Standing up for you - locally and in Parliament
Whatever the outcome of the general election one thing is abundantly clear, at a local level we need an experienced and committed MP who genuinely cares for Newcastle and its people.
“When first elected in 2001, I was the first MP born and bred in Newcastle for well over a century – and I’m proud to represent my home town” says Paul.
Paul has demonstrated time and again that he is a hard working MP who has chosen to remain a backbench MP so that he can be free to do what is best for his constituency. Amongst the many achievements in his tenure as our MP Paul has:
Taken on the Murdochs and press abuse:
On his Parliamentary Select Committee investigating phone-hacking, Paul moved the summons to force Rupert Murdoch to appear before it – the first time since buying The Sun in 1969 that Murdoch had been held accountable for the power of his press.
Stopped Newcastle being split into two:
After 2010, the Tories tried to ‘gerrymander’ constituency boundaries –splitting Newcastle into two, half merging with Stoke and the other with Stone. Paul co-ordinated a huge community campaign that reversed the plans after a public enquiry.
Fought to save our Town and Green Spaces:
In 2011, the then Tory-led Borough drew up secret schemes to build on ‘Green Spaces’. Paul helped to thwart the plans – and also won an enquiry to stop a new Tesco at Trent Vale harming the town centre. Recently, after Tory mischief-making regarding incorrect claims of the sale of areas like Bunny Hill, the issue regarding Green Spaces has been taken up again. The Council confirmed there are no plans to build on big local beauty spots. If there were Paul would oppose them, whoever is running the Newcastle, and he’s made that clear.
Paul is also committed to Education:
“ We have three school-age children, I’m a governor of my old school at Wolstanton and I was the first in my family ever to go to university. Education, therefore, is a passion and I was delighted to help get our great new college off the ground under the last Labour government. I’ve fought rising university fees and I’m glad we’re going to cut them, from £9,000 to £6,000 – the first step, I hope, towards a fairer system.”
And of course Paul is a very vocal and active supporter of the NHS:
“My mum was a nurse at the City General and it’s been great to see our new hospital take shape – as Labour’s biggest investment ever in our local NHS. A recent report on Staffordhsire’s NHS , which the Government tried to keep secret, shows a looming deficit of £200m and includes hospital cutbacks, when A&E is already struggling to cope after cuts elsewhere. Our NHS deserves better than that. If re-elected, I’ll press for more investment and oppose creeping privatisation, to safeguard our local NHS for current patients and future generations alike.”
Vote for Paul Farrelly and get the best for Newcastle
Ways to get in touch with Paul:
Paul Farrelly, Waterloo Buildings, 79 – 81 Dunkirk, Newcastle, Staffs ST5 2SW