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October 2017

MP welcomes public inquiry for River Arun

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has welcomed a decision by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to hold a public local inquiry into the proposed abolition of the River Arun Internal Drainage Board (IDB).

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Arundel bypass "must go ahead", says local MP

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has urged Highways England to take forward plans for an Arundel bypass which he says “must go ahead”.

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MP to hold teenage mental health summit

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has announced that he will be convening a summit to look at the way teenage mental health is managed locally.

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MP joins 'Silver Sunday' tea party in Hassocks

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert was guest at a special tea party in Hassocks on Sunday (8 October).

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MP welcomes Amberley train timetable revision

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has welcomed revised proposals from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) for rail services at Amberley after he raised concerns about their planned new timetable.  

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MP urges local people to respond to Arundel bypass consultation

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has urged local people to respond to Highways England’s consultation on the Arundel bypass which closes on Monday 16 October. 

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September 2017

MP welcomes extra funding for West Sussex schools

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has welcomed the Government’s announcement of more resources for West Sussex schools with the introduction of a new fair funding formula.

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MP calls for measures to support local pubs

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called for measures to support local pubs, including a reduction in business rates and a freeze on beer duty.

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MP signs pledge to 'Back British Farming'

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has pledged to ‘Back British Farming’ at a National Farmers’ Union (NFU) event held in Westminster last week (13 September).

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August 2017

MP welcomes consultation for Arundel bypass

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has reiterated his strong support for an Arundel bypass and urged local people to take part in the public consultation on route options published by Highways England today.

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MP backs ivory ban to protect elephants

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert pledged his continuing support to save elephants from slaughter for the illegal ivory trade when he attended an event at Westminster held by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) last month (18 July).                                 

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MP welcomes extra 1.3 billion pounds for schools

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has welcomed the Government’s announcement of an extra £1.3 billion of funding for schools.

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July 2017

MP launches the 50th Thakeham Festival

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert formally launched the 50th  Thakeham Festival at a vintage fashion show in St Mary’s Church on Friday evening (7 July).

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June 2017

MP opens new vets' surgery in Westergate

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert helped to open a new vets’ surgery in Westergate on Saturday (24 June).

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MP opens Thakeham Village Day

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert performed the official opening ceremony for Thakeham’s Village Day on Saturday (17 June).

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May 2017

Update on drilling at Broadford Bridge

 I have been contacted by several constituents regarding proposed drilling activity by UK Oil and Gas PLC (UKOG) at Broadford Bridge, near Billingshurst. 

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Sussex Snowdrop patrons join charity walk

Nick Herbert and the Bishop of Chichester, The Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner, joined walkers at the annual Snowdrop Charity Walk in Arundel on Sunday (14 May).

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MP meets local farmers to discuss Brexit challenges

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert met South Downs farmers on Friday (28 April) to discuss the challenges they face as the UK begins its exit from the EU.

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MP backs Katie Price's anti cyber-bullying campaign

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert is backing an anti cyber-bullying campaign started by his constituent, TV personality Katie Price.

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Nick Herbert MP reselected for Arundel & South Downs

Nick Herbert MP, the sitting member of Parliament for the Arundel & South Downs constituency, has been reselected by local Conservatives as their candidate to fight the General Election on Thursday 8 June.

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April 2017

MP visits Fishers Farm Park for English Tourism Week

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert visited Fishers Farm Park on Friday (31 March) to highlight the attraction of West Sussex during English Tourism Week.

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March 2017

MP: Government is undermining its own policy of neighbourhood planning

Responding to the decision by the Secretary of State on Thursday (16 March) to allow up to 97 houses at Hassocks, in contravention of the village’s emerging neighbourhood plan, Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert said:

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West Sussex MPs call for fair schools funding

West Sussex MPs have called on the Education Secretary, Justine Greening, to amend the proposed new National Funding Formula to ensure a minimum level of funding for the County’s schools. 

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MPs take concerns over "bullying" of park home residents to Minister

Arun MPs Nick Herbert, Nick Gibb and Sir Peter Bottomley met the Housing and Planning Minister last week (Wednesday 1 March) to raise their concerns about the treatment of park home residents in the District.

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MP's Question Time at Older Peoples Forum

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Horsham District Older Peoples Forum at the Drill Hall on Friday (3 March).

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MP: Cancellation of Chichester A27 upgrade is "massive own goal for West Sussex"

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has expressed his dismay that the Chichester Improvement Scheme has been cancelled, describing it as a massive own goal for West Sussex.

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February 2017

MP backs rail cafe owner's call for strike compensation

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has given his backing to a station cafe owner’s call for compensation for losses caused by the rail strikes.

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MP: Planning Inspector's proposals "totally unrealistic"

Commenting on the Inspector’s interim conclusions on the housing requirement for the Mid Sussex District Plan, published yesterday (20 February), Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert said: 

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MP confirms Arundel bypass plans remain on track

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has confirmed that the promised £350 million from Government to deliver an Arundel bypass remains firmly in place, and the programme is on time. 

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MP visits "Sussex Farmer of the Year" in Cowfold

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert visited Andrew and Joanne Knowles at Trenchmore Farm in Cowfold on Saturday (28 January), just a few days before they received a top prize at the Sussex Food & Drink Awards.

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January 2017

MP receives honour at Buckingham Palace

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert was presented with the CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace on Friday (27 January).

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New community group to set out vision for River Arun

Local groups and agencies have come together to form a new group to consider how the Lower River Arun should be managed in future.

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MP: "Unfeasible" northern Chichester bypass puts A27 upgrade at risk

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has warned that proponents of a northern Chichester bypass are putting “hard won” A27 improvements at risk by campaigning for an unfeasible route.

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MP supports Bill to limit union strike action

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert voted in the Commons today (Tuesday 24 January) for measures to limit unreasonable industrial action on critical national services.

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MP wishes WWII hero a happy 100th birthday

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert paid a special visit to a Cowfold resident on Friday (13 January) to wish him a happy 100th birthday.

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December 2016

Steyning Grammar School pupil designs MP's Christmas card

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has chosen a painting by a pupil at Steyning Grammar School to feature on his Christmas card this year.

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MP urges solution to Southern Rail crisis

Nick Herbert MP has this week urged the rail unions to stop holding passengers to ransom with needless and unjustified disruption.

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MP wins protection for neighbourhood plans

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has won the backing of Government in response to his call for greater protection of neighbourhood plans from speculative development. 

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MP backs Small Business Saturday

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert visited local retailers in Arundel this Saturday(3 December) to support Small Business Saturday.

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MP visits Sussexdown care home Christmas Fayre

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert joined the Friends and residents of Sussexdown care home at their annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday (3 December).

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November 2016

MP renews call for Government to champion English wine

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has again urged the Government to get behind English wine producers. 

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MP demands new action to tackle rail disruption

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called for new action to deal with the ongoing disruption of local rail services.

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MP: undermining neighbourhood plans "discredits localism"

Following Arun District Council’s approval of a housing development that contravened Angmering's Neighbourhood Plan, Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert said: 

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MP praises local Home-Start charity

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert attended a reception for Home-Start Arun hosted by the charity’s patron The Duchess of Norfolk at Arundel Castle last Friday (21 October).

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