Newhaven MP, Norman Baker, is delighted that the town has been successful in its bid to the Coastal Communities Fund and welcomes the £1.9million of Big Lottery funding to be spent on creating jobs and developing local skills.
The Lib Dem Treasury Minister, Danny Alexander MP, announced the Coastal Communities Fund back in 2012, after which Norman wrote to local community leaders to encourage them to get involved and bid for funding.
Norman says: “I am hugely delighted with this news. Newhaven is firmly on the way up and well set for the future. Too many coastal towns and villages have suffered from economic decline and neglect but I have always felt that Newhaven has huge potential to draw in and attract new industries and to diversify the local economy. The Coalition Government’s Coastal Communities Fund will help Newhaven tap into new business opportunities that will create jobs and boost skills that will benefit the whole community.”
This week UKIP MEP hopeful and Lewes councillor, Donna Edmunds, came out to say business owners should have the right to turn away customers if they choose – based on arbitrary factors such as gender or sexuality.
Views like these have absolutely no place in the 21st century and I am disgusted to hear someone standing to represent Britain in Europe speak in such anachronistic and abhorrent terms.
The UK prides itself on its tolerance and, although Ms Edmunds defends her argument as ‘libertarian’, we have to ask ourselves whether we want someone with such an underlying sexist and homophobic agenda anywhere near the decision making process.
Electing someone as outdated as this could prove a massive step back for our society.
Hearing about the racist slurs at UKIP’s spring conference last weekend, it is clear this party still has a long way to go to ensure it adequately represents the views of the majority of Britons. They campaign on a one-issue platform but they also clearly harbour a whole range of other very dangerous views.
We now have less than three months to stop this nasty party from gaining ground at the Euro elections. Liberal Democrats, as the party of IN, will be leading the fight against Ukip by standing up for an open and tolerant society, values the EU clearly enshrines.
Norman Baker MP and Catherine Bearder MEP
Local MP Norman Baker has received an award at the Asian Voice Political and Public Awards. Award winners are nominated by the readers and supporters of Asian Voice newspaper with winners being selected by a panel of independent judges. Keith Vaz MP, one of this year’s judges, praised Norman for bringing “vast knowledge and new ideas to the Home Office.” During his time at the Home Office Norman has been working combating violence against women, to eradicate FGM, reducing the use of animals in scientific research and improving the effectiveness of the country’s drug policies.
The award is the latest in a series of awards since Norman became an MP, including Channel 4’s Opposition Politician of the Year and The Spectator’s Inquisitor of the Year as well as last year’s Outstanding Contribution to Transport, presented to him on his leaving the Department for Transport at the National Transport Awards.
The Asian Voice newspaper was founded 40 years ago and, over the years, has been at the forefront of reporting on stories and issues that directly relate to the UK’s ethnic minority communities.
The award was won last year by Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
Norman Baker MP says:
“I am very honoured to be given this award and it is very gratifying to receive such recognition for my work in the Home Office, despite having only been there for less than six months. I hope that the work I am doing, and continue to do, will make a real difference to people’s lives, especially to the most vulnerable in society and those who have suffered as the victims of crime.”
Local MP Norman Baker has welcomed news that East Sussex County Council will receive a further half million pound grant to support the rollout of super fast broadband.
The money is part of a recently announced £250 million of extra government funding nationwide that will help business start-ups and job creation in some of the UK’s hardest to reach rural areas. The investment is a key part of the government’s long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s future by providing access to superfast broadband, and in allocating funding the government has worked to ensure as many families and businesses as possible benefit.
This funding is in addition to the £1.2 billion already invested by central and local government and will ensure 95% of UK homes and businesses have access to superfast broadband by 2017.
Locally, East Sussex’s ‘go e-sussex’ project to rollout superfast broadband across the region is currently well ahead of schedule despite the recent torrential downpours and flooding. Despite the wettest winter since records began engineers have already installed new fibre cabinets which will bring new areas online and work on the ground has already started in a number of new locations including Newick.
The current rural programme will deliver returns of £20 for every £1 invested. As well as improvements in the productivity of broadband enabled firms, faster broadband will create an additional 56,000 jobs in the UK by 2024, and the work involved in the current roll out is expected to provide a £1.5 billion boost to local economies, with approximately 35,000 job-years created or safeguarded over the period to 2016. By 2024, the government’s current investments in faster broadband will be boosting rural economies by £275 million every month, or around £9 million every day.
Norman Baker MP says:
“I am glad to see East Sussex County Council is really getting the ball rolling on the local high speed broadband across the area. The lack of high speed internet access in rural locations is an issue that many constituents have raised with me in recent times. Without high quality internet access local businesses are being restricted and residents are being left out of the loop. I hope that this latest funding from the coalition government will quicken the work even further.”