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HASTINGS OBSERVER COLUMN 16 MARCH

Apprenticeships are there for people from all walks of life enabling them to learn skills for the workplace of their choosing, earn a wage, and get on in life. Last week was National Apprenticeship Week which was a great opportunity for companies to learn how apprenticeships can work for them.

Hastings Observer Column 2 March

When I am asked about the future of our country’s farming and agricultural sector following Brexit, I can give reassuring news! This week, the Government launched an open consultation on the future of farming to get farmer’s views on new agricultural proposals.

Hastings Observer Column 16 February

The big chains of shops or pubs up and down the country can reassure visitors that they will get the same product wherever there are. But it is the independent shops and cafes that help make our towns so distinct.

Hastings Observer Column 2 February

Finding the cheapest energy supplier is hard work – I know I find it hard to choose one myself! There are so many options on the energy market which make it difficult to balance the price alongside what works for your household.

Hastings Observer Column 19 January

Our children and young people must be given every chance to make the very most of their potential. This begins with a high-quality education. Whilst I wasn’t the best student, I was lucky to have many excellent teachers and wonderful opportunities at school.

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.