Keeping Safe on Line

It was a pleasure at PMQs last week to draw attention to two Horsham success stories – a great Apprenticeship Fair organised by HDC and the extraordinary fall in youth unemployment we have seen locally over the last ten years.   As discussed after my recent talk at Collyers it is incredibly impor

Purposeful Action at Home and Abroad

Last week in the Commons I supported the Home Secretary giving the police the time they needed to do their work after the appalling attack in Salisbury.  Especially in circumstances that are so horrific it is too easy to jump to conclusions.  As a country we are known for the professionalism of o

Helping Families in their Hour of Need

We are in the midst of Horsham’s Fairtrade Fortnight and after a week of events hosted by “FairKind Child” in Piries Place, a Fair Trade coffee morning will be held in St Johns RC Church Hall this Saturday.  This is one of many local events in the coming week including the launch of the new Billi

Industries of the Future

Although Parliament is in full session I was pleased last week to hold meetings in Horsham which a wide area including new support services being provided to families going through difficult times; new ways of working in the NHS which are delivering better patient outcomes; two school visits and

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.