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Oliver Letwin Visits Bridport Recycling Centre

Oliver Letwin was in Bridport on Friday to visit the new Broomhills household recycling centre.

The West Dorset MP was taken on a tour of the facility by representatives from the Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) including Cllr Anthony Alford, chairman of the DWP Joint Committee.

Speaking to Wessex FM, Mr Letwin said: "Recycling is very important to me because we can't fulfill our various environmental bills unless more people recycle. We need to create a circular economy where we continue to use things in intelligent ways, instead of simply throwing waste away and hoping for the best."

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MP praises school with new approach to education

WEST Dorset MP Oliver Letwin spoke in glowing terms of the work being done at the Dorset Studio School as it pioneers a new approach to education.The school at Kingston Maurward just outside only opened last September and moved into its new purpose built premises this year...

HANDS OFF OUR WARDS: Service move would 'not be about money'

The Echo reported earlier this week that campaigners fighting to protect children's services had been given cause for hope after correspondence between West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin and the CCG revealed the move would not result in a financial saving. CCG representatives have now met with Mr Letwin and the organisation has released a statement saying that the decision whether to relocate the service or not would be based on the quality of care provided rather than to save money.The CCG says it is still considering two options for paediatric hospital based services in Dorset, with each balancing in different ways how best to achieve the highest quality outcomes, patient access to services and deliverability.

Melplash Show: Reality for farmers is a difficult one, says West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin

THIS year's Melplash Show was a window into rural life in west Dorset when farmers showcased their produce.But behind the attractions the reality for farmers is a difficult one, says West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin. He, with National Farmers’ Union president Guy Smith, says the agricultural industry, particularly dairy farmers, are facing great difficulties.Mr Letwin, who is an annual visitor to the show, said: “I will no doubt very considerable amount of discussion with the NFU people when I meet them today about dairy prices and the effect on farmers...

MP backing campaigners' plea for 40mph speed limit after serious A35 crash in west Dorset

A SERIOUS car crash that left four people in hospital with severe injuries has triggered fresh safety calls on the A35.Mr Letwin has given his backing to campaigners wanting a 40mph speed limit to be extended to cover the western side of the village.He said: “I visited this area last week and I think there is no doubt that it is a dangerous spot...

West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin backs Link Park project

WEST Dorset MP Oliver Letwin has pledged his support to an expanding retail park as it awaits planning permission for the next phase of its development. Mickey Jones, chief executive of DJ Property which owns the Link Park site on the Chickerell Link Road, gave Mr Letwin and local councillor Ian Gardner a tour of the site...