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  • Early day motion 2390 - PENSIONS FOR WOMEN BORN IN THE 1950s

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    EDM Supported: 21st May, 2019

    That this House believes that the UK Government has for over two decades failed women born in the 1950s who were not properly informed of the changes that were made to their state pension age due to equalisation brought on by the Pensions Act 1995; notes the conclusion of a Work and Pensions Committee Report published in 2016 which said more could and should have been done to communicate the impact of these changes to the women affected; believes it is unacceptable that the UK Government only began writing to women affected from 2009 onward and see this as a total abdication of responsibility...

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  • Early day motion 2360 - DEMENTIA FUND

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    EDM Supported: 14th May, 2019

    That this House notes that an estimated 60 per cent of recipients of homecare and 70 per cent of care home residents live with dementia; acknowledges that dementia is a condition caused by diseases of the brain with complex support needs that should be met by the NHS, like any other health condition...

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  • Waste Incineration

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    Oral Contribution: 9th May, 2019

    What assessment he has made of the potential merits of a moratorium on new waste incineration plants to promote recycling.
  • Skipton-Colne Railway Line

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    Written Question: 9th May, 2019

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the initial feasibility study into the reopening the Skipton to Colne rail link.
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  • Manor House hosts celebrations

    Manor House hosts celebrations

    From Ilkley Gazette, May 21st, 2019

    A NEW sign has been installed marking the 50th anniversary of twinning in Ilkley. The sign, made in Bradford’s workshops by Peter Holden and his apprentice, Sam Crowther, can been seen driving into Ilkley on the A65 from Leeds. It was put up by sign fitters Matthew Holmes and Ted Brown. Two more signs will be erected in due course - one on the A65 approach from Skipton, the other on the run in from the Moor on Hangingstone Road. The sign went up just in time for a landmark twinning exhibition at the Manor House in Ilkley. It proclaims both Ilkley’s Fair Trade status and the town’s 50th anniversary of twinning with Coutances in Normandy, France.

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  • Keighley MP’s Lyme disease warning

    Keighley MP’s Lyme disease warning

    From Keighley News, May 16th, 2019
    Written by Alistair Shand

    PEOPLE should be on their guard against Lyme disease, says Keighley’s MP. John Grogan was speaking after meeting an affected constituent at one of his surgeries. The disease is spread to humans by infected ticks and is most prevalent in the UK during the spring and summer. Ticks are commonly found in woodland and grassy areas, as well as on livestock such as sheep and goats. Without treatment, serious conditions such as viral-like meningitis, facial paralysis, nerve damage and arthritis can develop.

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  • Keighley MP's call over free TV licences

    Keighley MP's call over free TV licences

    From Ilkley Gazette, May 14th, 2019

    KEIGHLEY MP John Grogan says the Government should take back responsibility for free TV licences for the over-75s. He was speaking during a Commons debate on the issue. Mr Grogan says there are 6,680 households in his constituency, which includes Ilkley, with pensioners aged over 75. "Under the Digital Economy Act – made law in 2017 – the Government has passed responsibility for the free TV licences to the BBC from 2020," he said. "But the cost would mean the broadcaster having to cut 20 per cent off its budget."

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  • No one should have to worry over cost of future care, says Keighley and Ilkley MP

    No one should have to worry over cost of future care, says Keighley and Ilkley MP

    From Ilkley Gazette, May 1st, 2019

    VULNERABLE people shouldn't have to worry about the cost of their future care, says Keighley MP John Grogan. He was speaking after attending a drop-in event in Parliament, at which the charity Independent Age outlined evidence relating to the benefits of introducing free personal care for older people in England. Free care is already available in Scotland. Figures show there are more than 19,300 people aged over 65 in the Keighley Parliamentary constituency.

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  • Keighley supermarket closure fears are lifted after ruling

     Keighley supermarket closure fears are lifted after ruling

    From Keighley News, April 25th, 2019
    Written by Alistair Shand

    A PROPOSED merger which it was feared could have led to the closure of a Keighley supermarket has been blocked. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has ruled against the £12 billion deal between Sainsbury’s and Asda, claiming it would result in higher prices for consumers. There were concerns that if the move went ahead, the axe would have fallen on one of the companies’ Keighley stores – which are situated on neighbouring sites, separated only by the Airedale railway line.

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  • 'They played a blinder': MP's praise for emergency services who battled Ilkley Moor blaze

    'They played a blinder': MP's praise for emergency services who battled Ilkley Moor blaze

    From Yorkshire Evening Post, April 21st, 2019
    Written by Paul Robinson

    They were scenes to sadden anyone who has ever strode purposefully across Ilkley Moor or paused for a picnic at the Cow and Calf rocks. One of Yorkshire’s most famous beauty spots, under siege from the ravages of a ferocious fire that took hold during the hottest day of the year so far.

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  • Ilkley is prepared to save a life

    Ilkley is prepared to save a life

    From Wharfedale Observer, April 18th, 2019
    Written by Annette McIntyre

    A PIONEERING campaign to create a town of lifesavers is set to be rolled out across the country after huge success in Ilkley. A total of 250 people signed up for the Prepared to Safe a Life campaign which was launched by Ilkley's Virtual College in November. The 40-minute web-based training package aims to create a life saver on every corner. It has already proved popular in the town, with businesses, individuals and 12 pupils from Ilkley Grammar School, registering to take part. Organisers says 98 per cent of those completing the course would recommend it to others.

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