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Green spaces reprieve is a victory for people power, says Newcastle MP

Community campaigners are celebrating victory after Newcastle Council’s Labour Cabinet announced that it is withdrawing seven green-field spaces from a list of sites for possible future housing development.

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MP welcomes U-turn on funding fertility treatment for childless couples

HEALTH chiefs are to reverse a ban on funding fertility treatment for childless couples in Newcastle following a five-year campaign led by the town’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly.

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Newcastle MP backs town team’s bid to become a Portas pilot

A partnership set up to champion the revival of Newcastle town centre has won the support of local MP Paul Farrelly in its attempt to become a ‘Portas pilot’.

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Remploy closure condemned by MP as a ‘callous smokescreen for cuts’

Government plans to close North Staffordshire’s last remaining Remploy factory, at Trentham Lakes, have been condemned by Newcastle MP Paul Farrelly as a ‘callous and cynical act of cost cutting disguised as empowerment’.

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Police job cuts putting public safety at risk, Newcastle MP warns

Big reductions in Staffordshire police numbers caused by coalition government cuts are hitting front line services and risking public safety, Newcastle MP Paul Farrelly has warned.

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Newcastle MP tackles PM over ‘cliff edge’ police cuts

Newcastle MP Paul Farrelly took the growing controversy over cuts to policing direct to Prime Minister David Cameron today, as official figures showed officer numbers falling to a ten year low.

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Newcastle Council objects to Boundary Commission plans to split the town in two

Newcastle-under-Lyme’s Borough Council has come out officially against controversial proposals by the Boundary Commission to split the town between two new constituencies, stretching into northern Stoke and south as far as Stone.

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Health Secretary to look at High Street Medical Practice closure

Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley is to look at the circumstances surrounding the planned closure of Newcastle-under-Lyme’s popular High Street Medical Practice following an intervention by the town’s MP in parliament today.

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Local NHS boards scrapped ahead of schedule, by-passing disputed new laws

The boards running Staffordshire’s three NHS primary care trusts have been abolished 18 months early, pre-empting Parliament and provoking fresh controversy over the Government’s top-down health reforms.

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MP warns of threat to NHS as waiting lists soar

Waiting lists for hospital treatment in North Staffordshire rose sharply during the first year of the coalition government, prompting accusations by Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly that “the NHS is at serious risk under the Tories.”

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