Opinions

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.

Tackling Homelessness

St Valentine is widely thought to have been a clergyman who ministered to persecuted Christians, who became the patron saint of love. Love affects all of us in one way or another; we give and we receive.

Neighbourhood Cleanup

Today is Brexit Day and whilst I understand that some of you remain concerned about our future outside the EU, I am filled with hope and optimism about our future as an independent and sovereign nation.

Protecting our Fisheries

I am in my third week of Parliament and now have an office! It is in the Palace, up in the gods, overlooking Big Ben and surrounded by scaffolding. It is good to have a settled space from which I – and part of ‘Team Hastings and Rye’ - can work on behalf of our constituents.