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Newcastle MP backs ‘sensible reform’ of Britain’s outdated libel laws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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Local MP calls for radical reform of Football Association

Newcastle’s Labour MP, Paul Farrelly, has re-iterated calls for the way in which football is run in England to be reformed for the benefit of the national game.

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Newcastle MP tackles PM over ‘cliff edge’ police cuts

Newcastle MP Paul Farrelly took the growing controversy over cuts to policing direct to Prime Minister David Cameron today, as official figures showed officer numbers falling to a ten year low.

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Local MP welcomes BBC’s radio rethink

Newcastle’s MP, Paul Farrelly, has welcomed the BBC’s decision to review its planned cuts to local radio services, including Radio Stoke.

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MP calls for police to probe cover-up, as well as full extent of News of the World phone hacking

Newcastle-under-Lyme’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly has asked the Metropolitan Police for assurances that it will investigate not just the extent of phone-hacking and wrongdoing at the now defunct News of the World, but also the evident cover-up in the four years since.

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MP condemns plans to close Newcastle police station

Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly has attacked coalition government cuts to Staffordshire police, and plans to close the town’s police station, as outdoing even Margaret Thatcher.

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Newcastle MP wades into row over Council’s vanishing cash

Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly has intervened in a growing row within the local Council over the Borough’s disappearing cash reserves.

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