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MP demands rethink over drastic spending cuts to further education

Paul Farrelly, Labour MP for Newcastle, has urged the government to change course on its ‘slash-and-burn’ approach to post-16 education.

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Government still failing the victims of press abuses, says Labour MP

Paul Farrelly, Labour MP for Newcastle, has urged the government to fulfil its commitment to establishing a system of genuinely independent, effective self-regulation of the press.

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Caution urged over Labour's leadership election

Paul's column for the local Sentinel yesterday warns against any return to Labour's bad old yesterdays. 'Hammer of the Left' was published a dozen years ago now by Politico's - it was thanks to the publisher Iain Dale that the story was told.

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Newcastle MP joins Parliamentary protest urging action over life-changing drug for Tia

Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly today joined Tia Copsey, her father Tim and other parents and children outside Parliament to lobby the government to fund a drug that is proven to help people suffering from the rare genetic disorder, Morquio Syndrome.

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Paul Farrelly MP - Initial comments on the Budget

There is much to welcome in today's Budget statement, but also much to worry about. Newcastle's MP gives his initial reaction to the measures outlined by the Chancellor, George Osborne, in the House of Commons earlier today.

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Paul Farrelly: The BBC licence fee deal is a drive-by shooting

Writing in today's Guardian newspaper, Newcastle's MP has attacked the government's handling of the BBC's licence fee deal - read the article here.

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Newcastle’s MP calls for urgent talks over local NHS cuts

Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly has called for an urgent meeting of all parts of the NHS with local MPs to discuss cuts to local community hospitals, the crisis at A&E and a looming £200m plus deficit in Staffordshire health and social care services.

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Staffordshire NHS faces £200 million shortfall, says secret Government report

The Government is refusing to publish in full the disturbing findings of an official report which shows the local NHS heading for a £217m deficit in the next four years, if nothing changes.

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Newcastle’s MP slams RBS NatWest over ‘predatory’ treatment of local business

Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly has slated the scandal-hit Royal Bank of Scotland over the alleged mis-selling of a complicated financial product to local business DK Motorcycles, which cost the firm well over £1/2 million in extra interest and penalty charges.

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Helping pub landlords to stay open, and battling changes to the NHS

It’s head above the parapet – hopefully, not on a pike – time. Unfashionable in the current climate it may be, but I want to raise two cheers, at least, for Parliament in the last week.

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