Archives for October 2018

Pedalling Poppies in Parliament

2.33kms in five minutes will never win me a yellow Tour de France jersey or even a minor place on the podium, but this wasn't really a race. The Royal British Legion came to Parliament with their static exercise bikes to persuade as many MPs as possible to have a go. 120 of us did! Competing against …
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Where are the men in white coats?

I remain deeply worried about the financial state of Somerset County Council and the deep cuts proposed for essential public services. I am also increasingly concerned that the top management at County Hall is in severe danger of losing both the plot and their own credibility. On Monday the …
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GOOD RIDDANCE

Ms Penny James, Chief Executive of both Taunton Deane and West Somerset councils, has decided to cash in her substantial retirement package and declare herself redundant. This is represents no real change. There will be few tears. Ms James has an extraordinary record in local government. She was one …
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County Hall Cuts – Why I will meet the unions

The County Council  crisis, and the scale of the spending cuts already proposed, is far too important and worrying to ignore. Today I met with a team from Unison representing front-line workers in vital services. They are my constituents and they have given me a detailed glimpse of the scale and …
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