Parliament hears of local road and rail needs

This week, I did my best to ensure that the needs of our local road and rail network were brought to Parliament and aired before the Road and Rail Ministers respectively.

Looking at priorities to work together

Being returned as your MP meant I immediately returned to Parliament on the Monday after the General Election. It is nice to see some new faces in Westminster but sad not to see those more familiar, such as my colleague from Eastbourne, Caroline Ansell, one of the nicest people in politics.

General Election: Observer Column

Like the rest of the country, Tuesday's announcement to call a General Election caught me by surprise. I was in my Westminster office, answering constituent emails, when my staff member popped his head around the door to ask what I thought 'the announcement' was all about.

A new relationship with the EU

This week, the Prime Minister triggered Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. The United Kingdom is formally leaving the European Union. Focus now turns to our terms for departure and the new relationship which we have to deliver with the 27 countries who will remain.

Schools Campaigning for Fair Funding

The issue of school funding has been making waves across the country. Locally, my own schools have mobilised support from parents and I have been lobbied by every school in the constituency.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (etc)

This week, my Transport anorak has been well worn, in Parliament and outside. On Monday, our Transport Select Committee continued its inquiry into urban congestion. We heard evidence from the car, cycling and tram lobby. All, naturally, want more of a share of the urban streets for themselves.

A Beginners Guide to How Parliament Makes Law

Last week Parliament was again debating and voting on the legislation which, when passed, will give the Government the powers needed to start the process of leaving the EU.

National events don't Trump local concerns

Parliament was this week dominated by the bill to allow Britain to leave the EU and by President Trump's temporary immigration ban on seven countries across the globe.