Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, Elizabeth Truss has been visiting businesses in Morleytown centre.
Ms Truss called into popular Queen Street shops including Mi’ Mam’s food company and Bennet’s Butchers and also spoke to the manager of town centre supermarket, Morrison’s.
Ms Truss who grew up in Leeds and attended Roundhay School, was elected to parliament in 2010.
Owner of Mi’ Mam’s food company Rocky Wright chatted with Ms Truss and local Conservative parliamentary candidate Andrea Jenkyns as they sampled one of his famous pies.
Ms Jenkyns said: “It was an honour to show the Minister around Morley.
“It’s businesses like the ones we visited today that are creating jobs that give so many local people the security and dignity of employment.
“It is so important to buy British wherever we can.”
According to the Office for National Statistics, unemployment in the Morley and Outwood constituency fell between September 2010 and September 2014.
Ms Truss said: “I was absolutely delighted to be invited by Andrea to see for myself the large number of independent businesses on Morley’s high street and to see new businesses thriving alongside established ones.
“I was also pleased to hear about the thousands of apprentices taken on by Morrison’s, including many in the Morley and Outwood area, helping secure a skilled workforce for the future.”