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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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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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Listen to my interview last week on Tone FM

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Another Win for Taunton Town

Just hours after I agreed to sponsor Bishops Lydeard chap and Taunton Town player Graham Mercieca, he scores in TTFC’s 3-0 win over Didcot! Nice one, guys.

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Somerset Conservatives Fail in Fair Funding Bid for Somerset. Again.

Snuck out, just before Christmas, was the news that Somerset County Council is to receive £1m LESS than the already massively slashed level of Government funding that had been anticipated. Ever since being elected I have called repeatedly on the … Continue reading

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Defending Pubs

For a decade now I’ve been fighting against the loss of pubs. I’ve objected to planning applications for conversion and drove the registration, as Assets of Community Value, of the two pubs in the village where I live. Pubs provide … Continue reading

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Somerset Conservative Leader Misleads the Council

After the previous meeting of Somerset County Council on 22 October, I wrote an open letter to John Osman pointing out that almost everything he said in his 8 minute statement about the post of Director of Children’s Services was … Continue reading

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Somerset Children’s Services Goes From Bad to Worse

For some time now, I have been concerned about the management of Children’s Services in Somerset. The services we provide to children are some of the most important areas of responsibility for the County Council and it is worrying how … Continue reading

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