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  • Peru: Press Freedom

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    Written Question: 31st July, 2019

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Peru on freedom of the press and the role of investigative journalists in that country.
     
  • Albania: Politics and Government

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    Written Question: 31st July, 2019

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Government of Albania and (b) political parties in Albania on the boycott of that country's Parliament by opposition parties.

  • Mongolia: Embassies

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    Written Question: 30th July, 2019

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Steppe Inn at the British Embassy in Ulaanbaatar to promote UK soft power.
     
  • Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: *No heading*

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    Written Question: 25th July, 2019

    What recent assessment he has made of the effect of sewage discharges on water quality in rivers.
     
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  • Anger as rail fares on the Wharfedale line are set to rise again

    Anger as rail fares on the Wharfedale line are set to rise again

    From Ilkley Gazette, August 16th, 2019
    Written by Claire Lomax

    ANOTHER rail-fare hike has been condemned by campaigners and Ilkley’s MP. Fury has greeted the Government announcement that regulated ticket prices will rise by up to 2.8 per cent from January. Ilkley's MP John Grogan says the latest increase will mean fares have soared by nearly 40 per cent since 2010 – more than twice the level at which average wages have risen. An annual rail season ticket from both Keighley and Ilkley to Leeds, currently £1,252, will cost about an extra £35 from the start of next year.

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  • Keighley Asda workers and town's MP join protest over planned changes by supermarket giant

    Keighley Asda workers and town's MP join protest over planned changes by supermarket giant

    From Keighley News, August 15th, 2019
    Written by Alistair Shand

    KEIGHLEY Asda workers and the town’s MP John Grogan joined a march in Leeds protesting at plans by the supermarket giant to change employees’ contract terms and conditions. The demonstration was organised by the GMB union. Mr Grogan said proposals included mandatory working on public holidays and more-flexible hours. “Many on the march said they could not sign-up for complete flexibility in working hours because of caring responsibilities,” he added. “The company needs to show more respect to its hard-working workforce.”

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  • County needs a mayor to fight its corner - MP

    County needs a mayor to fight its corner - MP

    From Ilkley Gazette, August 1st, 2019
    Written by Annette McIntyre

    ILKLEY’S MP is calling for a Mayor of Yorkshire to be elected - and he is warning that the area is losing out to other parts of the North. John Grogan, Co-Chairman of the One Yorkshire Committee, has issued a statement along with his fellow Co-Chairman Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate, stressing the need for devolution. In the statement they reveal that the Archbishop of York will lead a delegation to London in October to lobby for One Yorkshire.

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  • Keighley town centre police station to be built

    Keighley town centre police station to be built

    From BBC News, August 1st, 2019

    A new multi-mullion pound police station is to be built in the centre of a town two years after the former base was put up for sale. The original station in Keighley was to be sold after a review was carried out by West Yorkshire Police in 2017. Now a station is to be built at the site of the former Keighley College on Cavendish Street in the town. Keighley's Labour MP John Grogan said: "This is the best Yorkshire Day present Keighley could wish for."

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  • Bradford cuts housing targets

    Bradford cuts housing targets

    From Ilkley Gazette, July 31st, 2019

    BRADFORD Council has cut its housing targets by almost a third and has halved the amount of greenbelt land that could be released for future development. The changes are contained in the council’s preferred options for the review of its Core Strategy. The authority has launched the next step in its consultation and is inviting people to have their say on the document.

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  • Devolution ‘essential’, says Keighley's MP

    Devolution ‘essential’, says Keighley's MP

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

    KEIGHLEY MP John Grogan is calling on the new Chancellor to take action to boost the region’s economy. Mr Grogan and fellow officers from the All Party Group for Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire have written to Sajid Javid demanding that the new administration be proactive in supporting further growth and redressing regional imbalances.

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  • Approval for 35 homes in Eastburn - despite protests

    Approval for 35 homes in Eastburn - despite protests

    From Craven Herald & Pioneer, 19th July, 2019
    Written by Herald Reporter

    PLANS to build 35 homes on a field in Eastburn have been approved, despite the objection of the village's MP. John Grogan was one of several objectors to raise concerns over the plans for land between Croft House and Green Lane. The application, submitted by A J Feather & Mrs Feather and Mr J Field, went before Bradford Council’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee on Thursday where it was approved by councillors. Members were told that despite the high-profile objections, a similar application for 31 houses on the site had been approved in 2015, although that permission had since lapsed.

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