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John writes a fortnightly column for The Weston & Somerset Mercury as Weston-Super-Mare's MP, provides articles for numerous local and national publications, and is regularly interviewed by these avenues too. Copies of these articles and interviews are below:

Conservation Bulletin: Heritage challenges in the modern world

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In an article for Conservation Bulletin (written before the election, but published in October 2015), John puts on his former Heritage Minister hat and offers possible solutions to two problems that will be sat waiting in the in-tray of Historic England's new Chief Exec.


Weston Mercury: Right To Die Bill Debated In Commons

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The Weston Mercury reports on the 'Right To Die Bill' that was debated in Parliament for the first time in 20 years and Weston's MP shares his thoughts on the Bill that was brought to the table.


Individual Voter Registration Will Bring Us Into Line With Every Other Serious Democracy in the World

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In an article for The Huffington Post, John speaks about the long and overdue work of modernising our electoral rolls, the authoritative lists of who is eligible to vote.


John joins WTN to celebrate their 1,500th edition

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A volunteer group which helps North Somerset's blind and partially-sighted people keep in touch with the news celebrated an important landmark this week.


Mercury Article: 'Banksy's on the phone, Boss!'

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In an article for The Weston Mercury, John asks readers to put themselves in the shoes of the Council employee who got a call one morning a few months back from someone claiming to be the notorious 'Banksy'...


Mercury Article: I've always had a soft spot for Sir Eric...

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In his most recent article for The Weston Mercury John tells readers about why he has always had a soft spot for Eric Pickles and how his most recent role serving the Government means he'll get to work with him a bit more...


The Guardian Article: Electoral registration changes will make voting fairer and reduce the risk of fraud

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In an article for The Guardian, John explains why it is 'absolutely untrue' that anyone will accidentally find themselves unable to vote because of the change to individual electoral registration.


Mercury Article: A ray of hope for Birnbeck Pier?

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In this week's article for the Weston Mercury, John discusses that despite the best efforts of almost everyone involved, from the council to the Friends of the Old Pier and the ‘Save Birnbeck Pier’ group, with every passing day, the Old Pier gets a little bit weaker and more at risk from the elements...


Western Daily Press: Why the SNP want us to dislike them...

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In an article for the Western Daily Press John talks about why the SNP have decided they are quite happy to come across as unprincipled and spiteful and why it certainly isn't stupid that they've chosen to do so... but, we need to be clever and not rise to their bait. Done correctly English Votes for English Laws will get through and cement the UK more firmly together as a result.


Weston Mercury: MP approves of plans to add life & social-feel to town centre

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The Weston Mercury report that street art, pedestrianisation and more outdoor events around Weston High Street are priorities moving forward with the town centre's regeneration. John, who has previously discussed his ideas of adding life to the town and encouraging building up-not-out' gives his thoughts...

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