Author Archives: Mike Rigby

Why I’m Voting Mike Rigby

This is an email I received from Independent Borough Councillor Steve Ross from Wiveliscombe. I thought I’d share it with you. “Mike, Why I’m voting Mike Rigby for our MP. When I am campaigning for the District Council elections many … Continue reading

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My Parliamentary Manifesto

I have spoken to thousands of people over the course of this campaign and before and have a good idea of the issues that concern the people of Taunton Deane. I have set out my plans in various posts and … Continue reading

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General Election Hustings

We are about halfway through the hustings’ season, which I’ve enjoyed very much. Unlike some independent candidates elsewhere in the country, I’ve had no trouble getting invited to all the main events. Still to come are: – 17th April – … Continue reading

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UKIP. Tories. Two Sides of the Same Coin.

UKIP will have us believe that they are the great slayers of the established parties, the new kids on the block poking the big political parties in the eyes. I’ve always been sceptical about this narrative given that they are … Continue reading

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Mike Supports Friends of Quantock Manifesto

This morning, in the driving rain, I met Chairman of Friends of Quantock, Alan Hughes, to back their ‘Quantock Manifesto.’ You can read it Quantocks Manifesto. I fully support the aims of the manifesto and will help FOQ achieve them … Continue reading

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STATEMENT FROM MIKE RIGBY, leader of the Independents Group, Somerset County Council. After two years of failings, today’s OFSTED report highlighting continuing widespread and serious failures in Somerset’s Children’s Services give me major cause for concern. These are the services … Continue reading

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Housing has become a huge issue in recent years and today we see the big political parties wheeling out their policies to address the problem. I’ll be setting out my views and policies here today. But first, a few facts … Continue reading

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The Way I See It

Thanks to the Somerset County Gazette for publishing my opinion piece in the current edition (12/2/15). Here is the full, unedited text: THE WAY I SEE IT by Mike Rigby, Independent Parliamentary Candidate for Taunton Deane Independent – Free to … Continue reading

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LibDem and Conservative MPs Vote Against Protection for Pubs

Following last month’s famous victory giving pub tenants the right to a Market Rent Only (MRO) deal, parliamentary pub campaigners tonight had a go at providing further protections for pubs.  Currently, there is nothing to stop pubs being converted into … Continue reading

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NHS and Health Policy

The NHS is now showing as the key election concern amongst the electorate and I’m not surprised. Equal access to healthcare has to be one of the crowning glories of our country. Not for us, the US-style system where no … Continue reading

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