Author Archive Mark Wood

ByMark Wood

Liam Canham for Taunton Deane #GE2019

Now that the No Deal threat has been neutralised, Labour at last have the chance to set out our bold vision to transform society for the good of the many, and eject Johnson and his disastrous Government from power.

Last week, Taunton Deane CLP selected the excellent local candidate Liam Canham to stand for Labour in the upcoming General Election, now confirmed by Parliament to be held on December 12th.

Liam Canham Head and Shoulders Pic

Here’s what Liam has to say:

“I have spent the majority of my career working in the public sector, predominantly within the field of social housing and local authority service. As a result, I have seen first hand the damage that core Tory policies, such as welfare reform and wider austerity, have had upon our community. I also have experience volunteering  with the Police across Somerset as a Special Constable and until recently served on the Board of Trustees of a homelessness charity in Taunton.

“Again these experiences have brought me face to face with the resulting consequences of years of Tory austerity, which has adversely affected resources within the public sector to provide fit and proper services such as Adults and Children’s Social Care, a well functioning healthcare system and good quality ‘affordable’ housing to name but a few.

“I joined the Labour Party approximately 4 years ago following my leaving the Police, having been a supporter of the Party’s values for a number of years. Whilst originally I had not planned to take such an active role both within politics and in the party, in those 4 years I have already stood for election both with County and District elections. This has been as a result of our poor representation within Taunton Deane, both from our MP and our Council and the feeling that the people of Taunton Deane deserves better.

“When I look back through the history of Labour governments and the achievements that have been realised, from the establishment of the NHS, ending of the death penalty, the establishment of the Open University (of which I myself am currently benefiting from) and the introduction of the national minimum wage, I feel a sense of sorrow as to where the Tories have taken us over the past 9 years. However, this sorrow ignites a fire within me to fight for the investment in people, investment in services and investment within the country.

“I am extremely proud and indeed humbled to be chosen as the representative for Taunton Deane and vow to do my utmost to fight for Labour representation of Taunton Deane and indeed a Labour government.

Liam would be very happy to answer any questions or hear your thoughts about Labour policies and the upcoming election. His email address is

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Vote Liam Canham for Taunton Deane on December 12th!

ByMark Wood

Candidates List Published

Nominations of candidates standing in the May elections for Somerset West and Taunton Council closed on 3rd April, and the full list has now been officially published.

Find your Labour candidates here >>>

If you haven’t read our manifesto yet, take a look at our detailed plans:

Read our manifesto for Somerset West and Taunton >>

Every single vote matters, so Vote Labour on May 2nd to #MakeChangeHappen, and spread the word amongst your family and friends!

ByMark Wood

Local Election Campaign Launch

We had the great privilege of being joined by the Shadow Environment Secretary, Sue Hayman MP, for our local campaign launch on Saturday morning.

The event began with a members’ meeting where Sue talked through Labour’s environment policy ‘The Green Transformation’, as well as explaining her role as shadow secretary of state, and giving some insights into the Brexit situation from a parliamentary perspective. She then took questions from the floor and discussed issues ranging from Labour’s food policy (which she has direct responsibility for), to the importance of keeping climate change at the top of the agenda, to local issues of housing, transport and air quality and how they require joined-up thinking in relation to environment policy.

Sue praises our local manifesto in her speech

“I was really impressed with your manifesto. There are some cracking policies in there and you should all be really proud to go out there and stand on this basis.”

Sue Hayman MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

After the meeting and some photos with local candidates, we headed into the town centre to talk to shoppers about their priorities for Taunton. Many were concerned about the deteriorating town centre, lack of adequate infrastructure and transport, and an increase in crime; all issues covered in our manifesto. Some also came to speak to Sue personally about environmental policy, and we had some good conversations and a lot of positive feedback.

Sue then travelled over to West Somerset to meet the Labour team there and visit some local projects, including the new Watchet Visitor Centre and the Onion Collective.

Sue meets councillors and activists in Watchet

The new district of Somerset West and Taunton needs Labour councillors fighting for Labour principles and policies laid out in our manifesto. Your vote can make that happen.

You can read our manifesto here:

Vote Labour on May 2nd to #MakeChangeHappen

PS. the event got significant coverage in the County Gazette; you can read it here:

ByMark Wood

Taunton Deane CLP #RebuildingBritain

We were out on Taunton High Street on Saturday, excited about sharing Labour’s positive plan for #RebuildingBritain off the back of a fantastic Conference in Liverpool. See some highlights below…

Video © 2018 Andy Mitchell

ByMark Wood

Rees-Mogg Protest

Taunton Deane Labour Party Members Protest Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Visit to Taunton

On Friday 21 September Jacob Rees-Mogg addressed guests at a charity dinner given at the Castle Hotel by Kit Chapman. Rees-Mogg was the only speaker.

The immensely wealthy Rees-Mogg has supported every cut to council budgets since being elected.

Thanks to the Labour Party member who came all the way from Bathealton to express support for the protest and the family who joined us from East Reach in Taunton.

ByMark Wood

Welcome to Taunton Deane Labour!

Welcome to the home of Taunton Deane CLP on the web. We are in the process of getting content together, so please bear with us. In the meantime feel free to contact us – we’d love for you to get involved!