THE fight to stop a giant wind farm being erected off our beautiful...
REGRETTABLY, the battle to save our search and rescue (SAR)...
SWANAGE Community hospital is safe. So says Ron Shields, the chief...

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Help in Cold Weather

Cold Weather Payments of £25 per week are available for people on certain benefits. This payment is made automatically when the temperature in their area drops to 0°C or less for an average of 7 days.


The following postcodes in South Dorset are now eligible:

BH13, BH15, BH19, BH20, DT1, DT2, DT3, DT4, DT5.


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Richard Drax MP

Profile pictureIT'S been nearly five years now since I was given the honour to represent South Dorset as your MP. I don't know where that time has gone, but I have enjoyed every minute of it. In both Parliament and in the constituency, I do my best to represent you all, without fear or favour. As you know, we lost the fight to retain our search and rescue (SAR) helicopter on Portland, but I hope that HeliOps, an expanding commercial helicopter company, will move on to the site, keeping helicopters at the base and, importantly, providing a refueling point for those SAR aircraft sent to our area. It is with great relief that I was told by Ron Shields, chief executive of Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust, that all three of our community hospitals - Swanage, Weymouth and Portland - are safe. I continue to speak out on defence and have written to the Defence Secretary asking if there are any plans to erect a memorial to the 453 service men and women who fell in Afghanistan. On the EU, my stand is clear. It we cannot renegotiate our position in Europe, I shall vote to leave the EU if a referendum is held in 2017. Finally, the economy is turning, but there's a long way to go and further savings will have to be made if we are to live within our means. I continue to listen to all points of view and take them into account when considering legislation. However, I am in the House of Commons as your representative, not your delegate, and sometimes tough decisions have to be made. I undertake to represent you and your concerns fairly and honestly, no matter what your politics. It is a great privilege to do so. (Photograph by Brian Jung, courtesy of Dorset Echo)

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Westfield College - Arqvia Schools Radio Station 16 Jul 2012Stoborough School visit to Parliament 21 Feb 2012Richard, Chrispoher Chope, Brian Conway and Rob Goldsmith 7 Sep 2011Richard with James Paice 17 Sep 2012Richard Draz and Pauline Lewington 17 Jan 2012Richard Drax with Michael Turner. Fair Trials International and fellow MPs at Westminster 21 Jun 2011