It contributes a tidy £6.75 billion in GVA to the national economy each year as a net contributor to Treasury coffers.
Posts Tagged: Somerset
Marcus Fysh: The challenge of coronavirus shows the need for streamlined decision-making in Somerset
A single unitary authority in our county, is needed, as soon as possible, to help our communities to recover.
Jonathan Werran: The Union and the English question. The answer is to let a hundred localist flowers bloom
The first in a five-part ConHome series this week on the future of the United Kingdom.
Duncan McGinty: A remote single council for Somerset would be unpopular and mean missed opportunities
The economies of Glastonbury, Wells, and Yeovil are very different to Minehead, Bridgwater, and Taunton.
A single unitary model has worked well in those areas that have adopted it in recent years, including Dorset, Wiltshire, and Buckinghamshire.
Mark Shelford: Independent Police and Crime Commissioners are less accountable than party politicians
Their appeasement of unlawful protestors has gone unchallenged. A democratic party structure delivers checks and balances.
Neil O’Brien: The next algorithm disaster – coming to a Conservative constituency near you. This time, it’s housing growth.
Most Tory MPs will be seeing large increases in the housing targets for their seats, while many Labour MPs see their local targets reduced.
Gareth Streeter: An intelligent spending review could halt the Liberal Democrats in their tracks in the South West
More investment in rural transport and digital infrastructure and a voice for our fisherman would make a big difference to local campaigns.
The long-awaited Liberal Democrat revival in their traditional strongholds finally transpired. But the independents also made big gains.
Local elections 3) The contest with the Lib Dems – their revival has come far more at the expense of the Conservatives than of Labour
The Lib Dems have made net gains of 400 seats, so far.
Could the Yellow Party take control of Lewes, St Albans, Winchester, Teignbridge, Guildford – even Wokingham?
That is bigger than the size of Surrey. The MOD also holds “rights” to another half a million acres.
Rebecca Pow: Managed decline isn’t enough – we must leave the environment in a better state than we found it
The Government has rightly become more ambitious – but there is still further to go.
If more Cabinet members had won their seats from Labour, perhaps it would leak just a little bit less
Maybe it was ever thus, at least in modern times, but Tory-held suburban seats outside the South-East are under-represented at the top table.
The Government has heard the message, and is dropping the mayoral requirement for rural counties seeking increased devolved power.