Herald column February 8th 2018

Last week was a busy one for me both in Parliament and the constituency as my Private Member’s Bill finally came up for its second reading last Friday. My Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Death (Registration Etc.) Bill.

Funding increase for local authorities

Parliament today (Wednesday 7 February 2018) approved the funding settlement for English local authorities that will see a real terms increase in available resources over the next two years and give them access to over £200 billion from 2015 to 2020 to deliver the high-quality services their loca

keyGo is now live

keyGo – GTR's smartcard pay as you go product – has gone live across the GTR network. Like the Key, keyGo will enable passengers to tap and go at all GTR stations without having to buy a ticket or load up a balance.

Private Member's Bill: Sharon Hodgson MP on stillbirths

Labour MP Sharon Hodgson gave a powerful speech during the Second Reading debate on my Private Member's Bill, which will give coroners the power to investigate stillbirths and start a review of how stillbirths are registered.

Plastic whale outside Parliament!

Today I signed a pledge to #PassOnPlastic with Sky Ocean Rescue – a commitment to reduce single-use plastic consumption.


Having been approached by constituents suffering from the debilitating illness Lipoedema Peter Bottomley and I arranged a meeting with the local Clinical Commissioning Group and local clinicians to see how we could secure better treatment and support for local sufferers.

Lancing FC upcoming events

As we move into the second half of the season, Lancing FC have provided the following information for some of their upcoming home matches:

Lancing Beach Green skate park: Action Plan

I have published my Action Plan to tackle anti-social behaviour and vandalism on Lancing Beach Green and have challenged Lancing Parish Council to act on this important issue affecting residents.