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Huw Merriman MP

Challenging Local And National Transport Issues

I have just completed my third year as your MP. As I have said before, to represent the community I have been a resident of for the last twelve years is a great privilege for me. There can be few constituencies as rich in coastal, rural, community and cultural tapestry as this one. So many of you are involved in standing up for your community and caring for its residents. I have been supported in most which I have tried to do, and not just by those who were good enough to vote for me. As for many in the workplace, this job is challenging at times but my desire to work with others to deliver better services and opportunities for us all remains undiminished.

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Sergeant Tom Carter with Huw Merriman and  T/Superintendent Emma Brice SUS-180706-105257001

Putting Weight of Parliament behind Rural Policing

Having lived in a rural part of East Sussex for over ten years, I am well aware of the concerns which remote areas have about crime and police resourcing. Whilst crime has reduced by a fifth since 2010, it has shown signs of an increase in the last year. Our towns and villages have lost many dedicated police resources albeit the latest plans from Sussex Police, following the increase in your Council Tax, is to recruit a further 200 officers.

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Battle for School Funding Continues

Working with constituency schools, and spending time in the classroom with pupils, is one of the great pleasures of my job. I have a huge amount of respect for the teaching profession. The job is very demanding and the pay and standing is not what it was when my mother worked in the profession many years ago. On entering Parliament in 2015, I listed education as one of my priorities and so it remains.

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My visit with UNICEF to Africa

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, I visited the African country of Djibouti with UNICEF. Djibouti is a small country with a population of just over one million, but hosts the key strategic port for the Horn of Africa. It is surrounded on land by Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea. Across the Dead Sea is Yemen. Many residents from these neighbouring countries are fleeing their homelands. Djibouti tends to be a transit point for these migrants who are on the move for a better life.

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Delivering the case for transport

This week, I was successful in calling for a Westminster Hall debate on ‘Transport for the South East’. This is the name of a new transport body which has been set up by local authorities and enterprise partnerships spanning 7.5m residents in the south east. Its aim is to be given legal responsibility to steer and deliver major transport improvements in our region. The debate was a good opportunity for MPs in our region to talk of their support for this and their own transport challenges.

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The Case for Military Action in Syria

The Syrian conflict has created the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Half the country’s pre-war population — more than 11 million people — have been killed or forced to flee their homes. I’ve seen the impact of it myself, standing 15km from the Syrian border in the world’s second largest refugee camp in Jordan with 100,000 displaced Syrians being supported by British aid.

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Enjoying all that Bexhill and Battle has to offer over Easter

Easter is almost upon us. After a busy week debating Local Government finance, Police resources, Russia and where our passports are produced, Parliament has entered recess for two weeks. I will not be in need of a passport over Easter because I will be spending the bulk of my fortnight in the constituency and hoping that Spring will do as its name suggests and bring forth a burst of fine weather.

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It’s snow way to run a democracy

I hope that all readers are keeping safe and warm during this period of cold weather. My late father was a devoted amateur weatherman. As my mother once said, ‘When I married your father, I married the weather.’ He would certainly have enjoyed this week.

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Counting the cost of a working margin

Last week in Parliament, the focus from MPs was on the levels of central funding which will be given to our local councils and services. The current Government has made it an aim to see councils becoming self-sufficient. The ambition is for local councils to keep the money they raise from council tax and business rates and then decide how much to spend and raise via these forms of local taxation.

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