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James Heappey Weekly Column

Last week I had an excellent meeting with the Chief Executive of our Local Enterprise Partnership to discuss our vision for developing the economy in Devon and Somerset.

James Heappey appointed Boris Johnson PPS

Boris Johnson has asked James to be his Parliamentary Private Secretary. The PM will have two PPSes - the other is Alex Burghart (Brentwood and Ongar (and Somerset educated!)).

James Heappey Weekly Column

There are plenty of road closures at the moment as our roads are dug up for the arrival of fibre broadband. This has been a long time coming and represents a step change in connectivity for communities who have had to wait years to get superfast broadband speeds.

James Heappey Weekly Column

There was a stark contrast between the victory speeches of the new leaders of the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats. Jo Swinson accepted her new role in front of a huge sign that said 'STOP BREXIT' and said in her speech that this was her party's top priority.

James Heappey Weekly Column

This is the last column I'll write whilst Theresa May is our Prime Minister. By the time this paper is published next week, the Queen will have called for the winner of our party's leadership election to see her at Buckingham Palace and invited him to form a Government.

James Heappey MP Weekly Column

The proposal to move Wells's Post Office is attracting lots of attention and emotion. Three years ago we were able to 'save' the Post Office in its current location because we persuaded Post Office to remove a financial advantage for the postmaster to resign at that time.

James Heappey Weekly Column

On the morning before Meaningful Vote Three I felt genuine hope that we might be about to make significant progress on our Brexit journey. Enough Labour MPs seemed to be wavering and on our own side the majority of ERG rebels seemed to be falling into line.

James Heappey Weekly Column

As has been the case every week since the EU referendum, my inbox is buzzing with emails from lots of people who profoundly disagree with each other.

James Heappey Weekly Column

I've decided to back Boris Johnson. A month or two ago, I was sure I'd back pretty much anyone but Boris but our politics has changed profoundly since we failed to leave the EU on 29th March.