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  • Christmas Adjournment

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    Oral Contribution: 20th December, 2018

    It is a great pleasure to follow Bob Stewart, whom I have got to know quite well through serving together on the Select Committee on Northern Ireland Affairs. He brought a very important matter to the House’s attention with his characteristic compassion and worldly-wise experience.

    There have already been several good speeches. I fear that Sir David Amess is leaving, but his was a tour de force, a lesson to us all. I understand that in Southend, his Christmas address to the nation is viewed much as the state of the union speech is seen in the United States. I cannot possibly comment on all the matters mentioned, so I will refer to one, which was the rise of Southend United—Bradford City are in the same division. They are beginning to win games, and I note that our fixture at Valley Parade against Southend is on 19 January. The hon. Gentleman will be most welcome if he can escape from Southend for the weekend.
    I intend to put three matters before the House. On the sporting theme, I will discuss Keighley Cougars, the rugby league team in Keighley. At this time of year, many of us visit primary schools, whether as the local MP, or as a parent or grandparent, and I will discuss one school in particular which has been improving over the past few months, Oldfield Primary School. Then I want to bring to the attention of the House a couple of early-day motions that might have passed people by...
  • Schools: Uniforms

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    Written Question: 20th December, 2018

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to give statutory force to his Department's guidelines to school's governing bodies on exclusivity arrangements for the sale of school uniforms.
  • Train Operating Companies: Yorkshire

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    Oral Contribution: 19th December, 2018

    It is a great pleasure to follow Kevin Hollinrake, who spoke thoughtfully and forensically about the rail issues across Yorkshire, and my hon. Friend Paula Sherriff, who spoke with great passion and vigour. I will just make a few remarks very quickly.

    There are two main lines throughout the Keighley constituency, the Airedale and Wharfedale lines, which were electrified in 1994. Many people built their lives—their journeys into work and their children’s journeys to school, and so on—around those lines. Traditionally, they have been high performing, which makes it even more frustrating for so many people that over the last year the performance levels have sunk abysmally low...
  • Early day motion 1882 - UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE FINALS 2019

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    EDM Supported: 19th December, 2018

    That this House congratulates Gareth Southgate and the England men's football team for qualifying to the UEFA Nations League finals in Portugal in June 2019 by beating Spain and Croatia; notes that this new official UEFA competition has significant standing as a major competitive international trophy; further notes that the tournament has gripped the public imagination after an already successful year for the England men's football team; notes that the team could win its first trophy since 1966 in next year's finals...

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  • MP to push for a police station on college site

    MP to push for a police station on college site

    From Keighley News, December 27th, 2018
    Written by David Knights

    KEIGHLEY’s MP is to pile on the pressure for a new police station on the site of the former Keighley College building in Cavendish Street. John Grogan has pledged to continue pushing West Yorkshire Police and Bradford Council to give the go-ahead for the project. MP John Grogan this week said the two organisations were in “advanced negotiations” to build the station, once the existing college building was demolished. He added: “A new police headquarters would be an important boost in the fight against crime, especially in the town centre.”

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  • Major Keighley conference to focus on integration

    Major Keighley conference to focus on integration

    From Keighley News, December 27th, 2018
    Written by Alistair Shand

    A MAJOR conference is being held in Keighley to discuss integration. The event will bring together representatives of different communities within the town. They will examine new ways in which people can be encouraged to mix. Spearheading the conference is Keighley MP John Grogan, in partnership with the town council, Bradford Council and Keighley College – where the event takes place, on Friday, January 18. The initiative – An Integrated Keighley? – is being organised in the wake of publication by the Government earlier this year of a green paper.

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  • Keighley MP John Grogan outlines his ambitions for 2019

    Keighley MP John Grogan outlines his ambitions for 2019

    From Keighley News, December 27th, 2018

    FOR me, the magical days between Christmas and the New Year are like no others in the rest of the year. 
    The world seems to be on half pace and if you are lucky you get the chance to reflect a little about the year just gone and make some plans for the twelve months ahead.

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  • MP calls for Keighley Cougars action

    MP calls for Keighley Cougars action

    From Keighley News, December 27th, 2018
    Written by Alistair Shand

    “FIRM action” must be taken by the Rugby Football League to help secure the future of Keighley Cougars, claims the town’s MP. John Grogan made the call in Parliament when he addressed the Commons about the club’s latest turmoil. He criticised recent ownership changes and said it was “incumbent” on the game’s hierarchy to act. New owners were needed – possibly involving a supporters’ trust – to take the historic Lawkholme club forward, he added. Mr Grogan – a member of the All Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group – said problems arose in the summer, when Cougars were taken over by Austria Holdings.

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  • Wharfedale MPs call for rail improvements and strike 'compromise'

    Wharfedale MPs call for rail improvements and strike 'compromise'

    From Ilkley Gazette, Decemeber 21st, 2018
    Written by Jim Jack

    TWO Wharfedale MPs have taken a train operator to task over reliability issues and a failure to resolve strikes. John Grogan (Lab, Keighley) and Alex Sobel (Lab, Leeds North West) made their points about Northern rail during a debate at Westminster before Parliament broke up for Christmas. Both MPs say their rail-related workload has increased significantly in recent months due to a ‘deluge’ of complaints from constituents about the poor quality* of service. They have also been fielding complaints linked to ongoing industrial action being taken by RMT members on Northern trains over a long-running dispute about the role of guards. (The trade union has now announced that strikes will continue on every Saturday of January, 2019).

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  • MP endorses life-saving campaign

    MP endorses life-saving campaign

    From Ilkley Gazette, December 20th, 2018
    Written by Claire Lomax

    ILKLEY'S MP John Grogan has this week officially endorsed a campaign for a life-saver on every corner of the town. Mr Grogan visited Virtual College in Ilkley to lend his support to the Ilkley pilot of the 'Prepared to Save a Life' challenge. The scheme aims to make Ilkley the UK's first town of lifesavers. The free online emergency first aid training, put together by Virtual College under the banner of ‘Prepared to Save a Life’, was officially launched at the House of Commons last month.

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  • MP places charity Christmas bet in Ilkley

    MP places charity Christmas bet in Ilkley

    From Ilkley Gazette, December 17th, 2018

    KEIGHLEY and Ilkley MP John Grogan has placed a Christmas charity bet at the Betfred shop in Ilkley. He contributed £20 and Betfred £80. Any winnings will go to one of the Bradford Lord Mayor’s charities - Bradford Nightstop which helps young people who are homeless.

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