- Paul Farrelly
Paul Farrelly MP Farrelly speaking at Newcastle-under-Lyme College in 2010. Member of Parliament
Incumbent Assumed office
7 June 2001
Preceded by Llin Golding Majority 1,552 (3.6%) Personal details Born 2 March 1962
Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England
Nationality British Political party Labour Spouse(s) Victoria Jane Perry Alma mater St Edmund Hall, Oxford Website www.paulfarrelly.com
Farrelly was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, the son of an Irish gas pipe-laying foreman and a former nurse. He is the first MP born and bred in Newcastle to represent the constituency for well over a century.
He was educated at the Wolstanton Grammar School (which later became Marshlands Comprehensive High School) on Milehouse Lane in Newcastle-under-Lyme, before studying at St Edmund Hall, Oxford where he obtained a BA in PPE in 1984. After his education he worked at managerial level in the corporate finance department with Barclays de Zoete Wedd, and, in 1990 joined Reuters as a correspondent and news editor. Farrelly was appointed as the deputy business editor with the Independent on Sunday in 1995 before joining The Observer in 1997 as the City Editor, where he remained until his election to Westminster.
He was selected to contest his hometown seat of Newcastle-under-Lyme following the retirement of the Labour MP Llin Golding at the 2001 General Election, and he held the seat comfortably with a majority of 9,986 and remains the MP there. He made his (see maiden speech) on 12 July 2001. In the House of Commons Farrelly has served on several select committees including the Science and Technology Committee, he has been a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee since the 2005 General Election.
Before his election he had held elected office within the Hornsey and Wood Green Constituency Labour Party as well as in Newcastle-under-Lyme. A written Parliamentary question asked by Farrelly became the subject of controversy on 12 October 2009 after The Guardian was prevented by a court injunction from reporting it. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of legislation to protect (a) whistleblowers and (b) press freedom following the injunctions obtained in the High Court by (i) Barclays and Freshfields solicitors on 19 March 2009 on the publication of internal Barclays reports documenting alleged tax avoidance schemes and (ii) Trafigura and Carter-Ruck solicitors on 11 September 2009 on the publication of the Minton report on the alleged dumping of toxic waste in the Ivory Coast, commissioned by Trafigura.
At the 2010 General Election, Paul Farrelly was returned to parliament with a majority of 1,552.
On 4 November 2010, Farrelly was involved in an altercation with a man during a karaoke night at the Houses of Parliament Sports and Social club, which resulted in Farrelly wrestling the man (named as Bjorn Hurrell) to the ground. The MP later claimed he was acting in self-defence. Hurrell had been involved in a previous altercation which led to a four month suspension of his Commons pass.
Farrelly has also agreed to support the FairFuelUK campaign which is aiming to reduce or remove the fuel duty tax in the United Kingdom.
- Official website
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at PublicWhip.org
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou.com
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Articles authored at Journalisted
- Column archive at The Guardian and The Observer
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