• But my friend, Louise and our collective three children thought the idea of falling asleep in a particularly magical part of the moor was impossibly exciting! The trip to Millets, selecting the very basics my daughter and I would need, was inspiring.  How lovely it would be to cook in the wild as the sun went down. We planned the meals carefully. Simple lentil casserole in the evening, hot chocolate with marshmallows and squirty cream before bedtime and bacon and veggie sausages for breakfast.  We had to take two cars as we had so much stuff and I was a little nervous about how we [...]

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    It’s fantastic news that the bank is safe - at least for now.  It isn’t clear of course, whether our letters made a difference but I would like to thank everyone who took the time to write in. Lloyds is the only bank left standing in the town and its loss would cause a big problem for elderly people without internet and probably a drop in the number of shoppers. I really hope that the bank will stay open permanently and we have to be alert for future news of further branch closures and act quickly.

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    Mr Swire’s honour was part of a litany of knighthoods and peerages, awarded largely, to Mr Cameron’s friends, political allies and conservative party donors. As part of his resignation honours Mr Cameron created 13 Tory life peers, and handed honours to cabinet ministers, Michael Fallon, Patrick McLoughlin and former ministers Oliver Letwin and Hugo Swire, as well as former chancellor George Osborne. Last month Mr Swire wrote on his blog that he was to join his “close friends” David Cameron and George Osborne on the back benches, after the loss of his ministerial position. Bizarrely, [...]

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    The pollinator action plan said it would “identify and promote” alternatives to neonics (which are linked to bee deaths) on county farms estates and that tenants would be encouraged to sign up a pollinators’ pledge. The plan, however, stopped short, however of opposing their use. I submitted an amendment which proposed to do just this, arguing that although the council could not enforce a ban on its farm tenants, it could make a strong statement against neonics - and certainly ban their use on highways and pavements. I read out a letter to council leader, John Hart, from Harry Barton, [...]

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