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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 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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Newcastle MP calls for explanation for enterprise zone rejection

Newcastle MP Paul Farrelly is calling for a full explanation about why the government rejected North Staffordshire’s application to become a low-tax enterprise zone.

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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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North Staffordshire misses out on Enterprise Zone status

The Government’s decision to overlook North Staffordshire’s bid to become an Enterprise Zone has dealt a serious blow to hopes of generating new jobs and kick-starting economic recovery in the area, Newcastle MP Paul Farrelly said today.

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Council blunders prompt renewed call for sale of green spaces to be scrapped

Damning evidence of secrecy and misjudgment over proposals to sell off public open spaces across Newcastle have provoked fresh demands by the town’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly for the plans to be scrapped.

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MP warns of toxic waste risk at Bradwell housing site

Council plans to sell off green spaces across Newcastle Borough were embroiled in fresh controversy today after the town’s MP, Paul Farrelly, disclosed evidence linking one of the sites earmarked for development with a source of toxic waste.

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