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The Draft Gatwick Master Plan

Last week saw the Full Council meetings take place at both Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council. Both Councils discussed and voted on whether to support the draft Gatwick master plan, which sets out Gatwick’s proposals for long-term growth. After the current consultation period, Gatwick Airport will publish a full master plan in 2019, with Government approval required for implementation.

Pursuing Gender Equality

This year we commemorated the 100th anniversary of women first gaining the right to vote, but it is a sad fact that even in 2018, being female in much of the world is a serious disadvantage in society. In some places, repression and fewer rights than men are seen as the norm with progress being painfully slow. I am however proud that the UK does promote gender equality across the world and achieves much through foreign aid, for example in helping to make education available for more girls who would otherwise have access to none.

Focus on Tackling Crime

It is concerning that crime has risen in the last year, although this rise is set against the backdrop of the fact that crime is down by over a third since 2010, and it did fall to a record low during this decade. I’ve always taken the view that any amount of crime is too much and to quote a soundbite from the 1990s, we really do need be tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime.

Debating the Brexit Deal

The next couple of weeks will be crucial in deciding what happens with our exiting of the European Union. After very long and arduous negotiations, an agreement on exit terms has been agreed between the UK Government and the EU. Whatever you think of the deal, Theresa May deserves credit for getting us this far in difficult circumstances. She became Prime Minister in the aftermath of the referendum and has been tasked with delivering this democratic verdict of the British people.