Morley Observer Column

When you type Morley into the Google search page on the internet, you’ll find a page for the Town Council, and one for our fantastic new leisure centre. And right there on the first page, one of the top results is for the Morley Literature Festival.

As a regular tweeter, one event in particular caught my eye. If you don’t know your twitter from your facebook, nip along to the Library today for the ’social networking for beginners’ workshop at 2pm. And once you’ve mastered the art of twitter, you’ll be able to expertly follow what I’m up to, or send me a message at @edballsmp.

This week long festival of all things literary is an event the whole town can be proud of. It’s well known and well respected across Yorkshire and further afield, and the lineup this year is even bigger and better than ever.

As Schools Secretary I worked hard to promote the enjoyment of books and writing, and the organisers have made sure this week does just that. Well done to everyone who has worked hard, I know this year will be a real success.

Following the election of the Labour Party’s new leader Ed Miliband, I’ve been given a new role in the Shadow Cabinet, to hold the new Coalition Government to account. It’s a real honour to serve as Shadow Home Secretary. Crime and policing are some of the big issues people in Morley talk to me about regularly, and I’ll be able to take forward what you tell me and try to make sure the government are doing the best for you and your family.

We’re lucky to have a great neighbourhood policing team here in Morley, who have managed to bring burglaries in the area down by about a third over the past couple of years. But there’s always more to be done, and it’s important that I hear your views.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been asking local residents about changes to the way policing is organised in West Yorkshire. The government has set out plans to scrap the West Yorkshire Police Authority, which is made up of local representatives and magistrates from across the region. The plan would replace it with one elected ‘Police Commissioner’ at a cost of around £100million – the equivalent of 600 frontline police officers.

I will be holding an open coffee session on policing. If you would like to join us at the coffee session, or for a copy of my survey (which is currently being delivered by a team of volunteers), please get in touch with my office on 0113 2539466.

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Posted October 13th, 2010 by Ed's team