Horsham MP Slams Southern Rail Performance in Westminster Debate

Local MP Jeremy Quin secured a “Westminster Hall” debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday (16th March) on the performance of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Network Rail. Mr Quin led the 90 minute debate which was well attended by local MPs including Henry Smith, Sir Nicholas Soames and Nick Herbert.  They joined in setting out the massive and ongoing issues faced by local rail passengers.  Rail Minister Claire Perry attended the entirety of the debate and spoke at its conclusion. 

Rail Update

The service on our local rail lines is completely unacceptable, a reflection of deep fundamental problems which are being addressed but also of Network Rail and the operator.

Railway Debate Update

A big “thank you” to all who emailed with your personal experiences of disruption on the local rail services for the debate I am leading in this week.  Stories of constituents left marooned by cancelled trains, or others calculating in working days time lost annually due to delays bring to life dreadful statistics. 

Fairness Across the Generations

Friday morning I spent with the Horsham Older Peoples’ Forum followed by a grilling from HYPER – the equivalent for secondary school students.  It brought into focus the current enquiry by my select committee into “Inter-Generational Fairness”. 

Southern Rail Statement

As you are very aware despite repeated reassurances the train service has continued to operate substantially below what anyone could regard as reasonable.

Dementia Friendly Horsham

In the Horsham District, it is estimated that 2,500 people will be living with dementia by 2020. Dementia is one of our greatest health and social care challenges. An estimated 850,000 people are already living with dementia in the UK and this number is expected to double over the next 30 years.

Horsham's Libraries

Start your Own Business with the Help of your Local Library" was the surprising email I received this week.  It advertised West Sussex Libraries' Business Information Service.  It is typical of a range of ways that Libraries are evolving their service – as I discovered visiting Billingshurst, Southwater and Horsham Libraries as part of National Library week.

Fair Funding for West Sussex Schools

From my first few weeks as MP for Horsham I was determined to do my best to support education in the constituency.  Nationally huge progress has been made over recent years and nearly 4 out of 5 schools are now rated “Good” or “Outstanding” by Ofsted.  I know from my time as a school governor the

Supporting Horsham's Farmers

George Bernard Shaw was no romantic.  He once remarked that “there is no sincerer love than the love of food”.  Clearly stretching a point – but there were plenty of food lovers at the Sussex Food and Drink Awards and a great deal to celebrate.