Archives for July 2016

Reading is believing

I am a big fan of Roald Dahl and his books (though I often have a struggle spelling his name!) Mr Dahl wrote some captivating and very funny books which have stood the test of time. His writings are the theme for this year's Summer Reading Challenge - a unique partnership between The Reading Agency …
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Merger Most Foul

Today West Somerset and Taunton Deane Councils were due to meet in separate full sessions. with a very big item on both agendas - a proposal which could result in a merger of the two. In West Somerset discussion of this has now been postponed until Sepotember 7th because so many councillors were …
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Every Lottery Helps!

1922 and just look at the size of the crowd! Williton turned out in force and finery for the official dedication and opening of the War Memorial Recreation Ground. It was a fine idea to provide somewhere peaceful in which to commemorate those brave local men and women who sacrificed their lives …
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Support your local high streets

It is time for our towns and villages to dust themselves off and show their best sides. Come on Minehead, Dulverton, Bridgwater and all the rest. Lets take on the rest of Britain for this year's Great British High Street awards! The competition celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, …
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Hinkley – the Chancellor says “Yes”!

Nobody likes uncertainty. It gives us the jitters. And ever since the Referendum some people have been getting jittery about the future of the new power station. I was always convinced that it would proceed whatever the outcome of the vote, but some (especially in the national media) had doubts. …
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Go Nuclear!

If anyone needed proof that the UK economy is still ticking over nicely they should have been at a Westminster event to celebrate the huge strides being made in the South West towards a new brighter nuclear future. Nuclear South West is a body formed with full cooperation between two large Local …
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MayDay!

She became famous for her flamboyant footwear. Now she is to be our new Prime Minister! It has been a highly eventful political period. The European referendum created some bitter divisions. The task for the new leader is to accept the voice of the people and set us on course for a new future …
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Rural Housing – worth fighting for!

The need for affordable housing to help young people and families is becoming acute. This week is Rural Housing Week – an annual opportunity to highlight the homes crisis. There are real problems  in my constituency and they are made worse by a boom in demand for holiday homes which can leave some …
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Farming after Brexit

I made it my business to attend a Westminster gathering where the NFU stressed the importance of food security and the need to back British farming following the EU referendum result. It was a great opportunity to talk about the future of farming outside the EU. Farmers work incredibly hard to …
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Get safe now

Did you know that there are more than two and half thousand homes in the South West officially classified as "at risk". These figures were obtained after inspections by Gas Safe engineers. The Gas Safe Charity is trying to raise awareness of the dangers. Around 40 people die every year from carbon …
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