Herald column February 16th 2017

The battle to secure fairer funding for pupils in West Sussex goes on and the County’s MPs arranged a meeting in Parliament between Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, and nine heads from local schools. There was a ‘full and frank’ exchange of views, as they say.

Herald column February 9th 2017

I have just returned from a breakfast hosted by Channel 4 in the Commons on the subject of ‘Fake News’ as part of their ‘Fake News Week’ fronted by veteran newscaster Jon Snow.

Herald column February 2nd 2017

I write his column at the beginning of the week just as President Trump has come up with his latest extraordinary, unsustainable and counter-productive executive order on refugees sparking mass demonstrations in Westminster and around the globe.

Herald Column January 26th 2017

I spent a very worthwhile Friday and Monday morning finding out at first-hand about some of the challenges facing constituents with disabilities. As a former chairman of the Conservative Disability Group this is an area I have long taken an interest in.

Herald column January 19th 2017

Well done to Sompting councillors, Anne Godley and George Barton, for organising a very successful public meeting on the longstanding congestion problems in and around West Street, the historic part of the village.

Herald column January 12th 2017

It has been a sad start to 2017 for Adur with the loss of two valued community figures. Shoreham Beach resident and Green Party stalwart Jennie Tindall finally lost her brave and longstanding battle with cancer at home amongst her family.

Civil Partnerships Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill

The debate over the Same Sex Marriage Act has passed. The Act has become law. Over 15,000 couples have taken advantage of the new opportunity and whatever people on the opposite side of the argument then or now think the world has not fallen in.

Herald Column – January 5th 2017

A happy New Year to all my constituents and may 2017 prove to be a rather quieter and more predictable one than 2016, in so many respects. As we start the year alas much more predictably Brexit, terrorism and locally train disruption continue to dominate the news.