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

KEIGHLEY now has the "real prospect" of direct trains to Manchester by 2025, says the town's MP. John Grogan was speaking after an announcement that an initial study had found it would be "technically possible" to reopen the rail link between Skipton and Colne. Campaigners have long been pressing for the restoration of the 12-mile route, which closed in 1970. Government Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said a second study would now take place to determine if demand for freight traffic on the line would make the project commercially viable.

From Telegraph & Argus, January 23rd, 2019

DURING a parliamentary debate on David Cameron’s idea to renegotiate our membership with the EU in 2011, arch Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg said: “We could have two referendums. As it happens, it might make more sense to have the second referendum after the renegotiation is completed.” When challenged on this last month, Rees-Mogg argued that the context was different. But the principle is just the same. We had a referendum on whether to start the Brexit process and we are now in a negotiation over our future relationship with the EU.

From Keighley News, January 14th, 2019
Written by Alistair Shand

A SHADOW minister has given his backing to a tiny primary school which is fighting Government moves to make it an academy. Mike Kane, the Shadow Minister for Schools, visited Oldfield Primary to pledge his support. He was accompanied by Keighley MP John Grogan, who has raised the issue in Parliament. The school – which has fewer than 50 pupils – was slapped with an academy order by the Department for Education after a damning Ofsted report last year, in which it was rated ‘inadequate’ and placed in special measures.

From Keighley News, December 27th, 2018
Written by Alistair Shand

“FIRM action” must be taken by the Rugby Football League to help secure the future of Keighley Cougars, claims the town’s MP. John Grogan made the call in Parliament when he addressed the Commons about the club’s latest turmoil. He criticised recent ownership changes and said it was “incumbent” on the game’s hierarchy to act. New owners were needed – possibly involving a supporters’ trust – to take the historic Lawkholme club forward, he added. Mr Grogan – a member of the All Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group – said problems arose in the summer, when Cougars were taken over by Austria Holdings.