I'm part of a listening Government - Academies

Having spoken in the House of Commons about my concerns for proposals to force all schools to become academies, I was delighted that the Government has rethought its policy and will leave outstanding or good schools to make this decision for themselves (assuming that the local education authority is performing).

Is Bexhill Ready? Yes It Is!

Last Friday, hundreds of people flocked to the De La Warr Pavilion for Bexhill’s first ever Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair.

My role on the Council of Europe

As well as having my seat in the House of Commons, I am one of twenty MPs who have been appointed to the Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. This group meets for four weeks of the year to debate issues impacting human rights, democracy, economic development and foreign affairs across its 47 member countries, which stretch from Iceland to the Ukraine, accounting for 820 million inhabitants. I have been sitting in Strasbourg this last week.

Transported back to the House

After our Easter break, which consisted of time spent on constituency casework and visits and a brief holiday in Hampshire, we are back in the House. For some bizarre reason, the authorities deem it a good idea to hold all statements about the preceding fortnight on the first day back (rather than spreading them over a few days for better consideration).