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THE SCHOOL CUTS WEBSITE
The Somerset Guardian, 30th January 2019
An obscure organisation called School Cuts claims on its website that 91% of schools nationwide are facing funding cuts. It goes further to say that 85% of schools in North East Somerset will be affected. I am unsure where Schools Cuts has obtained its...
SOMER VALLEY FM
The Somerset Guardian, 23rd January 2019
This year, Somer Valley FM is celebrating its tenth anniversary. What started out as a classroom project at Somervale School has turned into an award-winning radio station. The station has just obtained its third licence, securing FM...
THE TORIES MUST COME TOGETHER
The Mail on Sunday, 20th January 2019
After the overwhelming defeat of Theresa May’s Brexit deal last week, I hosted an impromptu meeting for like-minded Tory MPs at my London house. We were discussing over drinks the Commons’ decisive vote against a proposal that...
AN HISTORIC VOTE
The Somerset Guardian, 16th January 2019
On Tuesday evening, the Government lost an historic vote on the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal. In spite of promoting the Withdrawal Agreement for months to Parliament including a last-minute dash around the country, the Prime Minister failed...
KEYNSHAM FOOTBALL CLUB
The Somerset Guardian, 9th January 2019
On 5th January, I officially opened Keynsham Town Football Club’s ground upgrade works at the AJN Stadium. Keynsham Town First Team currently plays in Western League Division One and the First Team includes many local players. The new...
A POLICY-MAKING CAROUSEL
The Telegraph, 8th January 2019
One of my children was given a very pretty miniature carousel for Christmas, with lights and fairground tunes. It happily goes round and round but nothing ever really changes – rather like the Withdrawal Agreement. Mrs. May's deal was not...
NOTHING HAS CHANGED
The Express, 6th January 2019
What terrors will arise on the morning of the 30th March if the United Kingdom does not accept the Prime Ministers Withdrawal Agreement and nothing else is on offer? The terminology used of “crashing out” is designed to make the flesh creep...
HAPPY NEW YEAR
The Farrington Gurney Newsletter, January 2019
The New Year represents change and new resolutions. This is as much the case in Parliament, as Members of Parliament return to Westminster, as it is elsewhere. Whilst much of the next few months will focus on Brexit, several...
THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS
The Somerset Guardian, 19th December 2018
“Then the angel said to her ‘Mary, do not be afraid: thou hast found favour in the sight of God’” “but the angel said to them ‘do not be afraid: for behold I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. This day in the City of David, a...
The Farrington Gurney Newsletter, December 2018
Christmas in Westminster is always special and very much looked forward to each year by staff and Members of Parliament alike. This year, as we reflect over the year that has passed, we will be doing so ahead of a busy new year in 2019. Brexit...