When asked by local newspaper The Argus: "What is the most pressing issue that has been raised by your constituents in recent weeks and what steps would you like to see Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss take when they walk into Number 10?"
“There are several huge challenges facing whoever moves into 10 Downing Street, not least is getting to grips with inflation and supporting people with the cost of living in the interim. Both candidates have been clear this is a top priority, albeit with differing approaches. We must also continue to help the people of Ukraine as we support them in their fight for freedom and democracy.
At home, I also believe it is fundamental that we continue our healthcare reforms ensuring we properly fund and integrate health, mental health, and social care services.
Locally, I will be asking the new leader to address two key areas impacting my constituency. Firstly, I will continue to call for planning reform so that our system takes into account the challenges areas like Chichester face. We have a thin corridor where development can take place, as much of the land is protected by the South Downs National Park and Chichester Harbour AONB, so understandably there’s significant concern from people living outside of protected areas. Secondly, I will ensure we continue our work to reduce, and ultimately end, the discharge of sewage into the environment. There is a huge amount of work being done on this and I will push to ensure it remains at the top of the Government agenda.”