The Cheddar Valley Gazette asks how John would look to support older people in our community. John speaks about how important it is to ensure our elderly are financially secure - through fair pensions and saving schemes. In addition, John reminds us how important it is to look after the more vulnerable with benefits such as the Winter Fuel Payments, free tests, free travel and TV licenses.
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:
Cheddar Valley Gazette to John: "How do you think your party meets the needs and challenges of today’s young people?"
The Cheddar Valley Gazette has been in touch once again, this time to ask John's views on education and the challenges of young people. John speaks about how important it is to ensure we get education right so that young people growing up can make the best choices and grasp the best prospects throughout their lives.
Finally! Parliament has finished all those last-minute chores, tidying up the remaining loose ends and dangly bits of legislation that have to be sorted out before the doors are shut during the election campaign itself. Let the pre-vote festivities begin, right?
The Cheddar Valley Gazette has been in touch to ask John's views on energy policies going in to the next election. John speaks about how important it is to ensure consumers are getting a fair deal and become less dependant on other countries for our energy supplies.
Cheddar Valley Gazette to John: "What single thing would most improve people’s lives over the next five years?"
The Cheddar Valley Gazette have been running a regular feature where they ask local Parliamentary Candidates questions that are important to voters. In his answer to the question in the title, Jon talks about the importance of protecting local infrastructure and our beautiful views.
‘MPs Snooze Through Debates In Zombie Parliament!’ screamed a recent headline! But is that really the case? Are MPs really sleeping? Do MPs and their assistants really have to dodge the walking dead every time they go into work? In his latest article for The Weston Mercury John explores the truth behind this bit of press mischief...
Christmas is a dim-and-distant memory, you’ve given up alcohol or your favourite foods and, to top it all up, it’s freezing outside. What could be more depressing? Well, there’s going to be a general election in just over 3 months’ time… John talks about why, despite making television quite the snooze-fest, it's important to vote.
Just under 100 days to go before the election and the question is: ‘are you bored to tears with it all yet?’ Now we’ve got fixed term Parliaments, everyone knows exactly when polling day will be so election campaigns start miles earlier than they used to....
People often describe politics as a ‘dog-eat-dog’ kind of world and, leaving aside the fact that it’s a rather gratuitous insult to man’s best friend, I’m not sure it’s really true anyway. But there’s at least one area of Parliament where the dogs are, literally, in charge...
So, how are those New Year resolutions going? Are you toiling away at the gym and turning down those extra chocolates in a determined attempt to make amends for Christmas? Me neither. But there are still some pretty important things I want to achieve in 2015....
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