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Editor calls for debate over windy issue

The Western Morning News is calling for a “full, open, widely publicised and reported debate” before wind turbines planned for the Westcountry are built. The Plymouth-based newspaper has reported that more than 50 giant turbines are to be built in

Press campaign raises £25,000 in three weeks

An appeal in the Western Morning News raised enough money in just three weeks to ensure that pioneering treatment for a rare form of epilepsy in children can continue for another year. Sarah’s Appeal was launched by the paper to

Music protest comes alive

Pub life is coming under the microscope in the west of England, where performers are queuing up to back the Western Morning News campaign to save live music. It is campaigning against the Government’s Licensing Bill, which is seen as

Supermarket chain's £8m response to "Buy Local" call

A major supermarket chain has launched an £8m local produce initiative – in response to the Western Morning News Buy Local campaign. The arrangement will guarantee a local market for farmers supplying locally-produced beef to 130 Somerfield stores across the

'Glaring omission' investigation

An evening paper is backing calls to ensure servicemen who made sacrifices in one of the Cold War’s stand-offs 50 years ago are recognised. The Western Morning News says a “glaring omission” in the official medals lists for conflicts and

Congratulations on local angle

Food and farming minister Lord Whitty has heaped praise on the Western Morning News Buy Local campaign at a conference on sourcing local food. He congratulated the paper on its work, aimed at revitalizing local industries in the wake of

"Shameful cover up" on foot and mouth

The Government’s decision to avoid a full public inquiry into the foot and mouth crisis has been slammed as a “shameful cover-up” by the editor of the Western Morning News. Barrie Williams was speaking following a High Court ruling that

Paper tackles industry

A plea to halt the carnage suffered by dolphins at the hands of Britain’s fishing fleets is being made by a south-west newspaper. The Western Morning News claims that dead and dying dolphins are being washed up on beaches every

"Overwhelming" Buy Local result

The brains behind the Westcountry’s Buy Local campaign have admitted the success of the initiative has overwhelmed them. Dozens of shops and almost 100 restaurants have joined the Western Morning News-led push to get local firms to use local produce

Editor's local produce plea

A newspaper that has campaigned for farmers and the wider rural community during the devastating foot and mouth crisis has opened its campaign on a new front. The Western Morning News has launched a massive campaign to achieve a huge

90,000 sign papers' petitions for public inquiry

More than 90,000 people have told the Government it must review its decision not to hold a full public inquiry into the foot and mouth crisis by signing a petition from four regional newspapers. The petition, jointly launched by the

WMN wants home-grown food back on the menu

The Western Morning News is preparing to launch a major campaign encouraging people to support local food producers. A strategy for the campaign will be drawn up next week, when senior figures from the Westcountry food industry, together with MPs

Government's Wellie let-down

The editor behind the Westcountry’s Green Wellie Appeal is fuming after being told funds raised to relieve people affected foot and mouth will not be match-funded by the Government. Western Morning News readers have been raising money for the appeal,

Westcountry appeal tops£1m mark

The Western Morning News is celebrating after its campaign to aid West Country farmers passed yet another landmark – smashing £1m barrier. The Green Wellie campaign has generated the biggest sum of money raised by any regional newspaper appeal. The

Green Wellie brigade to the rescue

Amazing generosity from readers of the Western Morning News means its Green Wellie appeal to help farmers and small rural businesses in the foot and mouth crisis has reached £880,000. Editor Barrie Williams said: “I believe this is the biggest

Green Wellie Day draws closer

Green Wellie Day is drawing closer for people living in the Westcountry, as they join forces to help farmers braving the foot and mouth epidemic. The event has been put together by the Western Morning News to provide emergency funds