Close up of panels on a Devon solar farm

Councils powerless to stop solar panels made by enslaved workers from being installed in the county, says Devon CPRE

As councillors in Mid Devon prepare to decide whether to grant planning permission for a huge solar farm at Langford, the local branch of the countryside charity CPRE has revealed that local authorities are being forced to accept solar panels made using forced labour in China. Several Devon councils have admitted to the charity that despite statements on their websites about human rights and...

Plymouth MPs host Political Awareness Day

Students aged 16-plus from Plymouth’s schools were invited to attend a Political Awareness Day hosted by City MP’s Alison Seabeck MP, Oliver Colvile MP and Gary Streeter MP, in partnership with the Plymouth Excellence Cluster last week.

The three MPs, alongside the Excellence Cluster, have become concerned about increasing disillusionment amongst voters, particularly in relation to...

Labour calls for Devon and Cornwall Police Commissioner to be scrapped

Two local Labour politicians have issued a joint call for the post of Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner to be scrapped.

Alison Seabeck, Labour MP for Plymouth Moor View, and Luke Pollard, Labour's Parliamentary candidate in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, are calling on the Government to call time on the expensive and unpopular Police Commissioner roles and return the...

MPs demand new legal powers to fight Devon countryside 'invaders'

As thousands of people head out to enjoy the beautiful Devon countryside, Parliament’s green watchdog has demanded that the Government must implement new legal powers for tackling invasive plants and animals,

Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, Joan Walley MP said: “The growth of international trade and travel means more non-native plants and animals are being introduced into...


Concerns over 'meaningless promises' on rail resilience funding

Concerns have been raised that the £31.1m promised by the Government last year to secure the South West’s railways against severe weather was not delivered, despite widespread support from local authorities.

The money was promised by the Government for a programme of rail improvements, after winter flooding cut off rail transport to the South West peninsula for several weeks in 2012/13...

Devon and Cornwall's police chiefs call for MPs to back a better deal for the region

Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Chief Constable have written to all of Devon and Cornwall's MPs as the Chancellor George Osborne sets out his plans for further departmental spending cuts today.

In a letter released publicly, PCC Tony Hogg and Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer call for local MPs - including Plymouth's Oliver Colvile (Plymouth Sutton and Devonport...

South West MPs sign up to first renewable energy manifesto

23 MPs demonstrated their support for the development of a world-leading renewable energy industry in the South West of England on 4 June, when they signed up to the UK’s first regional renewable energy manifesto at Westminster.

Those that signed up include Plymouth MPs Alison Seabeck and Oliver Colvile.

Launched today at the House of Commons by renewable energy not-for-profit...

Poll finds 54% support same sex marriage

A new poll by YouGov for the Sunday Times has found that 54% of people support a change in the law to allow same sex couples to marry, with 37% opposed.

The poll released on the eve of a controversial debate in the House of Commons which begins later today, suggests a small but significant majority favour marriage rights for gay and lesbian partners.

The Marriage Bill was...

Council leader asks MPs to back 'common sense' approach to garden developments

Local councils should be allowed to decide what sort of development is acceptable for gardens within their area – not the Government, says Council leader Tudor Evans.

He has written to the city’s three MPs calling on them to support an amendment to the Growth and Infrastructure Bill which will allow local councils to choose whether or not to bring in permitted development changes put...