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.

Britain is leaving the single market

We are leaving the European Union. Many readers may have thought that this news was established last June. For those less sure, the Prime Minister's speech this week should leave no one in any doubt that Britain will be leaving not just the EU but the single market and its customs union.

Lobbying for more intervention

Christmas is almost upon us. On Tuesday, Parliament broke up and I am now back to the constituency for a couple of weeks. Like many of you who make the same journey, I am looking forward to a break from the daily commute from East Sussex to London.

Unions standing in the way of progress

Constituents are rightly furious with the state of our local rail services. Southern rail has been crippled again by strikes. Southeastern's services have deteriorated for existing passengers and those searching for a reliable alternative to Southern.

Our county needs an investment boost

Parliament was this week dominated by the Autumn Statement, which details the state of our nation's finances and how we can spend.

Auschwitz visit served as a reminder

This Sunday, many of us will remember and commemorate all those constituents from times past who laid down their lives to defend us from tyranny.