Hastings Observer Column

Today (Friday 25 November) is White Ribbon Day which highlights the global movement to put a stop to violence against women and girls.

In the UK, 1.3 million women are victims of domestic abuse every year and, in 2014-15, 81 women were killed by a current or former partner.


This weekend we will pause to remember those who have given their lives serving our country in the armed forces.

Commemorating 1066

It is a particularly special week for 1066 Country and our communities as we mark the biggest anniversary in a generation of this momentous date which has for decades etched itself into the memory of schoolchildren and from which our nation’s society and culture began to take shape.

Rail links to the constituency

Since I became your MP it has been a priority for me to improve the rail links between our towns and journey times between the coast and London.

United in memory of those killed in service

On Monday I sat in an emotional and reflective House of Commons chamber which was full, save for one member. We were united in tribute to Jo Cox, Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen, and we heard moving speeches from the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and her closest friends and colleagues in Parliament. 

Digital Technology

Digital technology is vital for everything we do: from the smartphone in your hand to the contactless card in your wallet, we use it to communicate, to shop, to find out the news, where we’re going and what the weather will be when we get there.

Opening of Parliament

Full of tradition and pageantry, the State Opening of Parliament is the most colourful event of the Parliamentary calendar.

Democracy doesn't just happen

Following the local elections last week, I would like to congratulate the two new councillors Andy Patmore and John Rankin on their election as well as Katy Bourne on her re-election as the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.

Let the celebrations continue...

Last week we celebrated The Queen’s 90th birthday and Hastings and Rye joined towns and villages across the UK in lighting beacons to mark this landmark occasion.

Vote for the police force you want

In less than 3 weeks voters across Hastings and Rye will go to the polling station to pass judgement on the inaugural Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the first time.