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  • 20 July 2017 9:19 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)


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  • 06 July 2017 1:11 PM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    LBP are pleased to announce that in conjunction with Adur & Worthing Councils/West Sussex County Council Wellbeing Health checkups/MOT’s  are taking place

    on Monday 17th July 11am to 3pm.  &  Thursday 20th   11am – 3pm. 
     http://adur-worthing.westsussexwellbeing.org.uk/topics/wellbeing-at-work

    More information next week will be sent out and on the website on how to take advantage of these free sessions and locations, or contact lindastopp@lancingbusinesspark.co.uk if your company is interested in making appointments for your staff.

  • 06 July 2017 11:25 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    Office space has become available in Marlborough Road, Lancing Business Park.

    Details: Approx. 400sq/ft self contained, carpeted office. Use of kitchen area and 2/3 car parking spaces. No Business rates to pay. Plenty of on site storage available if required (floor, pallets,  racking or containers/rooms) Fork truck and pallet truck on site. 

    £135.00 per week (£585.00/ month) plus VAT. 

    Please contact Linda Stopp for more information lindastopp@lancingbusinesspark.co.uk 

  • 06 July 2017 9:57 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    It has been the most extraordinary last couple of months and clearly the result on June 8th was not the one that the Prime Minister had hoped for when she called a snap election at the beginning of May which seems an eternity ago now. The lack of a majority for the Conservative government has obviously made things a lot more difficult going forward not least in the way we approach the crucial Brexit negotiations.

    As I write a deal has just been done whereby the DUP MPs will vote with Conservative MPs on a ‘confidence and supply’ basis to make sure we have a working government and to restore some stability which is crucial. A number of people have written to me expressing concerns about the nature of some of the DUP’s policy and I have a lot of sympathy with that but as I have written here this is not a coalition agreement as we had with the Lib Dems in 2010 and I would certainly not be supporting anything that meant rowing back on any part of our equality agenda for example. The most important thing is that we have a working government that can get on with the important national and international matters in hand.

    As regards the election campaign I have had many conversations with many constituents subsequently and there is no point trying to gloss over the fact that nationally the Conservative campaign was pretty shambolic and probably the worst one I have been involved in since I started electioneering back in the 1970’s. The launch of our manifesto and particularly the measures on social care which came out of the blue were badly handled if well intentioned. Not surprisingly this alarmed many of our older citizens locally on the doorstep. I am pleased that many of these measures have been dropped and we need to have a much more transparent and grown up debate about sustainable funding of good quality adult social care for example, something that is particularly important in Worthing and Adur.

    I have included a run down on the 27 Bills that were included in the delayed Queen’s Speech here and a link to a short contribution I made in the subsequent Queen’s Speech debate here, where I focussed on fair funding for schools which undoubtedly and unsurprisingly was a major issue in the general election. I have given a separate update on the state of the school funding proposals below following on from the extensive work that I have already been involved in over the last years with Parliamentary colleagues and local heads, teachers, governors and parents.

    As regards the result in East Worthing & Shoreham I am delighted to have been re-elected as your local MP and I am grateful for everyone who voted for me. As always however I am here to represent all the residents of East Worthing & Shoreham whoever you voted for, whether you are old enough to vote or not and whether you actually did. Whilst the Conservative vote increased and was the highest ever since the new constituency was formed in 1997 my majority was significantly reduced on account of a strong rise in the Labour vote and a squeeze on the minority parties, all of whom lost their deposits. The full result was as follows:
     
    Conservative
    Tim Loughton
    25,988 (48.9%)

    Labour
    Sophie Cook
    20,882 (39.3%)

    Liberal Democrat
    Oli Henman
    2,523 (4.7%)

    UKIP
    Mike Glennon
    1,444 (2.7%)

    Green
    Leslie Groves Williams
    1,273 (2.4%)

    National Health Action
    Carl Walker
    575 (1.1%)

    Independent
    Andy Lutwyche
    432 (0.8%)

    Majority: 5,106
    Turnout: 51,673 (70.7%)    

    I congratulate the Labour candidate on her success and thank all the candidates for the respectful and generally good humoured way the campaign was carried out. Obviously it as a very difficult campaign punctuated by the terrible terrorist attacks in Manchester and London after which campaigning was suspended quite rightly. These terrible events were followed shortly after the election by the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, I have published my thoughts on what happened here and below.

    Unfortunately, due to the terrorist attacks, several of the hustings planned for candidates were cancelled and we were not able to cover nearly as much ground knocking on doors as I always like to do. In addition there was a certain level of ‘election fatigue’ as locally we had been knocking on doors since March campaigning for the County Council elections where I am pleased to say that the Conservative candidates won all 8 of the seats across the constituency. The details of your new county councillors are as follows:

    East Worthing
    Roger Oakley
    Broadwater
    Bryan Turner
    Cissbury
    Elizabeth Sparkes
    Sompting & North Lancing
    George Barton
    Lancing
    Ann Bridges
    South Shoreham
    Kevin Boram
    North Shoreham
    Debbie Kennard
    Southwick
    Dave Simmons
    Subsequently we will be organising a series of neighbourhood meetings where constituents can come drop in and see local councillors and me in their locality over coming months. In addition I will be restarting the ‘Talk to Tim’ public meetings which I held around the constituency in the run up to the EU referendum and which were very well supported. With so much going on around Brexit, parliamentary majorities, public services, school funding, the A27 etc this is an opportunity for people to come along and hear my take on national and local issues and ask any questions informally. They are not intended to be political ‘slanging matches’ and I hope that people will come along and engage in them in the positive spirit in which they are intended. These will be in addition to the regular street surgeries and confidential fortnightly constituency surgeries which will continue most weeks as they have for many years now. All details will be on my website, Facebook page and Twitter.

    I mentioned that the election campaign against the other candidates was held in good humour. However one very unwelcome feature of this campaign was the unprecedented level of gratuitous abuse on social media both nationally and locally. This went well beyond acceptable political discourse and healthy debate on policy. All those who put themselves up for public office are rightly subject to scrutiny and should be challenged but it is never necessary to use the level of vitriol that many of us were subject to just on account of the fact that we stood as Conservative Party candidates. I may disagree with many of my colleagues in Parliament on policy but I never question their right to express their views or their dedication and hard work to do the best thing by their constituents. Alas a few people think they have a God given right to be offensive to an MP. We would not tolerate such treatment of any other public servant so why should politicians be any different?

    I use Twitter and Facebook platforms largely to put out information on what is going on in Westminster or in the constituency and what positions I have taken. When I have time I respond mostly on Facebook but only to those who are constituents and who genuinely want to engage rather than just post abusive remarks and display their own prejudices, and where it is constructive to get a debate going. I do not use Twitter for policy statements which it would be impossible to fit into 140 characters and would always encourage constituents to email me always including their home addresses as I have my time cut out dealing with 91,000 constituents let alone everyone else’s!

    As always please do let me know if there are things not covered here that you would like me to include in future newsletters or indeed on social media. I was grateful to the many people who commented on my newsletter whilst knocking on doors during the election and I am aware that this is a major source of information for a great many of my constituents now.


  • 06 July 2017 9:53 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    Well the big day is over and we’re recovering, but the important bit is that we finished it! Not only was the ride itself still a challenge, add the heat of yesterday it made it a mountain to climb to say the least.  Speaking of mountains, a few people added an additional challenge that I had to cycle up Ditchling Beacon to unlock some extra support.  Well as we approached it from the north, I did think what have I got myself into?  Well despite the mammoth amount of walkers (we’ll call them the sensible ones), and the other riders trying to dodge the people in front of them, then add my chain coming off ¾ of the way up, I did manage to fix it, and find a gap in the ‘traffic’ and make it to the top.  I will be honest and say I was a little tearful at the summit!  But I did it!

    Prior to this, I think I had only done about 30 minutes of exercise in the warm weather, so this seemed bonkers!  It probably was!  But the crowd, residents along the way, countless children and the organisers were amazing.   Here are a few snaps and detail along the way:

    We had to leave my friend’s flat at 0615, but here we were at that start line at about 0710 waiting for our allocated start time of 0730.  It was about a 7.4 mile cycle to the start, but amazing to see so many cyclists whizzing around, and so few cars in London.

    Just to prove how warm it was, this was when we stopped at Lindfield Common at around 1130 for a much needed rest, ‘comfort’ stop and a refuelling!  Thanks to the local Scout group for organising the stop, and very reasonably priced refreshments.  No doubt more charity funds raised and a much appreciated service.

    Unfortunately there was a hold up North of Ditchling Beacon as there had been an accident on Coldean Lane in Brighton, so they closed the road to allow for ambulances to make it through and to hold the riders back, so we were stuck for about half an hour in the biggest queue of bikes and cyclists I have ever seen, but everyone is in good spirits and talking to complete strangers. But before long we were allowed to start approaching the real challenge on the ride, or the last real challenge I should say.  Feeling a bit hot and sweaty at this stage was an understatement and there was little shade for any of us now either!

    Amazingly, and I don’t know how I kept going, but I think some of the credit goes to a certain Mr Brown and his additional fundraising promise if I made it, but I did cycle up the beacon!  It is an amazing view from up there!  I probably didn’t appreciate it fully, as I was scoffing jelly babies and guzzling water at this stage, but I did get this snap before I found Ross and Simon.

    I don’t think it is entirely true when they were saying it was all done hill for the final 6 miles, but honestly, after that climb it felt like it.  Here we are at the finish, before we went and found a very welcome couple of pints at Concorde 2 on the beach!

         

    Lastly, thank you if you have already supported us, everyone’s generosity was overwhelming, but if you were waiting for us or me to prove we could do it, please see below (hint, hint).

    https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/christian-ross-simon

    Thank you again, as we couldn’t do it without the support and it means that in the shadow of yesterday, the three of us have achieved something really worthwhile, not only a mammoth physical task and you know who you are, who said it was virtually downhill all the way to Brighton from London, except the Beacon, we’ll be having words later ;-), but it has remained to be a fantastic achievement for a really important charity too, so thank you.

    Until the next crazy idea, over and out!


  • 06 July 2017 9:39 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    Rabbit Waste Management Ltd would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary storage of materials on the former Graham Wood site following the fire we suffered at our facility on 11th June.

    From Monday 3rd July we are increasing the number of vehicles employed in clearing the material and expect this to take approximately 7 days and apologise for any continued inconvenience caused during this period of time.

  • 29 June 2017 11:08 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)



    Head First Acrobats

    Elixir
    Pavilion Theatre | Friday 21 July 8pm

    Your summer just got hotter.
    Head First Acrobats are back in the United Kingdom with their internationally acclaimed circus show, Elixir. They've delighted audiences all over the world and are ready to take Worthing by storm.

    Click here for more info and booking

     

    Despicable Me 3 (U)


    Connaught Cinema | From Friday 30 June

    Gru and the loveable Minions are back!
    Gru faces off against Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who has grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the '80s, while also getting into sibling rivalry with his long-lost, more successful twin brother Dru, who wants to team up with Gru to steal a diamond...

    Click here for more info and booking

     

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