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New faces, new opportunities

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By Ben Chastney |  May 26, 2015 |

New Leeds City council leader Coun Judith Blake (centre) with deputies Coun Lucinda Yeadon and Coun James Lewis
New Leeds City council leader Coun Judith Blake (centre) with deputies Coun Lucinda Yeadon and Coun James Lewis (Photo YEP)

The dust is settling following the recent election and new people are now moving into important roles, both at a local and national level.  Naturally some of these posts are of particular interest to Leeds GATE, namely those portfolios such as related to planning or communities, where their decisions may have a direct impact on the livelihoods of our members.  Decisions are now being made on who many of these people are and we are anxious to start working positively with them. 

GATE’s attitude towards those new in post, as with pretty much any issue, is one of constructive, pragmatic engagement.

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UK Election results impact on Gypsy and Traveller people

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By Helen Jones |  May 8, 2015 |

Andrew GeorgeLeeds GATE notes with some regret that Andrew George MP, former chair of the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma - All Party Parliamentary Group, has lost his seat in the General Election 2015. There is much that might be said about how the election results will affect quality of life for Gypsy and Traveller people in the UK, but Andrew George no longer being in Parliament is without doubt a significant loss for our communities, as well as those in his constituency and elsewhere. We would like to offer many thanks to Andrew for all the excellent work he has done and wish him very best wishes for his future.

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Time to get your voice heard!

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By Helen Jones |  May 1, 2015 |

Get your political voice heardWith less than a week to go until the elections, the chance to get your voice heard is now. After so many weeks of hearing, reading or watch about the campaign I appreciate that many people are already fed up with thinking or talking about. Let’s not forget though that this is an important opportunity for Gypsies and Travellers to express their hopes and views.

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Health on the Margins - reports and information

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By Helen Jones |  April 8, 2015 |

Roadsite encampmentWhy does the health of people who live on the margins matter?  Why do entrenched inequities in health access and outcome continue and what can be done? What common ground is there between people 'on the margins' and people not considered to be 'marginal'?  What role do healthcare commissioners have to play in reducing inequity?

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Mr Pickles passionate prejudice fails to impress

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By Helen Jones |  March 27, 2015 |

Traveller siteWe hear this week that Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has finally made his decision in respect of Leeds City Council's application to extend the Cottingley Springs local authority Gypsy and Traveller site on Geldard Road, Leeds.  He has refused the application.

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