Jeremy Quin: Law & Order in Horsham

Neighbourhood Watch has a valuable role to play as our District Commander, Howard Hodges, pointed out.  He knows that Sussex Police need all the help they can get as they continue to reduce traditional crimes while also getting to grips with newer offences.  Despite having to manage substantial cost reductions, over the last five years crime fell across Sussex by 6 per cent.  In the current environment further cost cutting is inevitable but the Police continue to perform brilliantly in adapting new strategies to tackle crime.

Jeremy Quin: Aiding Others

Up to 150,000 additional lives a year could potentially be saved by first aid according to St John Ambulance.  29,000 alone die each year of a heart attack.  Not all would be saved but St John's simple contention is that if more people are trained and willing to have a go at saving a life we would stand a better chance - at present around two thirds of us say we would not feel capable of offering any first aid if confronted with a life or death situation.  

Jeremy Quin: A Busy week in Parliament

Parliament has already been busy and following the party conferences it will get yet more intense. The final decision on airport expansion is likely to come in the next few weeks.  I respect the fact that not all constituents agree with my campaigning against a second runway at Gatwick.  However I believe Gatwick is not the right answer, the Davies Commission agreed.  The issue though is not yet resolved and intense work continues.

Jeremy Quin: The Syrian Refugee Crisis

Parliament resumed at Westminster this week.   During the summer “recess” I have thoroughly enjoyed my visits around the constituency.  This has been reflected in this column and its great to be able to give a platform to some of the great organisations, businesses and charities that thrive locally.  There are however, on occasion, national or even international issues that dominate peoples' thoughts in every part of the country.  

Jeremy Quin: Understanding what matters to Horsham

There is no “template” on how to be an MP.   However by being involved in the community you learn what is and isn’t working and can use that knowledge to influence decisions being taken nationally. There are many volunteer support groups that exist which compliment Government support to the most vulnerable: over the last week I met three of them. 

Jeremy Quin: Banking for the Future

Horsham is the most bio-diverse constituency:  not only in this country but the world:  sounds surprising but is absolutely true.  The secret behind this impressive statistic lies in the Millennium Seed Bank. 

Jeremy Quin: My work in Parliament

The visual image of Parliament is always one of confrontation:  the two sides of the chamber (reputedly, if inaccurately, described as being two sword lengths apart), the "bear pit" of Prime Ministers Question Time.  Actually there is quite a lot to be said for the British system of testing every point by argument- even when Governments have large majorities and are likely to get their way the confidence with which a concept is propounded and the reaction in the House can be a leading indicator as to what will gain acceptance and stand the test of time and what proposals are actually resting on sand. 

Jeremy Quin: Supporting Local Businesses

Horsham's has many great companies and I have enjoyed being out visiting while Parliament isn't sitting in August.  This has included seeing three very different small companies but all great success stories from the very oldest of traditional industries to the most modern. 

Rail Services

The ongoing rise in rail passengers is one of the quiet successes of the last two decades.