Campaigns

Southern Railway

Southern Railway services have been unacceptable for well over a year. I continue to work as part of a group of cross-party MPs to hold the Government, the rail operator (Govia Thameslink Railway), and the unions (ASLEF and the RMT) to account.
 

School Funding

Following the closure of the Government’s consultations on fairer school funding, I continue to work alongside West Sussex MPs and teachers to help secure a fairer deal for local pupils.

Blood Cancer

In June 2016, I was elected as the Chairman of the new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer.

I am honoured to chair this group, and looking forward to continuing to promote awareness of blood cancer, and highlight the needs of patients and their families with other MPs, the Government, as well as NHS and charity stakeholders.

The group will bring together MPs and members of the House of Lords, as well as experts on blood cancer from the charity Bloodwise, who I have been pleased to work with previously.

EU referendum

I welcome the people of Crawley and the United Kingdom choosing to Leave the European Union.People have felt the EU has become more and more remote from our everyday concerns, but continually meddles in our everyday lives.Our country of course will continue to work with, and trade with, the European Union. This is not about pulling up the drawbridge, but looking out to the rest of the world. We will be a good neighbour to Europe, and we remain an outward-looking country.

National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service, launched by the Prime Minister five years ago, is providing opportunities for young people in our town, and is being organised by the Crawley Town Community Foundation.

NCS is a programme open to 15 to 17-year-olds. It is designed to encourage personal and social development through a range of activities and projects requiring leadership, teamwork and communication.

Apprenticeships

I was pleased to host the Crawley Apprenticeship & Jobs Fair on on 4th March 2016. I’m grateful to everyone looking for training or employment positions who came along, and I also want to thank those who took the time to represent their companies and organisations, to discuss the opportunities they had to offer.

It’s because of events such as this that the number of people out of work in Crawley has gone down by more than 1,500 since 2010. The number of young people out of work has also fallen by over 500.

Animal Welfare

I had campaigned on animal welfare issues for many years before being elected to the House of Commons, it is a subject close to my heart.

In June 2015, I was honoured to be elected as Co-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare.

I know that many people in our town are concerned about the treatment of animals and I am pleased to now be in a position to continue our work on this cause.

Crawley Apprenticeship & Jobs Fair 2016

I believe one of the important parts of my job and one that I've written about on these pages in recent weeks, is the responsibility of MPs to promote the life chances of young people.
 
From the Prime Minister’s recent announcements on improving prospects for young people, which included a new mentoring scheme across the public and private sectors, to my own support for initiatives such as National Citizen Service, we all have a part to play.
 

Jobs in Crawley

The number of people in Crawley on Jobseekers’ Allowance has fallen by two thirds in the last five years.

In December 2014, the independent House of Commons Library confirmed that youth unemployment in Crawley was at its lowest level since comparable records began.

There is, of course, more to do. This is why I have organised two Crawley Jobs Fairs, and have worked alongside organisations such as Central Sussex College, where I was delighted to open the new University Centre there.

Health in Crawley

In what I believe were the worst decisions in our new town’s history, the previous Labour government closed both maternity as well as A&E units in 2001 and 2005. Emergency services are now returning to Crawley Hospital with the Urgent Treatment Centre now able to see the majority of cases an A&E can.I was pleased to launch both the new MRI scanner at Crawley Hospital in March 2015, and open the Digital Mammography Unit in 2012.