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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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Culture Committee slams Government, Google over copyright theft

The House of Commons Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee has condemned the Government for allowing search giant Google too much sway over moves to relax UK copyright laws, risking the success of the country’s £36 billion a year creative industries.

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Newcastle MP slates Lobbying and Campaigning Bill as ‘illiberal, partisan and undemocratic’

Paul Farrelly, Newcastle’s Labour MP, has launched a stinging attack on the government’s proposed lobbying reforms as a retrograde step that would muzzle charities, trades unions and critics of the coalition in the run-up to the general election.

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Newcastle MP challenges Chancellor over local Council cuts

Paul Farrelly, Newcastle’s Labour MP, confronted Chancellor George Osborne over the damaging impact of further 10% government cuts on local councils, services and community groups during today’s latest government Spending Review.

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Newcastle MP warns of West Coast ‘Ghost Line’ after HS2

Paul Farrelly, Labour Member of Parliament for Newcastle, has given a stark warning to the government over the potential impact of the proposed new High Speed Rail network on local services from the mainline station at Stoke-on-Trent.

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Cameron fails to rule out rate rise on university loans

David Cameron failed today to rule out increased interest rates on previous graduate loans, as the Government moves towards privatising the student loan book.

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Majority of Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee Members reject rival Press Royal Charter

Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs on the House of Commons’ Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee have written to the Privy Council, rejecting the rival Royal Charter put forward by the press for a new industry regulator.

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