Social Worker of the Year Awards 2017

Thanks for another great and uplifting Social Worker of the Year Awards - a fantastic showcase for everything that's good about this essential and underappreciated profession #SWA17

Sikyong visit to Parliament

As Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Tibet Society I was honoured to host a visit by the Sikyong, the President of the Tibet Parliament in exile where he gave MPs an update about the activities of the Dali Lama and human rights abuses by the Chinese authorities.

Environment Secretary: Animals are sentient

Dear colleague,

This Government is committed to the very highest standards of animal welfare. As the Prime Minister set out yesterday, we will make the United Kingdom a world leader in the care and protection of animals.

Southern Water visit - Herald column November 23rd 2017

I spent most of last Friday in the constituency wading through sewage. Not literally of course but dealing with the challenges of the East Worthing waste water treatment plant and the Shoreham houseboats.

School Places

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

New Monks Farm Development Update

I am very grateful for the over 800 local residents who completed our recent survey on the controversial development proposals for New Monks Farm in Lancing.

Budget 2017

I very much welcome the Chancellor's Budget announcements, particularly the Stamp Duty reform that will mean 80% of first time buyers not having to pay any Stamp Duty at all. 

LIBOR fine funding for charities - Budget 2017

A further £36 million of banking fines has been committed over the next 3 years to support Armed Forces and Emergency Services charities and other related good causes. This completes the LIBOR Charity Funding scheme, bringing the total of funding committed since 2012 to £773 million.

FACT: Animals are sentient

No, MPs did not vote that animals aren't sentient. A few mischief makers are out on social media claiming Conservatives voted against animals being sentient. This is not true.

Lancing Beach Green Vandalism

I have been contacted by a number of residents understandably worried about this new spate of vandalism. Last month at least 10 beach huts were vandalised and in one case the gas supply to a cooker deliberately left on next to matches.