Westminster News

Weekly look ahead: 4th March

Another busy week ahead - with debates, meetings and events ranging from sheep-worrying to education funding.

Maintained Nursery Schools Update

Great news for Boundstone and other maintained nurseries today - the Government will extend the supplementary funding paid to local authorities - by a sum of approximately £24 million - to enable them to fully-fund maintained nursery schools for the whole of the 2019/2020 academic year. 

Herald Column February 28th 2019

The problem of unauthorised traveller encampments has been a nuisance in Adur and Worthing over many years, as it has in many parts of the country.

Fairtrade Reception

It was a pleasure to be able to attend a drop-in session in Parliament, where I learnt more about the ‘Fairtrade Foundation’s’ campaign for securing a living income for cocoa farmers.

Weekly look ahead: 25th February

From a glorious, sun-baked East Worthing, in this weekly look-ahead I discuss Brexit, Westminster debates including the Macpherson Report and funding for our West Sussex schools, local issues such as the Adur tidal walls flood defence scheme and more.

Duty of Care Q&A

I took part in a fascinating and thought-provoking online Q&A session with The Telegraph yesterday as part of their ‘Duty of Care’ Campaign.

Unauthorised Traveller Encampments

I was greatly encouraged following my meeting with the Home Secretary that there is real awareness and eagerness to act on the long-standing concerns raised by the public around unauthorised encampments.

Weekly look ahead: 18th February

My weekly look-ahead, where I talk about the Westminster schedule, today’s Labour split, Brexit and local constituency matters.

Child Cruelty Sentences Bill

I am proud to be a sponsor of a bill introduced by my colleague Tom Tugendhat, which aims to bring sentencing powers for cases of child cruelty more in line with serious assaults on adults.