Archives for December 2015

Happy Christmas

 Guess what? Members of Parliament and their staff take a few days off over Christmas. That means my office lights will be switched off at midday tomorrow (Wednesday December 23rd) and we will not open up again until Monday January 4th 2016. Please have a very happy and peaceful Christmas if you …
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UK Tourism after Paris

Tomorrow I have secured a short Parliamentary debate about the UK tourism industry. Down here tourism is a vital ingredient of the local economy. But what is being done to persuade more visitors to come? Could there be additional publicity? Do we need to shout from the rooftops that Britain, and …
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The final nail?……

Ever since the agreement was signed in 2007 I have been complaining about it. South West One was a costly mistake. It was supposed to save the participants - Somerset County Council, Taunton Deane Council and the Police force - millions of pounds. In practice it has cost taxpayers throughout the …
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Climate conference, Paris

I'm off to Paris this weekend as a delegate to the UN's climate change conference. This is a world event and I will be there in my role as chair of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Union. The event will provide a welcome platform for parliamentarians from across the globe to debate issues of major …
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