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Don and Lib Dem Councillors support Bath markets on National Market Day

June 27, 2023 by Don Foster MP in Don in Bath, News

To mark this year’s National Market Day, on Saturday 23 June, Bath MP, Don Foster joined Liberal Democrat Councillors Manda Rigby (Abbey) and Doug Nicol (Kingsmead) in a visit to two of Bath’s most popular markets.

Starting at the historic Guildhall Market, before moving onto the Bath Farmers Market at Green Park Station, the visit marked the start of Love Your Local Market Fortnight which runs from 23 June to 8 July 2012.

Love Your Local Market Fortnight aims to celebrate the role that markets can play in supporting new traders and attracting visitors into the town. Across the country markets will be holding events such as cooking demos, music workshops and children’s activities to celebrate.

Commenting Don Foster said:

“Throughout the year Bath hosts a variety of fantastic markets which are not only enjoyable to visit but also incredibly useful.”

“Markets such as the Guildhall and Bath Farmers Markets are an important part of the retail mix in the city and bring energy to the centre. They increase competition and choice while offering an ideal platform for micro-businesses and start-ups.”

“I would urge as many Bath residents as possible to make the trip to a nearby market and see what is on offer”

Commenting on the initiative, Cllr Cherry Beath, B&NES Council Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development added:

“It’s great to see Don, Manda and Doug visiting our local markets on National Market Day.”

“Bath is a prime draw for markets of all kinds, both in the centre, and the surrounding areas. They are a vital part of our local economy we want to encourage more market days, involving locally sourced produce and independent businesses.

“The markets in Bath have a real buzz about them, and foster a sense of community where people can meet up, chat with the stall holders and get really good products at the same time.”


Don updates on a busy time in May and June


There has been a great deal of activity in Bath in addition to regular surgeries and meetings. A few highlights that I’ve been involved in over the past 4 weeks include;

  • The Olympic Torch relay through the city (as well as the successful world record attempt and the junior schools “Ancient Olympics”)
  • Joining the Hindu Rathyatra procession through the city
  • Mayor Making
  • Re-dedication of Southdown Methodist Church
  • Bath International Music festival
  • Speech to Bath Townswomen’s’ Guild
  • Visit to Julian House prior to closure for refurbishment
  • Visit to new facilities at St. John’s Hospital
  • Tour round Halifax Building Society facilities in Southgate
  • Joan Armatrading Concert at Forum

I also hosted, in Parliament, a lunch for retiring Bath Chronicle Editor, Sam Holiday, and Dinner for the Director and Chair of Governors of City of Bath College. I was also able to present a certificate, in Parliament, to a pupil from Oldfield School who got to finals of a poetry competition.

Westminster and elsewhere

DCMS issues have kept me especially busy - dominated by a range of issues around the Leveson Inquiry and the imminent Olympics and Paralympics.

Having lobbied for changes to the Budget – especially in relation to the taxation of philanthropic giving – I was pleased with the changes recently announced. I have continuing concerns about the issue of VAT on alterations to Listed Buildings.

I have had meetings with Ed Davey MP (Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change) regarding concerns about the potential impact of “fracking” and the hot springs. I am also in discussions with Ministers regarding various aspects of plans for broadband throughout the city.

I have had numerous meetings about the final preparations for the Olympics and Paralympics and am looking forward to be attending the Olympic Volleyball and two Paralympic events.

I’ve also had speaking engagements in other constituencies including Yeovil and North Devon.


Don signs EDM 178 - NHS Maternity Services in England

June 22, 2023 by Don Foster MP in Early Day Motions

Don has signed EDM 178, which supports the provision of the highest level of care for parents-to-be before, during and after birth.

The text of the EDM is below:

That this House welcomes the Government’s pledge to improve NHS maternity services in England; notes the commitments that women will have one named midwife who will oversee their care during pregnancy and after they have had their baby, that every woman will have one-to-one midwife care during labour and birth and that parents-to-be will get the best choice about where and how to give birth; further notes that women who have postnatal depression or who suffer a miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a baby will get more support from the NHS; and calls on the Government to ensure enough midwives are working in the NHS in England to honour these very positive commitments whilst continuing to cope with the ongoing baby boom.