A358 – is it worth the money?

The House of Commons "Public Accounts Committee" will be questioning key officers from Highways England today. The MPs want to get to the truth about plans to improve the A303 from London and, in particular. the A358 which links it to Taunton. Both roads are currently woefully inadequate for a …
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Fancy a break from Brexit?

I dare say most of us do! But a holiday break in West Somerset or Sedgemoor might well be just the ticket. Fresh air, wonderful sights, a warm welcome, great food.....small wonder that our part of the world gets more visitors than anywhere else in England, outside of London. Did you know that …
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DEAL OR NO DEAL?

A little light reading? You decide. There are summaries in most of the papers, but if you want to get to grips with the fine print I can help: BREXIT DRAFT WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT IN FULL The Agreement, published yesterday, is less than half as long as Leo Tolstoy's famous tome "War and Peace" - but so …
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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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The Minister who Came to Tea

The earnest chap in the light blue shirt  ( top left of my picture, behind  the plate of mouth-watering dainties) is no less a figure than Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment. He's been pressing the flesh and sampling a lot of Exmoor's excellent hospitality. He's also met with farmers …
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Thank you for voting!

You should never argue with the ballot box. Bridgwater and West Somerset sent me back to Westminster with a substantially increased majority. Many thanks are due to those who gave support with such enthusiasm. But there are also important messages that have emerged from this unexpected election. I …
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180 days makes all the difference!

No, it may resemble the team from DIY SOS but this is a much bigger job! These are the men and women who have been working hard to get Britain's first new nuclear power station for a generation built and ready right on our doorstep - and already they have made considerable progress. Hinkley C , or …
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“Ian! Lucius Malfoy. We meet at last.”

He took off the wig for our get-together and didn't turn up with that menacing silver stick in his hand or the evil look in his eye. In the flesh the man behind the mask of Lucius Malfroy is a very nice actor indeed called Jeremy Isaacs. He and I share one big thing in common. We are both …
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Parliament goes for Brexit

There is now no longer any doubt. Last night, after a long and fascinating debate, MPs voted decisively to support triggering Article 50 - the bit of our membership agreement with the EU that  allows us to hand back our card and leave the club. The size of the majority in favour should convince the …
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Protecting our borders

An important part of my job is to chair the combined Conservative group at the Council of Europe.  The Council has no connection to the European Parliament, but in fact brings in a much wider range of Parliamentarians from countries including Russia. For this reason alone it is a very important …
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