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Defending our Green Fields Cries of ‘shame’ came from many people who joined me in attending last week’s Deane council planning committee meeting to argue against inappropriate housing development on 19 acres of green fields at Bishops Hull.
11:57am Friday 20th November 2009
11:06am Friday 23rd October 2009
11:27am Monday 12th October 2009
5:59pm Wednesday 30th September 2009
The traffic congestion on Taunton’s roads is one of the chief concerns of local people when I listen to them while out in my mobile surgery or when they come to see me at one of the three local advice surgeries I hold every week. It can sometimes take 20 minutes or more just to get from one side of Taunton to another.
10:00am Monday 14th September 2009
I had a lesson last week in how Taunton Deane Council planners treat the people they represent - that’s us, the council taxpayers. We were particularly upset in North Curry last year to see our local pub demolished. The developers didn’t even tell the council, as they were supposed to, that they were going to do it.
11:17am Friday 4th September 2009
8:01pm Saturday 15th August 2009
I was recently a guest at the annual meeting of Advocacy in Somerset, which helps mentally ill people by ensuring their voice can be heard. I quickly learned that even in this day and age, there is still a stigma to suffering a mental illness or previously having one. There continues to be a lack of understanding that having a mental illness is much like having a ‘regular’ illness, and, just as with other health issues, they very often can be cured or treated.
11:27am Friday 31st July 2009
12:44pm Thursday 16th July 2009
Local services, and, importantly, the local people who make them tick, are the lifeblood of rural communities. A good education is among the most important, as people can then improve themselves and society as a whole.
4:52pm Tuesday 7th July 2009
10:59am Thursday 4th June 2009
2:26pm Friday 29th May 2009
More than three years ago I made a promise to the people of Taunton Deane: When elected as their new MP, I will not claim a penny of the Parliamentary pension until ‘ordinary’ people have the same pension rights as MPs.
5:27pm Monday 30th March 2009
TIME for change is well and truly upon us, no more so than in Wiveliscombe and the Ten Parishes, where residents will shortly have the opportunity to make three big changes in the way their lives are governed.
5:50pm Friday 13th March 2009
Past Conservative party chairman, Caroline Spelman, has just launched a policy to help our small shops and businesses survive the recession by cutting their taxes and paperwork. She also promised a David Cameron Government would automatically apply business rates relief to small enterprises instead of making them have to claim it themselves.
6:39pm Thursday 26th February 2009
Are you tired of the negative portrayal of young people in the media today? Not a week seems to pass without reference to acts of mindless assault, damage, or other criminal activity across Taunton Deane.
5:47pm Monday 16th February 2009
9:00am Thursday 29th January 2009
4:47pm Thursday 22nd January 2009
During the recent Arctic weather conditions, a survey* was carried out in the Westcountry which showed that almost half of people aged 50 years and older were worried about paying their winter fuel bills.