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  • Early day motion 2272 - FAIR PRICING FOR MEDICINES

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    EDM Supported: 10th April, 2019

    That this House notes with deep concern that the issue of excessively high medicine prices and systemic lack of transparency in the Research & Development (R&D) system is a global crisis...

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  • Early day motion 2241 - 2019 LOAN CHARGE IMPLEMENTATION

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    EDM Supported: 10th April, 2019

    That this House condemns the UK Government and HMRC's implementation of the 2019 LoanCharge; notes the 2019 Loan Charge was introduced by the Treasury to tackle disguised remuneration tax avoidance schemes through which loans were paid instead of regular forms of remuneration; is dismayed by reports that HMRC's handling of the measure is reportedly leaving individuals facing bankruptcy or homelessness as a result; regrets that tax professionals advised clients to use the mechanism; instructs the UK Government to pursue these organisations...

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  • Waste Incineration: Regulation

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    Oral Contribution: 9th April, 2019

    I beg to move,

    That this House
    has considered the regulation of the incineration of waste.

    It is particularly pleasing to open this short debate this morning for three reasons. First, it is good to talk about anything other than Brexit. Secondly, it is good to have a fellow Yorkshireman in the Chair and as Chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, which is looking at the Government’s waste strategy in a short inquiry. Thirdly—I hope we can reach some consensus across the Chamber—this debate is inspired by two rising stars. I am glad to see one of them, my hon. Friend Sandy Martin, in his place. He is the first ever shadow Minister for Waste and Recycling combined. The second, who not in his place as he has other business today, is the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. When I pointed out at Environment, Food and Rural Affairs questions recently that new incinerators could divert waste that might otherwise be recycled, he said I had a good point. That is perhaps the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me during questions. I am particularly glad for those three reasons...
     
     
  • Early day motion 2280 - FAIRTRADE AND CHOCOLATE

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    EDM Sponsored: 8th April, 2019

    That this House notes that the global chocolate industry is worth in excess of £99 billion, with the average UK citizen consuming 8.4 kilograms of chocolate in 2017; recognises the ongoing plight of many in the global chocolate supply chain which has led to farmers in places like Ivory Coast and Ghana being underpaid and exploited for their substantial efforts; supports the Fairtrade Foundation in their petition calling for an end to exploitation in the chocolate supply chain; and calls on the Government to provide a global lead on this issue and target aid in a way which supports farmers involved in the cocoa industry to achieve a living income.

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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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  • MPs call for end to Keighley snooker clubs' men-only rules

    MPs call for end to Keighley snooker clubs' men-only rules

    From BBC News, March 27th, 2019

    MPs will write to two men-only snooker clubs urging them to overturn their "archaic" ban on female players. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Snooker is to take action after Rebecca Kenna quit her local league in Keighley, West Yorkshire in protest at the clubs' stance. Chairman Conor Burns urged the clubs to "reconsider their position, and quickly". The BBC has been unable to contact the clubs for a response. Mrs Kenna, who is ranked third in the World Women's Snooker rankings, quit the Crosshills And District Snooker League last year. She said she had been barred from playing matches at the Grafton Club and Keighley Cycling Club, despite the league being open to male and female players.

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  • MP celebrates Yorkshire links with Ireland

    MP celebrates Yorkshire links with Ireland

    From Ilkley Gazette, March 26th, 2019
    Written by Claire Lomax

    TO mark St Patrick’s Day Ilkley’s MP John Grogan met with Irish in Britain, a membership organisation composed of 120 Irish charities, societies and groups in Britain.

    Mr Grogan said: “One in 10 people living in the UK have at least one Irish grandparent and indeed I have three. From Leeds Bradford Airport there are at least seven flights a day to Dublin and Belfast. Ireland is the fifth biggest export market for the UK and many of Yorkshire’s railways and hospitals were built by Irish labourers including my own paternal grandfather.”

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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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