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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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Newcastle’s MP hails libel reform, after a five year long haul

Newcastle’s MP Paul Farrelly welcomed today’s passage of the Defamation Bill as a long overdue overhaul of the country’s draconian libel laws, and one that will protect academic freedoms, human rights campaigners and responsible press reporting in the public interest.

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Stoke City squad visits Parliament as part of 150th anniversary celebrations

Stoke City’s players and staff toured the Houses of Parliament this week, ahead of a crunch Premier League fixture against Queen’s Park Rangers, before a reception in Westminster to celebrate the club’s 150th anniversary.

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Budget shows government ‘growth plan’ still failing – Newcastle’s MP

Newcastle’s MP Paul Farrelly welcomed help for North Staffordshire’s important ceramics industry in today’s Budget, but said further downgrades to economic forecasts showed the government’s policies were still failing to spur economic growth.

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Cameron’s u-turn on Press Royal Charter welcomed by Newcastle MP

Newcastle’s MP, Paul Farrelly, has welcomed the cross-party agreement on a Royal Charter to implement regulation of the press, which is independent of editors and politicians alike.

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