Rebecca in the Media

As the Member of Parliament for Taunton Deane, I am spending a lot of time out and about across our area, visiting organisations and meeting local people, listening to their concerns and taking action. I am also a strong supporter of charities and the voluntary sector. You can find out more about me and what I am getting up to in our local media and I have added some links to recent coverage I have received:


Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow reflects on 2016 and looks ahead to 2017, Somerset County Gazette, Monday 1 January 2018

MPs accuse BBC of imposing radio silence on presenters who support equal pay for women, The Times, Tuesday 9 January 2018

Rebecca Pow MP makes case for new surgical unit at Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital in House of Commons debate, Somerset County Gazette, Saturday 20 January 2018

Sight loss charity shows off its work, Wellington Weekly News, Monday 22 January 2018

Empty Taunton fire control centre sold to investment company, BBC News, Tuesday 23 January 2018

Aprirose buys regional fire centre at Blackbrook Park Avenue, Taunton, for £14 million, Somerset County Gazette, Wednesday 24 January 2018

Duke's gift for town museum, Wellington Weekly News, Tuesday 30 January 2018



Loneliness in the countryside and praise for panto, Wellington Weekly News, Thursday 1 February 2018

Funding for £7.2million Staplegrove spine road pledged by government, Somerset County Gazette, Thursday 1 February 2018

New leadership for rural group in Parliament, Rural Services Network, Thursday 1 February 2018

Rebecca Pow and local women mark centenary of Representation of the People Act, Somerset County Gazette, Tuesday 6 February 2018

Why aren't you being arbiters of truth? MPs scream at Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, The Register, Friday 9 February 2018

Facebook accused of being in an ‘abusive relationship’ with its users by MPs calling for regulation, The Daily Mail, Friday 9 February 2018

YouTube's algorithm has surfaced questionable videos, The Business Insider, Friday 9 February 2018

Facebook is a “surveillance operation“ in an “abusive relationship” with its users, say UK lawmakers,, Thursday 9 February 2018

Proposals for £79.5 million surgical centre at Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital, Somerset County Gazette, Thursday 15 February 2018

Plans progress for Wellington Monument despite funding set-back, Somerset County Gazette, Monday 26 February 2018

Taunton Cider Company launches the skittles World Cup, Somerset County Gazette, Wednesday 28 February 2018



View from Westminster: Sign up to support new surgical centre, Wellington Weekly News, Tuesday 6 March 2018

UK farmers to be given first ever targets on soil health, The Guardian, Tuesday 13 March 2018

Defra urged to explain soil improvement plan, Farmers Weekly, Wednesday 14 March 2018

UK to set goal of restoring soil health by 2030, Treehugger, Wednesday 14 March 2018

New bill will mandate measures to improve UK's soil health amid fertility crisis, Farming UK, Wednesday 14 March 2018

Taunton MP defends vote to introduce threshold for free school meals, Somerset County Gazette, Thursday 15 March 2018

Heathrow expands links to South West businesses, Business Leader, Monday 19 March 2018

Taunton Deane-West Somerset merger backed by Sajid Javid, Somerset County Gazette, Thursday 22 March 2018

Musgrove hopes for Government cash for £79.5m centre, Somerset County Gazette, Monday 26 March 2018

Rebecca Pow speech on Salisbury poison attack, Somerset County Gazette, Tuesday 27 March 2018

Government funds Musgrove's £79.m surgical centre, Somerset County Gazette, Wednesday 28 March 2018

New Surgical Centre For Musgrove Park, Heart FM, Wednesday 28 March 2018

Honda's future discussed during parliamentary visit to South Marston plant, Swindon Advertiser, Friday 30 March 2018

MP says Swallowfield 'going from strength to strength', Wellington Weekly News, Saturday 31 March 2018



Sustainable Soils Alliance discusses government’s 25 Year Plan for the Environment, Smallholder, Monday 2 April 2018

New IT building opens at Richard Huish College, Somerset County Gazette, Monday 16 April 2018

Moonbeams farm shop welcomes MP, Wellington Weekly News, Tuesday 17 April 2018



Host of attractions at Wellington Park spring fair, Wellington Weekly News, Tuesday 1 May 2018

Reaction to Somerset County Council's plans to scrap councils, Somerset County Gazette, Tuesday 1 May 2018

Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow backs Football Shirt Friday, Somerset County Gazette, Tuesday 1 May 2018

Rebecca Pow calls for more waste partnerships,, Wednesday 2 May 2018

MP Rebecca Pow encouraging residents to have eye tests after glaucoma scare, Somerset County Gazette, Wednesday 9 May 2018

Sun shines on spring fair in the park, Wellington Weekly News, Thursday 10 May 2018

Defra consults on environment body to replace EU,, Friday 11 May 2018

Farming couple thinking 'green', Wellington Weekly News, Saturday 12 May 2018

'I'm conscious of what goes down the loo': Rebecca Pow on being green, Somerset County Gazette, Thursday 24 May 2018



Alexander Nix blames 'global liberal media' for Cambridge Analytica collapse – as it happenedThe Guardian, Wednesday 6 June 2018

Farmers at the Bath and West, Wellington Weekly News, Thursday 7 June 2018

What we learned about Arron Banks at the fake news inquiry, Open Democracy, Tuesday 12 June 2018

Taunton Deane Borough Council given funds to tackle rough sleeping, Somerset County Gazette, Tuesday 12 June 2018

Arron Banks walks out as MPs' questions on Brexit and Russia run late – as it happenedThe Guardian, Tuesday 12 June 2018

New £500,000 radiotherapy CT scanner opens at Musgrove Park Hospital, Somerset County Gazette, Thursday 14 June 2018

EXCL Tory MPs set to pile pressure on Theresa May to fix 'broken housing market, Politics Home, Sunday 17 June 2018

Rebecca Pow MP resigns from Somerset Wildlife Trust, Somerset County Gazette, Friday 22 June 2018

Glastonbury boss Eavis quits Somerset Wildlife Trust, BBC, Friday 22 June 2018

Glastonbury festival founder resigns from Somerset Wildlife Trust following petition criticising his views on the badger cull, Somerset Live, Friday 22 June 2018

Great War woodland dedication ceremony, Wellington Weekly News, Saturday 23 June 2018

TAUNTON MP REBECCA POW COLUMN: Delight at opening of sensory garden, Somerset County Gazette, Sunday 24 June 2018



DfE considering response to Bercow: 10 Years On, Nursery Week, Thursday 5 July 2018

Petition to keep 40 Commando's Norton Manor base openSomerset County Gazette, Monday 9 July 2018

Taunton MP Rebecca Pow's response to Government resignations over Brexit, Somerset County Gazette, Wednesday 11 July 2018

War thank you day at Dunkirk Memorial Home, Somerset County Gazette, Wednesday 11 July 2018

All the fun of church fair, Wellington Weekly News, Thursday 12 July 2018

Minister Jake Berry in Taunton High Street, Somerset County Gazette, Thursday 19 July 2018

Taunton Home Education group's new guidance concerns, Somerset County Gazette, Friday 20 July 2018

The (rural) communication divide, Rural Services Network, Friday 27 July 2018

Government Minister visits Wellington’s Shops, Wellington Weekly News, Sunday 29 July 2018



Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow on farming, trees and Brexit, Somerset County Gazette, Saturday 4 August 2018

Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow on tackling fake news, Somerset County Gazette, Sunday 19 August 2018

MP Rebecca Pow calls for more time to save park and ride services in Taunton, Somerset County Gazette, Monday 27 August 2018

Residents react as two Taunton park and ride sites face closure, Western Daily Press, Wednesday 29 August 2018

Petitions and talks to save Silk Mills and Gateway Park and Ride in Taunton, Somerset County Gazette, Wednesday 29 August 2018



'Pause for thought' call on town park-and-rides, Wellington Weekly News, Tuesday 4 September 2018

Progress on plans to restore Wellington MonumentSomerset County Gazette, Wednesday 5 September 2018

Week Ahead in Parliament, BBC News, Friday 7 September 2018

Around Westminster: proposals to save park and ride sites, Wellington Weekly News, Tuesday 11 September 2018

Emma’s happy selling monument project!, Wellington Weekly News, Wednesday 12 September 2018

COUNCIL CUTS: Rebecca Pow vows to fight for fairer funding, Somerset County Gazette, Thursday 13 September 2018

Taunton MP fighting for fairer funding for Somerset, Somerset County Gazette, Friday 21 September 2018



Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow says Job Centre staff 'positive' about Universal Credit, Somerset County Gazette, Tuesday 2 October 2018

Making our homes more energy efficient is critical to tackling climate change, says Rebecca Pow MP, Politics Home, Tuesday 2 October 2018

Brexit: Barnier says May’s Chequers plan would give UK 'huge competitive edge' over EU – as it happened, The Guardian, Wednesday 10 October 2018

Hestercombe Gardens Trust buying back land from Crown Estate, Somerset County Gazette, Wednesday 10 October 2018

MP meets Defence Secretary and puts case for Marines to stay in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset County Gazette, Wednesday 17 October 2018

Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow on Business and Agriculture, Somerset County Gazette, Saturday 20 October 2018

Sir Philip Green named in parliament as businessman in 'British #MeToo scandal' - as it happenedThe Guardian, Thursday 25 October 2018



REVEALED: Multi-million pound revamp to transform Taunton Station, Somerset County Gazette, Thursday 1 November 2018

Taunton Station upgrade: Five things you need to know about the multi-million pound transformation, Western Daily Press, Friday 2 November 2018

Remembrance ceremony at Vivary Park, Taunton, Somerset County Gazette, Sunday 11 November 2018

Father hands historic role on to daughter, Somerset County Gazette, Monday 12 November 2018

Parts of Somerset could remain without superfast broadband until 2022 due to company's 'incompetence'Somerset County Gazette, Thursday 15 November 2018

Closure of 40 Commando base clarified as politicians continue campaign to save Norton Fitzwarren campWestern Daily Press, Wednesday 21 November 2018

Rebecca Pow and Gideon Amos fight to save Norton Manor CampSomerset County Gazette, Wednesday 21 November 2018

May admits her ‘queue jumping’ jibe about EU nationals was a mistake – as it happenedThe Guardian, Monday 26 November 2018

MPs and international ministers blast Facebook's Zuckerberg over non-appearance, City A.M, Tuesday 27 November 2018

Fake news inquiry: Facebook questioned by MPs from around the world – as it happenedThe Guardian, Tuesday 27 November 2018



Wellington Monument repair fund gets 500,000 boostSomerset County Gazette, Wednesday 6 December 2018

REBECCA POW: 'This Government has helped people earn more and keep more of their earnings'Somerset County Gazette, Monday 10 December 2018

Rebecca Pow's first High Street Awards in Taunton and WellingtonSomerset County Gazette, Tuesday 11 December 2018

Somerset MPs speak out ahead of vote of no-confidence in Prime Minister Theresa MaySomerset County Gazette, Wednesday 12 December 2018

Who is supporting Theresa May? How key Tories will vote in the no confidence challengeThe Mirror, Wednesday 12 December 2018


No-confidence vote: Which Tory MPs are backing Theresa May and which will vote against her?; Keep track of how Tory MPs will vote in tonight's secret ballot, The Independent, Wednesday 12 December 2018

May survives confidence vote with a majority of 83 - as it happened; Prime minister defeats leadership challenge after Conservative MPs vote to back her by 200 to 117The Guardian, Wednesday 12 December 2018

How every Somerset MP will vote in Theresa May leadership challengeWestern Daily Press, Wednesday 12 December 2018

Business Rates cash to stay in Somerset under new schemeSomerset County Gazette, Thursday 13 December 2018

COLUMN: 'Business is lifeblood of our area,' Taunton Deane MP Rebecca PowSomerset County Gazette, Thursday 13 December 2018