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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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Higher university tuition fees a disaster, says Newcastle MP

'Higher university tuition fees a disaster' - Paul Farrelly MP

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Twickenham run-out raises over £15,000 for rugby injured

A combined veterans team from Newcastle and newly promoted Trentham were pipped at the post by a Parliamentary rugby squad, organised by local MP Paul Farrelly, this week in a hard-fought encounter at Twickenham stadium.

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Osborne throws pension caution to the wind for Budget headlines

In last week’s Budget, after a series of gaffes in previous years, the Chancellor waited right until the end of his speech to lob a large brick into Britain’s pensions pond, creating waves that might yet do more harm than good.

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MP calls for improvements in thrombosis services

Paul Farrelly, Newcastle’s Labour MP, has added his voice to calls for better awareness and improved management of thrombosis - a major cause of strokes and heart attacks in the UK.

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Culture Committee MPs urge press to cease delaying tactics and back Leveson

MPs on the House of Commons Culture Media & Sport Select Committee today urged the national and local press to halt their delaying tactics and embrace the proper, independent self-regulation set out in last year’s Leveson report.

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Families welcome Labour’s fresh focus on rising costs of living

Families across Newcastle this weekend welcomed Labour’s emphasis on tackling the high cost of living and falling household incomes following leader Ed Miliband’s impressive speech to the Party’s annual conference in Brighton.

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