Herald column February 1st 2018

Thanks to all those Sompting residents who came to the public meeting on the West Sompting development I organised at Sir Robert Woodard Academy last Thursday.

Private Member's Bill published

My Private Member's Bill has finally been published. Tomorrow (Friday 2nd Feb) my Bill will hopefully, with the support of the Government and other MPs, pass through the first stage in a long process.

Alzheimer’s Society: #FixDementiaCare.

I can assure you that dementia is a priority for the Government. In 2015, the Challenge on Dementia 2020 was launched and I know that the Government remains committed to delivering this. This sets out the vision for dementia care, support, awareness, and research to be transformed by 2020.

UK Southern Book Show

I'd like to make you aware of an important new book show taking place in Worthing on March 4th.

Yellowhammer species champion

I was delighted to be appointed Yellowhammer species champion by RSPB. My new role involves working with local residents, in particular our farming community, to see what we can do to help increase number of Yellowhammers around the South Downs.

Grove Lodge Roundabout

I paid a visit to the Grove Lodge Roundabout with local councillor, Louise Murphy, who has been reporting the potholes on local roads, but has been increasingly frustrated with the lack of repairs being carried out on main roads, like the Grove Lodge Roundabout, by Highways England.

Warm Home Discount – still open for applications

You may still be eligible for Warm Home Discount for this winter, so should apply as soon as possible. The Warm Home Discount is a scheme which allows those eligible a rebate of £140 off their electricity bill.

Child Funeral Fund letter to the Prime Minister

Along with hundreds of parliamentary colleagues from around the House of Commons, I signed a letter to the Prime Minster, which you can see attached below, supporting the creation of a Child Funeral Fund. 

Equal Civil Partnership event in Parliament

I was delighted to welcome to Parliament couples and campaigners supporting my Private Member’s Bill to create equal civil partnerships. This is a core part of my Bill and will correct an inequality inadvertently created by the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.

Re-dedication of Lancing British Legion

I was also pleased to attend a service at St James the Less in North Lancing to mark the Laying up and Dedication of the British Legion Standards for Lancing Branch.