Jesse’s Hereford Times column: Celebrating the re-opening of Herefordshire Library

It is great news that the Hereford Library building on Broad Street has at last reopened its doors to the public, after a longer-than-expected process of cleaning out its old asbestos.

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Jesse’s Ross Gazette column: Triggering Article 50

Together with many other MPs, Ministers and people around the country, I watched last week as Lord Neuberger summarised the Supreme Court's judgment, by a vote of 8-3, ruling that the decision to trigger the UK's withdrawal from the EU must be subject to a vote in Parliament.

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Jesse’s Hereford Times column: The Government’s New Industrial Strategy

Speaking at the Dispatch Box 31 Jan 2017As Hereford Times readers may have know, on January 9th I was made Energy Minister, as part of a ministerial mini-reshuffle which moved Baroness Neville-Rolfe to the Treasury.

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Jesse’s Ross Gazette column: Shaping the Rural Economy of the Future

Last week I had the great pleasure of visiting Hopes Ash Farm.

Located in a lovely valley south of Ross-on-Wye, it is run by Robert and Rachel Davies.  It started life as a dairy farm, but since the 1970s the family have branched out into cereals, beef, sheep, turkeys, and apple orcharding.

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Jesse’s Hereford Times column: Happy New Year!

Let me start by wishing all Hereford Times readers, and their friends and family, a very happy New Year!

A New Year is always a point of transition, and a moment to reflect.

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Jesse Wishes the Ross Gazette a Happy 150th Birthday

Happy 150th birthday to the Ross Gazette!

It is amazing to think that in 1867, just as Benjamin Disraeli was framing the second Reform Act and giving the vote to millions of people for the first time, so the roots of the Gazette was being established in Ross-on-Wye.

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Jesse’s Ross Gazette Column: Christmas Message 2016

A very Merry Christmas to all Gazette readers!

Opinions will vary as to whether 2016 has been a year to cherish or to forget. Both nationally and internationally, we have had 12 months of dramatic, indeed wrenching, change.

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Jesse’s Hereford Times column: Celebrating the Scout Post this Christmas

One of the innumerable joys of Herefordshire lies in all the amazing community organisations and groups that knit the county together.

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Jesse’s Ross Gazette column: Flood Emergency Preparation

Every year winter brings high rainfall and increased risk of flooding.

Flooding across the UK last winter was the most extreme on record, with ‘Storm Desmond’ alone leaving over 5,000 homes in Cumbria and Lancashire flooded.

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Jesse’s Hereford Times column: High Court Ruling on Article 50

Readers will know that the High Court has recently ruled that the Government cannot trigger Article 50, the formal two-year mechanism for leaving the EU, without a vote in Parliament. The case will come before the Supreme Court next month.

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