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Dear friend,

Today will be my last day as MP for Wealden, as Parliament dissolves at midnight, for the forthcoming election. It has been a privilege and hugely rewarding endeavour to represent Wealden since the last election. If Wealden chooses to re-elect me, it will be an honour to renew your representation in Parliament. During the next five weeks I will only be permitted to continue with urgent casework, so do get in touch if you need help, at .

Wealden is a unique constituency, with rural challenges, but with much to be proud of and many successes over recent years. Here are some of my recent highlights:

I have campaigned to improve the provision of broadband and mobile phone coverage. Over the past few years, I have run surveys of residents and businesses to gauge internet speeds locally and challenge BT Openreach and other service provides.

Whilst I am pleased that Wealden has an improved 93.8% service coverage, I am keen to expand this into our rural areas. Click here to learn more about my meeting with BT Openreach over broadband provision.


I have continued to deliver on my pledge to open Parliament to young students. I have welcomed a number of schools to Westminster, including Uplands, UCTC and Hailsham Community College. See more details here.

As Minister for the Year of Engineering, I have emphasised the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in unlocking new and exciting industries for our children. I have also made the case for STEM subjects as co-host of the Hailsham Community College Careers Fair, where I welcomed a number of world-class British universities to Wealden. See more here

Earlier this year, I managed to secure a meeting between the Children's Minister and East Sussex Foster Care Association. This was as part of my pledge to ensure that every child has a bright future ahead.

Local Businesses

Wealden is a hub for excellent businesses. For example, Hailsham's Rajdoot Curry House was recently awarded 'Chef of the Year'.

I have worked tirelessly to provide new opportunities for businesses and make sure that they have all the services they need to thrive available locally. In this vein, I was proud to be joined by business leaders from Hailsham, Uckfield, Crowborough and Mayfield when I opened the London Stock Exchange. Also, my campaign, alongside Mayfield Business Forum, has paid off and a state-of-the-art Post Office has opened in Mayfield, ready to serve the needs of both local businesses and residents.

As a Conservative, my foremost concern is making sure that everyone benefits from access to a good job. That is why I led the drive to get more disabled people into work. See more about this here.

In going further, both businesses and residents will benefit from access to renewable and sustainable energy solutions. I was pleased to secure a meeting with the Energy Minister, so that the Forest Row energy co-operative can make their case for a greener local energy supply.


Local Communities

The dedication, cultural wealth, and determination of communities around Wealden is a constant source of inspiration to me.

I was honoured to support the fantastic and vital work of volunteer first responders in Crowborough, as well as celebrate the 50th year of the Uckfield and District Preservation Society, whose important work includes maintaining the iconic Nutley Windmill.

As the first female Member of Parliament for Wealden, I was proud to join Bridge Cottage in Uckfield in the commemorations of the centenary of women getting the vote. More on the events surrounding this momentous anniversary here.

You can find more details about my work across Wealden on my website.
Thank you for your kind attention.