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Speaking in Parliament on the Budget

This year the Chancellor's Budget focused on helping younger people get on the housing ladder and putting more money in to the NHS. These were matters which I pledged to do more for when first seeking election as your MP in 2015. You can view my speech from the Budget debate on this page. 

Budget gives hope to next generation

This week, the Chancellor unveiled his Budget to the House of Commons. I remember my first budget, and being somewhat embarrassed when MPs around me starting whooping and waving their order papers in the air.

Local MPs welcome Budget Welfare Boost

Local MPs, Amber Rudd and Huw Merriman, have welcomed the £1.5billion package of measures to help benefits claimants on Universal Credit.

Departure Date for Leaving the EU

Constituents have contacted me following speculation as to when the UK will leave the European Union. This matter has received heightened interest because the Government has proposed an amendment to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill which would make it absolutely clear that Britain will be leaving at 11pm on 29 March 2019 (being midnight in mainland Europe). Those who are reluctant about Britain leaving the EU do not want this hard deadline imposed and would rather amend the Bill to permit a later date being used (or no such date at all).

Huw gives a speech on the UK Bee population

Today I took part in a Westminster debate on the UK Bee Population. In recent times, there has been increasing speculation on the harmful impacts of pesticides on bees, in particular neonicotinoids.

New data shows huge impact of beer and pubs in Bexhill and Battle

The brewing and pub sector makes a huge economic contribution to Bexhill and Battle, figures from a study commissioned by the British Beer and Pub Association show. The sector supports 1,052 jobs and provides £24m in value to the local economy.