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Articles written by Jacob for local and national newspapers.

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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL UPDATE

The Somerset Guardian, 13th October 2021

As half-term is approaching and some are planning trips away, I thought it would be useful to use my column this week to give an update about foreign travel following a letter that was recently sent to me by the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps. The...

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FUEL SUPPLY ISSUES

The Somerset Guardian, 6th October 2021

This week, the Transport and Business Secretaries jointly wrote to Members of Parliament (MPs) to give them an update on the current fuel supply issues. The Ministers assured MPs that, contrary to what is being reported in the media, we have...

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BREAKFAST CLUB GRANTS

The Somerset Guardian, 29th September 2021

This week, I received some correspondence from Kellogg’s who were writing to let me know that their Breakfast Club grants programme for Schools has just reopened. Kellogg’s are offering grants of £1,000 to school breakfast clubs in North East Somerset...

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STUDENT LOANS INFORMATION

The Somerset Guardian, 22nd September 2021

As a new academic year begins, I thought it would be worthwhile to use my column this week to give younger constituents who are heading off to university – as well as their parents – some information about student finance applications...

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NEW SENSORY GARDEN FOR MSN

The Somerset Guardian, 15th September 2021

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the official opening the new sensory garden in Midsomer Norton with the Mayor, Lynda Robertson. The garden has been designed so that it will appeal to all five senses, offering inclusivity via a rich...

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THE DOUBLE HILLS MEMORIAL

The Somerset Guardian, 8th September 2021

Two years ago, Peter Yeates, who has been the indefatigable organiser of the Double Hills Memorial Service since it started in 1979, said that 2019 would be the last year. Fortunately, by popular demand and thanks to his great energy, after a...

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AUTUMN UPDATE

The Farrington Gurney Parish Magazine, Sept/Oct 2021

Parliament returns on 6th September after the summer recess.  As we continue to open up both domestically and internationally this will be echoed in the Houses of Parliament. By the time the new terms start, both for schools and universities...

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FORTHCOMING LEGISLATION

The Midsomer Norton & Radstock Journal, 1st September 2021

As Leader of the House of Commons, one of my primary responsibilities is the Government’s Legislative Programme. This means working alongside the Government Whips to ensure that Bills put forward by the Government pass...

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LOCAL TRANSPORT PLANS

The Somerset Guardian, 25th August 2021

Recently, Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES) Council announced that proposals to help reduce car use and the impacts of car travel in Bath and North East Somerset will go out to public consultation alongside the Local Plan Partial...

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FLOOD DEFENCES

The Somerset Guardian, 18th August 2021

As you will no doubt be aware, there has been recent flooding across Europe and also across London and the South East of England. Parliament was also hit and there are areas across the parliamentary estate that remain out of bounds whilst the clean-up...

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TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM UPDATE

The Somerset Guardian, 11th August 2021

Recently, following a review, the Foreign Secretary wrote to Members of Parliament about the traffic light system in England. From Sunday 8th August, Austria, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Romania and Slovenia were added to the green list. Slovakia...

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BOUNDARY COMMISSION REVIEW

The Somerset Guardian, 4th August 2021

This week, I wrote to the Boundary Commission for England in response to its recommendations for the South-West. The 2023 Review of Parliamentary constituencies aims to ensure that the number of electors in each constituency is more equal...

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