Bringing Good Jobs to Hastings and Rye

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been focussing on how we can help to improve adult skills; up-skilling and re-training and looking at the opportunities which might be available to residents in Hastings and Rye to do so.

Leveling up Skills

Reflecting over the past few months really does bring home to me role of an MP. First and foremost, to support and help constituents who contact me with their concerns and cases that need resolving.

Coming out of the Crisis

As I sit in my office in Westminster for the first time in what seems like a century ago, I reflect on the last few weeks, which have been very difficult for many of us in different ways.

Reforming our Immigration System

This week in Hybrid Parliament, we saw the passing of the Second Reading of the Immigration and Social Security (EU Withdrawal) Bill.

Lockdown and Families

A recent poll of 2,000 parents found that the extra time we are spending at home because of coronavirus is bringing families closer together by giving parents and children more of an opportunity to bond and spend time together.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Last Monday, the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme opened for applications. This Scheme is part of a number of financial measures the Government has brought in to protect employees and businesses during this unsettling global pandemic.

Coronavirus Update #2

As I write this column, it is Sunday, the warmest day of the year so far and I am sitting in my garden; the sun is beating down and there is a gentle breeze. I can hear the birds singing.

Coronavirus Update

The last time I wrote my column in the Observer, I wrote about keeping some perspective on the Coronavirus. We still do need to keep perspective on bulk, panic buying, but our focus must be on saving lives first and foremost - and our livelihoods.

Supporting our Pensioners

Coronavirus has dominated news outlets for the past few days - a worrying time for many of us when we think about our elderly relatives and friends, people with compromised immune systems and vulnerable people sleeping rough on our streets.

Improving our Infrastructure

In drafting my Maiden Speech, I read the Maiden Speeches of my last four predecessors in Hastings and Rye, starting with Kenneth Warren in 1972.