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From Keighley News, February 20th, 2019
Written by David Knights


STRONG Close Nursery School received praise from Keighley MP John Grogan after he visited the facility. He described it as an excellent example of a community nursery school, supported by the local authority, that provided the highest-quality early education. He said: “We need to cherish that tradition in our town and in our country. "Having met the children, carers and highly skilled staff, I have seen the excellent education and services provided by the school for two to five year olds.

From BBC News, February 12th, 2019

A single devolution deal for Yorkshire has been rejected by the government. The proposal would have seen some powers given to the county by central government under the control of an elected mayor. A "One Yorkshire" plan was backed by 18 out of the region's 20 local councils, with Sheffield and Rotherham opting for a separate South Yorkshire solution. Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said the plan did "not meet our devolution criteria". The bid called on the government to devolve responsibility and funding for matters including transport budgets, franchised bus services and adult skills funding, and create a Yorkshire Combined Authority.

From Keighley News, February 4th, 2019
Written by Alistair Shand

A MAKE-or-break meeting in London on Thursday (Feb 7) is set to decide the fate of a tiny school. A delegation from Oldfield Primary, which is fighting Government moves to impose academy status, will be in the capital to plead its case with Education Minister Lord Theodore Agnew. Keighley MP John Grogan has arranged the meeting, at the Department for Education, and will accompany the contingent. He said he was “hopeful” of a positive outcome.

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

A TAKEOVER of Keighley Cougars which has seen the return of the 'old guard' from a golden period for the club has been praised in Parliament. Mick O'Neill, who chaired the rugby league club in the 1990s during the height of 'Cougarmania', is back at the helm of the Lawkholme outfit. The new consortium also includes a co-director from that time, Mike Smith. They have stepped-in after months of turmoil at Cougar Park, which saw the club placed in special measures by the Rugby Football League.