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Articles

John writes a fortnightly column for The Weston & Somerset Mercury as Weston-Super-Mare's MP, provides articles for numerous local and national publications, and is regularly interviewed by these avenues too. Copies of these articles and interviews are below:



Weston Mercury: Zombies in the House of Commons!?

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‘MPs Snooze Through Debates In Zombie Parliament!’ screamed a recent headline! But is that really the case? Are MPs really sleeping? Do MPs and their assistants really have to dodge the walking dead every time they go into work? In his latest article for The Weston Mercury John explores the truth behind this bit of press mischief...

 

Bristol Evening Post Article: We know it's boring... but use your vote!

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Christmas is a dim-and-distant memory, you’ve given up alcohol or your favourite foods and, to top it all up, it’s freezing outside. What could be more depressing? Well, there’s going to be a general election in just over 3 months’ time… John talks about why, despite making television quite the snooze-fest, it's important to vote.

 

Weston Mercury Article: Are you bored of GE2015 yet?

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Just under 100 days to go before the election and the question is: ‘are you bored to tears with it all yet?’ Now we’ve got fixed term Parliaments, everyone knows exactly when polling day will be so election campaigns start miles earlier than they used to....

 

Mercury Article: The Beasts of Westminster...

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People often describe politics as a ‘dog-eat-dog’ kind of world and, leaving aside the fact that it’s a rather gratuitous insult to man’s best friend, I’m not sure it’s really true anyway. But there’s at least one area of Parliament where the dogs are, literally, in charge...

 

Mercury Article: So how are those New Year resolutions going?

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So, how are those New Year resolutions going? Are you toiling away at the gym and turning down those extra chocolates in a determined attempt to make amends for Christmas? Me neither. But there are still some pretty important things I want to achieve in 2015....

 

Don't turn the clock back to bad old days of Avon

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In an article for The Bristol Evening Post, John expands on his opinion that Avon isn't the right answer for us in terms of funding. He explains that: 'it's not that we don't like Bristol... It's just that, when we were part of Avon, Bristol always seemed to get the lion's share of everything while the rest of us were left with the crumbs.

 

John invited to see the work Weston's Hep C Team are doing

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You know those startling moments when something you sort-of-knew in theory suddenly leaps off the page when you see it for real? John writes about how this happened to him when he accepted an invite from Weston's Hep C team who now have access to Hep C treatments that can cure the nasty disease entirely.

 

Weston Mercury: Weston Deserves Better

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In his weekly column written for the Weston Mercury, John asks whether you've signed the Fairer Funding petition yet. For those unaware, John has teamed up with the Weston Mercury to spread awareness of the Fairer Funding Petition that looks to make sure Weston and the villages get a fair share of whatever Government Health, Police & Education cash is going...

 

Weston Mercury Article: Fragile Reputations and The Recall Bill

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In this week's article for The Weston Mercury, John talks about reputations, how very fragile they can be and the new Recall Bill that will force misbehaving MPs to face the music with their electors immediately...

 

Mercury Article: Weston should be proud of huge improvements in local schools

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In this week's article for The Weston Mercury, John talks about how any parent, wherever or whoever they are, wants a good education for their children and how Weston's schools are ensuring that this is the case for local families...

 
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