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  • Communications Act 2003: Public Service Broadcasters

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    Oral Contribution: 22nd March, 2018

    Whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of extending the provisions of the Communications Act 2003 to give greater prominence to public service broadcasters; and if he will make a statement.

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  • Leaving the EU: NHS

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    Oral Contribution: 22nd March, 2018

    Since the Minister has gone in that direction, I ask him again specifically: if it is such a good idea, would it be a good idea for NHS trusts that propose setting up subsidiary companies to publish their business plans so we can see what is happening with that public money?

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  • Topical Questions - Health and Social Care

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    Oral Question: 20th March, 2018

    With a significant amount of public money at stake, should not NHS trusts that are proposing to set up subsidiary companies publish their full business cases?

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  • Integrated Communities

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    Oral Contribution: 14th March, 2018

    As an MP for Bradford, I enthusiastically welcome this statement. I invite the Secretary of State to Keighley, which is the jewel in the crown of Bradford, to view progress at a later date. A day’s notice will be fine...

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  • Rates cut to bring new businesses, investment and jobs to Keighley

    Rates cut to bring new businesses, investment and jobs to Keighley

    From Telegraph & Argus, March 29th, 2018
    Written by Alistair Shand

    A MAJOR initiative has been unveiled to bring new businesses, investment and jobs to Keighley. Regeneration chiefs say the scheme, launched this weekend, will breathe fresh life into the town. Firms will be offered financial incentives to expand their operations, bringing empty units and buildings back into use and creating employment.

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  • New DalesBus services open up the Yorkshire Dales National Park for car-free travel

    New DalesBus services open up the Yorkshire Dales National Park for car-free travel

    From Ilkley Gazette, March 28th, 2018
    Written by Claire Lomax

    DESCRIBED by many people as one of the most beautiful bus routes in England, from Easter weekend there will be new direct Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday DalesBus bus services through Upper Wharfedale and Wensleydale to the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

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  • Keighley MP organises cross-party meeting over investment projects

    Keighley MP organises cross-party meeting over investment projects

    From Keighley News, March 25th, 2018
    Written by Alistair Shand

    ALL five Bradford-district MPs have attended a cross-party event to discuss major investment projects. They gathered at City Hall with the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Keighley councillor Abid Hussain, and his deputy, fellow Keighley councillor Doreen Lee.  Ilkley MP John Grogan, who arranged the event, said: "I think it is a number of years since such a meeting took place.

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  • Boost for canal towpath between Silsden and Riddlesden

    Boost for canal towpath between Silsden and Riddlesden

    From Keighley News, March 23rd, 2018
    Written by David Knights

    THE LEEDS and Liverpool Canal between Silsden and Riddlesden will benefit from a £2.9 million boost for the county’s towpaths. West Yorkshire Combined Authority has announced plans to improve cycling and walking access to four canals. Work was due to start this week (March 26) on upgrading canal towpaths as part of the authority’s award winning £60 million CityConnect programme aimed at making it easier for people to cycle and walk.

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  • Leading Keighley tourist attraction comes out against planned housing development for Goose Cote Lane

    Leading Keighley tourist attraction comes out against planned housing development for Goose Cote Lane

    From Keighley News, March 22nd, 2018
    Written by Miran Rahman

    OPPOSITION continues to mount to plans for a major new housing development on the southern edge of Keighley. The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (K&WVR) has added its voice to those of residents opposing the outline application for 130 homes on fields south of Goose Cote Lane. K&WVR chairman Dr Matt Stroh said: “We’re concerned the application will impact negatively on our attractiveness to visitors, and harm our long-term future as well as reducing the amount of tourism revenue generated in the area.”

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  • Keighley to be “very best” at combating grooming

    Keighley to be “very best” at combating grooming

    From  Keighley News, March 20th, 2018
    Written by David Knights

    A SAFEGUARDING conference in Keighley this month aims to make the town the “very best in the country” at protecting its children. A host of organisations will come together to look at what have they can offer youngsters both now and in the long-term. The conference is being organised jointly by Keighley MP John Grogan and United Keighley, a multi-agency group that campaigns to stop the sexual exploitation of children.

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  • DUP MPs back Westminster report that criticises British government's lack of proposals for frictionless border

    DUP MPs back Westminster report that criticises British government's lack of proposals for frictionless border

    From The Irish News, March 16h, 2018
    Written by John Manley

    AN influential group of MPs – which includes three DUP representatives – have criticised the British government for its failure to come up with solutions for keeping the Irish border free-flowing after Brexit. In a report published today, the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee calls on Theresa May's government to spell out how the border will remain frictionless – adding that the current proposals are inadequate.

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