Debate: Services for people with Autism

It was an honour to lead the debate in Parliament for Autism Awareness Week. I gave my opening speech on behalf of our All Party Parliamentary Chairman, Dame Cheryl Gillian. It was an inspired debate and speeches followed from MPs from across the country and party divide. 

Debate on Sexual and Relationships Education

I spoke in Parliament this week to express my support for the introduction of compulsory health, sex and relationships education in schools. The world is changing, and young people today face harsh challenges.

Huw champions more support for Neighbourhood Plans

In photo: back row from left to right Margaret Howell, Battle Town Council;  John Howell MP; Jonathan Vine-Hall, Sedlescombe Parish Council; Frankie Nowne, Clerk to Ticehurst & Flimwell Parish Council; Huw Merriman MP; Russell Hidden, Battle Neighbourhood Plan Team;

Huw continues to champion job centre work coaches

In Parliament this week, Huw once again praised the support provided by job centre work coaches to help people into the world of work. He asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd to ensure that these coaches receive the support they need to continue their work.

A tumultuous week in politics

Since my last column, I was pulled out of the ballot twice in successive Prime Minister’s Questions.

Local MP speaks up for equality in school funding at PMQs

Huw Merriman, MP for the Bexhill and Battle constituency, continued his campaign for fairer school funding during Prime Minister’s Question Time in the House of Commons yesterday and in Education Questions earlier this week.

PMQs: Calling for fairer school funding

In my second PMQ in two weeks  I asked a question on behalf of my Mum (a former teacher) on the need for more school funding, particularly for those areas that currently have the lowest funded schools (such as ours).