Holding it all together

One of the collects (concluding prayers) for the night service of Compline in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer goes like this:

Southern rail's new timetable launch did not go to plan last month Picture: SWNS

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.


Landing sustainable fishing deals

When I was first elected in 2010, I carefully chose the subject for my Maiden Speech which is always a terrifying moment for an MP. I chose to make it about jobs - of the present and the future - and specifically about protecting our fishing industry. Since then, I have been fighting for our fishermen to get a fairer share of quota allocation. I have often met with Minister George Eustice MP and had local fishermen raise their concerns directly to the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to see what Government can to do help. The quota is now significantly more than it was in recent years.

Diary of a Sussex ‘newbie’ - The Critters

Diary of a Sussex ‘newbie’ - The Critters

My new friend is the very lovely and oh so greatly appreciated pest control man.

Dr Rob Marshall, media adviser to Chichester Diocese and contributor to Radio 4 Thought for the Day

Called to be together

Russia has been embroiled in so much controversy lately it’s hard to believe that stadia across that country will soon be hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Kevin Richmond, CEO, Sussex Community Foundation

Volunteering is about so much more than the fiscal value it represents

According to 2017 Office of National Statistics figures, volunteering contributes an estimated £22.6 billion to the UK economy each year.
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.

Conquest Hospital, Hastings

Funding to keep a healthy NHS

Our health is one of the most important things in day to day life, so it makes sense that it is also a major part of the Government. In Britain we are fortunate to have an outstanding health service in the NHS. It is a service that delivers cutting edge care free at the point of use when we most need it. Our health service is built by the hard work of dedicated doctors and nurses who help patients and save lives.

Reverend Thomas Robson

A real and loving faith

Last week, Richard Jackson, Bishop of Lewes, embarked on a five day pilgrimage from Iden, East Sussex to Chichester Cathedral.

Representatives of head teachers from schools across the county, as well as the County Education Department, came to Parliament SUS-180524-123955001

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.

Bishop Mark Sowerby

The fruit of the spirit

The forthcoming Late May Bank Holiday used to be associated with Whitsuntide and we all got 'Whit Monday' off.

Life is local

Life is local - read all about it every week in your newspaper

For as long as I can remember I have been a fully blown news addict, having got my regular fix from newspapers, radio, television, Ceefax and nowadays also via my laptop and smartphone.
Left to right: David Carroll, Patrick Soulijaert and Adrian Cumberworth (Sussex Sailability), Hannah Clay (Sussex Community Foundation), Chris Tomlinson (Rampion Offshore Windfarm), Tony McCoy and Oliver Forsyth (also Sussex Sailability). Picture courtesy of Darren Cool

Helping disabled sailors get active on the water

Sussex has 220 kilometres of coastline and we certainly know how to enjoy it, if this year’s early May bank holiday was anything to go by.

Huw Merriman, MP's, visit with UNICEF to Africa SUS-181005-121728001

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.

Nick Herbert

Nick Herbert: Data Protection Bill’s possible impact on the press

This week the House of Commons will be voting on the Data Protection Bill, and attempts by some MPs to force part II of the Leveson Inquiry which was set up by David Cameron’s government seven years ago following the phone hacking scandal.

Blaise Tapp is working on his dream garden

The Darling Buds of Middle Age are beginning to emerge

I have long taken great pride in the fact that I am a prime example of a kidult, an overgrown man child who refuses to act his age.
From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP

Make Millicent & Muriel proud with your vote

Anyone walking near Parliament recently will have noticed the addition of a brand new statue of Dame Millicent Fawcett standing strong overlooking Parliament Square and the Palace of Westminster. This fantastic piece of art, and now history, was created by Gillian Wearing and is the first statue of a woman to have a place on Parliament Square.

In the House with Huw Merriman SUS-151007-132058001

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.

Katy Bourne

Sussex PCC's video log: #StandUpToStalking

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, explains why it is important that we all #StandUpToStalking

Streetlight received a 5,000 grant from Sussex Community Foundation

The human cost of modern slavery

Sussex Community Foundation has two funds – the Nick and Gill Wills Fund and the Brenda Ford Fund - that specifically support charities and community groups in Sussex, supporting women who are vulnerable or at risk of abuse, exploitation or violence.

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