News en Rebecca announces steps to further protect Ancient Woodlands Although Ancient woodlands are already strongly protected under the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), earlier this week during the debate on the landmark Environment Bill in the House of Commons, MP for Taunton Deane and Environment Minister Rebecca Pow acknowledged the ongoing concerns… Fri, 22 Oct 2021 13:00:00 +0100 My latest column - 13 October Environmental issues are high on the agenda of many local groups (and of course mine, not just as the local MP but also as the DEFRA Environment Minister), so, I was delighted to take part in Somerset Youth Parliament’s Climate Emergency Strategy Event recently to talk about the Governments’… Wed, 13 Oct 2021 13:00:00 +0100 Key Workers: The Real Heroes - Documentary by Jack Turner Constituent Jack Turner took to documentary to reflect the ‘hard, difficult and isolating’ times the local community has experienced over the last year. Focusing on key workers his film delves into mental health issues, the challenges of lockdown and hope for the future. Please see here to view:… Fri, 21 May 2021 13:00:00 +0100 Environment Bill Interview with the House Magazine - Politics Home Please follow this link to the article:   Fri, 30 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0100 My latest column - 29th April As we emerge from lockdown, attention is focusing on building back better and greener for a more prosperous future. Almost right on cue I am absolutely delighted that one of my key commitments as the MP, which was to secure the upgrade of Taunton Rail station, is virtually complete.  The state-of-… Thu, 29 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0100 Local Arts, Culture & Heritage organisations granted nearly £1million funding Arts, Culture & Heritage organisations in Taunton Deane granted nearly £1million funding from second tranche of Government’s Culture Recovery Fund   Through the second tranche of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, further support is being made available to arts, culture & heritage… Fri, 23 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0100 My latest column - 31 March 2021 I sense that many are breathing a sigh of relief as this week the restrictions have relaxed so that groups of six, or two households, can meet outside (socially distanced from those not in your own household.) Working from home is still advised to help minimise journeys although the ‘stay at home’… Wed, 31 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0100 My Latest Column - 2nd March 2021 There is little doubt that the extraordinary success of the UK’s vaccination programme as well as the resolve of the British public complying with the national restrictions are having the desired effect on tackling the virus, with the latest Somerset seven-day-rate per 100k down to 53.9 cases; and … Tue, 02 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Share your memories in aid of the Wellington Monument project National Trust Press Release   Issued: 12 January 2021   Share your memories in aid of the Wellington Monument project   This New Year, the National Trust are inviting the public to send in and share their memories or wishes for the future in the form of a letter. The letters, a twist on a time… Wed, 13 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000 My Latest Column - 7th January 2021 As outlined by the Prime Minister on Monday night, strict new national restrictions have come into immediate effect. I know the Government hoped to avoid this at all costs, particularly closing schools (though importantly they do remain open for vulnerable children and those of key workers), but… Thu, 07 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000