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Supporting Somerset Tourism

Alongside farming and food manufacturing, tourism is the key industry here in Somerset. Last year, the tourism industry was worth £1.3 billion and supported around 34,000 jobs in the county.I believe that there is so much more potential in local tourism, and I can see a role for the Government and local authorities in working with Visit Somerset to make sure that potential is unlocked.

Local and National Infrastructure

The competition we are in with countries across the world means that we must make sure our infrastructure is as good, or even better, than anywhere else.A company in Street is competing against rivals in Shanghai and Bangalore so it is essential that our businesses have access to high-capacity broadband.Our roads, rail and air connections are equally important so I will be watching the renegotiation of the First Great Western rail franchise closely. I believe the South West as a region is disadvantaged by the absence of a westwards rail link from London Heathrow.