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  • Public Transport: Boxing Day 2018

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    Oral Contribution: 24th January, 2018

    I beg to move,

    That this House
    has considered public transport on Boxing Day 2018.

    Christmas 2017 is already a distant memory for most of us, with all the joys of Christmas and some of the minor irritations such as our football team losing, which happened to me in the case of Bradford City, or the turkey going in slightly late, which happened at my family gathering. But there were also other irritations, such as the absence of Boxing Day rail transport in our country...

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  • Railways: Tickets

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    Written Question: 22nd January, 2018

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on the introduction of part-time season tickets on the railways.

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  • Topical Questions - Transport

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    Oral Question: 18th January, 2018

    Do Virgin East Coast’s franchise promises to run trains every two hours from London to Bradford, Harrogate and Middlesbrough still hold good, or have they been scaled back?

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  • Navy: Joint Exercises

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    Written Question: 17th January 2018

    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the names are of all the joint military exercises with other countries which Royal Navy vessels participated in during 2017.

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  • MP joins engineers as Keighley sewers receive £1 million 'health check'

    MP joins engineers as Keighley sewers receive £1 million 'health check'

    From Keighley News, February 6th, 2018
    Written by Alistair Shand

    ENGINEERS carrying out a £1 million 'health check' on Keighley sewers were joined by the town's MP. John Grogan accompanied the Yorkshire Water (YW) team for an afternoon as it examined sections of the network. The company, together with contract partners Barhale and Indepth Civils, is inspecting sewers across the town as part of an initiative to reduce flooding risks. 

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  • Goose Eye villagers to benefit from high-speed broadband

    Goose Eye villagers to benefit from high-speed broadband

    From Keighley News, February 5th, 2018
    Written by Alistair Shand

    HIGH-speed broadband is heading to Goose Eye. The village is benefitting from a deal struck between BT Openreach and West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Keighley MP John Grogan welcomes the move. "Residents of Goose Eye have contacted me on a number of occasions about the lack of reliable and fast broadband," he said. 

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  • Former Bradford City star John Hendrie is pitch perfect at opening

    Former Bradford City star John Hendrie is pitch perfect at opening

    From Telegraph and Argus, February 4th, 2018
    Written by Mark Stanford

    AN MP and former Bradford City star helped kick off the use of a Bradford district football club’s all-weather pitch. Ilkley Town’s new grass and all weather pitches were officially unveiled by Keighley and Ilkley MP John Grogan and former Bantams star John Hendrie today. The club, based at Ben Rhydding Sports Club, Coutances Way, Ilkley, had its new pitches funded through a grant from the Premier League and The Football Association (FA) Facilities Fund. 

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  • Transport Secretary to announce study into re-opening of historic railway line between Skipton and Lancashire

    Transport Secretary to announce study into re-opening of historic railway line between Skipton and Lancashire

    From The Yorkshire Post, February 2nd, 2018
    Written by Rob Parsons

    Yorkshire council leaders will present their plan for a region-wide devolution deal to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid at a long-awaited meeting this month. Mr Javid has A study into the potential re-opening of a historic rail link between Skipton and Lrancashire is expected to be announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling tomorrow. Mr Grayling is set to visit the Lancashire town of Colne in the morning to announce a feasibility study into the value of bringing the 11-and-a-half mile Skipton-Colne line back into use. 

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  • Fight against plans for 130 new homes on greenbelt land

    Fight against plans for 130 new homes on greenbelt land

    From Keighley News, February 1st, 2018
    Written by Miran Rahman

    Furious campaigners have pledged to fight plans for 130 homes on a prime greenbelt site. Developers want to construct the properties on fields on the southern edge of Keighley. But opponents say so-called brownfield plots should be used rather than green, open spaces. Dozens of residents living close to the site, off Goose Cote Lane, have voiced their opposition. 

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  • Yorkshire devolution: Minister finally agrees to meet council leaders over region-wide deal

    Yorkshire devolution: Minister finally agrees to meet council leaders over region-wide deal

    From The Yorkshire Post, January 31st, 2018
    Written by Rob Parsons

    Yorkshire council leaders will present their plan for a region-wide devolution deal to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid at a long-awaited meeting this month. Mr Javid has agreed to meet the All Party Parliamentary Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire Group in the Commons at 4pm on February 27. All council leaders, MPs and peers who represent the region will be invited together with businesses, trade union and religious leaders.

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  • Ilkley MP meets with the European Union’s Chief Brexit negotiator

    Ilkley MP meets with the European Union’s Chief Brexit negotiator

    From Ilkley Gazette, January 25th, 2018
    Written by Claire Lomax 

    KEIGHLEY and Ilkley MP John Grogan met Michel Barnier, the European Union’s Chief Brexit negotiator for 90 minutes in Brussels on Monday. He was part of a small delegation of MPs from the Select Committee on Northern Ireland. 

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