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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.

From Keighley News, December 27th, 2018

FOR me, the magical days between Christmas and the New Year are like no others in the rest of the year. 
The world seems to be on half pace and if you are lucky you get the chance to reflect a little about the year just gone and make some plans for the twelve months ahead.