Last week, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party failed to support a Liberal Democrat push in the House of Lords to block devastating cuts to solar subsidies..
The Lib Dems, who stood up for the renewable industry whilst in Government, were the only party to try and block the bid, tabling a ‘fatal motion’ which would have done exactly what is says on the tin - killing the plans to cut 65% of solar funding.
Thousands of solar installations, including those planned by social housing landlords, have been cancelled or put on hold as a result of these short-sighted Tory cuts.
Furthermore, according to the Tories’ own impact assessment, between 9,700 and 18,700 jobs in the industry could be lost over the next two years as a result of the change.
"No one should be surprised by the Conservatives' cuts which will cost people dearly; they pocketed millions of pounds from the big energy companies who feel threatened by renewable energy - which literally puts power back into ordinary people’s hands - before the election. Now it’s payback time."
"The big energy companies put pressure on the Conservatives to attack the renewable industry so they can maintain their grip on our energy supplies, and thereby control the price we pay for electricity."
"But what’s really disappointing is that despite Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's attack on David Cameron for the cuts, his party chose not to join the Lib Dems in voting the cuts down."
"If Labour had joined forces with the Lib Dems last week, we'd have outnumbered the Tories and protected jobs in renewable energy from economically illiterate Conservative cuts.
7th February 2016
If you would like to add your name to my petition, my team of volunteers and I will be in the Market Place near the post office tomorrow between 11.30am and 1.00pm.
Alternatively you can sign online.
5th February 2016
Tessa attended the unveiling of a pair of new cash machines which have been installed on Glastonbury Highstreet.
The town was set to lose all of its cash points when Lloyds, which will be the last bank left in the town, closes in April.
However a company called Cardtronic has now installed two ATMs in the High Street, both hosted by Co-op.
Neil Smith, store manager of Radstock Co-operative Society's Glastonbury store, said: "We are delighted that Cardtronics UK have agreed to the installation of the ATM machines following our approach to them shortly after we heard the news about the bank closures.
"With the new service, we are able to offer our customers the vital convenience of shopping where they can also access their money easily.
"We are sure this won't just be an added plus for our own business, but it will strengthen footfall and spend for the entire high street of Glastonbury."
One of the cash points will be inside the store and the second ATM will face the street through the shop front. Both will be free.
“I am absolutely delighted by this initiative. I have been a member and supporter of the co-operative for years and would like to thank Cardtronics for offering the people of Glastonbury free access to their cash.
Glastonbury is a completely unique highstreet and the loss of the banks imperils our local businesses.”
5th February 2016