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I've long been a huge fan of Emmaus, a charity which creates a community for people affected by homelessness and rough sleeping. There's such a strong ethos of self reliance, community support, and entrepreneurship that people who have failed to respond to other pathways off the streets can often do really well at Emmaus.

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Happy Birthday Emmaus!

I've long been a huge fan of Emmaus, a charity which creates a community for people affected by homelessness and rough sleeping. There's such a strong ethos of self reliance,... Read more

During the election I made a pledge that I would take on an apprentice if I became your MP so I'm really pleased to introduce you to Nic who joined the team just before Christmas.

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The Apprentice!

During the election I made a pledge that I would take on an apprentice if I became your MP so I'm really pleased to introduce you to Nic who joined... Read more

I was very proud of our parliament today and of the Speaker, John Bercow. He announced in the most forthright way imaginable that President Trump will not be welcome to address parliament during his state visit. I was astonished, and over-the-moon, to hear the Speaker say explicitly that this was because of the president's views on women and race.

Thank you Speaker Bercow

I was very proud of our parliament today and of the Speaker, John Bercow. He announced in the most forthright way imaginable that President Trump will not be welcome to... Read more

Firstly, because I hear so often ‘it is about respecting the will of the people’ I want to make this point at the outset: Last year’s referendum was about *if* we should leave the EU. The country said yes. Today’s vote is about *when* and *how* we leave, which is a totally different issue and is an issue the referendum gave no guidance or instruction on at all, it is the job of government and parliament to figure out and deliver.

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Tonight I will Vote Against ‘Article 50’

Firstly, because I hear so often ‘it is about respecting the will of the people’ I want to make this point at the outset: Last year’s referendum was about *if*... Read more

Yesterday I attended a really beautiful event at Blatchington Mill School to mark this important day which falls on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. It's a time when we can pause and reflect on the one of history's most depraved human horrors and consider what it means for our generation.

 

 

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day.

Yesterday I attended a really beautiful event at Blatchington Mill School to mark this important day which falls on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. It's a time when... Read more

A year ago I was contacted by a women’s exercise group called Vida Women. One of their number had recently died of cancer and they were doing a day-long exercise class in her memory and to raise money. They challenged me to join in for an hour…so I did! It was so wonderful to be there as they remembered their friend and exercised their hearts out.

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Supporting A Fantastic Local Business

A year ago I was contacted by a women’s exercise group called Vida Women. One of their number had recently died of cancer and they were doing a day-long exercise... Read more

The vote for or against Brexit was simple but the reality of doing BREXIT is the most complex political activity that has every happened in our lifetime. Being in the single market or the customs union or free movement of people are three very complex realities. However, my overriding concern when considering the terms of our leaving is that no one in Hove or Portslade is worse off when we depart the EU.

My Brexit Tests Must Be Fulfilled

The vote for or against Brexit was simple but the reality of doing BREXIT is the most complex political activity that has every happened in our lifetime. Being in the... Read more

For the last two years I've welcomed a group of wonderful and inspirational people into parliament. They're not the kind of people who normally make it to the Commons and I love being part of changing that.

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Throwing Open The Doors To Parliament!

For the last two years I've welcomed a group of wonderful and inspirational people into parliament. They're not the kind of people who normally make it to the Commons and... Read more

This week we scored a rare and wonderful victory. I’ve been so moved and motivated by meeting victims of domestic abuse by the fact that so many are cross-examined by their convicted abusers in family court. It is a grotesque perversion of the justice system. 

Victory For Family Court Reform!

This week we scored a rare and wonderful victory. I’ve been so moved and motivated by meeting victims of domestic abuse by the fact that so many are cross-examined by... Read more

Today my campaign to reform the way family courts treat survivors of domestic abuse has made it to the front page of The Guardian. I really hope this will help the campaign deliver desperately needed reform.

Abuse of Women through the Family Court

Today my campaign to reform the way family courts treat survivors of domestic abuse has made it to the front page of The Guardian. I really hope this will help... Read more

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