Interview with Yorkshire Evening Post

YEP: What do you consider to be your main achievements since the General Election, both locally and nationally?

Ed: “Locally, I’m really proud that we campaigned to get the Post Office in Outwood re-opened. This is a vital service for local people and was a real pain when it closed for over a year – especially for pensioners at Springhills. Also, I’ve been campaigning to get a regular NHS breast screening facility in Morley – as the nearest places for women to travel were in Leeds or Middleton. It was also great last December to help open the Leeds Stammering Centre with the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow.

Nationally, I think it’s probably completing the London Marathon in 5 hours 31mins – even though I was beaten by a woman hula hooping all the way round! I ran for two great charities – Whizz-Kidz and Action for Stammering Children – and helped raise over £65,000 for them.”

YEP: What has been your biggest disappointment?

Ed: “That our country has been pushed into its first double-dip recession since the 1970, because it didn’t have to be this way. We’ve got to get the deficit down but – as we warned – cutting spending and raising taxes too far and too fast has choked off the recovery and pushed up unemployment. And with businesses going under and more people out of work claiming benefit, not in work paying tax, the Government is borrowing billions more. That doesn’t make any sense. People are paying a very heavy price for these mistakes. Over 1 million young people are now unemployed – but the government still won’t listen to our plan to tax bank bonuses to fund a job for every young person out of work for more than 12 months.”

YEP: What are your main priorities for the future and what do you hope to achieve?

Ed: “I really hope we can succeed with the campaign for a regular NHS breast screening facility in Morley. And I will carry on working with the town council to keep improving Morley town centre. Beyond that, the fight goes on for more and better jobs in Morley, Wakefield and across West Yorkshire.

I will do all I can to make sure Labour offer a real alternative to the reckless policies of this failing Tory-led government. Not just because we are in different political parties but because of the long term damage I think they are causing to our economy, the police and the NHS.”

Read the full interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post here: http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/what-is-morley-and-outwood-labour-mp-ed-balls-is-doing-for-you-interview-1-4569599

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Posted May 22nd, 2012 by Ed's team