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Alex is the Labour and Cooperative MP for Leeds North West. He sits on the Environmental Audit Committee, the Backbench Business Committee and chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Groups for Social Enterprise, Basketball and West Papua. Prior to his election, Alex ran Social Enterprise Yorkshire where he supported hundreds of groups and individuals in setting up social enterprises across the region. He lives in Meanwood with his family and remains an "indie kid" at heart.


Alex is deeply committed to Leeds and its people, and to the Labour Party and its ideals. He is an advocate for a radical and transformative politics with particular focus on environmentalism, higher education and industrial strategy.


Working alongside Leeds City Council and the Combined Transport Authority, Alex is pushing for better train stations and line electrification, cleaner public transport (hybrid buses & cycling schemes) and tackling congestion with enhancements to road infrastructure.


Work should empower people and provide them with financial security and fulfilment. Since 2010, there has been a huge increase in insecure and poorly paid work. In Parliament, Alex will support the Labour Party’s drive to secure a living wage, ban zero-hours contracts and enhance workplace rights.


Swift action to combat climate change is necessary to save this planet – it’s the only home we have. Alex is working towards a carbon-free future for the UK by supporting investment in new green technologies, scrutinising the Government from his position on the Environmental Audit Committee and campaigning for improved public transport in and around Leeds.


Alex Sobel MP calls to fix the “leaking system” of England’s water services

Alex Sobel MP has spoken in Parliament in a debate about the future of water services in England. For Sobel the privatised English system is “dripping in Conservative ideology, draining the public purse and rinsing our most valuable resource, all whilst drowning consumers in debt.” His remarks come at a time when there is increasing […]

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Alex speaks in the European Union Withdrawal Act Debate

I will not vote for the Prime Minister’s blank cheque withdrawal agreement, and I will oppose a no-deal Brexit with every fibre of my being.

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Brexit Policy Position

Over the weeks to come Parliament will have its most intense debates and votes on Brexit yet. We will vote on the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by the Government. It is important to be clear that I won’t be voting for May’s deal and I would support any formula which keeps us within the European Single […]

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Latest Petition: Improve reliability of First Group bus services

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The buses serving our community are plagued by punctuality issues. First group needs to get its act together and improve services.

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