News

A Busy Week in Parliament

Its a busy week in Parliament on local issues.  We have the rail operator, GTR, coming in to explain the latest causes of severe delays and cancellations.

Pensions

Sadly when pensions hit the news it's almost always a "bad thing".  I am currently working through with my select committee what went wrong at BHS.  After last week's announcement on Tata Steel (the Pension Fund wants to make smaller increases in the pension) pensions will remain a focus.

The importance of 'Dementia Friends'

The Capitol was on top form last Saturday evening. A host of stars – including incredibly talented younger performers from The Act to Arts Academy – appeared in the Belle Voci Concert in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

MPs Welcome Heathrow’s Acceptance of Expansion Conditions

The Gatwick Coordination Group (GCG) MPs welcomed the announcement by Heathrow Airport Ltd that they accept the implementation of all the recommendations of the Airports Commission, for example, the recommended ban on night flights at Heathrow.

This Week in Parliament

This week in Parliament involves “ping-pong”: legislation is sent back and forth from the Commons and Lords as the two Houses try and agree before the session ends.  It is also the run-up to the “Queen’s Speech”.  Both serve to concentrate MPs minds on best possible outcomes. 

Education

The publication of terrific exam results are all too often met with the assumption that exams are simply getting easier.  This unfairly completely ignores really positive developments in education.  Above all it overlooks the commitment of teachers and a significant improvement in the quality of teaching.

Jeremy Quin Visits Turners Hill School

MP for Horsham, Jeremy Quin, visited Turners Hill CofE School on Friday, 29th April where their traditional May Day celebrations, including dancing round the Maypole were in full swing.  “May Day” wasn’t the only cause of celebration.  The school was recently judged “Outstanding” by Ofsted.

Supporting Horsham's Local Economy

Having been shopping in Beales over the weekend I called into BHS on Monday morning, in Swan Walk, to wish them well prior to their company’s sad announcement.  There are a lot of changes in the High Street and my heart goes out to employees faced with a difficult and uncertain time.