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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.


Reflections on Hate

  As Hate Crime Awareness Week draws to a close, I have been reflecting on the impact Hate Crime has on our communities and how best we can challenge it. Figures show that 2201 hate crimes were recorded in West Yorkshire in 2015-16, compared to 5,223 for 2016-17. This year looks set to break that […]

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Alex Sobel Speaks at Great Northern Brexit Conference

In this speech, Alex talks about how, if a peoples vote is to be successful, we must address the divide between London, the South East and Northern Communities.

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EU Trade Bill. How I Voted

On Tuesday, the Trade Bill narrowly passed through Parliament. Although it looked like we had enough of a Tory rebellion on our side, fear of a general election and subsequent Labour victory scared enough remain leaning Tory MPs into voting against what they believed to be in the best interests of the country and with […]

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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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