Hastings Observer Column - Friday 17th May 2024

When Southern Water contacted me on local elections day about a burst water mains pipe affecting thousands of properties and businesses in Hastings, St Leonards and some of our surrounding villages just before May Day Bank Holiday weekend, my heart sank.

Rye News Comment Piece - Friday 10th May 2024

I see that both The Mirror and The Express have both run recent articles about a ‘beautiful medieval UK town full of ‘charming pubs’ and ‘cosy shops’, hailed as the ‘perfect getaway’ and named as one of the best UK towns for a holiday.

Hastings Observer Column - Friday 3rd May 2024

Last week marked a significant step forward in Rishi Sunak’s plan to stop the boats and save lives by deterring people with no right to be here from making dangerous, illegal and unnecessary journeys across the Channel.  The Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Act 2024 is now law and is alr

Hastings Observer Column - Friday 19th April 2024

On Thursday 2nd May, residents in Hastings and St Leonards will be going to the ballot box to vote for local councillors to represent them on Hastings Borough Council and the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.

Rye News Comment Piece - Friday 5th April 2024

In my bi-monthly column for the Hastings, St Leonards and Rye Observer, I have recently written about improved fiscal support for families through tax-cuts to National Insurance Contributions, changes to Child Benefit and the roll-out of free childcare.

Hastings Observer Column - Friday 5th April 2024

In the 2023 Spring Budget, the Chancellor announced the single biggest investment in childcare in England’s history, expanding 30 free hours of childcare for working parents from nine months old up to when they start school, and, as of 1st April, the first fifteen hours for working parents of two