In the House with Huw Merriman - Supporting our NHS staff to deliver the healthcare of the future

Our National Health Service, and its staff, are at the forefront of incredible change and scientific developments. These enormous strides will improve wellbeing and prolong patients' lives. They also create an enormous amount of pressure and demand on our local healthcare clinicians and support staff. It is to these local staff who I am keen to offer my wholehearted support in these challenging times. With our local healthcare trust being put in special measures and our junior doctors facing uncertainty with changes to their terms and conditions, it is vital that we provide a wall of support locally.

Debate on Assisted Dying

The issue which has dominated my post bag over the summer has been the Assisted Dying Bill, which was debated and voted on in the House of Commons last week. This was a free vote which meant that MPs did not have to follow a party line and could make up their own mind on this emotive, sensitive and moral issue.

In the House with Huw Merriman - Educating Bexhill and Battle

September is upon us, and it is time for children across the constituency to return to school. During the General Election this year, I was disappointed by the lack of national focus on education. Perhaps it is the consequence of having a mother as a teacher but I regard it as the most important area of Government policy. An outstanding school not only delivers outstanding results but delivers young people with a better chance of leading successful, happy and healthy lives.

Local parking enforcement

There is so much to be excited about with the direction of travel in the constituency. We have a new road due to open soon, high speed rail proposals advancing, our unemployment numbers reducing, wage rises putting us in the top ten of constituencies in the UK and a vast army of community volunteers and champions who I have spent my summer meeting and helping. Everything has a tick in the box, except one item which badly needs addressing: parking in our high streets. 

In the House with Huw Merriman - Supporting local development

The proportion of residents of Rother who are over 65 years old stands at 33 per cent. This is the third highest in the United Kingdom and is expected to rise to over 43 per cent by 2033. That people are living longer is a cause for great celebration. It should also act as an immediate catalyst to build a local community, and a local economy, which will support people in their advanced age.

In the House with Huw Merriman - Local Parking Enforcement

In order to bring increased prosperity to our community it is vital that we get decent quality road and rail links. Last week, I met with Highways England to talk about the A21. There are some good measures in the pipeline to improve safety at Hurst Green and along the whole length of the road from Lamberhurst to Hastings, but the big change will be the opening of the new dual-carriageway between Pembury and Tonbridge in 2016. This will ease congestion and reduce journey times and accidents at this bottleneck and on the back of this I will be campaigning to dual-carriage the rest of the A21 all the way down to Hastings. Although this may not reach fruition whilst I am your MP, I will make this one of my top priorities.

In the House with Huw Merriman - Friday 10 July

Last week I met the Managing Directors of Southern and South Eastern rail companies to discuss performance and service levels on behalf of local rail users. Both train operators have experienced difficulties in the last year and their services have been impacted by the work being undertaken at London Bridge. Southern has been particularly criticised for poor punctuality and over-crowding and I took part in a debate on their performance in Parliament this week.  As a regular commuter myself, I am all too aware of these problems and the importance of a reliable rail service for those who travel to work by train.

In the House with Huw Merriman MP - Friday 26 June

I sit in the House of Commons from Monday to Thursday, leaving Friday as my day in the constituency. Here is my working day from last Friday to give you an idea of what I do locally and how I can help you and your community.

In the House with Huw Merriman MP - Friday 12 June

Whilst I arrived in Parliament on the first Monday after the election, it was only officially opened for business by the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament. During this day of pomp and ceremony, the Queen delivers the Queen’s Speech in the House of Lords, where I joined the other 650 members of the House of Commons in the corridor attempting to catch a glimpse and hear the speech. 

In the House with Huw Merriman MP - Friday 29 May

Last week started with the re-election of the speaker of the House of Commons. Unlike most elections, a contest to re-elect the speaker is only held if there are any shouts of dissent to his nomination.