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BBC reveals pressure to run ‘government propaganda’

The BBC faced down intense coalition pressure to air a stream of ‘government info-mercials’, compromising its prized editorial independence, as part of its recent licence fee settlement.

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‘A dark day for education – and trust in politics,’ says Newcastle MP after tuition fees vote

The coalition government’s decision to triple student tuition fees marked a dark day for higher education and public trust in politics, Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly argues, following Thursday’s knife edge vote at Westminster.

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Newcastle MP urges Lib Dems to honour election promise on university fees

Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly accused Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg of ‘old fashioned cynicism’ in letting down students, their families and Liberal Democrat voters in his U-turn over university tuition fees.

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Newcastle MP flays Lib Dem leaders over tuition fee ‘betrayal’

Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly strongly attacked the leadership of the Liberal Democrat party over their abandonment of manifesto promises on university tuition fees.

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Paul backs learning disability campaign

Paul Farrelly MP last night showed his commitment to ensuring that people with a learning disability get the healthcare they have a right to by signing Mencap’s ‘Getting it right’ charter.

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Select Committee publishes long-awaited report on Press Standards, Privacy and Libel in Britain

The House of Commons Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee has today issued its report into privacy, libel laws and press regulation in the UK. Publication marks the culmination of a year long investigation, in which Newcastle’s MP Paul Farrelly played a leading role.

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Newcastle MP publishes latest tax return, comments on Legg report on MPs’ expenses and electoral reform

Newcastle’s MP Paul Farrelly has published his up-to-date tax return for 2008-9, the first again to do so. Following the release of the long-awaited, final report by Sir Thomas Legg into MPs’ expenses, Paul says a vote next week on electoral reform would indicate the resolve to restore confidence in our political system.

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Olympics chiefs to set out opportunities for ceramics in 2012

Organisers of the 2012 London Olympics, including athletics legend Sebastian Coe, are to spell out the opportunities for North Staffordshire’s pottery industry in over £700 million of contracts to be awarded in the run-up to the Games, following questioning by Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly.

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Newcastle MP issues latest parliamentary report to constituents

Paul has just issued his latest report, going to each of over 40,000 homes in Newcastle, highlighting progress with the town’s brand new college, the new maternity and cancer units at the City General and the independent way he stands up for local people, regardless of party or politics.

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Newcastle MP wins parliamentary award over Trafigura for awkward questions

Newcastle-under-Lyme’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly has won an accolade for his persistent Select Committee work and questions in parliament which undermined a court gagging order suppressing details of a toxic waste dumping scandal involving international oil trader, Trafigura.

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