The Lessons of History

There was a huge turnout in Carfax for Remembrance Sunday. It is a short yet moving ceremony – preceding the service at St Marys.

Turning the Interest Rate Cycle

Last week the Bank of England raised base rates for the first time in 10 years. As so often with economic decisions it is easy to argue whether this is a good or bad decision. Many will do so. Some no doubt will agree with both statements!

Horsham Matters

Last week in the Commons there was a closing debate on war memorials and I was pleased to be able to refer to the individual plaques being put up on the houses of those who died in the Great War from Crawley Down.

Helping People into Work

On last week’s figures unemployment locally remains very low indeed. This reflects the national picture with the lowest unemployment since 1975.

Online Protection

Saturday last week and the “Rebel Makers Club” organised and run by Hack Horsham were having huge fun coding, creating programmes and operating robots in the HDC offices.

Refill, Renew, Refresh, Repair

Last week was Quaker Awareness week and I enjoyed visiting the Friends’ Meeting House in Worthing Road. The building dates from 1785 replacing an earlier structure built in 1693 after the law was changed to “tolerate” non-conformist worship.

Going with the Flow

Last week I visited the Horsham Southern Water plant which helps provide the clean, safe water and waste disposal we all take for granted. It has recently received £1m of additional investment with £4m more scheduled over the next three years.

A Busy Week in Horsham...

With party conferences ongoing Parliament is “in recess”. Many MPs are still working in Westminster though - and it was a pleasure to show Horsham Probus and the WI around this week. Recess also provides an opportunity to touch base with many organisations around the constituency.

Good News on School Funding

This week the Education Secretary published her response to the School Funding consultation. West Sussex has long faced unfair funding and the Government is addressing this through a national funding formula.