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  • Early day motion 2748 - PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS

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    EDM Supported: October 2nd, 2019

    That this House condemns the persecution of Christians and other religious groups; is extremely concerned about the rising levels of Christian persecution; is deeply concerned by reports that persecution of Christians in some parts of the world is at near genocide levels; understands that Christians are the most persecuted group, with 80 per cent of religious persecution globally against Christians...

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  • Early day motion 2749 - SUSPENSION OF NHS OVERSEAS VISITORS CHARGING REGIME FOR MATERNITY CARE

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    EDM Supported: September 30th, 2019

    That this House is concerned by the growing body of evidence, including research reports by Doctors of the World, Maternity Action and the BMA, that the NHS England overseas visitors charging regime is deterring vulnerable migrant women living in the UK from seeking essential maternity care, and is resulting in some women being wrongly denied maternity care and wrongly told that they have to pay in advance...

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  • Early day motion 2707 - CONFLICT IN KASHMIR

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    EDM Supported: September 5th, 2019

    That this House expresses huge concern about the revocation of Articles 370 and 35A in Kashmir by the Indian Government, stripping away the right to special status for the people of Kashmir; is extremely alarmed by the road to ethnic cleansing opened up by the ongoing communications blackout and the hundreds of thousands of military personnel placed within the region and especially the reports of grave human rights violations against men, women and children...

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  • Early day motion 2702 - AMAZON FIRES

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    EDM Supported: 5th September, 2019

    That this House notes with deep concern the over 90,000 fires recorded in Brazil so far this year, with burning detected inside indigenous lands and nature reserves; notes that the Amazon rainforest is home to over 20 million people including 1 million indigenous people, 10 per cent of the Earth's biodiversity and the world's largest carbon sink; understands fires have been set deliberately...

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  • Impassioned plea for valley by MP

    Impassioned plea for valley by MP

    From Keighley News, October 14th, 2019
    Written by David Knights

    BRAITHWAITE families must not lose their beloved valley to housing, says Keighley MP John Grogan. He claims the Tinker valley, next to a proposed housing development, offers a much-needed escape for residents of the former council estate. He has called on a Government housing inspector to throw out plans for the development so that it does not ruin the tranquillity of the green haven. Mr Grogan made his impassioned comments this month as part of consultation over the developers’ appeal to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate, after Bradford Council refused permission to build 102 houses houses and a 90-bed care home on the former site of Holme Mills, alongside the North Beck.

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  • Protest against schools budget cuts

    Protest against schools budget cuts

    From Keighley News, October 11th, 2019
    Written by David Knights

    UNIONS are hosting a public meeting in Keighley to protest against cuts to school funding, to be attended by MP John Grogan. The meeting, at Keighley Civic Centre on Friday October 18 from 7pm to 9pm, is being hosted by the National Education Union, Keighley Trades Council and Unison. The Trades Council claims a promised increase to schools funding will not compensate for the decreased per pupil funding seen over recent years. Secretary Dave Towers said parents and teachers alike had seen the immediate effect of the cuts, but now longer-term effects were becoming apparent, such as a fall in the pass rates in school examinations.

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  • Devolution must not fall prey to 'Yorkshire backstop' as delegation including Archbishop push for region-wide deal

    Devolution must not fall prey to 'Yorkshire backstop' as delegation including Archbishop push for region-wide deal

    From Yorkshire Post, October 9th, 2019
    Written by Geraldine Scott

    Devolution for the whole of Yorkshire must not be allowed to fall to the “Yorkshire backstop”, it was claimed, as politicians were urged to seize the “chance of a generation” and commit to handing more powers to the region by 2022. The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu led a delegation to Westminster yesterday to convince politicians of the benefit of the all-encompassing scheme, known as a One Yorkshire deal. It was hoped they could convince the party’s to commit to the deal in their manifestos.

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  • Keighley meeting debates Kashmir

    Keighley meeting debates Kashmir

    From Keighley News, October 3rd, 2019
    Written by Alistair Shand

    A LABOUR Party demand for an end to repression in Kashmir has been welcomed in Keighley. A meeting in the town was told that a major humanitarian crisis was taking place. The territory has been disputed between India and Pakistan for decades. A Labour conference motion said Kashmir had been under siege from the Indian government since early August, with a communications blackout in place and reports of horrific human rights abuses.

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  • MP visits rotary club

    MP visits rotary club

    From Ilkley Gazette, October 3rd, 2019
    Written by Claire Lomax

    MP for Keighley and Ilkley John Grogan gave a talk to the weekly lunch meeting of Ilkley Rotary Club and presented a light-hearted view of life as an MP . He explained the selection processes, the role of the whips office,the regular travelling between Parliament and the constituency and having to attend key debates and discussions, especially when the voting is likely to be tight.

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  • Campaigners call for canal towpath upgrade between Silsden and Kildwick

    Campaigners call for canal towpath upgrade between Silsden and Kildwick

    From Keighley News, September 27th, 2019
    Written by Alistair Shand

    CAMPAIGNERS are pressing for improvements to a stretch of canal towpath. Calls are being made for the three-kilometre section between Silsden and Kildwick, alongside the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, to be upgraded. Walkers and cyclists who regularly use the route are among those pushing for action. The campaign has the backing of Keighley MP John Grogan. He said parts of the towpath along the 127-mile canal had been progressively upgraded over recent years. Last month, work began on a £2 million project to improve the 11-kilometre stretches between Skipton and Gargrave, and Bradley and Kildwick. That scheme is due to be completed early next year.

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  • Civic figures sign Bahamas book of condolence

    Civic figures sign Bahamas book of condolence

    From Keighley News, September 20th, 2019
    Written by David Knights

    A KEIGHLEY railway group’s book of condolence for Bahamas storm victims has received top-level civic backing. The Bahamas Locomotive Society’s book has been signed by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Keighley’s MP and the Keighley town mayor. And the volunteer-run society has been invited to take its book to the full meeting of Bradford Council on October 16 to be signed by other councillors. The society, based at Ingrow station, opened the book earlier this month to express solidarity with inhabitants of the Caribbean island that gave its name to their historic steam locomotive.

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