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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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Chancellor shows mastery of ‘sleight of hand’ in latest Budget – Newcastle’s MP

George Osborne’s eighth Budget conjured political rabbits from his Treasury hat, with an eye firmly on May’s elections, while tightening austerity in the face of slower economic growth and shaky debt and deficit forecasts, according to Newcastle’s MP Paul Farrelly.

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Newcastle’s MP calls for government support for UK ceramics industry

Paul Farrelly joined Stoke MPs’ calls for a committed government strategy to support ceramics in House of Commons debate.

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Exiting the EU would put Britain on the wrong side of history, says Newcastle’s MP

Labour MP Paul Farrelly has said that Britain’s prosperity, security and standing in the world will hang in the balance when the country votes on whether to remain a member of the European Union in the referendum on 23rd June.

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Paul wears a Green Heart for a cleaner environment

Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly wore a special Valentine’s Day Green Heart on his lapel showing his commitment to the campaign to clean up Britain’s climate.

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Newcastle MP slams Conservative bias over Council cuts

Labour MP Paul Farrelly has accused the government of blatant bias after it handed hundreds of millions of pounds to some of the wealthiest Conservative councils to ease the pain of spending cuts – but offered nothing to Labour-run local authorities like Newcastle and Stoke.

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