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  • Early day motion 2707 - CONFLICT IN KASHMIR

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    EDM Supported: September 5th, 2019

    That this House expresses huge concern about the revocation of Articles 370 and 35A in Kashmir by the Indian Government, stripping away the right to special status for the people of Kashmir; is extremely alarmed by the road to ethnic cleansing opened up by the ongoing communications blackout and the hundreds of thousands of military personnel placed within the region and especially the reports of grave human rights violations against men, women and children...

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  • Early day motion 2702 - AMAZON FIRES

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    EDM Supported: 5th September, 2019

    That this House notes with deep concern the over 90,000 fires recorded in Brazil so far this year, with burning detected inside indigenous lands and nature reserves; notes that the Amazon rainforest is home to over 20 million people including 1 million indigenous people, 10 per cent of the Earth's biodiversity and the world's largest carbon sink; understands fires have been set deliberately...

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  • World Cup: Football

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    Written Question: 2nd September, 2019

    To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to include the Women’s World Cup Football Finals in the Listed Events category for free to air sports viewing.
     
  • Early day motion 2668 - BRAZIL DEFORESTATION

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    EDM Sponsored: 19th August, 2019

    That this House condemns the policies pursued by the Administration of President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, which are destroying the Amazon rainforest; notes that more than 3,700 square kilometres of forest has been deforested in 2019 with July being the worst month on record so far; further condemns the violence used against indigenous populations in those areas, which has been sanctioned by the leader who should protect those populations; and asks the Foreign Secretary to raise the matter with his Brazilian counterpart at the earliest opportunity.

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  • End to parking hell for residents near hospital

    End to parking hell for residents near hospital

    From Keighley News, September 16th, 2019
    Written by David Knights

    STEETON residents could see an end to nuisance parking by workers, patients and visitors from nearby Airedale Hospital. A residents-only parking scheme is to be introduced in residential streets surrounding the hospital in the Thornhill Road area. Keighley MP John Grogan this week said he had brokered a deal between the hospital and Bradford Council to secure funding. He revealed the hospital would put in £10,000 and Keighley Area Committee – part of Bradford Council – would provide £5,000.

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  • Ripe apples at Keighley's 'secret garden'

    Ripe apples at Keighley's 'secret garden'

    From Telegraph & Argus, September 6th, 2019
    Written by David Knights

    AN OPEN day at a “secret garden” in Highfield attracted visitors including Keighley MP John Grogan. Mr Grogan said it was just a joy to visit the Redcliffe Orchard which has been opened to the public by a newly-formed group of volunteers. Local people were able to see fruit ripening on the trees and hear about plans for involving Keighley groups in maintaining the orchard and enjoying its fruits. A steady trickle of people found their way to the “hidden gem” off Redcliffe Street during the afternoon.

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  • Demands for more money to be spent on tackling Keighley's pothole menace

    Demands for more money to be spent on tackling Keighley's pothole menace

    From Keighley News, September 5th, 2019
    Written by Alistair Shand

    MORE money must be ploughed into tackling Keighley's pothole menace, it is claimed. 'Lunar landscape' roads are damaging vehicles and putting people's safety at risk, say campaigners. Calls for action follow the release of figures which show that last year, more than 8,800 potholes were reported to Bradford Council. The data – obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Federation of Small Businesses – also reveals that across Yorkshire the total number of complaints was 92,010, the second-highest of all regions nationally.
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  • Keighley Library is safe, says MP

    Keighley Library is safe, says MP

    From Telegraph & Argus, September 5th, 2019
    Written by Alistair Shand

    Keighley Library is staying open despite pressures on funding, says the town’s MP. John Grogan issued the public assurance on the week Bradford Council’s latest round of budget cuts was due to bite on the Libraries and Museums Service. Mr Grogan said the changes centred around management structures and were unlikely to affect Keighley Library users. He spoke after local people expressed concerns about the future of the North Street building amidst rumours on social media, staff uncertainty, and council discussions with outside bodies over future uses.

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  • “Line in sand” call from MP after shooting

    “Line in sand” call from MP after shooting

    From Keighley News, September 5th, 2019
    Written by David Knights

    POLITICIANS have appealed for Keighley people to tell police what they know about last week’s shooting at a local petrol station. Keighley MP John Grogan this week called for information from the public so the “thugs” responsible for the gun incident at the Jet filling station on South Street could be locked up. He said: “I am pleased the police have made arrests and I very much hope prosecutions will follow. Guns on the streets of Keighley simply cannot be tolerated and a line in the sand must be drawn.”

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  • Trains to run into Bradford on Boxing Day

    Trains to run into Bradford on Boxing Day

    From Telegraph & Argus, August 27th, 2019
    Written by Alistair Shand

    TRAINS will run from Skipton and Keighley to Bradford on Boxing Day for the first time in decades. The Airedale line is among several routes across the north of England where services will operate. Keighley MP John Grogan, who has long campaigned for Boxing Day train services, welcomes the move. But he voices concerns that there will be no services to Leeds, where extensive work is being carried out on the station.

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  • Keighley seminar to spotlight changes in law over organ donation

    Keighley seminar to spotlight changes in law over organ donation

    From Keighley News, August 26th, 2019
    Written by Alistair Shand

    A SEMINAR is being staged in Keighley to debate changes to the law over organ donation. From the spring of next year, all adults in England will be considered a potential organ donor when they die unless they've chosen to opt out – although the deceased's family will still have the final say. The seminar – at Keighley Civic Centre on Friday, September 6, from 10am to noon – is being organised by MP John Grogan, in partnership with the town council, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and the charity Kidney Care UK.

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