Trains, babies and Brexit - Herald column December 7th 2017

Back to Westminster on Monday and more late nights for day 4 of the Brexit Bill as a stream of blurry eyed MPs left the Commons after a series of votes just before 1am. It was so late that the lights had been switched off on the impressive Christmas tree in front of Parliament.

Immigration down in latest statistics released

Net migration to UK shows a significant fall, with the latest official figures showing net migration to Britain fell by 106,000 to 230,000 in the 12 months to June. The fall is notably in those coming to the UK without job offers. You can read the report online. Key facts are:

Tim Loughton MP back breastfeeding

Tim Loughton MP has today backed the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative Call to Action campaign on breastfeeding and has committed to:

Legal Aid - Shoreham Airshow Crash - Justice Questions

Today in UK Parliament I asked the Justice Minister whether it can be right that the families of the victims of the Shoreham Airshow crash - largest loss of civilian life since 7/7 - may be the only people at the inquest without legal representation of the inquest not year, particularly when the

West Sussex MPs meet to discuss education

West Sussex MPs met early this month to discuss issues about Education in the County, including standards and funding.

I recently met parents from the Future of Adur Schools Teams (FAST) to discuss the lack of school places for Adur children. 

Small Business Saturday

Last Saturday was Small Business Saturday UK 2017, a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all of our wonderful small businesses and small business owners.

Government announces new protection areas to safeguard rare seabirds

Yesterday, there was more great news for our environment, the Government announced (link) two new marine Special Protection Areas and extensions to four other sites to safeguard rare seabirds. The Conservatives are working to protect our planet for future generations.