Now hear this……

.....but only if you CAN hear. That is the nub of the problem.  People with hearing difficulties find it increasingly difficult to obtain good jobs and keep them. Employers are not always sympathetic. There is, sadly, still a stigma surrounding any disability - including the least visible, like …
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Miles ahead!

A quick plug for a worthy local business! I can testify to DJ Miles enthusiasm for a good cuppa. I have watched them at work They blend teas, coffees and even chocolate from all over the globe and have carved out a valuable niche in this highly competitive market. But now, I am delighted to report, …
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Tide Turning

Tidal energy is a potential source of limitless power for the future. A former Parliamentary colleague of mine, Charles Hendry, was appointed by the Government to examine the pros and cons of the idea and make recommendations.  His report is just out and it makes interesting reading. Much of the …
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Vaccination? I’m signed up

Meningitis is a hideous and invasive medical enemy - for all of us. It can strike suddenly and cause appalling problems, sometimes even death. The hazards should never be underestimated. That is why I am keen to support the campaign launched by Meningitis Now to make a real improvement in the …
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The Angus Aftermath

It is only natural to be worried when it rains like it has rained in the past few days. Storm Angus saw our river levels rising fast and put some of the renewed emergency pumps on the Somerset Levels under considerable strain. Fortunately the warnings are back down to "amber" today, but there is no …
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Coffee?

It may not be the most fashionable headgear, but if you are at the controls of DJ Miles elaborate machines in their splendid plant at Minehead you have to dress the part. Miles is celebrating twenty successful years with an attractive array of new packaging. They asked me to pop in and meet the team …
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Be prepared

It is, I'm afraid, that unpredictable time of year when the weather can prove to be our worst enemy and the rains often fall with unremitting force. Having lived through several tragic floods and fought for proper investment in dredging I am determined that everything which needs doing should be …
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New Opportunities for West Somerset

The Government will be investing millions of pounds in West Somerset from now on to provide new educational opportunities for children and students. The aim is to bring the area, which is hampered by remoteness, back into balance with other more prosperous and better connected parts of the country. …
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Hinkley……This Is Your Life!

The big red book came out today - and a big red letter day it is indeed as the most important contract for Britain's energy future was formally signed by all the vital players, French, Chinese and HM Government in London. Bridgwater has waited patiently for the green flag to be waved so this huge …
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Hinkley gets the go-ahead

Yesterday the Prime Minister quizzed me in person about Hinkley C.  She also invited the Leader of Sedgemoor District Council to see her. It is Sedgemoor, after all, which has been at the forefront of all the issues of planning and compensation throughout the very long process of developing …
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