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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.
  • TV Licences for over-75S

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    Oral Contribution: 8th May, 2019

    It is a pleasure to follow James Cartlidge. I remind him that the BBC still reaches over 92% of the population every week. It is a great pleasure to support the motion, which is made the stronger by the fact that it is supported by all the major Opposition parties.

    I want to put the motion in context. Democratic Unionist party Members talked about a lack of democracy. If we look back at how the licence fee settlement was reached—certainly the last two times, possibly the last three or four times—there has been a lack of parliamentary scrutiny and accountability. If there had been that accountability and scrutiny, we would be in a very different place today. Basically, this was presented as a done deal.

    I listened carefully to the former Secretary of State, Mr Whittingdale. His most important phrase was, “the Chancellor made clear”. He described Lord Hall—I do not know whether he was on his own—being surrounded by the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and others. George Osborne is the villain of the piece here. In 2010, he had his first go at imposing this settlement on the BBC. He tried to get the BBC to accept responsibility for the over-75s. He was opposed at that point by the director-general, Mark Thompson, and the chair of the BBC Trust, Michael Lyons, who were supported, crucially, by the Liberal Democrats. The coalition Government was probably the difference between the situation in 2010 and 2015. George Osborne came back and imposed his will in 2015. It was a good settlement, but only for five years. The BBC were bullied into accepting that settlement and the Chancellor got his way...
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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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  • Victory for anti-road campaign in Silsden

    Victory for anti-road campaign in Silsden

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

    PEOPLE power has stopped Silsden’s controversial ‘road to nowhere’ in its tracks. Residents were this week celebrating victory in their battle to stop a new road cutting across fields, footpaths and wildlife habitats on its way to a potential housing estate. But local politicians have warned that developers may return with a revised plan for the ‘enabling road’ on the north side of town. The existing plan, which was rejected by a Bradford Council officer without going before the planning committee, would have connected Bolton Road with fields earmarked for to 500 houses.

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  • Parents form Friends of P99 bus service in a bid to save it from the axe

    Parents form Friends of P99 bus service in a bid to save it from the axe

    From Ilkley Gazette, April 11th, 2019
    Written by Claire Lomax

    PARENTS battling to save a vital school bus service are to set up a Friends of the P99 bus in a bid to push for its continuation. The decision to form the campaign group was made following a meeting last week between concerned families and officers from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA).

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