Horsham Remembers

On Sunday I am sure I was not alone in feeling great pride in our town and communities. 

1918: 100 years on

I greatly enjoy meeting school groups in Westminster and was pleased to see Christ Hospital students on Monday. We paused at the Cenotaph – where the school band will be leading the Remembrance Day march past.

The Budget

The UK has the highest ever number of people in work.  Even compared to our neighbours the UK’s performance is stellar:  we have under half the rate of unemployment than France (where sadly 1 in 5 young people are out of work).

Beating Cancer

I greatly enjoyed attending the opening of the Bridge Leisure Centre at Broadbridge Heath on Friday.  It’s a fabulous facility which I am certain will be very well used by our growing population.  There is a host of evidence from Park runs to burgeoning sports teams that local people want the opp

Tough choices

The announcement of the budget (to be delivered, unusually, on a Monday, 29th October) has provoked an influx of campaigns on where more taxpayers’ money should best be invested.

Looking to the future

One of the hardest issues in politics is ensuring that among all the immediate issues that rightly receive focus we don’t lose sight of the long term. 

Social care for the future

Last week in Horsham’s Carfax it was a pleasure to touch base with two great charities.  On Saturday with Dame Vera Lynn’s Childrens’ Charity which does wonderful work helping toddlers with cerebral palsy achieve their full potential through early intervention.  On Thursday with Age UK who are ra

Policing in action

I spent much of Thursday with the rapid response units based at Horsham police station. I left enormously impressed with the professionalism of the officers concerned and their camaraderie and mutual support.

RAF at 100

It was great to join our local Horsham Squadron of the Air Cadets and veterans at the Carfax War Memorial and afterwards at St Marys for “Battle of Britain” Sunday.  The annual event remembers the climax of the Battle of Britain, on 15th September, 1940 when 1,500 aircraft took part in air battle

Calling Out Russia

September brings with it the last of the summer fetes.  Southwater Church’s fete was up on numbers this year and there was also a very relaxed atmosphere for Crawley Down’s “Superheroes” themed fayre.  In Horsham, St Mary’s played host to a bell ringing competition.  It was great to see teams com