Herald Column 01/04/17

CA + Chamber at Belgian Cafe

Eastbourne, ‘eastern gateway town’ to the South Downs, has a long history of welcoming visitors, including the royal and famous. This year’s English Tourism Week, which runs until Sunday, has a literary hero theme. Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens were both our guests in times past. Of course, Eastbourne has…

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ASLEF turn down Southern Deal

Train at station

I’m incredibly disappointed Aslef members have turned this deal down, especially when the union’s leadership recommended it to them. It was another chance to try and end this dispute and passengers will be frustrated this has happened and the spectre of industrial action has not gone completely away. The only…

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Scrap Sats Test for Seven-year-olds

Caroline PRU House of Commons

I have welcomed government proposals to scrap Sats tests for seven-year-olds. As a former teacher, I know that the tests in English, maths, spelling and grammar put undue pressure on children at a tender age and youngsters in England are more frequently tested than those in Europe. I very much welcome…

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EpilepsySussex

EpilepsySussex

I dropped into see a local epilepsy charity at the Arndale Centre on Saturday to support the condition’s worldwide Awareness Day. I met up Michelle Shrieves and her team from EpilepsySussex (formally Eastbourne Epilepsy group) who do superb work locally to help those with the condition and the charity is…

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Disability Confident at Big Futures Show

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I was really pleased to be able to sponsor the Disability Confident zone at the Big Futures Show at the Winter Garden on Wednesday this week.   This show is a unique opportunity for local students to meet with further education and training providers and prospective employers. The show is targeted at Year…

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Statement on Terror Attack

We are not afraid

This is a fast-moving investigation and it’s clear the police and security services are working hard to get to the bottom of what happened, who was involved and if there is any evidence of a wider plot. Like many, I remain very shocked by what happened as I was only…

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Brain Tumour Research

Brain Tumour Research reception, at The Speaker's House, Westminster, 15/03/2017.

I am supporting calls for greater funding for brain tumour research after attending a Westminster reception as part of an awareness month on the disease. The event, held by Brain Tumour Research, was also to mark the charity’s Wear a Hat Day, which is taking place on Friday 31st March.…

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A Plan for Britain

brexit EU

While the Referendum was a vote to leave the EU, it was not a vote to leave Europe – we want to continue to be reliable partners, willing allies and close friends with European countries. The Government is seeking a new and equal partnership – between an independent, self-governing, Global…

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National Insurance Contributions

Caroline PRU House of Commons

I very much welcome the Chancellor has cancelled this rise, which would have hit the self-employed and broken a manifesto pledge. I made it clear privately I could not support this announcement that would have hit many hard-working people in Eastbourne and I thank the Government for listening to me…

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