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  • Airports National Policy Statement

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    Oral Contribution: 7th June, 2018

    It is a great pleasure to follow my hon. Friend Andy Slaughter, who gave a typically thoughtful and forensic speech. I will try to cheer him up even more if I can. On a day when no fewer than seven England squad players born in Yorkshire are to play at Elland Road, in their last match before the World cup, I intend to try to give the perspective from God’s own county; but I will not be able to do it nearly as well as Justine Greening did. She may have left Rotherham a while ago, but she retains a love of the north of England and Yorkshire, and a real passion. If I may say so, Adam Afriyie spoke with such knowledge of the north of England—he spoke, indeed, for the nation—that, by the powers invested in me, I make him an honorary Yorkshireman for the day...
     
     
  • Middle East

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    Oral Question: 7th June, 2018

    To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what initiatives the Anglican communion is supporting in the diocese of Jerusalem to help promote peace between the Israeli and Palestinian Christian and Muslim communities.

  • Topical Questions - Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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    Oral Question: 7th June, 2018

    Given the recent report that indicated there is an excess of incineration capacity in the United Kingdom, which is discouraging recycling, is there not a case now for a tax on incineration, or even a moratorium on new incinerators?

  • Early day motion 1338 - POST OFFICE COUNTER SERVICE IN MEMBERS' LOBBY

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    EDM Supported: 5th June, 2018

    That this House greatly values the service, over decades, of the Post Office counter staff in the Members' Lobby Post Office; views with concern the proposal to shut down the counter service in that Office; regrets that hon. Members have not had this properly drawn to their attention; acknowledges that an additional 32 hon. Members have also expressed opposition to the proposed closure; and accordingly requires a proper consultation to be held, to which all hon. Members are invited to contribute, before any such loss of service is implemented.

    Read the Early Day Motion

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  • Tax on waste incineration proposed by Keighley MP John Grogan

    Tax on waste incineration proposed by Keighley MP John Grogan

    From Keighley News, June 13th, 2018
    Written by Miran Rahman

    A NEW incinerator tax should be brought in to discourage this type of "unwanted" waste disposal, according to Keighley's MP. The call was made by John Grogan in the House of Commons, when he addressed Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Mr Grogan asked: "Given the recent report that indicated there is an excess of incineration capacity in the United Kingdom, which is discouraging recycling, is there not a case now for a tax on incineration, or even a moratorium on new incinerators?"

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  • Economic summit to take place

    Economic summit to take place

    From Keighley News, June 11th, 2018
    Written by David Knights

    LOCAL businesses will have the ear of key decision-makers at a special event organised by Keighley MP John Grogan. The Keighley Economic Forum will take place at Keighley College on Friday, June 21, and will be free to attend for people from new or existing businesses. Mr Grogan described Keighley as a "magnificent place with huge potential", but said there was a need for debate on how the town could be positively promoted as a great place to live, work and do business. Keighley College principal Colin Booth said he was delighted to be hosting the economic seminar.

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  • Work to start on boundary wall of planned new graveyard off Black Hill Lane, Keighley

    Work to start on boundary wall of planned new graveyard off Black Hill Lane, Keighley

    From Keighley News, June 8th, 2018
    Written by Miran Rahman

    CONSTRUCTION work is due to start on the site of a planned privately-run cemetery off Black Hill Lane, Keighley. The agent for the landowner said a contractor had been taken on to build the intended graveyard's boundary wall. Michael Ainsworth, of Michael Ainsworth Design Partnership, said: "After working closely with the local authority planning department we're pleased to announce that planning conditions associated with the boundary wall have been discharged. "And I'm pleased to announce that Heritage Masonry have been appointed as contractors for the new wall.

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  • Joint working pledge for Keighley by town mayor and MP

    Joint working pledge for Keighley by town mayor and MP

    From Keighley News, June 8th, 2018
    Written by Miran Rahman

    KEIGHLEY'S MP and new town mayor have met to discuss how they can collaborate to support the area. Mayor Councillor Fulzar Ahmed said he spoke to MP John Grogan at a meeting on June 1. "We pledged to work together to make sure we can jointly find solutions for issues in Keighley," Cllr Ahmed added. "Among the topics we mentioned were Airedale Hospital, the planned shopping centre in East Parade and the cemetery to be built off Black Hill Lane. "During my time as town mayor I also intend to work closely with Bradford Council, and to see what opportunities we have to share resources."

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  • Heathrow expansion will mean less direct international flights for Yorkshire, analysis shows

    Heathrow expansion will mean less direct international flights for Yorkshire, analysis shows

    From Yorkshire Post, June 7th, 2018
    Written by Arj Singh

    The Government was facing a fresh headache over a third runway at Heathrow Airport after Labour suggested it could oppose expansion and analysis showed northern airports will lose out on thousands of international flights if it went ahead. Theresa May is already being challenged by several west London-based Tory MPs ready to oppose a third runway and may have to rely on votes from the SNP and DUP to get it through the Commons in the coming weeks. The decision to press ahead with expansion of the airport was announced on Tuesday after years of wrangling and delay. 
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  • MP backs calls for more Childline funds

    MP backs calls for more Childline funds

    From Keighley News, June 1st, 2018
    Written by Alistair Shand

    KEIGHLEY’S MP is backing calls for more Government cash to be given to Childline. John Grogan and 15 other MPs from the region have signed an open letter demanding that funding for the charity be increased. It follows revelations that Childline is being contacted by record numbers of young people struggling with suicidal thoughts. The charity currently receives £1.7 million annually from the Government as part of a four-year grant. But it is reliant on public support to maintain its services, with 80 per cent of funding being received through voluntary donations.

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  • Plans for a new school at Hawber Cote Lane, Silsden, are given the go ahead

    Plans for a new school at Hawber Cote Lane, Silsden, are given the go ahead

    From Keighley News, June 1st, 2018
    Written by Alistair Shand

    PLANS for a new 640-pupil primary school have been the go ahead by councillors. The new school - which will replace the former Hothfield and Aire View junior and infant schools in Silsden - went before Bradford Council’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee yesterday. Last year, the Council unveiled initial proposals for the school buildings, grounds and access roads after an extensive search for a suitable site for a new school to relieve overcrowding at the existing schools. Hothfield and Aire View merged last September to become Silsden Primary School, using both their existing sites, in readiness for the move to the new site at Hawber Cote Lane.

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