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HUW MERRIMAN MP NEWSLETTER
23rd October 2020

Covid-19 Update

The Government has introduced a 3 tier regional lockdown system. We also had an opportunity to vote on the 10pm curfew.
I reluctantly voted against the Government again because I am concerned everyone leaving bars at the same time makes the health situation worse  and I explain why here.

 

Culture Recovery Fund for De La Warr Pavilion

Delighted that the De Lar Warr Pavilion will receive over £657k from the Culture Recovery Fund. This boost will mean that they can remain open for business during these challenging times.
 
Read more here.

Transport during Brexit

In a one-off session the Transport Committee focused on the transport of freight in the event of a UK-EU free trade agreement, the Government’s no-deal preparations in this area and plans to manage any traffic congestion and disruption at Dover from the end of the transition period.

Watch full session here.
Matt Hancock's 3 Reasons

I asked Matt Hancock to explain to me why the 10pm curfew is still beneficial overall despite the mass exodus of people on to the streets at 10pm.

Watch his response here.

Reform for the Railways

The Transport Minister assured me that the Government will take forward the recommendations of the Williams Rail Review and we will not return to the days of the old British Rail. 

Watch here.

Additional Government Funding for Local Councils 

To support them in their response to the pandemic, Rother District Council will receive a further £354,402, Wealden District Council a further £100,000, and East Sussex County Council  £3,068,748.

Read more here.

New Community Rail Partnership

I went along to the opening and launch of the new Community Rail Partnership line, which will run from Hastings to Tonbridge. 

Read more about here
 


New Country Pub Owned by Farmers 

Delighted to drop in on Jo and her team at the White Hart, Netherfield. A great pub under Ron. Now in new hands. The beef, lamb and pork on the menu are sourced from the owner's farms. Do support this local and sustainable farming and food enterprise.

Further Support for Businesses

The Chancellor has unveiled a new targeted Job Support Scheme to help those businesses which have remained open.  You can read more detail here.

I asked whether the taxpayer was protected from fraudulent claims, you can watch here.

Exams in 2021

By sitting exams, pupils are best able to demonstrate their abilities. In a debate in Parliament, I argued for a reduction in the exams syllabus to match the time lost by pupils at school.

Watch my speech during the Westminster Hall debate here.
Passenger Testing

I wrote an article for The House magazine on why we should introduce Covid testing for passengers to boost confidence and protect the aviation industry.

You can read it here.
 

Observer article

Read my latest update this week focusing on the recently introduced civil parking enforcement for Rother here.
 
Free School Meals During School Holidays

This week's Opposition Motion on free school meals during the holidays created a lot of interest. Here I explain the background and decision.
 
Fire Brigade Update

I took part in a briefing for MPs from the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service to update us on their response to Covid-19, revised proposals following the Integrated Risk Management Plan consultation (which I responded to earlier this year) and new regulations to prevent another Grenfell tragedy. These will need additional resources, I am already working to ensure that they get the funding they need.
 

Black History Month 

I spoke in support of greater equality and justice, but also that we learn from history only if we evaluate it and re-evaluate it, but not if we eradicate it.

Watch my full speech here.

 

Coronavirus Cases in Our Area

This tracker on the government website provides information on covid-19 cases. The BBC also provides up to date information on a weekly basis which you can access here

For the latest shielding and distancing guidance visit here.
If you would like to arrange an appointment to speak to me at an advice surgery, please email: huw.merriman.mp@parliament.uk or call 01424 736861
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