A large snake is to be found lurking in the gutters of Battle. It is highly visible, having two distinct parallel yellow stripes along its back. Pedestrians need have no fear of this lurking reptile as it skulks between the drains and the litter of most of Battles town centre roads.
Housing is not just providing people with safe and comfortable places to live. It is a key indicator of social mobility – the gap between those on the property ladder and those who aren’t. More than this, it is central to people’s aspirations to own a home where they can raise a family.
Time for MPs to stop talking and start delivering Brexit
Last week I had to return home early from my Council of Europe meetings in Strasbourg to attend the weekly Opposition Day Debate in the House of Commons. The debate was about whether we should have a future debate about leaving Europe. The irony was not lost on me in that I could have stayed in France and done that. This futile episode underlines my frustration with the gamesmanship that is going on in Parliament about our EU withdrawal.