Archived News: 2016


A year in stories: What made the headlines in the Somerset County Gazette during 2015, Somerset County Gazette, Friday 1 January 2016

Operation puts Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow out of action for six weeks, Somerset County Gazette, Monday 18 January 2016

Broadband plans for Somerset lack 'fibre': LETTER, Somerset County Gazette, Sunday 24 January 2016

Taunton's Albert Goodman celebrate 150th anniversary, Somerset County Gazette, Wednesday 27 January 2016



'Clean for the Queen' Taunton Deane call from MP Rebecca Pow, This is the West Country, Wednesday 3 February 2016

Rail Minister Claire Perry praises Rebecca Pow's efforts in Wellington Station project, Somerset County Gazette,Thursday 11 February 2016

Deane House and County Hall windfalls to counteract fall in Government grant, Somerset County Gazette, Friday 12 February 2016

Clean for the Queen litter pickers cleaning up Taunton, Somerset County Gazette, Tuesday 16 February 2016

Join MP Rebecca Pow in Clean for the Queen Taunton and Wellington litter picks, Somerset County Gazette, Friday 26 February 2016

Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow's daughter Verity celebrates her sixth birthday - 24 years after she was born, Somerset County Gazette, Monday 29 February 2016

Taunton Deane's Rebecca Pow among top ten most active new MPs, This is the West Country, Monday 29 February 2016



What do you think of Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow's 'greyceful' look?, Somerset County Gazette, Wednesday 9 March 2016

Rebecca Pow's pilates workout in new Taunton studio, Somerset County Gazette, Thursday 10 March 2016

Fancy some sun? Why flying from Cardiff could be cheaper than Bristol for Taunton Deane holidaymakers, Somerset County Gazette, Tuesday 15 March 2016

EU referendum is the 'elephant in the room' as MPs quiz farming ministers, Plymouth Herald, Thursday 17 March 2016



Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow will back 'stay' campaignSomerset County Gazette, Monday 4 April 2016

'Taunton Deane MP urges brexit voters to think of next generation', Western Daily Press, Monday 4 April 2016

'MP Rebecca Pow bussing over visiting Taunton Beekeepers' centre...'Somerset County Gazette, Friday 8 April 2016

The Answer Lies in the Soil, The Guardian, Wednesday 13 April 2016

The Great Railway Station Debate, Wellington Weekly News, Tuesday 19 April 2016

Beekeepers Win Support Over Disease Team, Wellington Weekly News, Tuesday 19 April 2016

Ministry of Cake boss says leaving the EU would be a huge risk, Somerset County Gazette, Thursday 21 April 2016

Somerset bakery decides EU membership is the icing on the cakePlymouth Herald, Thursday 21 April 2016

Rebecca Pow MP running art & photo competition to celebrate Somerset DaySomerset County Gazette, Saturday 23 April 2016

George Osborne praises Taunton Deane MP for A358 Upgrade, Somerset County Gazette, Saturday 23 April 2016

MP helps produce report saying Britain's EU membership is crucial in shaping UK Environment Policy, This is the West County, Sunday 24 April 2016



Rebecca Pow visits The Big House CoSomerset County Gazette, Sunday 1 May 2016

Tory MPs tell Cameron to accept steep cuts needed for UK's fifth carbon budgetThe Guardian, Wednesday 4 May 2016

Conservative backbenchers urge Cameron to back Fifth Carbon BudgetBusiness Green, Wednesday 4 May 2016

Rebecca Pow urges PM to cut down greenhouse gas emissionsSomerset County Gazette, Thursday 5 May 2016

Imperative MPs understand scale of plastic pollutionPlymouth Herald, Monday 9 May 2016

MP presents petition to Parliament to press for Wellington Railway StationSomerset County Gazette, Tuesday 10 May 2016

Scientists Warn That You Could Be Inhaling Chemically-Laden Microplastic Particles, Ecowatch, Wednesday 11 May 2016

Rebecca digs in for battle anniversairyWellington Weekly, Thursday 12 May 2016

Vivienne Stock-Williams takes over as new Mayor of Taunton DeaneSomerset County Gazette, Friday 13 May 2016

Council planners are looking at new cafeWellington Weekly, Sunday 15 May 2016

Reasons for Webber Bus ceasing trading 'unclear', Bridgwater Mercury, Tuesday 17 May 2016

Taunton MP calls for help with urgent repairs at the Wellington MonumentITV News, Wednesday 18 May 2016

Scientists warn that you could be inhaling chemically laden microplastic, Thursday 19 May 2016

Could Devon, Cornwall and Somerset get new universities?Plymouth Herald, Thursday 19 May 2016

MP launches petition to restore Wellington MonumentBBC News, Thursday 19 May 2016

Taunton MP launches petition to restore Wellington MonumentSomerset County Gazette, Thursday 19 May 2016

Stanley Johnson joins Taunton MP for Environmental ForumSomerset County Gazette, Friday 20 May 2016

Why the Wellington Monument should be savedSomerset Live, Friday 20 May 2016

Old folk hit by bus firm closureWellington Weekly, Tuesday Sunday 22nd May 2016

Work starts on Station Road in TauntonSomerset County Gazette, Monday 23 May 2016

European Arrest Warrant removes 322 foreign criminals from South West, Plymouth Herald, Monday 23 May 2016

New laws introduced to tackle legal highsSomerset County Gazette, Thursday 26 May 2016

Town Monument - now it's over to youWellington Weekly, Saturday 28 May 2016



Bath & West: Defra will be 'Brexit ready', urges EusticePlymouth Herald, Wednesday 1 June 2016

Petition promotes case for new metro stationWellington Weekly, Wednesday 1 June 2016

Young voters take EU matters into their own hands as Devon and Cornwall MPs hit the campaign trailPlymouth Herald, Wednesday 1 June 2016

Police to investigate WebberBusSomerset County Gazette, Wednesday 1 June 2016

Defra 'will be ready' for Brexit, says Eustice, Farmers Weekly,Thursday 2 June 2016

Annual Wellington Carnival Street Fair returnSomerset County Gazette, Friday 3 June 2016

Politicians clash in Brexit debare at Royal Bath and West ShowSmallholder, Friday 3 June 2016

The Wellington Carnival Street Fair, Somerset County Gazette, Sunday 5 June 2016

Stoke St Mary Soapbox Derby, Somerset County Gazette, Monday 6 June 2016

MP Rebecca Pow helps House of Commons win tug of war against the LordsThis is the West Country, Thursday 9 June 2016

Police called in over bus company closureWellington Today, Thursday 9 June

Scientist: We could be inhaling microplastics laden with chemicals, The Epoch Times, Friday 10 June 2016

Celebrations held across Taunton Deane for the Queen's 90th BirthdaySomerset County Gazette, Monday 13 June 2016

Rebecca Pow finds out about Somerset's Work Programme, Somerset County Gazette, Monday 13 June 2016

In or Our?: Taunton hosts EU HustingsSomerset County Gazette, Tuesday 14 June 2016

Minister says UK government 'fully backs' microbeads banSomerset County Gazette, Tuesday 14 June 2016

'MPs are vulnerable' says Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow following shock death of Jo Cox MP, Somerset County Gazette, Friday 17 June 2016

EU referendum - the environment is best dealt with Europe-wide, says Rebecca PowSomerset County Gazette, Monday 20 June 2016

Why the EU is best for the South West's EnvironmentSomerset County Gazette, Wednesday 22 June 2016

EU Referendum: Conservative MP Rebecca Pow says decision will have an impact for many year, Somerset Live, Friday 24 June 2016

Police called to referendum count in Taunton after man allegedly threatens Vote Remain Campaigners, Somerset County Gazette, Friday 24 June 2016

EU Referendum: Somerset MPs react to vote to leave the EU, Chard and Ilminster News, Wednesday 29 June 2016



Tributes to those killed at the Battle of the Somme, Yeovil Express, Friday 1 July 2016

Pow in 'pull together' call after poll verdict, Wellington Weekly, Friday 1 July 2016

Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow calls for stricter dog fighting sentences during Westminster Hall debate, Somerset County Gazette, Sunday 3 July 2016

Acting head of Queen's College tells students the school 'is as strong as it has ever been', Somerset County Gazette, Tuesday 5 July 2016

'Iraq invasion influences my decision making' - Rebecca Pow's Chilcot Report reactionSomerset County Gazette, 7 July 2016

Bake-off winners at business showcase, Wellington Weekly, Friday 8 July 2016

Farm brand 'fakers': 'Tesco cynically using British-sounding names to trick its shoppers into buying foreign food', The Daily Mail, Saturday 9 July 2016

Duke of Wellington Charles Wellesley supports Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow's campaign to restore Wellington Monument, Somerset County Gazette, Saturday 9 July 2016

Somerset MPs welcome Theresa May's appointment as next Prime MinisterBridgwater Mercury, Monday 11 July 2016

Duke backs MP's Monument petitionWellington Weekly News, Monday 11 July 2016

Duke signs petition to save crumbling Wellington Monument in SomersetBBC News, Friday 15 July 2016

Minister positive on railway station plan, Wellington Weekly News, Saturday 16 July 2016

Trident: How every MP votedThe Spectator, Tuesday 19 July 2016

Mid Devon Council adds to funds for feasibility study into train station..., This is the West Country, Wednesday 20 July 2016

Mid Devon Council adds to funds for feasibility study into train station..., Mid Devon Star, Thursday 21 July 2016

Rebecca Pow appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary, Somerset County Gazette, Friday 29 July 2016

Hinkley delay risks 'significant' economic harm, warn businesses, Plymouth Herald, Friday 29 July 2016



Why we need to better protect Britain's ancient woodlands, The Ecologist, Monday 1 August 2016

Taunton MP visits Taunton recycling centre, Lets Recycle, Thursday 11 August 2016

Calls for Chancellor Philip Hammond to back A358 and A303 improvement plans, This is the West Country, Thursday 11 August 2016

Rebecca Pow survey on £22.9million Taunton Railway Station development, Somerset County Gazette, Friday 12 August 2016

Trust seeks £4m and public support for Monument project, Wellington Weekly, Saturday 13 August 2016

MPs call for ban on plastic in cosmetics, Plymouth Herald, Wednesday 24 August 2016



Crunch time for merger as leaders head to Westminster, Somerset County Gazette, Wednesday 7 September 2016

Government to ban microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products following Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow's campaign, Somerset County Gazette, Thursday 8 September 2016

National Trust appeals for volunteers to help restore iconic Wellington Monument, Somerset County Gazette, Saturday 10 September 2016

Food festival's a tasty treat, Wellington Weekly, Sunday 11 September 2016

Ground broken on 78 new homes coming to Parmin Close in Taunton, Somerset County Gazette, Saturday 17 September 2016

Refugee aid from Taunton open day, Somerset County Gazette, Sunday 18 September 2016

Rebecca Pow and rescue dog Daisy in Westminster Dog of the Year 2016 contest, Somerset County Gazette, Sunday 18 September 2016

UK To Ratify Paris Agreement Shows Commitment To Climate Change, Blue & Green Tomorrow, Wednesday 21 September 2016

Come along: Rebecca Pow to host National Older Peoples Day Fair ..., Somerset County Gazette, Friday 23 September 2016

A bright new start at Minerva Primary School in Taunton, Somerset County Gazette, Monday 26 September 2016

MP opens company's new offices in Taunton, Somerset County Gazette, Tuesday 27 September 2016

New partnership opens up wild Taunton for everyone, Somerset County Gazette, Friday 30 September 2016



Nominate a VIP for Christmas light switch-on in Wellington, Somerset County Gazette, Tuesday 4 October 2016

MP supports Baby Loss Awareness Week, Somerset County Gazette, Sunday 9 October 2016

Community hero to turn on Christmas lights, Wellington Weekly News, Sunday 9 October 2016

Christmas light switch on with special guests at The Emporium, AboutMyArea, Monday 17 October 2016

Somerset County Gazette's 'Somerset' book launch, Bridgwater Mercury, Thursday 20 October 2016

MP Rebecca Pow's survey reveals multi-storey car park..., This is the West Country, Friday 21 October 2016

MP for Taunton Deane hosts event for elderly people, Somerset County Gazette, Saturday 22 October 2016

Young at Heart Club at Older People's Fair, Wellington Weekly, Tuesday 25 October 2016

Taunton students from the Bridgwater and Taunton College celebrate graduating, Somerset County Gazette, Thursday 27 October 2016

Simon Willetts, Combers salon, calls on BT to resolve Taunton High Street's internet, Somerset County Gazette, Sunday 30 October 2016



'Community hero' to help turn on lights, Wellington Weekly, Wednesday 2 November 2016

MPs Criticising Government Over Air Pollution Following ClientEarth Ruling, Blue & Green Tomorrow, Thursday 3 November 2016

40 Commando Royal Marines exit 'will have a massive effect', BBC News, Tuesday 8 November 2016

UPDATED: Norton Manor Camp, near Taunton, to close, Bridgwater Mercury, Tuesday 8 November 2016

40 Commando Norton Manor Camp in Norton Fitzwarren to close in 2028 announces Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, This is the West Country, Tuesday 8 November 2016

Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow holds successful Environmental Forum with Tiverton MP Neil Parish, Somerset County Gazette, Monday 14 November 2016

Generations unite to remember the fallen, Wellington Weekly, Friday 18 November 2016

Why walks in Devon can play a role in treating public health, say politicians, Plymouth Herald, Thursday 24 November 2016

Hedgehog watching 'makes you happy', health debate told, BBC News, Thursday 24 November 2016

Wellington Monument to benefit from £1million from LIBOR funding following Autumn Statement, This is the West Country, Thursday 24 November 2016

Wellington Monument awarded £1m towards 'urgent repairs', BBC News, Thursday 24 November 2016

Wellington Monument to benefit from £1million from LIBOR funding following Autumn Statement, Somerset County Gazette, Thursday 24 November 2016

Rebecca Pow discusses benefits of gardening in backbench debate on health inequality, Somerset County Gazette, Saturday 26 November 2016

Soil health under parliamentary spotlight for the first time, FG Insight, Saturday 26 November 2016

LGBT youth support group's contract withdrawn, BBC News, Wednesday 30 November 2016



Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow pledges her support to new £3.8m Home Building Skills Partnership housing scheme, Somerset Country Gazette, Sunday 4 December 2016

£1m bank fines windfall for Wellington Monument project, Wellington Weekly, Monday 5 December 2016

Wellington charity Reminiscence Learning hosts window display in Hatchers in Taunton, Somerset County Gazette, Thursday 8 December 2016

MP urges government to fund Somerset Rivers Authority, BBC News, Thursday 8 December 2016

Proposals for life sentences for motorists causing death by dangerous driving - Jane Hofmeister welcomes the move, Somerset County Gazette, Thursday 8 December 2016