Herald column October 18th 2018

I joined a group of parents at Eastbrook Primary Academy last Friday for an online safety workshop organised jointly by the NSPCC and O2. It was both informative and alarming and many concerned parents came away fired up to do more to find out what their children are up to online.

Street harassment: #ISayItsNotOK

I hosted a discussion event in Parliament recently to discuss the issue of street harassment and to support the launch of Plan International UK's #ISayItsNotOK campaign, which calls on the government to recognise harassment in public as a form of gender-based violence.

£240 million fund to ease winter pressures on the NHS

Local authorities in England will receive a share of a £240 million fund to help local areas ease winter pressures on the NHS.

The extra funding is aimed at reducing delayed transfers of care and could pay for the following:

Pledging my support to Local Pubs in East Worthing and Shoreham

I have pledged my support to the Long Live the Local Campaign to help pubs in East Worthing and Shoreham keep their doors open, joining more than 100,000 people who have signed the petition so far, including 224 in East Worthing and Shoreham.

Herald Column October 11th 2018a

Parliament returned from the conference recess this week and we have a busy few weeks ahead of us as (hopefully) Brexit negotiations edge towards some sort of end point, and the Budget has been announced for October 29th.