some very polite letters of thanks: Pupils from Leeds Grammar School Junior Department met Fabian on their visit to Westminster at the begiining of May. To his great delight Fabian received some lovely letters saying thank - you. Added 15/6/12 Letters to Fabian
Fabian firms up details of his charity cycle ride from Leeds to Berlin: Fabian has chosen to support Leeds-based national charity, Heart Research UK; Radio JCom - the North Leeds Jewish community radio station; Sikh Sport UK, a Leeds-based sports charity for the Sikh community; and the Leeds Islamic Centre. More details to follow. Added 1/6/12 Press release
Easterly Road Flood Control: Fabian was invited on Friday 18th May to visit the Yorkshire Water project on Easterly Road in order to inspect the construction of the very large storage tanks that will hold surplus water during times of very heavy rain. Added 21/5/12

Full report and pictures

Yorkshire Evening Post report

Fabian at Westminster: On the 15th May 2012 Fabian spoke in The House of Commons on Chinese oppression in Tibet and the work of the Dalai Lama. To read Fabian's speech use the link alongside and scroll down to Column 476. Added 18/5/12 Link to Hansard record of the debate
Elections in France and Greece May 2012: Fabian gives his views on the implications of the recent elections for both the UK and the European Union. Added 14/5/12 Video - recorded 9th May 2012
Leeds Council Election results: Fabian is delighted to note the results of the City Council elections in the wards that form the Leeds North East Constituency. Bill Urry in Roundhay, Eileen Taylor in Chapel Allerton and Alex Sobel in Moortown have been elected as Labour Councillors further increasing the strength of the Labour Team able to support Fabian's constituents. Although the seat was won by the Conservatives, Fabian warmly congratulated Alison Garthwaite for her very strong showing in Alwoodley. Of the 12 Councillors serving the Leeds NE constituency, 9 are now Labour. Added 4/5/12

Video - Fabian comments on the significance of the election results.

election results - full details

French Election Fever: May is the season for elections on France as well as England and Fabian meets Axelle Lemaire, a candidate seeking to reperesent French citizens living abroad when they visited La Petite École de Leeds. Added 4/5/12

Details added to this page
Fabian plans charity cycle ride from Leeds to Berlin: Pledged to helping local charities, Fabian intends to set himself the challenge of a 430 mile ride over 9 or 10 days in July. Watch out for further details of the charities and how you may support Fabian in his personal commitment. Added 25/4/12 Initial plan
Fabian joins the objectors to lap dancing clubs: Local politicians have protested about proposed additional cubs in Leeds which give a seedy image to the city. Added 25/4/12 Protest details
Vote No to an elected Mayor for Leeds: Fabian asks voters to reject the idea to establish an elected mayor for the city when asked in the referendum on May 3rd. Ameneded 20/4/12 Detailed statement
David Milliband in Leeds: On a beautiful sunny day, Thursday 29th March 2012, David Milliband visited Fabian in the constituency and met some local residents. Added 2/4/12 Pictures and details
Budget 2012: Fabian looks at Labour reaction to the budget and adds some of his own observations. Added 23/3/12 Commentary
Memorial to Captain Laurence Oates: Fabian assists in the unveiling of a memorial plaque in Meanwoood Park. Added 19/3/2012 More details and links
Some events from Fabian's diary: Brief details on some of Fabians recent work both in London and the constituency. Added 16/3/2012 Summary
Opposition to the regime in Iran: Fabian Hamilton meets Mr Mustafa Hijri the leader of the Deomcratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan at the House of Commons and gains an insight into the situation in this country that is of great concern to world leaders. Added 16/3/2012 Full details and pictures
MENCAP lobby: Fabian visits the Leeds headquarters to learn of the problems being faced by those with learning difficulties and disabilities. Added 16/3/2012 Story and photograph
Committee on the Financial Services Bill: Fabian's work as a member of the Opposition Treasury Team involves him with 'line by line' consideration of new legislation in a House of Commons Committee. Added 12/3/2012 Further details
Fabian makes a second visit to the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq: Members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Kurdistan visit the regional capital Erbil. Added 5/3/2012 Full account and photographs
Warm Front Funding: Fabian asks readers to help families in fuel poverty apply for funding that is still available to help with insulation and other costs. Information from the Department of Energy and Climate Change
Young Fabian Hamilton features in Westminster House magazine: Fellow Labour MP Meg Munn recognises his photograph and wins a prize. Story and photograph

La Petite École de Leeds: Fabian discovers a thriving French style school project at the heart of the constituency.

Fabian a découvert une école, style français en plein essor, au cœur de sa circonscription. Added 6/2/2012

Full details
Learning about dementia - Fabian visits Park Avenue BUPA Nursing Home: Fabian was privileged to be invited to meet staff and residents in this nursing home caring for those living with dementia. Added 6/2/2012 Story and photographs
Opening of extension to Harewood Church of England Primary School: Fabian returns to a former part of his constituency for the ceremony marking the completion of a remarkable building project made possible by the generosity of the Earl of Harewood. Added 25/1/2012 Picture and details
Parliamentary and Constitutional Reform: Fabian answers questions concerning his work at Westminster as a member of the Select Committee and outlines some of its enquiries. Added 22/1/2012

Fabian's PCR Committee Report

Support for action on excessive car insurance premiums: Fabian has added his voice to the call for limits to the increase in car insurance costs in West Yorkshire arising from suspected false whiplash claims. Critical increases in Bradford premiums highlight the issue. Added 20/1/2012 Labour campaign on car insurance
Fabian opens a brand new nursery in Chapeltown: Best Childcare invited Fabian to 'cut the ribbon' at their new nursery on Chapeltown Road. Fabian congratulated the developers who have undertaken a magnificent restoration of a run-down building. Added 9/1/12 Full story and pictures
Diabetes UK Parliamentarian of the Year: On Monday 19th December 2011, Fabian was given an award by Baroness Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK in the light of his work to promote awareness of diabetes and raising finance through cycling. Added 16/12/11

Press release

Diabetes UK web site

Fabian joins the Labour Front Bench Treasury Team: Fabian has accepted the invitation to becme the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rachel Reeves who shadows the Chief Secretary of the Treasury. Added 16/12/11 Full details
Fabian's 2011 Christmas Card Competition: Fabian thanks the pupils who submitted the winning entries to his annual card design competition that was judged this year by Radio Leeds presenter Liz Green. Added 13/12/11 Winners and their designs
State visit by the President of Turkey: Fabian welcomes President Gül to the Palace of Westminster on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Turkey.

Details and photograph

BBC film

Official opening of the Leeds Stammering Centre: Fabian welcome the speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon. John Bercow MP and Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls MP to the open the centre which is located at the Reginald Centre on Chapeltown Road. Pictures and full details
National Youth Lobby of Parliament: Fabian meets constituents who came to London to lobby against the government cuts to youth services. Picture and details
Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting at the United Nations: Fabian is honoured to have been asked a second time to represent the UK Westminster Parliament at the IPU meeting in New York.

Details and photographs

What is the IPU?

Fabian meets rescued Chilean miners at Leeds fundraising dinner: An event held at Elland Road football stadium for the charity, 'Make a Dream', gave Fabian the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet some of the men who made world headlines following their ordeal trapped in the Chile mine disaster. Photograph and details
Fabian speaks in the House of Commons: On Thursday 10th November 2011, Fabian interevened on three matters being debated at Westminster: The continued recruitment of young soldiers, Human Rights issues in Tibet and the private management of Hinchingbrooke Hospital near Cambridge.

Hansard links

Armed forces personnel

Human rights in Tibet

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

All Party Political Group: Fabian is elected to the executive committee of the group of members of parliament campaigning for fair and full compensation to policy holders affected by the demise of Equitable Life Assurance. Executive membership
Solar panel crisis: Fabian has tabled an Early Day Motion criticising the government for the precipitate ending of the subsidised 'feed in' electrical tarif which will jeapardise many jobs and the saving of energy.

EDM details

Click Green report

Moortown Children's Centre opening: Fabian does the honours at a fun Halloween themed open day on Monday 31st October 2011. Report and pictures
Fabian votes 'No' in EU referendum debate: As a long-term supporter of the EU, Fabian voted against the motion tabled on Monday 24th November to hold a referendum on the UK's continued membership. He regarded such a debate as a distraction from the real task in hand of reform of the EU believing that withdrawal, which was the agenda of those proposing the motion, would be a disaster for this country. He position was in no way determined by any pressure from Party Whips.  
Fabian opens the Buslingthorpe Power Station: The company Reg Bipower have brought their green technology to Leeds in a project that burns recovered cooking oil to produce electricity at times of peak demand. Pictures and full details
Fabian visits Enterprise World of Work at Kerr Mackie School: An event sponsored by Leeds Legal on 14th October as part of Education and Enterprise Week 2011to introduce pupils to the world of work and showing how skills learned at school will help in securing employment and a career.


Leeds Legal Press Release

Fabian visits exiled Tibetan Parliament in Dharamsala: In a cause dear to his heart as chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Tibet, Fabian accepts the invitation to make an exchage visit with other MPs to India and meet those determined to keep alive the vision of an independent Tibet. Deatils of the visit can be found using the links alongside to the Tibetan Society web site. Fabian was in India from the 3rd - 7th October 2011.

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Annual Parliamentary Report: Fabian has published his Annual Report to electors and Labour Party members in his constituency. A full insight into the work of your local Member of Parliament. Download report
Fabian presents gifts to local schools from Tesco: Four local schools went to the Tesco store in Roundhay Road on Friday 30th September 2011 to receive gifts of school equipment. Fabian did the honours. Illustrated report
University of the Third Age in Wetherby: On Thursday 22nd September, Fabian ventured outside the constituency to talk to members of the University of the Third Age in Wetherby about the work of an MP in Parliament and the reality of life in the opposition party compared with when Labour was in government. U3A in Wetherby
Fabian speaks at Overseas Development Seminar: The Overseas Development Institute invited Fabian to join a panel at a seminar held in York on 21st September 2011 Issues raised by Fabian
Boundary Commission Proposals for Leeds: Fabian invites electors to look at the outline proposals that split up the constituency to link urban districts with very diverse rural areas and suggests that this will neither meet community needs nor voter expectations. Details and consultation
Speaking up for the Sikh Community: Fabian addresses the Annual Conference of the Sikh Federation in Wolverhampton and speaks of his work as chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs. Full details
Social Housing scandal: In a short video made during a visit to the Beckhill Estate in Meanwood, Fabian shows us at first hand the dereliction and tragedy resulting from the failure to invest in social housing. Watch the video
Fabian joins mission to help democracy in Iraq: Support for the regional government in the northern Kurdish region. Visit to Irbil in Northern Iraq

How statistics can mislead: Fabian reacts to the Guardian's simplistic reporting of MPs' voting and attendance figures at Westminster.

Setting the record straight
Shadow Education Secretary in Leeds. Andy Burnham MP Shadow Education Secretary visited the Leeds NE constituency garden party event on the 5th of September 2011. Full details
Leeds Chapeltown Carnival: Fabian and local councillor Jane Dowson enter into the carnival spirit at the annual celebration on August bank holiday 2011. Visit the gallery of photographs which includes one of young Amy Kenyon who is pictured with her grandma, Audrey, together with Fabian and Jane Dowson after winning the Labour Party 'Name the Tiger' competition (It was 'Minty' of course). Gallery of photographs
City rioting: Fabian was concerned to do what was possible to support law and order in the constituency and calm public fears about escalating disturbances spreading to Leeds. To this end he was active in local meetings to offer his help and support. Further details
Police reform: Fabian speaks out against government proposals to introduce directly elected police commisioners. Statement by Fabian
News International Scandal: Fabian has received many communications from constituents who have grave concerns about recent events and revelations. He has made the following general response. Fabian's response
Fabian pedals to Amsterdam for St Gemma's: Together wiith his son and daughter Fabian has completed his ride from London to Amsterdam on a sponsored cycle ride to raise money for St Gemma's Hospice in the constituency. The ride was arduous and took longer than expected due to the bad weather and heavy rain. Please make his efforts worthwhile and sponsor him.

Full details

Report on Dutch Embassy web site

Sponsor Fabian

All Party Parliamentary Group on Turkey: Fabian is re-elected chair of the group of MPs concerned with relationships with this strategically important country. APPG Group Turkey
A challenge for the government reading strategy: Fabian has questioned the empahasis to be given to just one method of teaching reading, phonics, and argues that it will put off children from reading for pleasure. Details and press coverage
All Party Parliamentary Group visit to Iceland: Together with four other MPs, Fabian undertook a fact finding visit in the aftermath of the collapse of Icelandic banks and the loss of British deposits. More details
Chapel Allerton Primary School children appeal to David Cameron: Fabian supports children, campaiging to "Send Your Sister To School". Full details
Visit to St Gotthard Base Tunnel: Fabian and fellow parliamentarians inspect the world breaking Swiss tunnel project, which will slash lorry use and improve the enviroment. Full details
Circus animals debate: Fabian supports constituents who have contacted him concerned about the continuing use of wild animals in circuses. Fabians reply

Winterbourne View Care Home Scandal: Fabian tables 20 key questions for the Health Minister Andrew Lansley MP to answer about the disgraceful events at the Castlebeck run care home in Bristol.

Ministerial response- Click here

Response about Care Quality Commission - Click here

20 Questions for Lansley

BBC report and videos

Castlebeck response

Fabian meets campaigners fighting to protect our National Health Service: You can sign their petition by clicking left on the 38 Degress logo. 38 Degrees campaign
Equitable Life Campaign: Fabian teams up with a glamorous ally in the fight for justice. Goldfinger moments
NHS Campaign: On Friday 20th May Fabian met with local health professionals in Leeds to discuss the many concerns surrounding the government proposed changes to the National Health Service. Fabian pledged his opposition. Keep NHS Public Campaign and demonstration
Fabian quizzes Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg: The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee met on the 12th May to discuss the respective powers of central and local government. The meeting was held in public and recorded. Watch the proceedings
Election success for Labour in Leeds NE: Fabian extends his heartfelt congratulations to Christine Macniven and Rebecca Charlwood on their success in winning Council seats in Roundhay and Moortown gaining seats from the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats repectively. Fabian was also delighted that Mohammed Rafique retained his seat for Labour in Chapel Allerton and he was especially pleased by the massive support that Katy Sian received in Alwoodley even though the ward was retained by the Conservatives.



Chapel Allerton



Future of the NHS: Fabian acts to reassure concerned constituents of his strong opposition to the proposed radical changes to NHS administration in England. Statement
LGI Children's Heart Surgery Unit Campaign: Fabian adds his voice to the campaign to retain specialised children's heart services in Leeds at the Infirmary.

Fabian argues for retaining services in Leeds

Sign the petition

High Speed Rail to Leeds: Fabian has restated his support for the construction of a high speed rail line to Leeds which can offer so much to the region's economy. He challenges the Tory MPs to back their government Transport Minister Philip Hammond to resist the arguments of vocal protests from those wishing to block the project because it goes through their areas. NIMBYs against High Speed Rail reported in Metro
Winter fuel allowance - Budget stealth cut: Fabian has learned angrily of the unannounced budget decision to reduce pensioners' winter fuel allowance. For next winter it comes down to 200 pounds from 250 pounds for over 60s and down from 400 pounds to 300 pounds for over 80s. Fabian is furious and accuses George Osborne of being too ashamed to report this cut in his budget speech and having no understanding of pensioners' daily struggle to make ends meet.

BBC news announcement

Daily Mirror perspective

Leeds Trolley Bus: Fabian presses the government transport minister, Norman Baker for the much needed infrastructure investment to go ahead. Minister's response
Lest we forget: Fabian is visting Auschwitz and Birkenau again as part of a local BBC project led by Radio Leeds presenter Liz Green with two teenagers, one Jewish and the other Muslim, who together will reflect upon the atrocities that took place during the Second World War. Auschwitz visit
Tony Shinberg 90 years young: Fabian called in at the birthday celebration of Tony Shinberg on Saturday 12th March. Tony, widely known in Leeds NE is best respected for his commitment to swimming, a sport that he has coached for over 50 years. Photograph
Commemoration of the Tibet revolt 1959: Fabian attended a wreath laying ceremony outside Westminster Abbey to commemorate the unsuccessful uprising in Tibet which led to the exile of the Dalai Lama and the complete establishment of Chinese rule and oppression. Westminster ceremony
Fabian supports victims of Lehman Structured Products Mis-Selling: Fabian has signed EDM Motion 366 which calls for victims of this company to be compensated.

Compensation campaign

EDM 366

News International takeover of BSkyB: Fabian has written to Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport over the decision not to refer the proposed takeover to the Competition Comission.

Letter to Minister

Ministerial response documents

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Joint Committee on National Security Strategy: Fabian has been invited to serve on this committee with members from both Houses and the three main political parties. The committee, chaired by Margaret Beckett MP, scrutinises the implementation and development of the National Security Strategy. Fabian attended his first meeting on the 1st of March.

Role of the Committee



Success Pages: Fabian meets with Lorna Claxton, the proprietor of the magazine Chapeltown and Harehills News, which is being rebranded as Success Pages to promote local business. Fabian will be invited contribute regularly to a readers forum where he will respond to questions of concern from local residents.

Magazine details

Contact Lorna Claxton

Flood Risk Management: Fabian spoke on Wednesday 9th February in the Westminster Hall debate on Flood Risk Managament stressing the need for improvement to Leeds flood defences.

Text of speech


Fabian arranges for local author Iby Knill to speak at Westminster: Moortown resident, Iby Knill, a survivor from the wartime horror of Auschwitz-Birkenau will be talking in Speaker's House, Palace of Westminster on February 14th about her experience.

Fabian meets Iby at home

Amazon book details

Campaign against police cuts: Fabian meets local MPs, Yvette Cooper the Shadow Home Secretary and Ed Balls the Shadow Chancellor with Hilary Benn who together pledge to challenge reduced police expenditure in West Yorkshire.

Protecting the police in West Yorkshire

Details of the cuts reported by Yorkshire Post

Proposed sale of Forestry Commission estate: Fabian views the appalling proposal to sell off our forests to the private (or even charitable) sector as one of the most ridiculous policies of this coalition government. It will be opposed not just by all Labour MPs but by most of the public as well. Fabian is determined to fight this sell-off in any way he can.

Press release from the Forestry Commission

Woodland Trust petition against proposed sale

  Yorkshire Ripper's appeal refused: Fabian has welcomed the Appeal Court decision to reject Peter Sutcliffe's attempt to gain consideration for parole.

Fabian's statement

Details in the Guardian

Christmas Card competition winner announced: Charlotte a pupil in Year 7 at Cardinal Heenan High School was selected as the winner by the judges, David Lascelles and Diane Howse of Harewood House. Fabian expresses his gratitude to all the many pupils who took part in the competition and the school staff who helped them.

Winner and runners up

Winners receive their prizes

Fabian opposes rises in student fees: In the parliamentary debate on 9th December 2010, Fabian joined his Labour colleagues in opposing the government plans to substantially raise the fees that universities charge.

Fabian's letter of support to those oposing fee increases

Fabian comments on the Commons vote

Fabian represents UK parliamentarians at the UN: On the 8th December 2010, Fabian was one of two UK MPs asked to represent the UK Parliament at the United Nations on the occasion of the 2010 Annual Parliamentary Hearing of the Inter Parliamentary Union.

IPU web site on meeting

Intervention by Fabian on the Eurozone


Christmas cards pour in: Schools from around the constituency have been sending in the entries for Fabian's Christmas card competition. Judging will begin later this week.

Some entries received

Alwoodley PS

Bracken Edge PS

Fabian opens Leeds Mitzvah Day: Fabian praises the good works and care for others that members of the Zone youth club have undertaken to help all sections of the local community.

Jewish Telegraph press cutting

Fabian speaks at Westminster on packaging waste targets: As a member of the Delegated Legislation Committee, Fabian intervened to challenge the government on its adoption of softer targets for the recycling of packaging waste. Fabian attacks this dilution of the previous government's work to increase recycling. Hansard record for 22nd Nov 2010
Threat to Free School Meals: Fabian has learned that Free School Meals, so vital for many children from poorer homes, will go when the government's new Single Universal Credit starts. Fabian is very worried about the consequences.

The end of free school meals

Letter sent to Leeds schools

Royal Engagement: Fabian is delighted to add his congratulations to Prince William and Kate Middleton on their engagement. He is also pleased that there is a local connection. Kate Middleton's father Michael was born in 1949 at Chapel Allerton in Fabian's Leeds NE constituency. Wikipedia article
Fabian is appointed to Political and Constitutional Select Committee: Fabian was delighted to be asked to serve on this recently established Select Committee at a key time when the shape of government in the UK is under close scrutiny. PCR Committee

Equitable Life - Fabian introduces Commons Amendment: On Wednesday 10th November Fabian tabled an amendment to the Equitable Life (Payments) Bill seeking to protect one group of elderly policyholders being excluded from the proposed Government compensation scheme. Sadly, his amendment was defeated.

Pictures of Fabian speaking in the House of Commons

Hansard record - Fabian introduces the amendment

BBC video of Fabian speaking in the House of Commons

Fabian celebrates 25 years of Hansa's: To celebrate 25 years of trading in the constituency, Hansa's famous vegetarian Gujerati restaurant has published a special book of recipes. Fabian launched the publication in Waterstone's bookshop on Saturday 6th November. Picture on gallery page
Leeds Trolleybus - Prime Minister ducks Fabian's question: At Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday 3rd November David Cameron would not reassure Leeds citizens that the long-needed transport project would be funded.

Further details

Yorkshire evening post article

New venue for constituency surgeries: Fabian is delighted to report that he will now be holding surgeries at the new Reginald Centre in Chapeltown. This fabulous building brings togther many kinds of community support and is ideal for constituents to meet their MP. Frequent buses pass the front entrance. Fabian will be holding two surgeries each month at the centre. Reginald Centre
Christmas card competition for constituency schools: Fabian has invited pupils in his constituency to design his official Christmas card that he plans to send out in December to his many contacts and friends who work for the community in Leeds North East. The theme of the competition is: 'The Meaning of Christmas' and entries will be judged by Viscount and Lady Lascelles of Harewood.

Fabian's letter to schools

Entries so far received - see Main Menu.

Justice for Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight - MPs' support grows. There are now an additional 29 MPs' signatures to Fabian's Early Day Motion demanding government pressure on Turkey to bring to court those suspected of the murder of these two Leeds United football fans stabbed to death in Istanbul in April 2000 Yorkshire Evening Post article
Visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau: In October, Fabian, his wife Rosy, together with Sir John Stanley MP and his wife made a short private visit or pilgrimmage to the sites of the former Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps in Poland. They were also able to visit the site of Oscar Schindler's gactory in Krakow. Fabian and Rosy paid for the visit themselves. More pictures of the visit Click here

Ausschwitz - Birkenau Memorial and Musuem

Oscar Schindler Factory

Jade's Trust Campaign: On Friday 25th September Fabian met Debra Hill, former cancer patient, to continue the campain to send a 10,000 signature petition to 10 Downing Street. The campaign set up by The Sun newspaper in memory of the late Jade Goody seeks to lower to 20 years the age at which young women become eligible for cervical screening. Fabian pledged his wholehearted support.

Sun campaign

Department of Health refusal

Equitable Life Payments Bill Debate: Continuing his campaign to champion the cause of Equitable Life Policyholders who were let down by the failure of government regulation and who lost heavily, Fabian spoke in the House of Commons on the 14th September to support the long awaited scheme that will bring some compensation for those policy holders still alive to benefit.

Commons debate record

Fabian's blog

Justice for Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight: On Tuesday 7th of September, Fabian was invited to meet the recently appointed Turkish Ambassador to the UK concerning the contined failure to bring to justice the murderers of Kevin and Chris, two Leeds football fans who were just supporting their team at the match with the Turkish Galataseray team in April 2000. The Ambassador assured Fabian that he would do all he could to secure action by the Turkish justice authorities to bring a case against those accused. Leeds fans remembered
Cycle to Work Alliance: Fabian helped launch the Cycle to Work Alliance with British Olympic Gold medallist, Chris Boardman MBE. The Alliance consists of British Heart Foundation and the leading providers of the cycle to work employee benefit (Halfords, Evans Cycles and Cyclescheme) and aims to encourage cycling to work as a way of bringing physical exercise into peoples daily routine. Cycle to Work Alliance

Charity Bike Ride: Fabian starts his sponsored London to Paris Bike Ride today (July 8th). He is raising funds for Diabetes UK whose aim is to improve the lives of people with the condition and work towards a future without diabetes. It represents the interests of people with diabetes by campaigning for better standards of care and is one of the largest backers in the UK of research into better treatments for diabetes and the search for a cure.

Sponsor Fabian
Select committee elections: Fabian was proposed for the membership of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC). Elections were held on Wednesday 23rd June 2010 but he was not successful. Fabian previously served on the committee during the last parliament and will maintain a close interest and scrutiny of foreign affairs policies. FAC facts
Leadership election: Campaign by David Milliband for the leadership of the Labour Party. Fabian is supporting David's campaign. Labour Party members met David in the Civic Hall on Thurday 17th June 2010. David Miliband Visits Leeds.
Westminster bike ride: While promoting health and cycling as a means to help with city congestion, Fabian means Olympic Gold Medalist Victoria Pendleton MBE. Fabian with Victoria
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