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Just a Thought wiith the Bishop of Chichester SUS-171110-140358001

To be glad and generous for harvest

Part of the natural world’s rhythm at this time of year is gathering in the harvest. Living in this part of the world and driving around the countryside we see the harvest in action. Fields with machines going up and down, spraying, fertilising, ploughing, sowing and harvesting. It demonstrates how much work goes in to producing our food.

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Voting to Modernise Parliament as a Workplace

Parents caring for newborn babies or those suffering with a health condition, are protected in law in the workplace. Their jobs are covered by another employee and they must be allowed back to work. What happens, in the same situation, for MPs in Parliament? Being elected as individuals, MPs are not allowed to hand the voting card over and have a constituent cover us. As a result, an MP on parental leave or sick is left with two choices: find some way of attending Parliament or miss voting on their constituents’ behalf.

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Huw Merriman MP being filmed by the BBC at one of his Brexit talks SUS-180830-124257001

Returning to Parliament from Bexhill to drive down insurance costs

Next week, after a summer getting across the constituency, I am back in Parliament. On the first day back, we are debating the introduction of the Civil Liability Bill. This legislation, amongst other things, seeks to tackle the rise in motor insurance payouts, and fraud, for whiplash claims which account for 75% of all motor insurance claims.

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Dr Adrian Bull SUS-160803-122733001

Happy to give Trust praise it deserves

Shortly after being elected as your MP in 2015, the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) which runs our hospitals in Bexhill, Hastings and Eastbourne was put into special measures by the health regulator. The main areas of concern cited were maternity services, outpatient provision, surgery and accident and emergency care. Despite frontline caring services being rated as good, ESHT was rated overall as ‘inadequate’. With a higher than average elderly population, and therefore more vulnerable people needing an excellent health service, this situation was particularly troubling.

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A heatwave has gripped most of the nation

Why I am praying for rain in Sussex

We are a right bunch us Brits aren’t we? We moan like Hilda Ogden about the lousy weather that usually plagues these islands but the minute we go more than a week without rain, we lose our minds.

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Leaving the EU: Devil in the Detail

As if I needed to add an explanation, matters relating to leaving the European Union have dominated the airwaves, and our division lobbies in Parliament. Readers have probably had enough, hence I say from the outset that this column aims to provide information to explain where we are and why the current furore.

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