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Oral Contribution: 12th February, 2019

What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on support for economic development in Yorkshire.
 
 
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EDM Supported: 11th February, 2019

That this House notes, whilst welcoming the fall in the total number of rough sleepers in the UK, that rough sleeping remains a growing problem across many areas of the country; condemns the particularly prominent rises in the number of people sleeping rough in Coventry and across the wider West Midlands; and urges the Government to accelerate its plans to end rough sleeping, so that rough sleeping can be brought to an end within this Parliament.

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EDM Tabled: 6th February, 2019

That this House applauds British Canoeing for securing the staging of the Canoe Slalom World Cup in 2019 and the Canoe Slalom European Championships in 2020 at Lee Valley White Water Centre and celebrates the notable success of Team GB Canoeists in recent years; notes that more than 1.9 million paddlers in Britain have uncontested access to only 1,400 miles of inland water in England and Wales, which is less than 4 per cent of the total 41,000 miles of waterways that are more than 3 metres wide in Britain...

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Oral Contribution: 5th February, 2019

Given that last year I was the only Labour MP to join with most members of the Democratic Unionist party in defending press freedom when there was the chance of a state-appointed press regulator, will the hon. Gentleman recognise that investigations such as that into the renewable heat incentive by BBC Northern Ireland are in the long tradition of fearless investigative journalism by both the BBC and UTV that has served Northern Ireland well during the last 50 years, in both good times and bad?
 
 
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Written Question: 5th February, 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Irish citizens born in Northern Ireland will meet the criteria for the EU Settlement Scheme should they choose to apply.
 
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Oral Contribution: 4th February, 2019

It is a great pleasure to follow Derek Thomas. I look forward to going to see Yorkshire play Cornwall, one day in the future, at that new stadium in Cornwall. I intend to take as my mantra for my few remarks tonight the words of Andrew Griffiths, who is no longer in his place. He charged us all to be cheerful and look on the bright side tonight, so that is what I want to do.
 
As you may remember, Madam Deputy Speaker, I warned the House during the Christmas Adjournment debate that the future of Keighley Cougars rugby league team was at stake. The team that first brought razzmatazz to rugby league was in danger of going under. However, the first good news that I can bring to the House is that Keighley Cougars are now back in safe hands, having been sold to Mick O’Neill and the consortium that first brought that razzmatazz with it 20 years ago. Keighley are an example of a community club that really helps to define a town. I hope that the years to come are good ones and that we can redevelop the site as a whole sporting site, with the Cougars next to Keighley cricket club...