Working Together

I write as the Queen’s Speech is due to be delivered to Parliament.  No one should underestimate the challenges faced by the current Parliament, whether determining our future relationship with the EU or urgent domestic concerns.  We need collectively to continue to act to counter the curse of te

The Grenfell Tower Disaster

The Grenfell Tower fire has shocked and appalled us all.  Words cannot convey the horror I felt on seeing television footage of the catastrophe nor the emotion that comes from hearing those who have lost family and friends.

Back to Work

I am hugely grateful to have been re-elected as MP for Horsham.  I love the job and I enjoy regularly meeting in town people who I have helped or tried to help in my role.  In an election campaign during which I knocked on literally thousands of doors across the constituency it has been great to

Long Term Investment Reaps Rewards

It has been a busy week with events around the constituency.  A wonderful primary school visit and a talk at Millais – where some incisive questioning was a good warm up for the next few weeks!



Investing in our future

A huge Horsham crowd on Sunday witnessed a formidable turnout of Scouts, Cubs and Beaver packs for the St George’s Day Scout Parade. It was a vivid demonstration of how much support scouting garners locally. 


Serving Horsham in Parliament

Over the last two years in nearly one hundred County Times’ weekly columns I have been able to highlight many examples of the huge numbers of local people serving the community in so many different roles. 

Easter a Time for Optimism

Easter is a time for new projects and new beginnings.

There have been harrowing events overseas and closer to home.  However even in the darkest of moments there lies the prospect of renewal.

The Good Samaritan

For those who have “given something up” for Lent – the good news is that there is (at time of going to press…) only ten days left and counting…  I am amongst their number but I am always rather more impressed with those who instead of giving something up, take something up and then keep it going!

Attack on London

Wednesday is the busiest day in the Parliamentary week.  This week was no exception with much to do in the chamber.  I was also expecting a special guest – Ray Welton was coming up from Horsham to see his “Horsham Pale” installed on tap in Strangers Bar.


Fair Funding for our schools

The highest profile way an MP can raise an issue for their constituents is through Prime Minister’s Questions.  I had no hesitation last Wednesday in raising school funding with Mrs May.  This is part of a long campaign which started, literally, the week I was first elected.