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Well it doesn't get more bonkers than Paddle Round The Pier! But it was great fun to see so many people enjoying the weather and our amazing slice of beautiful coastline. I hope you all had a lovely weekend too, Peter

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Paddle round the Pier

Well it doesn't get more bonkers than Paddle Round The Pier! But it was great fun to see so many people enjoying the weather and our amazing slice of beautiful...

Well the Commons is back in full swing after the election. The last few days have been really busy as I've been wasting no time in laying the foundations to make a difference in the coming parliamentary session.

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Today I was drawn 18th out of 460 MP's who entered the ballot for Private Members Bills. These is the best opportunity for backbench MP's to bring legislation to the parliament and it's done by lottery and debate on Fridays. Because I'm so high up the list there's a good chance my Bill will be debated.

I've decided that my bill will be to lower the voting age to 16, to place polling stations in every educational establishment with a certain number of eligible voters, and finally to auto-enrol every young person onto the electoral register. I'm now working with MP's from across the House and the clerks and many others to draft the legislation and build a campaign to make this law finally happen so that young people can have the power and voice they need and deserve in our political system.

And also today I co-sponsorded and voted for an amendment to the Queen's Speech that would have encouraged government to keep Britain in the Single Market after Brexit and would not allow Britain to crash out of the EU if no deal is reached at the end of negotiations.

I have gone further than many in parliament, and even in my own party, on these issues but as negations begin I believe this is the best way to protect what is wonderful about our economy and our community in Hove and Portslade and that's what matters most to me.

I'm just about to leave parliament after a busy few days and tomorrow will be doing advice surgeries and community visits....and also trying any best to catch up on all of the messages you have sent me. I'm sorry it's taking a little time to reply to everyone but I promise I'm trying my best and will get back on top of things completely very soon! I hope your week is going well, Peter

Getting Back in the Swing

Well the Commons is back in full swing after the election. The last few days have been really busy as I've been wasting no time in laying the foundations to...

On my last day in parliament before the election I got the Justice Secretary to commit to review the law to protect people at risk of exploitation through 'sex for rent'.

Well, now we're on the other side of the election and we have a new Justice Secretary! I've already written to him asking for an urgent meeting. We're fast approaching the time of year when students will be looking for accommodation and in towns and cities like ours some will be vulnerable to exploitation so I want action right away.

The Queen's Speech is today, which means parliament will be back in session again. But I've not been waiting for this to happen before getting stuck into issues on your behalf. Brexit, lowering the voting age, and outlawing sex for rent are all issues I've got the ball rolling in addition to spending time at community events since the election. I'm just so pleased I have the chance to keep fighting for you and our community in these difficult times.

And yes, don't worry...I have a meeting booked in tomorrow with Sir Nicholas Soams who I co-chiar the Southern Rail group of MP's with. We will be setting the agenda for the coming weeks on how we bring yet more pressure to bear on government and the rail companies to get the improvements passengers desperately need (I've been reading your pained messages in recent days and I hear you!).

All the best and I hope you are all home from work early enough to enjoy the balmy evenings outside or by the beach, Peter

Continuing the fight against Sex for Rent

On my last day in parliament before the election I got the Justice Secretary to commit to review the law to protect people at risk of exploitation through 'sex for...

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