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  • Public Legal Evaluation Panel

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    Oral Contribution: 24th July, 2018

    To ask the Attorney General, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the work of the Public Legal Evaluation Panel to date.
     
  • Early day motion 1543 - FOREIGN NATIONAL VISAS IN THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

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    EDM Sponsored: 23rd July, 2018

    That this House expresses concern over reports that the Israeli Government is increasingly refusing to renew the residency permits and visas of foreign nationals who live and work in the Palestinian Territories; affirms the view that foreign nationals must be granted access to visit, travel and live in the Palestinian Territories unless there are legitimate security concerns...

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  • Early day motion 1544 - CHILDCARE VOUCHERS No. 2

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    EDM Supported: 23rd July, 2018

    That this House notes that the Government is closing Childcare Vouchers to new entrants from 4 October 2018 without having conducted a proper analysis of the winners and losers from removing the scheme and replacing it with Tax-Free Childcare, despite a recommendation to so do by the Treasury Select Committee...

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  • Early day motion 1449 - JUSTICE COMMITTEE PROBATION REFORM REPORT

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    EDM Supported: 16th July, 2018

    That this House welcomes the recent Justice Committee report on the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms; notes the Committee remains unconvinced that these reforms can ever deliver an effective or viable probation service; expresses concern that staff morale is at an all-time low...

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  • Keighley arts groups bid for £300,000 festival cash

    Keighley arts groups bid for £300,000 festival cash

    From Keighley News, August 21st, 2018
    Written by David Knights

    A host of local arts groups have united to press the Arts Council to fund the economy-boosting event from its Creating Civic Change pot. Dozens of volunteers gathered on Tuesday to tell Arts Minister Michael Ellis about early plans for Window On the World (WOW) when he visited Keighley. Belly dancers and a poet were among those who performed for Mr Ellis at the Creative Space arts centre in the former Sunwin House building on Hanover Street.

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  • PARKRUN – a global phenomenon – is coming to Keighley.

    PARKRUN – a global phenomenon – is coming to Keighley.

    From Keighley News, August 10th, 2018
    Written by Alistair Shand

    The free, timed five-kilometre runs are staged at nearly 550 locations across the UK – and in 20 countries worldwide. And from September 15, Cliffe Castle Park will join the list of venues.xA staggering 1.7 million-plus people are currently registered with parkruns, which take place at 9am every Saturday.

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  • Crackdown on town’s law-flouting motorists

    Crackdown on town’s law-flouting motorists

    From Keighley News, August 9th, 2018
    Written by Alistair Shand

    A CRACKDOWN on law-flouting motorists is targeting Keighley. Operation Steerside, which has run successfully across the district since 2016, is being stepped-up in the town. Cash from Keighley Town Council and money seized from criminals through the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) is being used to fund the new campaign. Dangerous and irresponsible drivers will face the full force of the West Yorkshire Police initiative. Since Operation Steerside first hit the road, 13,000 motorists have been dealt with and more than 1,000 vehicles seized. Last year, the town council stumped-up £6,000 for a Keighley-focused blitz, which alone netted over 300 offenders. This time, councillors have agreed to provide £10,000, matching funds from POCA.

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  • New community centre for Braithwaite

    New community centre for Braithwaite

    From Keighley News, August 1st, 2018
    Written by David Knights

    AMBITIOUS plans have been revealed to demolish Braithwaite’s ageing community centre and replace it with a new building. Volunteers at the Keith Thompson Centre hope to find cash to construct a new century building on exactly the same footprint as the existing complex. A new layout for the single-storey centre would allow more activities to be held at the same time, while extending the hours of its hugely-popular community cafe. A planning application submitted by Braithwaite People’s Association (BPA) – whose volunteers have run the centre since 1996 – has already received support from local politicians and churches.

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  • One Yorkshire show of unity by key business leaders in bid to end devolution deadlock

    One Yorkshire show of unity by key business leaders in bid to end devolution deadlock

    From Yorkshire Post, August 1st, 2018
    Written by Tom Richmond

    BUSINESS AND trade union leaders from across the region are today issuing a rare joint statement in support of the One Yorkshire devolution deal. The Institute of Directors, CBI and TUC hope a Yorkshire Day show of unity will end the impasse over the region’s future. It comes as Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, hosts political, business and civic leaders to launch of the next phase of the devolution campaign. And it is boosted by the joint message that the IoD’s regional chairman, Jon Geldart, the CBI’s regional director, Beckie Hart, and the TUC’s regional secretary, Bill Adams, have sent to The Yorkshire Post.

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  • Raw sewage warning for Ilkley

    Raw sewage warning for Ilkley

    From Telegraph & Argus, August 1st, 2018
    Written by Jim Seton

    RAW sewage is being pumped into the Wharfe at Ilkley after just a few minutes of rain, it is being claimed. Now people are being warned not to swim in the river near the outfall - and calls are being made for a tightening of controls. Yorkshire Water insists waste is only released into rivers during storm conditions to prevent flooding to homes and gardens. But campaigners say just 15 minutes of rain during the hot dry summer led to raw sewage, including solids and sanitary towels, being pumped into the river.

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  • Railway trespass warning after four deaths in a year

    Railway trespass warning after four deaths in a year

    From Keighley News, July 31st, 2018
    Written by Alistair Shand

    FOUR people have been killed on the Airedale railway line through Keighley in the past year, it has been revealed. The deaths – twice as many as in 2016-17 – were among 38 recorded incidents of trespass on the Airedale route. There were also two instances of people receiving non-fatal injuries. Now British Transport Police (BTP) and Network Rail have joined forces to warn of the deadly dangers of trespassing on the tracks. And their message is backed-up by community leaders in the town.

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