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January 2018

MP calls for Gatwick noise reduction plan

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called for a noise reduction plan at Gatwick as flights from the airport continue to increase.

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West Sussex MPs' Statement on School Funding

West Sussex MPs lobbied hard for the introduction of a National Funding Formula, and the extra £28 million for West Sussex schools has gone a considerable way towards making funding fairer. Our secondary schools will receive up to 12 per cent more funding when the Formula is fully implemented. ...More Information


December 2017

Angmering School pupil designs MP's Christmas card

Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert visited The Angmering School on Friday (15 December) to thank the young artist who has designed his Christmas card.

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MP joins St James' School for Christingle service

Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert joined the children of St James’ School for their annual Christingle service at St Giles’ Church in Coldwaltham on Friday (15 December).

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MP visits St Botolph's Advent display

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert was welcomed to St Botolph's Church, Hardham, by his former English master on Friday (15 December).

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MP welcomes Government's plan to improve children's mental health

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has welcomed the Government’s announcement today (4 December) of a £300 million package of measures to improve mental health support for children and young people.

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MP backs 'Small Business Saturday'

Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert gave his backing to ‘Small Business Saturday’ this weekend (2 December) when he visited retailers during the ‘Arundel by Candlelight’ event.

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MP joins celebration for restored Sullington ancient barn

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert joined a celebration event to mark the restoration of an ancient barn in Sullington on Friday (1 December).

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November 2017

MP thanks Pulborough's 'good neighbours' at special evening

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert welcomed the launch of a Good Neighbours scheme at a special ‘thank you’ evening for the Pulborough and District Community Care Association in the Village Hall on Friday (24 November).

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MP convenes summit on teenage mental health

A local summit on teenage mental health was convened by Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert at Steyning Grammar School on Friday (24 November).

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MP congratulates Henfield Hub team on lottery award

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert met the team responsible for the ‘Henfield Hub’ community website following news of their National Lottery grant award on Friday (24 November). 

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MP urges Mid Sussex District Council to reject Hassocks development

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has urged Mid Sussex District Local Council to reject a proposal for 500 houses at Hassocks, warning that the development is “very strongly opposed” and is unsustainable.

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MP praises neighbourhood wardens

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has praised the work of neighbourhood wardens, saying that he has been “immensely impressed” by their community engagement.

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MP supports special reception for homeless charity

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert attended a reception last week (31 October) hosted by the Speaker of the House of Commons to celebrate 30 years of Nightstop, a charity to support the homeless.

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MP calls for fairer pub taxes

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert met members of the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) at Westminster last week (31 October) to hear why they are calling for fairer tax treatment for the sector.

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MP pledges support for animal welfare

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert joined forces with local farmers at the House of Commons last week (31 October) to pledge support for animal welfare.

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October 2017

MP objects to Hassocks housing plan

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has today (31 October) written to Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, raising his “serious concerns” about a proposed allocation of 500 houses in Hassocks.

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MP promotes banking services in local post offices

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert met with the Minister for Small Business, Margot James, and senior representatives of the Post Office on Wednesday (17 October) to discuss concerns about rural post offices.

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MP urges South Downs National Park Authority to take "balanced view" of Arundel bypass

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has urged the South Downs National Park Authority to take a “balanced view” of the benefits that an offline Arundel bypass will bring to the Park, saying that the new road could be described as the “South Downs National Park relief road”.

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MP welcomes new Primary status of Amberley School

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert visited Amberley CE Primary School and called in at their Autumn Fayre on Friday (20 October).

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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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