Suspension of ASLEF Southern Rail strikes

I welcome the suspension of next week’s strikes by ASLEF and the return to talks. Ending the industrial action is absolutely essential, in order to allow improvements to be made across the line. The human and financial costs of this dispute are incalculable. People are losing their jobs, struggling to…

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Aircraft noise from Gatwick night flights

I very much welcome the Government’s new consultation on night flights from Gatwick Airport. The initial proposals support the noise quota being reduced by 20% over 5 years whilst also placing a cap on the number of night flights to current levels, meaning no increase in flight numbers. This will…

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Max Spielmann Learning Academy at Downview Prison

Delighted to open the Max Spielmann Learning Academy at Downview Prison bit.ly/2jIeDKS. Whilst offenders are in prison we must give them the right training and skills to make sure they do not return to custody. This academy will ensure they have the opportunity to get a job and turn away from…

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TRAVEL UPDATE

I am conscious that it is the end of the day and you may be concerned about travelling home. Here is the most recent update I have received from Surrey County Council: · The roads were gritted at 1pm, which was brought forward from 2pm, before the weather worsened. ·…

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Your views on the ambitious changes to improve the local area

I very much welcome the positive vision emerging from Tandridge District Council, setting out ambitious plans for a redesign of Caterham Town Centre. This includes setting up the new Caterham Business Improvement District which from April will be working on new initiatives to make the area more attractive for businesses…

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Mental health support in East Surrey

I welcome the comprehensive package of measures to transform mental health support in our schools, workplaces and communities announced by the Prime Minister today. Too many people are suffering from mental health issues in silence, with the stigma attached blighting the lives of too many. In East Surrey, this will…

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Petition to stop closure of Natwest Warlingham branch

I have today signed a petition calling on Natwest to stop the closure of its Warlingham branch. Natwest is closing the branch as it says more people are using e-banking. However, it is clear that many local residents, especially the elderly still depend on the Warlingham branch which not only…

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Plans for stalkers to face longer jail terms

Today, I am announcing plans for stalkers to face longer jail terms. The maximum sentence for stalking will double from five years to ten, with the same rise in sentences for harassment. Stalkers torment their victims and make everyday life almost unbearable. It is only right that these crimes can…

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