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  • Early day motion 2487 - SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DETENTION OF RAIF BADAWI AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN SAUDI ARABIA

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    EDM Supported: 17th June, 2019

    That this House condemns the continued unjust detention of blogger Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia and calls for his immediate and unconditional release; notes that 17 June 2019 marks seven years since the arrest of Raif Badawi; recalls that Badawi is serving a 10-year prison sentence on charges of insulting Islam and apostasy, that he was sentenced to 1,000 lashes, of which 50 were administered in January 2015, and that he faces a 10-year travel ban on his release from prison; is alarmed by the Reporters Without Borders report that at least 28 journalists and citizen journalists are currently unjustly detained in the country in connection with their work, in addition to two others who continue to face charges but have been temporarily released...

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  • NHS Trusts: Subsidiary Companies 1

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    Written Question: 14th June, 2019

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which hospital trusts have received approval to set up wholly-owned subsidiary companies in the last three years; and on what dates those companies were incorporated.
     
  • NHS Trusts: Subsidiary Companies 2

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    Written Question: 14th June, 2019

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which hospital trusts have proposals to set up wholly-owned subsidiary companies under active consideration.
     
  • Topical Questions - Transport

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    Oral Contribution: 13th June, 2019

    Is it time that Transport for the North got the same powers as Transport for London—namely the ability to determine spending priorities in the region without all final decisions being made in Whitehall?
     
     
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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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Keighley MP John Grogan says Minister's statement proves incinerator 'is not needed'

    Keighley MP John Grogan says Minister's statement proves incinerator 'is not needed'

    From Telegraph & Argus, May 26th, 2019
    Written by Alistair Shand

    A “REMARKABLE” statement by a Government minister is being held up as evidence that the controversial waste-to-energy plant planned for Keighley is not needed. Dr Therese Coffey – Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – told the Commons that “additional residual waste energy capacity above that already planned to 2020 should not be needed if we achieve our recycling targets”. She was responding to a question posed by Keighley MP John Grogan about incineration policy.

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