From Keighley News, October 14th, 2019
Written by David Knights
BRAITHWAITE families must not lose their beloved valley to housing, says Keighley MP John Grogan. He claims the Tinker valley, next to a proposed housing development, offers a much-needed escape for residents of the former council estate. He has called on a Government housing inspector to throw out plans for the development so that it does not ruin the tranquillity of the green haven. Mr Grogan made his impassioned comments this month as part of consultation over the developers’ appeal to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate, after Bradford Council refused permission to build 102 houses houses and a 90-bed care home on the former site of Holme Mills, alongside the North Beck.
From Keighley News, October 11th, 2019
Written by David Knights
UNIONS are hosting a public meeting in Keighley to protest against cuts to school funding, to be attended by MP John Grogan. The meeting, at Keighley Civic Centre on Friday October 18 from 7pm to 9pm, is being hosted by the National Education Union, Keighley Trades Council and Unison. The Trades Council claims a promised increase to schools funding will not compensate for the decreased per pupil funding seen over recent years. Secretary Dave Towers said parents and teachers alike had seen the immediate effect of the cuts, but now longer-term effects were becoming apparent, such as a fall in the pass rates in school examinations.
From Yorkshire Post, October 9th, 2019
Written by Geraldine Scott
Devolution for the whole of Yorkshire must not be allowed to fall to the “Yorkshire backstop”, it was claimed, as politicians were urged to seize the “chance of a generation” and commit to handing more powers to the region by 2022. The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu led a delegation to Westminster yesterday to convince politicians of the benefit of the all-encompassing scheme, known as a One Yorkshire deal. It was hoped they could convince the party’s to commit to the deal in their manifestos.
From Keighley News, October 3rd, 2019
Written by Alistair Shand
A LABOUR Party demand for an end to repression in Kashmir has been welcomed in Keighley. A meeting in the town was told that a major humanitarian crisis was taking place. The territory has been disputed between India and Pakistan for decades. A Labour conference motion said Kashmir had been under siege from the Indian government since early August, with a communications blackout in place and reports of horrific human rights abuses.