In the last ten years as MP for the fantastic constituency of Arundel & South Downs I have done my utmost to support local communities, writes Nick Herbert.
I travel throughout the constituency, which covers 250 square miles, to meet individuals, businesses and local organisations. I have helped hundreds of constituents through my regular ‘advice surgeries’, and I personally responded to some 20,000 emails in the last parliament alone.
Protecting our villages and market towns: Our communities have already grown significantly and there is pressure on local infrastructure.
I have spoken out strongly about the need to protect the countryside and promote localism.
Backing local communities on fracking: Shale oil or gas has the potential to be an important new domestic energy source, but wells must be sensibly located.
The beautiful countryside of West Sussex must not be carelessly industrialised.
Fighting for improved transport links: After I lobbied for A27 improvements the Arundel bypass and upgrades through Worthing were announced. I am president of the West Sussex Rail Users Association and have fought for better rail services.
Winning better broadband in West Sussex: I convened a broadband summit in West Sussex which resulted in the Government and County Council announcing a plan for 95 per cent superfast coverage by Spring 2017.
An experienced local voice: I was first elected MP for Arundel & South Downs in 2005 and live in Arundel.
Supporting public services: Before becoming an MP I ran the respected independent think tank Reform, and was Minister for Policing & Criminal Justice in the last Government.
Passionate about the countryside and rural communities: I helped to set up the Countryside Movement, which became the Countryside Alliance.
Backing Britain: I was chief executive of Business for Sterling and launched the successful ‘no’ campaign against Britain joining the euro.
Helping charities: I work with international groups combatting tuberculosis, and support many local groups and charities. I am proud to be Patron of St Barnabas House, vice-president of the West Sussex Community Minibus Association, patron of the Mary How Trust for Cancer Prevention and vice-president of the Wey & Arun Canal Trust.
Working hard for local people: I will continue to do everything I can to support local the local community, because it is a privilege to be elected to represent the Arundel & South Downs constituency and I will never forget that I work for you.