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Stephen talking to the media
  • Article: Nov 24, 2018
    By Dean Sabri

    A few months ago a local resident came to see me for a chat (thx Alan Wood). He works for a parking enforcement company, Penham Excel. Alan brought me up to speed with the fact that he'd been doing various trials around the country with the modern vehicle identification equipment available nowadays, and was discovering that owners who were persistent parking ticket evaders were also, more likely than not, driving untaxed or uninsured cars and many even had outstanding criminal warrants out in them.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2018

    Last Saturday I did one of my regular community surgeries in the Arndale. It was as busy as ever, with lots of cases to be getting on with.

    Afterwards I swung by the three recently opened shops at the new entrance; Next, Fat Face and H&M, and they were packed with shoppers. We really are on the home straight now with the town centre regeneration. Yes the Terminus road building works remain a nightmare but the numerous pedestrians jostling with me as we squeezed by were all very friendly and upbeat.

  • Article: Oct 26, 2018

    I and many others were appalled by the viciousness of some Tory MPs toward their own PM in media reports last weekend.

    Phrases such as "sticking the knife in and twisting" and "she should bring her own noose" was an excessively brutal use of language toward anyone let alone your own party leader.

    So there was a certain irony in that the pushback to such grotesque language is Theresa May appears to have acquired a bit of a breathing space the last few days. You reap what you sow.

  • Article: Oct 19, 2018

    I was contacted during the summer by a constituent who is a retired police officer, Bob Diplock, to tell me of a campaign that one of his former Sussex Police colleagues, Kevin Moore, had launched.

    They are petitioning the government to commit to a Royal Commission into today's policing.

    Their rationale was that so much smoke and mirrors information has been put out by government, the media, and various pressure groups as to how well or badly our police services across the UK are resourced, it had become impossible for the public to get a clear understanding of what resources the police need to do their job properly. They also pointed out the last Royal Commission into policing was in 1960, so the idea of an updated and independent review, with recommendations, seems pretty apt to me.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2018

    There's been a media flurry this week with the idea of Lewes and Eastbourne becoming a unitary authority; something I have been advocating for a while now. My rationale is quite simple, the political leadership from East Sussex County Council has been lamentable. This can be seen by their abject failure to develop income-generating programmes to compensate for the cuts in their funding from central government. Which has, as we all know, led to appalling cuts across the board in front-line services. ESCC has even been publicly named as one of the county councils who are at risk of failing. Not a good look frankly. Meanwhile our own council, Eastbourne, which faced the same cuts proportionally as County Hall, saw it coming and began to develop alternative income streams six or seven years ago. Meaning that tough as it is, there have been no cuts locally to front-line services. And I am not making a party-political point here as Eastbourne is now working successfully in partnership with Lewes District, showing them how to match our own expertise with income programmes, and of course Lewes is a Conservative-lead council. Furthermore, when you have a Labour MP, Tory MP and me as the Liberal, all broadly agreeing about Eastbourne and Lewes becoming a unitary authority, perhaps it's time for County Hall to pay attention?