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  • Early day motion 2186 - PUBLIC INQUIRY ON BLACKLISTING

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    EDM Supported: 19th March, 2019

    That this House notes that an internal police investigation, the Creedon report, has been made public; understands that this has concluded that the police, including Special Branches across the UK, and the security services, supplied information to the Consulting Association, and its predecessor, the Economic League, that was funded by some of the country's major construction firms...

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  • Early day motion 2143 - PAY FOR CIVIL SERVANTS

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    EDM Supported: 19th March, 2019

    That this House believes that civil servants perform an essential role in the functioning of British democracy and the delivery of our public services especially as the UK renegotiates our relationship with the European Union...

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  • Early day motion 2161 - UN COMMISSION OF INQUIRY REPORT ON GAZA PROTESTS

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    EDM Supported: 18th March, 2019

    That this House welcomes the independent UN Commission of Inquiry report on protests in Gaza; notes with the deepest concern its findings that, in its widespread use of force against demonstrators, Israeli security forces committed violations of international law which may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity...

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  • Early day motion 2189 - COMMONWEALTH GAMES AND THE LIVING WAGE

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    EDM Tabled: 18th March, 2019

    That this House believes that the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee should ensure that it is a Living Wage Employer, accredited by the Living Wage Foundation.

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  • Head boy hands climate change petition to MP

    Head boy hands climate change petition to MP

    From Ilkley Gazette, March 19th, 2019

    ILKLEY’S MP John Grogan was presented with a petition about climate change signed by 500 students on Saturday from Adam Cooke, the head boy of Ilkley Grammar School.

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  • Consultation on school bus axe decision extended

    Consultation on school bus axe decision extended

    From Ilkley Gazette, March 13th, 2019
    Written by Claire Lomax

    ILKLEY'S MP has met with officials behind a decision to axe a vital school bus service. Letters were sent out to Ilkley parents last week by West Yorkshire Combined Authority informing them the P99 Mybus primary school service no longer meets the authority's value for money criteria and will be withdrawn on September 1. The bus serves Ben Rhydding Primary School, Sacred Heart RC School, Ashlands Primary School and All Saints CE Primary School, with 47 registered users. Parents were left shocked by last week's letters and angry they were given until just March 15 to comment on the proposals.

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  • Keighley to get a new £2.2 million fire station

    Keighley to get a new £2.2 million fire station

    From Keighley News, March 9th, 2019
    Written by Alistair Shand


    KEIGHLEY is to get a new £2.2 million fire station. West Yorkshire Fire Authority has confirmed that the existing Bradford Road building, which is nearly 55 years old, will be replaced in the 2020/21 financial year. The news has been welcomed by the town's MP, John Grogan, who added he hoped it would be followed by an announcement soon regarding a new Keighley police station. "I welcome the fact Keighley is in line to get a brand-new modern fire station," he said. "I'm very hopeful that this will be followed later this year by an announcement about a new police station to be built in the town centre on the site of the old college building, which is set to be demolished.

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  • Keighley MP backs animal welfare campaign

    Keighley MP backs animal welfare campaign

    From Keighley News, March 7th, 2019
    Written by Alistair Shand

    KEIGHLEY MP John Grogan is backing a campaign calling on the Government to maintain animal welfare standards post-Brexit. He attended an event in Parliament in support of the #BetterDealForAnimals initiative. Behind the venture is the charity World Animal Protection, which is demanding that any future legislation or Government policy fully takes into account the impact on animal welfare. Mr Grogan said: “I am proud of the UK’s record on animal welfare. We are one of the world leaders on this issue and long may it continue.

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  • Parliament trip to help cement Haworth's twinning link with Machu Picchu, Peru

    Parliament trip to help cement Haworth's twinning link with Machu Picchu, Peru

    From Keighley News, March 6th, 2019
    Written by Miran Rahman

    MEMBERS of the Haworth Machu Picchu twinning group travelled to Parliament to attend a reception to celebrate the forming of an All Party Parliamentary Group with Peru. The group thanked Keighley MP John Grogan, who approached Peruvian ambassador Juan Carlos Gamarra to help the Haworth group develop its contacts in Peru. A spokesman for the twinning group explained: "Since Machu Picchu's mayor countersigned the twinning agreement in 2009 there has been letter exchanges between schools, opticians visiting a clinic in the Peruvian mountains, support for several other projects and help given to communities following flooding.

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  • Keighley MP welcomes provisional report against supermarket merger plan

    Keighley MP welcomes provisional report against supermarket merger plan

    From Keighley News, February 24th, 2019
    Written by Alistair Shand

    A PROVISIONAL report against the merger of two supermarket giants has been welcomed by Keighley’s MP. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has voiced concerns about proposals to merge Sainsbury’s and Asda. It says the move could lead to higher prices and a poorer shopping experience, with a reduced range and quality of products. Town MP, John Grogan, said: “I very much welcome the provisional findings against the proposed merger. “I strongly agree with the authority that the merger could push-up prices and reduce quality, particularly in towns like Keighley which currently have two competing stores.

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  • Tiny primary school loses battle against Government academy order

    Tiny primary school loses battle against Government academy order

    From Keighley News, February 21st, 2019
    Written by Alistair Shand

    A TINY school has lost its David-and-Goliath battle to stave off academy status. Oldfield Primary fought against a Government order to impose the move, fearing it could lead to the school's closure. But despite backing from Bradford Council and MP John Grogan, campaigners have failed in their bid to overturn the decision. The school will now become part of the Bronte Academy Trust. This week, trust bosses moved to reassure staff and parents at Oldfield that the future of the school – which has fewer than 50 pupils – is safe.

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