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News is breaking all the time, and on this page you will be able to read my latest press releases. Most of these stories have appeared in the local or national media. Being an active Member of Parliament, I am always aware of matters of local importance, and often get involved in controversial events - such as Controlled Parking Zones in Worthing and Shoreham, Rampion Off-Shore Wind Farm and Brighton & Hove Albion Training Ground at Mash Barn.

latest news item:

Thu 26 Nov 2015
Over the past few weeks, an idea to create a Memorial Walk in Shoreham has started to find favour throughout the community.  No formal decisions have been taken as yet, however it’s appropriate to share it now, reflecting the way that the community is bringing ideas together, and marking the beginning of a move towards the creation of a fitting, lasting, tribute to the events of 22nd August 2015.
It has been suggested that a new memorial within the Adur Recreation Ground, close to both the river and the proposed site for a new slipway, could form the start and finish of a beautiful walk stretching between the Recreation Ground and Old Toll Bridge..
This idea potentially also incorporates the temporary memorial board and archway erected by the County Council in a meaningful way, and could create a multitude of spaces and perspectives for reflection along the walk’s length.  The suggestion is that the variety of different spaces along the route could provide quiet areas for solemn reflection, balancing more populated spaces which celebrate the sense of community that’s been so evident throughout Shoreham and the surrounding communities in the aftermath of the tragedy.
While other ideas are being invited (ideas can be shared through the website between now and mid-December), this particular one appears to be currently gathering support throughout the community. This website which was so useful in the weeks after the tragedy is now being updated to reflect the new purpose as the condolence books were closed to coincide with the memorial service on November 22nd.
As previously stated, the process to move positively forward on this important memorial will begin in earnest after Christmas 2015, and this idea will be included in those discussions.  
What do you think about the idea - would an active memorial spanning the beautiful river and a new memorial park be a fitting remembrance of the effects of the Air show tragedy?  What would you like to see included in the circuit?
Please share your thoughts through or your send them via me either electronically or by hard copy to the house of Commons, London SW1A 0AA.