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12 Mar 2018

Newcastle’s MP responds to BBC Newsnight
19 Apr 2017

Newcastle-under-Lyme’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly has confirmed today that he will be contesting the snap election called by the Prime Minister for 8th June.
02 Feb 2017

Perhaps the most crucial Commons vote in Paul's near 16 years in the House took place yesterday evening. Speaking at 8.06pm the previous night, Paul set out the reasons for his intention to vote against the Government's EU Withdrawal Bill after waiting seven and a half hours in the chamber for his turn. So many MPs, naturally, wanted to speak in these two hasty, all-too-short days of debate - forced on a grudging Government by the UK's Supreme Court - that they were only allowed 6 minutes each on this crucial issue for our nation's future. You can read the full text of Paul's speech here.
27 Jan 2017

Paul contributed a piece to the New Statesman earlier this week, following the Supreme Court decision underlining that the UK remains a Parliamentary democracy, with established constitutional norms - read the full article here.
18 Oct 2016

In the past few weeks, Paul has been pursuing the local NHS about to cuts to community hospitals and Better Care Funds, which have been happening (at the ultimate behest of NHS England) ahead of the submission of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s so-called ‘Sustainability & Transformation Plan’ to the Government this week.
15 Sep 2016

Yesterday, the debate on NHS ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plans’ finally went ahead, on a Labour opposition motion, after being postponed last week. Sadly, deliberately rushed-out Government business truncated it to just three hours, as opposed to six.
14 Sep 2016

The House of Commons Privileges Committee this morning published its long-awaited report on the findings of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee’s 2012 enquiry into phone hacking at the News of the World.
01 Sep 2016

In his latest column for the Sentinel, Paul addresses secrecy in the NHS and the problems being caused in our local health service as a result of government cutbacks.
02 Aug 2016

In a new report published today on the BBC White Paper, that will form the basis of the BBC’s next eleven year Charter, the Culture, Media and Sport Committee welcomes the decision to abolish the BBC Trust and establish a unitary Board, to consolidate regulation of the BBC in Ofcom and to enhance the role of the National Audit Office in overseeing the BBC accounts.
19 Jul 2016

In a report published today, Tuesday 19 July 2016, the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee says BT is “significantly under-investing” in Openreach, its infrastructure subsidiary. Based on a report commissioned from a panel of independent experts, the Committee concluded the shortfall in investment could potentially be hundreds of millions of pounds a year.
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