Downland Farms Update

Eastbourne Review

Like many of you I was concerned at Council plans to sell off Eastbourne’s Downland Farm estate, which has been in the possession of the town for nearly a century, when they had not established the protections in place nor properly consulted local people. There was such an outpouring of public…

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Snap General Election Called

Caroline PRU House of Commons

I fully support the Prime Minister’s announcement, which in recent weeks has become inevitable because of other political parties making it clear they would either reverse or frustrate the Government’s Brexit plan at Westminster. June 8 is now a day of stark choices for voters – do they want a…

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Supporting Responsible Drinking

APPG Beer Night time economy

I recently signed a pledge in the House of Commons recognising the importance of the Night-Time Economy to Eastbourne & Willingdon, and the work of the Local Alcohol Partnerships who provide a coordinated response to alcohol harm. In Eastbourne, the Street Pastors help to reduce alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and drive up standards in…

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US attack on a Syrian airbase

Caroline PRU House of Commons

It appears almost certain chemical weapons have been used against innocent civilians in Syria and I believe the United States, as the world’s superpower, was right to respond.   There has been damage to the military base and loss of life, which is always painful, but this warning shot was…

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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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