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  • Article: Jan 23, 2015
    By Trevor Carbin

    Constituents have been writing to ask my views on the UK's Trident nuclear weapon system. People are particularly concerned because a decision on whether or not to replace Trident - at a cost of £100bn - is due in 2016 and Members of Parliament will have to vote on this. The argument is that maintaining Trident is irrelevant to modern security threats; runs counter to our Non-Proliferation Treaty commitment to nuclear disarmament; and is not the best use of tax payers' money given the cuts deemed necessary in other areas of public spending.

  • Article: Jan 23, 2015

    Societies with high degrees of inequality tend to be unstable, unhappy and unsuccessful. The Equality Trust want you to help them - here's their message:

    "Our aim of reducing the UK's extreme inequality won't be a quick or simple task, but the election is a rare "tipping point" opportunity to change what gets said and done about inequality by people in power - and we need to make the most of it.

  • Article: Jan 23, 2015

    The NHS is one of the key matters of public concern in the run-up to the 2015 general election. Here's a message from the Health Foundation.


    Funding pressures set to increase by £65bn
    Our new briefing predicts that funding pressures on the NHS will increase by £65bn above inflation by 2030/31 unless unprecedented long-term productivity gains are made. To meet these pressures, successive governments would need to increase NHS funding by 2.9% a year over and above inflation.

  • Article: Jan 23, 2015

    SW Wilts parliamentary candidate Trevor Carbin has backed calls for better provision of support for local people in mental health crisis. Mind, the mental health charity, is calling for local services to deliver on their promise to improve the support for people who are suicidal, self-harming or in psychosis.

  • 2010 hustings in Warminster (warminster people)
    Article: Jan 23, 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.

    It's likely that other hustings will be arranged at other towns and villages - watch this space for details.

  • Article: Jan 21, 2015

    The government says the Chilcot Report won't be released before the election.

    That means figures like Jack Straw, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair could be getting off lightly thanks to the publication's delay. They need to be held to account: the victims and the public deserve answers.

    Add your name to our campaign to demand that the report on the Iraq War is published before the General Election

  • Article: Jan 20, 2015

    The framework to shape the development of Wiltshire for the next 12 years has been formally adopted by the council.

    The Wiltshire Core Strategy - a blueprint for development in the county - was today (Tuesday 20 January) voted through by Wiltshire Councillors. The adoption by the council follows the document's approval by the government planning inspectorate.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2015

    The UN is looking to appoint its next Humanitarian Chief. David Cameron is lobbying hard to ensure former health minister Andrew Lansley is the favourite to take the job. With zero humanitarian experience and a dismal track record as UK minister, Lansley is the wrong man for the job. Call on Cameron to drop his nomination so the post can be filled by a qualified expert. Sign now:

  • Article: Jan 17, 2015

    There has been some concern in the media about the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and its potential impact on the NHS.

    Liberal Democrats are supporting TTIP, which could bring economic benefits to the UK of around £10 billion. TTIP also demonstrates what can be done when we work closely with our partners in Europe.

  • SouthwickSolar
    Article: Jan 15, 2015

    The latest solar proposal in West Wiltshire comes from Vogt solar and Solafields, who want to build a 10MW solar farm on land south of Southwick, between Mutton Marsh Farm and Pole's Hole Farm.

    They say it would provide enough power to meet the electricity requirements of around 3,030 average UK homes, for the 30-year lifetime of the project.

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