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I represent a Leave constituency - but I want to delay triggering Brexit

Paul contributed a piece to the New Statesman earlier this week, following the Supreme Court decision underlining that the UK remains a Parliamentary democracy, with established constitutional norms - read the full article here.

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UPDATE - closure of local NHS services

In the past few weeks, Paul has been pursuing the local NHS about to cuts to community hospitals and Better Care Funds, which have been happening (at the ultimate behest of NHS England) ahead of the submission of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s so-called ‘Sustainability & Transformation Plan’ to the Government this week.

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‘Cuts for everyone, except for them’ – Newcastle MP reveals top NHS pay in Commons debate

Yesterday, the debate on NHS ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plans’ finally went ahead, on a Labour opposition motion, after being postponed last week. Sadly, deliberately rushed-out Government business truncated it to just three hours, as opposed to six.

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Privileges Committee – Phone Hacking Report - initial reaction from Paul Farrelly MP

The House of Commons Privileges Committee this morning published its long-awaited report on the findings of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee’s 2012 enquiry into phone hacking at the News of the World.

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Cost-cutting driving latest NHS shake-up

In his latest column for the Sentinel, Paul addresses secrecy in the NHS and the problems being caused in our local health service as a result of government cutbacks.

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New Charter needs to herald new era of openness, MPs tell BBC

In a new report published today on the BBC White Paper, that will form the basis of the BBC’s next eleven year Charter, the Culture, Media and Sport Committee welcomes the decision to abolish the BBC Trust and establish a unitary Board, to consolidate regulation of the BBC in Ofcom and to enhance the role of the National Audit Office in overseeing the BBC accounts.

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BT must put house in order or face split, says Committee

In a report published today, Tuesday 19 July 2016, the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee says BT is “significantly under-investing” in Openreach, its infrastructure subsidiary. Based on a report commissioned from a panel of independent experts, the Committee concluded the shortfall in investment could potentially be hundreds of millions of pounds a year.

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With Newcastle's jobs and Britain's place in the world on the line, Paul Farrelly calls for a vote to remain in the EU

Speaking in the House of Commons today, Paul Farrelly urged that, backed by major employers in Newcastle and the country at large, Britain remains a member of the European Union. You can read the full speech here.

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Businesses make good case for staying in Europe

In his latest column for The Sentinel, Paul releases the results of his survey of over 1,000 local employers in Newcastle who overwhelmingly favour that Britain remain a member of the European Union.

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MP slates Culture Secretary for thwarting reform of press regulation

Newcastle’s Labour MP, Paul Farrelly, has accused the government of breaking promises to Parliament and victims of press abuse to implement key Leveson reforms of press regulation.

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