Morley Observer Column


I’m not sure what Year 11 Student Sarah Collis thought she was letting herself in for on Friday but she certainly had a whirlwind of a time.

I take part in the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover day every year. It’s a chance to offer a young person from the constituency the opportunity to walk in my shoes for a day. From community meals delivery to surveying a building site, visiting a local nursery and talking to GPs as well as the usual surgery appointments, Sarah was certainly put through her paces. And she came up trumps

We started the day awed by the inspirational dedication of Claire and Sandra, who work for Community Leeds for Leeds City Council. Every day they deliver hot meals to elderly and vulnerable people right across Morley and East Ardsley. In the van, driving between delivery points, Claire told me how she always works on Christmas Day because otherwise some of those she delivers too wouldn’t see anyone all day. What a local hero.

Sarah and I then headed over to Morley Newlands to check on the progress of the new building. It was the day of the final pour of concrete on the site and it was amazing to see the coordination and precision with which everything has to happen. The new school is starting to take shape and will be a great community hub for children, staff and families across the area when it opens next autumn.

After a stop at a local nursery and a visit to a GP over in Outwood, it was back to Morley for three surgery appointments.

You can read Sarah’s brilliant article about her day on my website: www.edballs.com – clearly the work and the day of an MP in the making.

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Posted November 27th, 2013 by Ed