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Huw Shows Support for Bees

In questions to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Huw Merriman asks the Minister to support his objectives for improving the nation’s bee colonies.  

Policing Debate

During the last 5 years, Sussex Police have delivered over £50m of efficiency savings whilst reducing levels of crime. The work of Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Chief Constable Giles Yorke and the Sussex Police force has been immense. In the term to come, there will be a requirement for further savings and I am keen to work with the Sussex Police team to ensure that these are manageable. This comes at a time when the Government are revising the funding formula for forces across the country. This formula could have implications for an area such as Sussex. As well as speaking about Police funding in a debate in the House of Commons on 4 November 2015, I also met with the Home Secretary in private to press the case for Sussex Police. 

Work Experience in Parliament

I was delighted to host Hamzah Zia, a student at Hatch End High, in North West London for a week of work experience in the House of Commons. Having undertaken work experience myself, as a 15 year old, I am a huge believer in the opportunities which this form of experience can bring. Hamzah’s work experience was arranged by the Social Mobility Foundation. Below are Hamzah’s thoughts of his week in Parliament and politics in general. We wish Hamzah the very best with his future studies and look forward to keeping in contact.

Huw Joins Village Initiative to Save Lives

Local MP, Huw Merriman, joined local councillors and residents for the installation of a new publicly accessible defibrillator at Broad Oak Village Hall last Friday. This is the fifth defibrillator to be installed in the village communities around Heathfield to ensure a better chance of survival for anyone unfortunate enough to suffer a heart attack.

Working and Child Tax Credits

Working and child tax credits have dominated the national media in recent weeks. These payments are made by the Government to top up the wages of the lower paid and to provide extra income to qualifying families. When first introduced in 1998, tax credits cost the taxpayer £6bl. By 2010, the cost had ballooned to £30bl. This increase was more down to politicians seeking to give away 'election sweeteners' than a decline in living standards in recent years