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  • Tisbury Church
    Article: Apr 18, 2015

    On the BBC Wiltshire debate I said, "We are now becoming more multi-faith but essentially the history of this country is a history of Christianity." This has been queried with the tweet:

    'Christianity has been around for 2015 years at most, this country a lot longer'

    That raises two questions - How long have we been Christian, and how long have we been 'this country'?.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2015

    Trowbridge councillor Steve Oldrieve is leading a campaign to get the speed limit on the new Hilperton Gap road reduced to 40mph, rather than the 50mph supported by Wiltshire Council. The same limit, he says, should be applied to the Leap Gate extension. Here's the letter he's been putting out to residents:

  • Article: Apr 17, 2015

    Letters are going out to parents of 5,313 children this week informing them which school their child will attend this autumn.

    The figures for Wiltshire have remained similar to last year with 10% of children failing to get a place at their first choice school.

    This year parents also had the option of applying for places online and 82 per cent, 4,398 applications, were made this way.

    Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children's services, said:

  • Article: Apr 16, 2015
    By Trevor Carbin

    The election hustings held at North Bradley on Tuesday April 14th included a series of questions, not all of which were asked on the night. It was an interesting event to take part in, particularly as many of the questions had a more moral or ethical slant than usual. Here are the questions and my answers:

  • Article: Apr 16, 2015

    Survivors of domestic violence may feel worried about registering to vote. If this is you or someone you know here's information on how to register to vote safely.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2015

    Everyone knows neither David Cameron nor Ed Miliband can win this general election out right.

    The prospect of a left-wing alliance between Labour and the SNP has been well covered. What's equally possible is an alliance that will drag Britain further and further to the right:

    BLUKIP - a bloc of right-wingers from UKIP, the Conservatives and the DUP that could hold the balance of power.

  • 2010 hustings in Warminster (warminster people)
    Article: Apr 16, 2015

    The Swallowcliffe Debating Society has held a Question Time evening during the run up to all of the elections this century, and this year will be no exception. It will be free (with a collection for Hope and Homes for Children), and on 29th April at 1930.

    Mere, Warminster and North Bradley have already held their hustings, as has John of Gaunt school.

  • Article: Apr 14, 2015

    The Conservatives would carry on cutting spending, even after the books have been balanced and would cut £50bn more than is necessary.

    Conservative plans to cut welfare by £12bn will mean taking £1,500 away from 8 million households.

    The Conservatives would slash spending on public services like schools, the police, defence and social care to the lowest it has been in over half a century.

  • Article: Apr 13, 2015

    Labour would borrow £70bn more than the Lib Dems in the next parliament as Ed Miliband again refused to give a specific date when he would balance the books during their manifesto launch.

    Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has only said Labour will balance the current budget by the end of the next parliament.

  • Article: Apr 12, 2015

    Non Dom charges introduced by Liberal Democrats in Government would have raised £2bn had Labour introduced them during their 13 years in power.

    The Liberal Democrats in Government have increased the amount of money non doms pay in tax this parliament - raising £160m-a-year for the public purse - by increasing the annual charges they are required to pay.

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