Let’s build on the great culture we have in Southend

Here in Southend we are lucky to have a thriving cultural scene, with great facilities such as the Beecroft art gallery, the Jazz centre in the old central library and many pieces of artwork that can be found around the town including in the victoria shopping centre.

Celebrate the achievements of our local schools

It is important that every child is provided with a good education so that they all are given the start to life that allows them to achieve their full potential, regardless of their background.

The hidden gems in Southend

Southend has so many wonderful organisations working within it, many of which are quite obviously there in plain sight such as IPECO, Adventure Island, and London Southend Airport to name a few. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

No Christmas cards this year, money to HARP instead

As we all get ready for the festivities next week we will all begin to receive many Christmas cards from our family and friends. Many of you will also begin to send out your cards to everyone you care about.

Change the lives of children by becoming a Governor

Today our future generation are attending school, learning about everything from the alphabet to the theory of relativity. Each one of these student will be the Scientists, Historians, Poets and Politicians of the future. They will shape our world in a way we cannot even begin to imagine.  

Protect our locals

Whilst travelling around the constituency, I often find myself popping in one of our excellent local pubs, whether this is for a spot of lunch, a quick diet coke between meetings or for a relaxing drink with friends and family. Our local pubs are very much the life blood of the community.

An excellent Parliament Week

Last week we celebrated Parliament Week. One week in the year that we celebrate what is great about our democracy and our Parliament. This year is a particularly special one as we celebrate the 100 year anniversary of suffrage for women, and the achievements of women in Parliament ever since.

We will remember them

This Sunday we marked the 100th year anniversary of the end of the First World War. I marked the occasion by placing my wreath at the cenotaph along the Cliffs. Each time I do I reflect on the sacrifice made by so many so that we can all live the lives we have.