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  • Early day motion 372 - RE-LEGALISING MEDICINAL CANNABIS

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    EDM Supported: 25th June, 2018

    That this House believes that it is the duty of the good citizen to challenge laws that oppress the sick and the powerless and deny them their medicine of choice...

    Read the Early Day Motion

  • UK-Romanian Relations

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    Oral Contribution: 19th June, 2018

    It is a pleasure to follow Jim Shannon, who is a fellow member of the Select Committee on Northern Ireland Affairs. He made a typically extensive and interesting speech. There are three reasons why I am delighted to take part in the debate, Mr Betts. The first is the fact that you, a fellow Yorkshireman, are in the Chair. The second is that today we are celebrating a great victory by an England squad with no fewer than seven Yorkshire-born members.
     
     
  • Common Travel Area

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    Written Question: 19th June, 2018

    To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to Article 2 (2) of the draft protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland of the draft agreement on the withdrawal of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union, if he will publish the rights and privileges associated with of the Common Travel Area.

  • Topical Questions - Housing, Communities and Local Government

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    Oral Contribution: 18th June, 2018

    Has the Secretary of State yet personally had the chance to consider the important matter of Yorkshire devolution, and will he agree to meet the Yorkshire leaders from all parties before Yorkshire Day on 1 August—the Secretary of State personally?

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  • Leaders meet to discuss One Yorkshire devolution with unity tested by Ministers

    Leaders meet to discuss One Yorkshire devolution with unity tested by Ministers

    From Yorkshire Post, July 11th, 2018
    Written by Arj Singh

    Civic leaders will hold key talks on ‘One Yorkshire’ devolution on Thursday with their unity tested after the Local Government Secretary refused to open discussions on a deal backed by the overwhelming majority. James Brokenshire has written to Sheffield City Region (SCR) Mayor Dan Jarvis and all the region’s 20 councils, 18 of which support a One Yorkshire deal, to say the Government is “not prepared” to discuss the proposals as they currently stand.
  • Parliament to discuss keeping future World Cups on free-to-air TV

    Parliament to discuss keeping future World Cups on free-to-air TV

    From The Guardian, July 10th, 2018
    Written by Martha Kelner

    If the home nations submit a bid to host the 2030 World Cup, the government must not bow to pressure from Fifa and amend its laws protecting the tournament’s TV rights from being sold to the highest bidder, parliament will be told on Wednesday. Just hours before England take on Croatia in the World Cup semi-final there will be an adjournment debate in parliament to discuss listed sporting events, those protected for free-to-air television. After the doomed bid for the 2018 World Cup, it emerged that the government had indicated it was prepared to kowtow to Fifa and pledge there would be no restrictions on TV coverage of the tournament.
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  • Ex-Minister Robert Goodwill becomes first Tory MP to publicly back One Yorkshire devolution deal

    Ex-Minister Robert Goodwill becomes first Tory MP to publicly back One Yorkshire devolution deal

    From Yorkshire Post, July 7th, 2018
    Written by Arj Singh

    A former Minister has become the first Conservative MP to publicly back an all-Yorkshire devolution deal with powers and money flowing to the region from Westminster. Ex-Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill told the Government “doing nothing is not an option” with 18 out of 20 of the region’s councils backing ‘One Yorkshire’.
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  • Driver nearly ploughs into pedestrian, sparking calls for crack down on speeding

    Driver nearly ploughs into pedestrian, sparking calls for crack down on speeding

    From Keighley News, July 5th, 2018
    Written by Miran Rahman

    THE moment when a speeding car narrowly missed mowing down a pedestrian in South Street, Keighley, was captured on film. The potentially lethal antics of a pair of Audi drivers was caught on video by a horrified motorist whose own vehicle came close to being hit in the same incident. A still picture from the footage shows the cars – which were racing each other – heading towards Ingrow at about 7.45pm on June 26. A pedestrian in a light coloured top was about to cross the road but can be seen getting back onto the kerb, just in time to avoid being run over by the white Audi.

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  • Changes to Government policy could mean Bradford's target for new homes drops by thousands

    Changes to Government policy could mean Bradford's target for new homes drops by thousands

    From Ilkely Gazette, 4th July, 2018
    Written by Claire Lomax

    THE number of houses built in the district over the coming years may be reduced by thousands, as Bradford Council has been urged to alter its local development plans. It means that large areas of Bradford’s green land that were likely to be allocated for housing may now be spared. But one councillor fears that developers will try to make the most of the time before this new, reduced figure is adopted to try and secure developments in the more rural areas of the district.

  • Key Minister James Brokenshire pledges to respond to ‘One Yorkshire’ devolution plans ‘in detail’

     Key Minister James Brokenshire pledges to respond to ‘One Yorkshire’ devolution plans ‘in detail’

    From Yorkshire Post, July 3rd, 2018
    Written by Arj Singh

    Key Cabinet Minister James Brokenshire has committed to respond “in detail” to proposals for the devolution of powers and money from Westminster to a Yorkshire-wide mayor. In his first public comments on the plans since being appointed in April, the Local Government Secretary told The Yorkshire Post he was also “very conscious” of the “lively debate” over devolution in Yorkshire. Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis, who is trying to broker a ‘One Yorkshire’ devolution deal, welcomed Mr Brokenshire’s commitment as a chance to break the “deadlock” in talks.

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  • Joining the Jet set as part of campaign

    Joining the Jet set as part of campaign

    From Keighley News, July 3rd, 2018
    Written by Alistair Shand

    KEIGHLEY councillors have been encouraged to join the Jet set. District and town council representatives are being urged to leave their cars at home and hop on a bus. They are being offered a free ‘ticket to ride’ as part of national Catch the Bus Week, which began on Monday. Keighley Bus Company hopes the initiative, through the Transdev Go mobile phone app, will tempt more people to ditch their cars and travel on its popular Jets service network. Catch the Bus Week – now in its sixth year – is promoted by the sustainable travel group, Greener Journeys, with the backing of operators.

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