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Staffordshire NHS faces £200 million shortfall, says secret Government report

The Government is refusing to publish in full the disturbing findings of an official report which shows the local NHS heading for a £217m deficit in the next four years, if nothing changes.

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MP hails ‘people power’ after coal mining firm plans are withdrawn

CONTROVERSIAL plans for an opencast coal mine on 200 acres of farmland at Bignall End have been dropped following a two-year campaign of opposition by villagers supported by Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly.

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Knutton children’s centre saved from closure following protests

Knutton's popular children’s centre has been saved from closure by Staffordshire County Council following a campaign of opposition supported by Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly.

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Newcastle MP visits Keele biologists

Paul Farrelly, Labour MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme, visited the School of Life Sciences today to meet researchers working on cancer and and the tropical diseases malaria and leishmaniasis.

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Newcastle’s MP slams RBS NatWest over ‘predatory’ treatment of local business

Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly has slated the scandal-hit Royal Bank of Scotland over the alleged mis-selling of a complicated financial product to local business DK Motorcycles, which cost the firm well over £1/2 million in extra interest and penalty charges.

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Helping pub landlords to stay open, and battling changes to the NHS

It’s head above the parapet – hopefully, not on a pike – time. Unfashionable in the current climate it may be, but I want to raise two cheers, at least, for Parliament in the last week.

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Campaigners launch fight to save Keele post office

A campaign is under way to save a popular post office at Keele University which is facing closure under controversial plans which would downgrade the services provided and reclassify it as a ‘local’ branch.

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London bias in arts funding must be tackled, says Culture Committee report

The capital is getting an unfair slice of funding for the arts, subsidised unacceptably by taxpayers and lottery-players from the rest of the country, the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has concluded in its latest report, published today.

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More than 1,500 support campaign to restore village war memorial

Newcastle's Labour MP Paul Farrelly handed over a petition signed by more than 1,500 people who are campaigning for the restoration of Chesterton’s war memorial

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Tougher rules needed to combat wanton dumping of waste, says Newcastle’s MP

A stronger framework of regulation with tougher legal penalties for offenders and improved surveillance powers for councils is needed to tackle waste dumping in the countryside, says Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly.

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