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HUW MERRIMAN MP NEWSLETTER
9th October 2020

My Views on the Rule of Six

Whilst I reluctantly support draconian measures where the evidence demonstrates it will reduce Covid-19, and will be proportionate, I voted against this rule. 

Watch my reasoning from the debate in the Chamber here.

Major Hospital Rebuild for Bexhill, Hastings and Eastbourne

Welcome news that there will be a new hospital for Eastbourne in addition to new medical wards and major refurbishment at the Conquest and a new clinical building in Bexhill.

Read more here.

Universities 

It has been a disheartening start for students returning to university so I spoke up in the Chamber for the benefits of the university experience.

Watch here

Observer article

Read my latest update on the week in Parliament and what is to come here.
 

Greater Covid Scrutiny in Parliament

Having led the call for more Parliamentary scrutiny, my constituency neighbours and I welcomed the decision to ensure MPs must ratify Coronavirus rules before they are implemented.

Read our statement here.

Visit to Bexhill Job Centre Plus

I heard about how the Plan for Jobs is helping jobseekers in our area and how the Kickstart programme is being implemented.

Read more

East Sussex MPs meet with County Council Leader
 

This week's local stakeholder was Cllr Keith Glazier. We discussed school funding, nursery provision in Bexhill, social care reform and the need for an early local Government financial settlement.

Longer Sentences for Assaults on Emergency Workers

Sussex MPs were shocked to be told of an increase in attacks on frontline ambulance staff so I raised the need to stiffen sentencing with the Home Office Minister.

Watch here.
E-scooter Report Published

This week the Transport Select Committee published our report on whether e-scooters should be legalised on roads and cycle lanes.

Read the report here.
Visit to local business, Identity 

As part of my constituency tour I met Michael Gietzen, Managing Director of Identity. It is not just me who found this to be a superb  business; they are about to receive The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade (to be presented by HM Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex).

Read more about the difficulties faced in their industry due to Covid in the Observer.
Changes to the Planning System

I have major concerns with these proposals. My constituency neighbour and I met with the Secretary of State to outline the local challenges.

Read the impact and what we are doing 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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