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SAVE KINGFISHER AND SCBU: Campaigners get backing from MP

CAMPAIGNERS fighting for children’s services at Dorset County Hospital will meet bosses from the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) today.The mums hoping to keep services at the Kingfisher Ward and Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) in Dorchester will head into the meeting buoyed by support from their local MP.The campaigners, who organised a march earlier this month that attracted more than 1,000 people, met with Oliver Letwin at the weekend...

Oliver supports campaigners at Holywell Cross Junction

CAMPAIGNERS are calling for changes to a section of road that has been branded a ‘death-trap’. Mr Letwin said: “I can’t remember how many times I have stood at this junction and been told how dangerous it is. The junction is a death-trap and it’s time for something to be done about it”...

MP Oliver Letwin voices support for rare disease charity

A MAN from Dorchester who founded a charity to support those with a little known brain condition has been praised by his local MP.Dr Ian Stuart, who set up Cavernoma Alliance UK in 2005, met with West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin at the Houses of Parliament to mark the Rare Diseases Day event.Mr Letwin was pleased to show his support for people who have rare diseases like cavernoma.Rare Diseases Day aims to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about diseases that are not well known and educate people about the impact of patient’s lives.

West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin thinks economy will be key to 2015 general election

WEST DORSET: Oliver Letwin believes it is crucial for rural businesses to compete online - and expects the economy to be key in May's general election campaign.The MP will defend his West Dorset seat on Thursday May 7 - aiming for a fifth term in parliament. Mr Letwin is still hungry for the job and is passionate about each community having its own MP.“I'm just as interested and enthusiastic in doing this as when I started” he said.“Nobody should do this job for any reason other than having a passion for it.

MP backs campaign to reduce speed limit

RESIDENTS are vowing never to give up their fight against a ‘dangerous’ speed limit one year after they began campaigning to get it reduced.West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin is continuing to back the crusade of people living in Forston as they say it is just a ‘matter of time’ before someone is killed on the section of the A352 which runs through the hamlet.As reported in the Echo, residents have been lobbying Dorset County Council to cut the speed limit from 60mph to 30mph.

Things looking up for the economy, says MP Letwin

WEST Dorset MP Oliver Letwin has told a meeting of Dorchesterbusiness representatives that there is plenty to be cheerful about with the state of the local economy.Speaking at a meeting of the county town’s Chamber of Commerce, Mr Letwin said that he saw the national and local financial climate as an improving picture.