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Newcastle’s MP calls for government action over web giants’ tax avoidance

Newcastle’s MP Paul Farrelly has urged the government to take swift action to ensure that internet giants such as Amazon and Google pay their fair share of tax.

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Newcastle's MP welcomes Leveson's 'sensible' measures for press excess

Newcastle-under-Lyme's Labour MP Paul Farrelly has welcomed Lord Justice Leveson's plans to give the country truly independent press regulation, with teeth, for the first time following phone-hacking and other outrageous tabloid behaviour.

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MP calls for calm amid BBC storm

Newcastle’s MP Paul Farrelly has called for an end to the ‘frenzy’ surrounding the BBC, to allow the Chairman and new Acting Director General to steady the Corporation.

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Racism in Football report published

The Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has, in a report published today, called on football authorities, supporters and players to do more to tackle all forms of discrimination, including racism, in football.

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Newcastle MP calls for further improvements to new libel laws

Paul Farrelly, Labour MP for Newcastle, has added to calls for the government to improve proposed new laws to protect freedom of speech and investigative journalism.

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Eight from News of the World to be charged over phone hacking

The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service has today announced that eight former senior executives and journalists are to be charged with offences relating to phone hacking at the News of the World, which was closed a year ago in the aftermath of the scandal.

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Newcastle MP backs ‘sensible reform’ of Britain’s outdated libel laws

Newcastle’s Labour MP, Paul Farrelly, has welcomed the government’s Defamation Bill, which comes after many years of campaigning to strike a fairer balance between the right to freedom of expression and protection of reputation.

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Parliament to consider phone-hacking sanctions

The House of Commons is to consider what punishment to mete out to three former executives of the now defunct News of the World and its parent company News International after debating the conclusions of a damning Select Committee report into the affair.

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Phone-hacking report finds News International guilty of ‘wilful blindness’ to wrongdoing

Following the publication of today’s long-awaited report into phone-hacking by the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee, Paul has written a commentary for the Guardian newspaper which summarises the main conclusions and the reasoning behind them.

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Newcastle MP presses for full disclosure of links between No.10 and the Murdochs

Newcastle’s Labour MP, Paul Farrelly, has called on Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, to disclose any communication with 10 Downing Street over Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation’s bid for Sky broadcasting in the wake of the latest revelations at the Leveson enquiry into the practices of the British press.

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