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Olympic Medallist opens Staffordshire School Games at Keele

Olympic bronze medal gymnast Beth Tweddle opened the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent School Games on Friday in front of 1,200 young athletes at Keele University.

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Newcastle MP challenges Chancellor over local Council cuts

Paul Farrelly, Newcastle’s Labour MP, confronted Chancellor George Osborne over the damaging impact of further 10% government cuts on local councils, services and community groups during today’s latest government Spending Review.

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Newcastle MP warns of West Coast ‘Ghost Line’ after HS2

Paul Farrelly, Labour Member of Parliament for Newcastle, has given a stark warning to the government over the potential impact of the proposed new High Speed Rail network on local services from the mainline station at Stoke-on-Trent.

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Cameron fails to rule out rate rise on university loans

David Cameron failed today to rule out increased interest rates on previous graduate loans, as the Government moves towards privatising the student loan book.

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Majority of Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee Members reject rival Press Royal Charter

Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs on the House of Commons’ Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee have written to the Privy Council, rejecting the rival Royal Charter put forward by the press for a new industry regulator.

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Golf centre rescued after pressure by Newcastle’s MP

Newcastle Council has taken back control of Keele’s popular golf course after a campaign led by club members and supported by the town’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly.

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MP hands out literacy prizes to pupils at his old school

Labour MP Paul Farrelly returned to his old school – St Mary’s RC Primary in Stanier Street, Newcastle - to hand out prizes to children during World Book Week.

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Labour leader Ed Miliband visits Newcastle to unveil Labour’s six-point strategy for economic recovery

Labour leader Ed Miliband used a surprise visit to Newcastle-under-Lyme today to launch a six-point action plan for jobs and growth designed to steer Britain out of economic stagnation and on to a rapid path to recovery.

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Newcastle’s MP hails libel reform, after a five year long haul

Newcastle’s MP Paul Farrelly welcomed today’s passage of the Defamation Bill as a long overdue overhaul of the country’s draconian libel laws, and one that will protect academic freedoms, human rights campaigners and responsible press reporting in the public interest.

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Stoke City squad visits Parliament as part of 150th anniversary celebrations

Stoke City’s players and staff toured the Houses of Parliament this week, ahead of a crunch Premier League fixture against Queen’s Park Rangers, before a reception in Westminster to celebrate the club’s 150th anniversary.

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