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    EDM Tabled: 4th July, 2019

    That this House applauds the coverage of the Women's Football World Cup Finals on BBC TV which has attracted audiences of over 11 million and has inspired a generation of girls and boys across the land; believes that the finals should now be made a listed event just like the Men's Football World Cup Finals so that future tournaments will also be available to the whole nation young and old, rich and poor...

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  • Commercial Local Radio

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    Oral Contributions: 4th July, 2019

    What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the regulation of commercial local radio.
  • Chagos Islands: UN General Assembly Resolution

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    Oral Contribution: 3rd July, 2019

    The Minister is very generous. I think that he was directly asked whether he or another Minister would come to the all-party parliamentary group to discuss this issue in more detail, out of respect for Parliament. Is that date definitely in the Minister’s diary now? Has the United Kingdom had any direct discussions with Mauritius about this matter? Was it not a little bit petty to cancel the Queen’s birthday party, and was that a ministerial decision?
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages

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    Oral Contributions: 3rd July, 2019

    In Bradford, there are 25,000 people who cannot speak English or do not speak it well. In Keighley, the figure is just under 3,000. Together with Bradford Council, I hosted a conference on integration in line with the Government’s strategy earlier in the year. One of the top targets that we agreed on was to try to get that figure down in the next five years. We will never get it down to zero, but we will try to get everyone in Keighley speaking English, because it is a liberating and progressive thing to be able to speak English in our society.

    We have heard the arguments about employability and loneliness and so on. Let me add one more that comes up, which I find works in the discussions I have with different communities: it is really up there if parents can to speak English. How can anyone possibly guide their children in towns such as Keighley, where many good things but also one or two bad things go on from time to time, and how can anyone make judgments about their children’s friends and the activities they take part in, without speaking English? ...
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  • Keighley MP backs climate mass lobby

    Keighley MP backs climate mass lobby

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

    KEIGHLEY’S John Grogan was among more than 200 MPs who attended a mass lobby at Westminster. The Time is Now gathering, which attracted over 12,000 people in total, demanded action on the climate and environment. Organiser of the lobby was the Climate Coalition and Greener UK.

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  • Pets are blessed at St John’s

    Pets are blessed at St John’s

    From Ilkley Gazette, June 19th, 2019

    ST John’s Church, Ben Rhydding, held its second Animal Blessing Service on Sunday, June 16. In attendance was a selection of lovely dogs, a hamster called Timmy, and included prayer and blessing for several cats, represented by their human carers and by pictures. The congregation prayed for all those who work to care for animals such as vets and farmers and those working in animal protection and welfare organisations throughout the world such as WWF. Each animal present received a blessing and after the service both animals and their humans enjoyed some treats. Donations given for the human cake treats, raised over £46 for three chosen charities - WWF, RSPCA and CIWF (Compassion in World Farming).

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  • Ilkley Castle Collective gets ready to share wares

    Ilkley Castle Collective gets ready to share wares

    From Wharfedale Observer, June 18th, 2019

    MEMBERS of a creative business hub in Ilkley are looking forward to sharing their wares with the public at a celebratory Open Doors day on Saturday [22 June] from 11am to 3pm. The Castle Collective is made up of tenants of the 150-year-old cottages in Castle Yard, next to the 14th century Grade 1 listed Ilkley Manor House. The businesses have been moving in since 2018, after the Ilkley Manor House Trust took over the running of both sets of buildings from Bradford Council, with the aim of creating “an ambitious heritage, learning, creative and leisure quarter” in the town.

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  • MPs claim local radio cuts will ‘add to serious decline in local news for UK’ despite hiring boost at Global

    MPs claim local radio cuts will ‘add to serious decline in local news for UK’ despite hiring boost at Global

    From Press Gazette, June 7th, 2019
    Written by Charlotte Tobitt

    Ongoing cuts to local commercial radio stations across the UK will “add to the serious decline in local news for UK citizens”, MPs declared this week. However Global Radio, the commercial operator which has made the biggest changes to its local scheduling since Ofcom changed the minimum requirements last year, said it has increased its news team by ten per cent. In October last year Ofcom reduced the minimum number of locally-produced content hours for local commercial radio stations from seven to three. It also widened the geographical areas in which local content could be made. An Ofcom spokesperson said this would allow stations to “put more resources into making high-quality local content” by giving them more freedom on how and where they produce programmes in the face of “unprecedented challenges” from digital services and changing listener habits.

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  • Community fights plans for homes on Eastburn greenfield site

    Community fights plans for homes on Eastburn greenfield site

    From Keighley News, June 6th, 2019
    Written by Alistair Shand

    A COMMUNITY is fighting plans for housing on a greenfield site. Residents, the village school and MP have all lodged objections against the scheme. It is claimed the proposed development of up to 35 homes, plus an access road, on land at Eastburn will put massive strain on the existing infrastructure. Fears have been voiced about flooding and sewage problems. And there are anxieties that the access route will jeopardise road safety. Keighley MP John Grogan says he has received "many representations" from residents about the proposals, for a site between Croft House and Green Lane.

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  • Campaigners delight as school bus wins reprieve

    Campaigners delight as school bus wins reprieve

    From Wharfedale Observer , June 6th, 2019
    Written by Claire Lomax

    A LIFELINE school bus service has been saved from the axe following a campaign by Ilkley parents. In March single mother Jenna Midgley, of Bolling Road, Ben Rhydding, was shocked to receive a letter from West Yorkshire Combined Authority informing her the P99 Mybus primary school service would be withdrawn on September 1 as it no longer met the authority's value for money criteria. The bus serves Ben Rhydding Primary School, Sacred Heart Primary School, Ashlands Primary School and All Saints CE Primary School. Jenna, 34, feared she would lose her job and her home without the dedicated bus to take her daughters Denver, five, and Darienne, six, to and from school. Her fight to save the bus led to the creation of a Friends of the P99 Bus service who met with the authority during a consultation period.

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  • Meeting will hear what is being done to safeguard the River Wharfe

    Meeting will hear what is being done to safeguard the River Wharfe

    From Ilkley Gazette, June 5th, 2019

    THE second Ilkley Town Meeting to discuss how to safeguard the River Wharfe in Ilkley takes place on Thursday, July 11, 5.30pm to 7pm in Christchurch on The Grove. Becky Malby of the Ilkley Clean River Campaign said: “We are campaigning to stop the regular discharges of raw sewage into the Wharfe at Ilkley.

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