Tragedy in Barns Green

“Death is but a distant rumour to the young” is the phrase that came to mind this week as I heard about the tragic death of 15 year old Will Hallett and thought about the impact on his friends and younger brother.

100 years on: Votes for Women

The “Darkest Hour” has been on at the Capital and we very much enjoyed (with a near sell-out crowd) seeing the film. Gary Oldfield and Kristen Scott Thomas are being rightly praised for their portrayals of Winston and Clementine Churchill.

Ambulance Service - rising to a huge challenge

Last Friday at their new Crawley operations centre I met the (relatively) new Chief Executive of the South East Coast Ambulance Service, Darren Mochrie. “SECAmb” covers Surrey, Kent and Sussex: a population of 5 million (with considerably more older people than the national average).

Being Fair on Trade

Many Horsham residents are deeply committed to Fair Trade, as the turnout to the Horsham Fairtrade Christmas market attests, and the Fair Trade rationale is simple: the consumer buys a good value product and in the knowledge that the developing world producer secures a fair and sustainable price.

The Future of Employment

It was a pleasure to visit Collyers to talk about “employability”. As generations of Horsham Parliamentary candidates have discovered a question time session at the College produces varied, intelligent, probing questions! Last week was no exception.


Ensuring Airport Growth Benefits All

Last week I spoke out in a Commons debate on noise mitigation at Gatwick Airport. This provided an important opportunity to remind both Gatwick and the Government of the impact that aircraft noise has upon our communities.

Local Environment to the fore

For the many who are focussed on the environment there were a couple of pieces on the BBC in the last week of local interest. Sunday’s Gardeners’ Question Time reported from the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst.

2018 - the year ahead

The U.K. enters 2018 benefitting from consistent economic growth and the lowest unemployment since 1975 – but with much to do. Through managing spending and growing our economy this year our national debt will fall as a percentage of what we produce.

Christmas volunteers

As I write, early on the morning of 27th December, I am looking out on flurries of snow falling - and just about settling - in Horsham.  Sadly two days too late to give children a Christmas present of a (very small) snowman and two days and 36 miles too far south for anyone with money on it….  It

A Happy Christmas and thanks to our Paramedics

In Horsham this weekend Christmas shopping was definitely upon us… Despite the UK being the No.1 nation for on-line shopping, the town, I am glad to say, was certainly busy.