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In the House with Huw Merriman SUS-151007-132058001

Resourcing our schools in Bexhill and Battle

In addition to visiting local schools, and jobbing as a lollipop man, I have had three schools visit Parliament this week for a Q&A. I have also been using my voice in Parliament to support the funding needs of our local schools. This week, I focussed on local provision for pupils with special educational needs.

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In the House with Huw Merriman SUS-151007-132058001

Focus on law-making to help victims and tackle crime.

This week we had another tranche of votes on Brexit. None of them have any legislative effect but they do give an indication on Parliament’s direction of travel. With the Prime Minister’s EU deal having recently been voted down, it was notable this week to see a majority of MPs vote favour of the deal, provided the contentious provisions relating to Northern Ireland were removed or amended by the EU. The Prime Minister will now go to the EU with a view to winning such a compromise. It is hoped that the EU, noting that Parliament will actually agree to such a modified deal, will give ground in order for us to leave on agreed terms. To win this concession, we need to keep our best negotiation card. For the EU, as for the UK, the risk of No Deal is considerable and it is this which could cause the EU to give ground. It was therefore disappointing for me to see a majority of MPs vote to take No Deal off the table. With the Prime Minister in the midst of seeking to gain further concessions, this feels the wrong time to be burning our best hand. We now wait until the middle of February to see what the Prime Minister can bring back.

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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP

Making healthcare fit for the future

Sometimes we can get caught up in the moment (Brexit in this case!) and lose sight of what is really important for our communities. While no one can deny the importance of making sure our departure from the European goes smoothly, we need to look outside of Westminster at what really matters such as our schools, businesses, and of course our NHS.

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In the House with Huw Merriman SUS-151007-132058001

Getting a better deal from public transport for Bexhill and Battle

New Year ushers in the latest annual rail fare increase. At just over 3%, and pegged to inflation, this year’s increase is lower than many from the previous 20 years but will rightly be greeted by frustration from passengers who have received a poor service over the last year. Train Operators usually face the wrath for their ‘excess’ profits. In reality, they have a profit margin of about 2%, which is about the same level as our competitive supermarkets. Bus operators, by contrast, enjoy margins of 12%.

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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP

2018 is over, and what a year it was for Hastings and Rye

I am expecting this New Year to bring great things for Hastings and Rye. We are only a few days in and we have already heard that the Government will be reducing train fares for young people by 50 per cent. And a new 26-30 railcard will bring down the cost of living for many of our millennial friends too.

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