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Hastings Observer Column 5 January

As the dreaded question “ready for Christmas?” is replaced by the equally worrying “any resolutions to share?” I have decided to set mine out.

Hastings Observer Column 8 December

Small businesses are the backbone of the economy - not just of the UK as a whole but here, in Hastings and Rye, where they are at the heart of our local communities. They provide their owners and employees with their livelihoods, and our towns with their unique characters.

Hastings Observer Column 24 November

Earlier this week the Government set out its Budget, its plan for the economy for the year ahead. It will support long-term economic growth, create an economy that is fit for the future, and give families and businesses the support they need.

Hastings Observer Column 10 November

Last week I invited Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to visit Ashford International to hear an update on my campaign to secure a high speed rail link between our communities and London St Pancras.

Hastings Observer Column 27 October

We know that major changes need to be made to our housing market, so that more homes are built and our younger generation do not miss out on finding homes they can afford.

Steps have been taken to start putting this right but much more must and will be done.

Hastings Observer Column 13 October

Last Friday I held my fourth Hastings Rail Summit to update constituents and local businesses on improvements to our rail network and what further enhancements are planned.

Hastings Observer Column 29 September

The UK’s creative industries are booming. These are our museums and galleries; artists and designers; film, TV and radio shows; musicians and performers; IT and software companies.

Hastings Observer Column 15 September

Figures released this week showed that the number of people in Hastings and Rye claiming the key out of work benefits was down by 31% since 2010. This is over 1,000 more local people now earning a good wage and developing their skills.

Hastings Observer Column 1 September

Here in Hastings and Rye, as across the country, our post offices and our independent shops are part of our communities. They are at the heart of the villages, towns and cities they serve providing a range of vital services and a friendly high street to local residents.

Hastings Observer Column 18 August

Students across the country have now received their A-Level results and are busy making important decisions about their future. However, the nervous wait continues for a few more days for those awaiting their GCSE grades.