What have Devon’s 12 MPs been doing?
Wondering what your Devon MP’s been up to? We’ve sifted through the info to give you a snapshot update of what they’ve been doing.
Adrian Sanders (Lib Dem) Torbay Adrian on Facebook, @adriansandersmp
The Bay MP who defied the pundits and increased his majority in the last election has been warning about the inequities of the changes in pensions, and said on his Facebook page on Friday, April 1: “Still hoping others will end their business in time to debate my smoke alarm Bill this morning. 4 children have died in fires since last debate & still no action.”
Anne Marie Morris (Con) Newton Abbot @AMMorrisMP, Anne Marie on Facebook
An active and busy week of Newton Abbot’s MP, with notes on the debate about women in business, rural communities with poor or no broadband and the launch of the National Housing Federation manifesto to deliver affordable rural housing. She talks about the Budget and her time out and about in her consitutency
Mel Stride (Con) Central Devon, Mel on Facebook
Unfortunately Mel has started to get a bit of rep as working below the radar, but he has been joining in debates this week. Check out this story on the PRSD
Ben Bradshaw (Lab) Exeter @BenPBradshaw
We’ve taken a quick gander at Ben’s Twitter feed, and he says:
“Dreadful blow to Exeter as Government cuts all support for Northcott Theatre from next year in today’s act of cultural vandalism”
“Exeter wins its campaign for a voice on the new SW enterprise body! Let’s see if the Government heeds our appeal for high speed broadband.”
“So now we know from the Oxfordshire “experiment” Government cuts to speed cameras has cost lives:
Hugo Swire (Con) East Devon
A quick look at Hugo’s site reveals he’s welcomed consultation on anti-social behaviour and he has warned against a yes vote with regard to electoral reform
Nick Harvey (Lib Dem) North Devon
The latest news with have from the Armed Forces minister North Devon MP Nick Harvey is that he’s been chatting to traders in Barnstaple after the Budget
Sarah Wollaston (Con) Totnes
The Totnes MP includes on her site her questions in Parliament, her press cuttings and her newsletter. A highlight of the past week being her introduction of a bill to ban alcohol advertising to children. On a local level, she’s championed a cycle path
Gary Streeter (Con) Devon South West
Gary Streeter has been busy as chairman on the committe stage of the Public Bill on Protection of Freedoms and in his weekly article he talks about the Tungsten Mine at Drakelands (Hemerdon) being now on the brink of getting the go ahead; an aerobic digester using redundant china clay facilities at Lee Moor to gobble up commercial waste and produce energy; and the ongoing issues of Viridor planning to incinerate commercial waste at New England Quarry, Lee Mill.
He says: “If Viridor get planning permission for NEQ we could have 2 incinerators within 10 miles, one of them consuming waste from the rest of the UK. This is not acceptable and we must all renew our protests to Devon County Council.”
And finishes with: “The voice of local people about what we accept and what we reject must be heard.”
Alison Seabeck (Lab) Plymouth Moor View Alison on Facebook @alisonseabeck
Alison Seabeck has been pressing the Secretary of State during Defence Questions in the House of Commons for a decision on the baseporting of the Type 23 frigates and the Antarctic patrol vessel. She was told by Liam Fox MP, that a decision was expected soon and that she would be given prior warning.
Neil Parish (Con) Tiverton & Honiton, Neil on Whistle, Neil on Facebook,
Neil, along with Torbay MP Adrian Sanders and other MPs has joined the battle to free abused elephant Annie, and along with Brian Blessed called to stop circus suffering
Oliver Colvile (Con) Plymouth Sutton & Devonport Oliver on Facebook
According to his site, Oliver Colvile MP recently visited Zimbabwe for a week regarding policy and to experience life out there. And here’s a video interview with Oliver on Catch 21
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