A Call for Responsible Cycling

Many of you will be aware of the tragic story of Kim Briggs, 44, who was hit and killed by a cyclist in London as she stepped onto a road. This court case was in the headlines for many days. However, you may not be aware of the tragic story of Mary Evans, 73, who was hit by an anti-social cyclist in Hereford on the 30th of July 2014 in their pedestrianised shopping area. She died as a result of head injuries after 9 days in hospital.

Keeping a Strong Economy

I have written before that the economy tends to be newsworthy only when things are going badly. It is also true that it generally ranks lower down people’s concerns when performing well, as opposed to being the top political concern when we are in recession. It is only natural to be less worried about the economy when things are going well but we should never lose sight that our economy underpins everything, especially employment and the provision of public services.

Mandatory CCTV in Slaughterhouses

In Crawley we have an MP who has conviction and who makes a difference. On the 3rd of February 2015, Crawley MP Henry Smith put forward an Adjournment debate in the House of Commons calling for the mandatory introduction of CCTV in slaughterhouses. This followed the release of secret recordings that showed shocking and appalling mistreatment of animals in a slaughterhouse.

The Human Cost of Socialism in Venezuela

It is desperately sad to see the ongoing suffering of Venezuela’s 32 million people and how the country has descended into a state of chaos under its far-left socialist regime. More than 100 people have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces since April, amid shortages of food, medicine and basic provisions. Venezuela’s collapsing economy is seeing inflation of about 800% and the country has one of the highest homicide rates in the world.

Protecting the Rights of EU Citizens

There are those at home and abroad with political agendas who don’t want the UK to be successful outside of the EU. An example of this was last week when we saw an absurd claim that was given wide publicity, which said that our planes won’t fly after Brexit. Such nonsense distracts from the real issues and while I firmly believe that Brexit will benefit our country in the long-term, I also recognise that there are short-term challenges and issues to be resolved.

Trying to solve Crawley's Parking Issues

It was very disappointing that at last Wednesday evening’s Full Council meeting of Crawley Borough Council, that Labour Councillors voted to sabotage a Conservative proposal to help address neighbourhood parking problems. Wealthy Crawley Borough Council has had a budget for many years to create additional residential on-street parking provision in streets where this problem is most severe, out of surplus grass verges that would otherwise be being parked on and damaged.

Our Excellent National Health Service

Our National Health Service is under pressure as each year it treats more patients than ever before. Record levels of funding are going in and each year that goes up, but it is difficult to keep up with the demands of a rapidly growing population as well as more of us living longer.

Aiming to reinstate Residential Parking Improvement Schemes

From our extensive engagement with Crawley’s residents, we know that residential neighbourhood parking is a top local concern for many people.
Under the direction of Crawley Borough Council and its predecessor Urban District Council, parts of Crawley have been built with woefully inadequate residential parking provision. Regrettably, this historical problem still occurs today with Labour encouraging some developments that deliberately have an under provision of parking spaces, with their misguided view that hardly anyone will ever want to use a car.

Europe's largest warship heads out to sea

Last week saw HMS Queen Elizabeth set out to sea for the very first time to begin sea trials. This new 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier is the largest and most powerful vessel ever built for the Royal Navy and is the first of two new aircraft carriers being built, the second being HMS Prince of Wales which is under construction. The flight deck is the size of three football pitches and once in service can operate with a crew of 1,000 and 40 aircraft. In terms of our naval power on the world stage, Britain is back!