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Newcastle’s MP pays tribute to ‘wonderful teacher’ during Brexit debate

Local Labour MP Paul Farrelly singled out the influence on him of one of his teachers at his old school in Newcastle-under-Lyme during the second day of debates on the Government’s withdrawal deal with the European Union.

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DCMS Select Committee issues damning report over Fake News and Social Media

Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee has published a highly critical report into ‘fake news’ and the manipulation of social media

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Newcastle’s MP responds to BBC Newsnight

I was away at the weekend and have only now seen the Newsnight broadcast this morning. It is, however, as similarly unfair and unbalanced as the written piece on the BBC website. I spent a week dealing with accusations from Newsnight, which are essentially recycled material from a Mail on Sunday story in 2012.

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Newcastle’s MP to stand again and fight the June election

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.

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Brexit debate - Paul Farrelly rails against 'blank cheque' for EU exit negotiations

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.

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I represent a Leave constituency - but I want to delay triggering Brexit

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.

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‘Cuts for everyone, except for them’ – Newcastle MP reveals top NHS pay in Commons debate

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.

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Privileges Committee – Phone Hacking Report - initial reaction from Paul Farrelly MP

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.

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New Charter needs to herald new era of openness, MPs tell BBC

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.

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BT must put house in order or face split, says Committee

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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