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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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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