Julie Hilling

Former Member of Parliament for Bolton West 2010 - 2015

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It has been a real honour and a privilege to have been the Member of Parliament for Bolton West for the last 5 years.

It is a wonderful constituency, made up of so many different communities and towns, and it has been a real joy to get to meet so many residents and to have worked with so many different community and voluntary sector groups, businesses, churches and other faith groups, schools and other organisations.

 

I was proud to lead campaigns to make every school leaver a lifesaver by learning emergency first aid and to get the laws on dangerous dogs changed after the tragic death of Jade Lomas Anderson.  My other campaigns have been as varied as they have been numerous including better trains and defending youth services, as well as work on stroke, cancer, dementia, heart disease and care for the elderly and disabled to name but a few.  I was proud to chair the Youth Affairs and Rail in the North Parliamentary Groups as well as be a champion for many charities including Whizz Kids, the Guides, the YMCA and the British Youth Council.  Indeed, I've been like a child in a candy shop - every time I've met with different campaigners I've wanted to help, much to the exasperation of my staff at times who would despair at yet another campaign and yet more hard work!  Indeed I've had an amazing staff team who helped me deal with 10,500 pieces of casework over the 5 years.

 

Every time I've spoken in Parliament (and I did speak a lot!) I've told your stories.  I've tried to take Atherton, Westhoughton, Horwich, Blackrod and Bolton to Westminster, often telling stories of how the most vulnerable in our community were being affected by Government policy and I'm very grateful to all of you that let me tell your story.

 

Thank you to the many people who helped in the General Election campaign.  Unfortunately, despite so much fantastic effort, we did not succeed.

 

Thank you to all of you who voted for me and for Labour on 7th May, sadly it wasn't enough.  I hope I will be able to convince more of you before the next election that Labour does have the answers to make our economy strong, to provide good jobs and to ensure that those who need the safety net of the welfare state get it

 

Thank you

It has been a real honour and a privilege to have been the Member of Parliament for Bolton West for the last 5 years.

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Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Bolton West Julie Hilling and Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Member Ivan Lewis joined a group of young apprentices to launch Labour's Youth Manifesto in Bolton West.

 

Ms Hilling and Mr Lewis met a group of young people undertaking apprenticeships and training to discuss what a future Labour Government will do to help them get a positive start from education to the work place and dealing with the growing problem of the cost of living.

From cutting tuition fees by £3,000 a year to guaranteeing jobs for unemployed youngsters and cracking down on rogue landlords Labour’s Youth Manifesto will give the next generation an opportunity to do better than the last.

Ivan Lewis led Labour's consultation of young people aged 18 to 35 years which resulted in the "Next Generation" election pledges.  He said "Labour knows that the UK will not succeed unless all young people are helped to succeed.  This begins with making sure children get a good start in life to ensuring young people get good careers advice, education and training.  Our jobs guarantee will make sure young people are not left to fester on the dole.  It was a real pleasure to meet the young apprentices in Horwich and see how they are benefitting from good apprenticeships that really prepare them for their futures".

Ms. Hilling, who has served as Bolton West MP since 2010 and previously worked as a youth worker locally, said, “A big thank you to all the young people who spoke with me and Ivan Lewis in Bolton West.  It gave me a chance to listen to their views and opportunity to let them know what a Labour Government will do for them.”

“Speaking to young people in Bolton West always reinforces my view that Governments need to do so much more, to give them the chance of a good start in life and ensure they get the opportunity to succeed in work, without worrying about the cost of housing rents or whether they have enough money to pay bills.”

“That’s why Labour has put together a Youth Manifesto which I and Ivan Lewis have worked together on to give our next generation the opportunities they deserve.  As a former youth work I know the difficulties young people face.  I’m proud Labour will cut tuition fees by £3000, guarantee an apprenticeship to every school leaver who gets the grades and ensure firms that gets a large government contract to offer apprenticeships for young people

“Only Labour will give the next generation that chance to succeed.  I will be working with Ed Miliband and Ivan Lewis to make this Youth Manifesto a reality.  But the only way to do it is to get a Labour Government. Please vote Labour on May 7th.”

For more information on Labour’s Youth Manifesto please visit

labour.org.uk/manifesto/young-people

Julie Hilling Pledges Youth Manifesto ‘Will Help Young People’

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Bolton West Julie Hilling and Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Member Ivan Lewis joined a group of young apprentices to launch Labour's Youth Manifesto in Bolton West.  

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Julie Hilling, the Labour candidate for Bolton West will tackle violence towards women and inequality after working with local Yes Matters campaigner, Gemma Aitchison and Labour’s Leader Ed Miliband.

Local mother and campaigner Gemma Aitchison founded the women’s equality group Yes Matters.  The group has worked to tackle the sexualisation and objectification of women after the tragic murder of Gemma’s sister Sasha Marsden. Gemma said Ed Miliband and Julie Hilling have ‘changed’ her view of politics and politicians – ‘Politics Matters’.

Gemma has worked to stop violence and sexism towards women and talking to Labour’s Bolton West candidate Julie Hilling spoke of how her view of politics has changed since meeting Ed Miliband.  Labour has now committed to a range of policies to tackle domestic and sexual violence and work on improving inequality for women in and out of the work place.

Gemma said, “I used to think politicians didn’t care and didn’t respond to anything, but after getting in touch with Julie and with Ed Miliband’s office my view completely changed.  It was great to ask Ed another question this week at Labour’s Health event in Manchester.” 

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“Most people wouldn’t think to get in touch with their MP but with all the work I had done with Yes Matters I decided to contact Ed Miliband and let him know what needed to change.  Julie was so supportive with everything and her office were great – she was the only party that responded and showed any interest in the campaign.”

“Ed Miliband invited me to London to discuss how a future Government can help tackle violence towards women – he was great and had concerns about how future generations viewed women in different types of media.  He promised to get back in touch and he did.  He is someone who sticks to his promises and listens to the majority.  I really hope Julie is re-elected and changes can be made – I trust Ed and Julie to improve things for women across the country and locally.”

Julie Hilling, who served as Bolton West MP since 2010, said, “I am proud of the work I have done with Ed Miliband and Gemma Aitchison on the sexualisation and objectification of women.  The work has led to pledges being put in our manifesto including a commissioner to tackle domestic violence and age appropriate sex and relationship education in schools.  Only a Labour Government can make this a reality and that’s what I will be pushing for in the next two weeks.”

 

For more information about Labour's Manifesto for Women, please visit http://www.labour.org.uk/blog/entry/labours-manifesto-for-women

 

Labour Pledge To Do More To Tackle Violence Towards Women After Work With Local Campaigner

Julie Hilling, the Labour candidate for Bolton West will tackle violence towards women and inequality after working with local Yes Matters campaigner, Gemma Aitchison and Labour’s Leader Ed Miliband.


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