My Column in the Morley Observer & Advertiser

Sometimes the community comes together and we can make a real difference. And women in Morley can now access the NHS’s breast screening service close to home once again thanks a great local campaign.

A few weeks back I took local campaigner Elaine Newell to meet our local ASDA store manager Brian Boyle, Asda’s Community Champion, Maxine Green and Managers of the Leeds Breast Screening Service. Having checked out a few other potential sites without success, we were hopeful Asda might have the space needed to host the screening unit. But I don’t think any of us thought we would sort a space there and then.

But as Asda shoppers will know this is an issue close to home for the company as their annual ‘Tickled Pink’ campaign demonstrates. Not only have they provided the space but Asda also offered to install the electricity and water the unit needs too.

Things have moved really quickly and thanks to Maxine’s dad’s tractor (yes really!) the unit was moved into place a couple of weeks back. I opened it officially on Friday, just a few weeks since Cllr Neil Dawson and I launched the campaign. For 8 weeks or so women will be able to attend their appointments right here in Morley and then the unit will be back for the next round of screenings for Morley women.

Having the unit back in Morley once again means that women will no longer have to travel all the way to Middleton for screenings. It should mean that more women come forward for screening which is really great news.
Thanks to Asda and all the campaigners for making this happen.


Morley is the most patriotic town in Britain and this summer there are loads of opportunities to show the country how it’s done. It was standing room only at the Morley Labour rooms as local residents packed the hall for our Diamond Jubilee celebrations. After a buffet lunch, we all enjoyed strawberries and ice cream topped with diamond sprinkles. And it turns out, I’m a dab hand with a big tea pot. We then watched the parade and the crowds gathering for the balcony appearance. It was a great day. With the Euro 2012 football in full swing and the Olympic Torch about to reach Morley, I’ve no doubt the town’s patriotic spirit will continue make us all proud over the next few weeks.


My campaign to protect local policing continues. Readers can now complete a survey: ‘How to protect local policing in Morley’ to show the Chief Constable the Home Secretary and Police and Crime Commissioner candidates just how much people round here depend on local policing and how worried they are about plans to cut back police services.

For a copy of the survey please contact my Morley office on 0113 253 9466 or email

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Posted June 21st, 2012 by Ed's team