Welcome to my website

I am really proud to have represented the people of Newcastle in Parliament for the last fifteen years. 
When I was elected in 2001, I was  the first MP here for well over a century actually to have been 
born and bred in our town. Since then, I have tried my best to help with the issues that matter to you, 
be it national policy, local projects or individual concerns.

I hope this website gives a flavour of that work, as well as being a useful guide to our local community. 
If you have any comments, or any issues you want to raise, please just get in touch – and likewise if 
you want your local group, project or event highlighted here.

Best wishes 

Paul Farrelly Signature

From Newcastle, for Newcastle

UPDATE - closure of local NHS services
18 Oct 2016

In the past few weeks, Paul has been pursuing the local NHS about to cuts to community hospitals and Better Care Funds, which have been happening (at the ultimate behest of NHS England) ahead of the submission of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s so-called ‘Sustainability & Transformation Plan’ to the Government this week.
‘Cuts for everyone, except for them’ – Newcastle MP reveals top NHS pay in Commons debate
15 Sep 2016

Yesterday, the debate on NHS ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plans’ finally went ahead, on a Labour opposition motion, after being postponed last week. Sadly, deliberately rushed-out Government business truncated it to just three hours, as opposed to six.
Privileges Committee – Phone Hacking Report - initial reaction from Paul Farrelly MP
14 Sep 2016

The House of Commons Privileges Committee this morning published its long-awaited report on the findings of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee’s 2012 enquiry into phone hacking at the News of the World.
Cost-cutting driving latest NHS shake-up
01 Sep 2016

In his latest column for the Sentinel, Paul addresses secrecy in the NHS and the problems being caused in our local health service as a result of government cutbacks.
New Charter needs to herald new era of openness, MPs tell BBC
02 Aug 2016

In a new report published today on the BBC White Paper, that will form the basis of the BBC’s next eleven year Charter, the Culture, Media and Sport Committee welcomes the decision to abolish the BBC Trust and establish a unitary Board, to consolidate regulation of the BBC in Ofcom and to enhance the role of the National Audit Office in overseeing the BBC accounts.
BT must put house in order or face split, says Committee
19 Jul 2016

In a report published today, Tuesday 19 July 2016, the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee says BT is “significantly under-investing” in Openreach, its infrastructure subsidiary. Based on a report commissioned from a panel of independent experts, the Committee concluded the shortfall in investment could potentially be hundreds of millions of pounds a year.

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