Local News

Core Strategy Selective Review Response

Alec has always opposed the Labour-run Council’s housing target of 70,000 new homes across Leeds. We do need more affordable homes but, as Alec argued at the Core Strategy Inquiry, the Council’s over-inflated target was not supported by any statistical evidence and is causing unnecessary pressure on greenfield and greenbelt sites, whilst many brownfield sites… Read more »

Alec appointed Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party

The Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party, Theresa May, has asked Alec to become Vice-Chairman (International) of the Conservative Party. The senior role involves building relationships with international sister parties on the centre-right and working with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy to enhance democratic institutions and political party structures in the developing world…. Read more »

Continuing to lobby for mitigation over HS2

When HS2 Ltd announced the route for Phase 2b of the HS2 line into Leeds in November 2016, Alec announced his five-point plan to secure mitigation on the route through Elmet & Rothwell. One of those points related to how tennelling is to be carried out and how construction activity could avoid nearby villages by… Read more »

Whitlam’s Law: parity of esteem in law for death by drink driving

Alec secured an Adjournment Debate in the House of Commons on Thursday 20th July, calling for a change in the law to allow the prosecution of driving offences committed on private land. The amendment dubbed ‘Whitlam’s Law’ came about after 11-year old Harry Whitlam was killed at Swithens Farm, Rothwell in August 2013 after he… Read more »