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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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London bias in arts funding must be tackled, says Culture Committee report

The capital is getting an unfair slice of funding for the arts, subsidised unacceptably by taxpayers and lottery-players from the rest of the country, the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has concluded in its latest report, published today.

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Tougher sanctions needed against Putin – says Newcastle’s MP

The Labour MP for Newcastle, Paul Farrelly, has called for tougher financial sanctions against Russia following the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 last week.

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Queen’s Speech too ‘timid’ on low pay and job insecurity – Newcastle’s MP

Government plans in the Queen’s Speech over job exploitation are a ‘missed opportunity to truly tackle low pay and insecurity’ Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly told Business Secretary Vince Cable in the House of Commons.

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‘Sorry’ the hardest word for Home Secretary over passport chaos

Newcastle’s MP Paul Farrelly today called for compensation for people whose holidays or travel had been ruined by the current shambles at the Passport Office.

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