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May 2017

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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September 2016

MP meets charity founder Tyler Murphy

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert met Barnham teenager Tyler Murphy on Friday (9 September) to hear about the latest activities at Tyler’s Trust, the charity Tyler started in 2014.  

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August 2016

MP calls on rail unions to drop "selfish and disruptive" industrial action

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has welcomed news that the RMT have now called off their strike for Thursday and Friday and agreed to enter into talks with GTR/Southern at ACAS again saying: "In my view, the unions should drop their selfish and disruptive action altogether and reach a sensible agreement with the company."

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July 2016

MP joins unveiling of Rolls-Royce car of the future

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert attended a special event to see the unveiling of a concept car at the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars headquarters in Goodwood last Thursday (21 July).

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Barnham student shadows MP at Westminster

A sixth form student from Barnham joined Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert in his office at Westminster for three days' work experience last week (18-20 July).

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Southern Rail

Statement from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Southern Rail.

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MP: unions must not escape blame for Southern rail disruption

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has said that the rail unions must not escape blame for the serious disruption to Southern Rail services over recent weeks.

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MP wishes Downlands headteacher a happy retirement

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert hand delivered a card to wish Downlands Community School headteacher Rose Hetherton a happy retirement.

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MP meets local Cancer Research Ambassador in Westminster

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert pledged his continued support for cancer research when he met local campaigner Jan Sheward in Westminster last week (Tuesday 5 July).

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June 2016

MP says it's time to call out unions on Southern rail service

Nick Herbert met the Transport Secretary,  the Rail Minister and the Chief Executive of GTR last week to discuss the rail service, and he is leading an MPs' delegation to meet the Transport Secretary again today (Wednesday).

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MP visits Arun Valley area protected by EU

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert met Dr Tony Whitbread of Sussex Wildlife Trust on Friday (10 June) for a visit to an area of the Arun Valley which has been given special protection by the EU Nature Directives.

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MP visits vineyard to celebrate English Wine Week

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert celebrated English Wine Week with a tour of the vineyards and winery at the Wiston Estate on Friday (4 June).

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May 2016

Telegraph Live Debate: Does Britain Need The EU

At the Hay on Wye literary festival, Nick took part in the Telegraph live debate on whether Britain needs the EU. ...More Information


Nick's Video for the Daily Politics

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MP slams 'absolutely lamentable' rail service

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has described Govia Thameslink’s management of its rail franchise as "absolutely lamentable" and called on the company to honour its promise to deliver improvements to the service.

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MP starts the annual duck race in Storrington

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert launched the first tub of yellow plastic ducks into the river at this year’s Storrington Duck Race (8 May), an event which has raised over £5,700 for the local school.

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MP joins 40th anniversary celebration for minibus association

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert joined a gathering of more than 100 volunteers in Coldwaltham on Thursday (12 May) to celebrate 40 years of West Sussex’ Community Minibus Association.

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Sussex Conservatives take remain campaign to the streets

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert joined local pro-EU campaigners in the South Downs on Saturday (14 May) as they took their case to the streets.

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MPs deliver Gatwick concerns report to Number 10

MPs with constituencies surrounding Gatwick Airport joined local campaign groups to deliver a report to Number 10 which sets out their concerns about airport expansion.

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MP presses Government to protect neighbourhood plans

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called on the Government to introduce more robust measures to protect neighbourhood plans from developers who are trying to “game the system”. 

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MP asks for extension to Minerals Plan consultation

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has today written to West Sussex County Council to ask them to extend the consultation period on the latest stage of the draft Joint Minerals Plan (9 May).

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Minister pledges to hold rail companies to account for poor service

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has welcomed a commitment from the Rail Minister to hold rail companies to account following another week of service disruption to local trains.

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MP opens new look Post Office in West Chiltington

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert cut the ribbon to open the new look Post Office and improved convenience store in West Chiltington on Saturday morning (7 May).

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