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Welcome to my website. It has been a privilege to serve the people of the Worthing West constituency since 1997 as your Member of Parliament.

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Sir Peter Bottomley
MP for Worthing West

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Church of England: Women Bishops:
 

As a member of Parliament's Ecclesiastical Committee, I am delighted by the decision of the Church of England’s to remove the block on selecting women bishops. Good women could have made the Church even better if they had been able to be ordained:

See full Hansard Debate:     http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140320/halltext/140320h0001.
htm#14032058000128

High Speed Rail Committee:

When Major infrastructure projects are estestablished, there is rigorous impartial scrutiny on behalf of the people affected. Part of my parliamentary service is sitting on the High Speed Two Rail Link Committee. We visit the villages and listen to people directly affected. We discuss ways to alleviate potential disturbance and distress due to the construction.  This role is time consuming. It is part of the serious work done in Parliament that is rarely broadcast by media.

The best way to beat drink-drivers – my letter in The Evening Standard

The best way to beat drink-drivers – my letter in The Evening Standard
We know there are three effective ways to reduce road deaths from over-the-limit drink-driving: every host should offer alcohol-free drinks; every passenger should choose an alcohol-free drink; and every person who drinks and might drive a vehicle should decide in advance which to do each day.
In 25 years the annual drink-drive death total has fallen by about three-quarters — 1,000 a year — without changes to the law, policing or penalties. Instead of the fantasy that lowering the legal limit would at once reduce the 40 deaths a year associated with lower-limit dangerous drivers, let us raise awareness of how to continue reducing the miserable consequences of the remaining illegal drink-driving: 230 deaths each year.

                                                                                                  Good news on A27

After many years of campaigning, the Government has announced that £350 million will be committed to much needed improvements to the A27 - a road which has been too bad for too long.  The funding of improvements to the A27 should tackle severe congestion at Arundel, Worthing and Lewes. The extent and scale of the improvements, including the option of full dualling, are to be agreed in consultation with West Sussex County Council and with the public.

Extended GP Opening Hours

I have been liaising with local GPs and other interested bodies to discuss the Government’s new plans to extend GPs’ opening hours. Worthing could be among the first in the country to implement the changes.  Following my recent visit to the Worthing Medical Group at Shelley Road, I had the chance to see first-hand the excellent work GPs are doing locally and to hear of stories about the challenges they face and how the plans will affect them.

EFFECTIVE CAMPAIGNING

It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling from individual constituients on matters important to them.

I prefer to respond to consituients direct but the sheer size of postal campaigns means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of mass campaign correspondence.

My small dedicated team and I try to responds to messages from individual constituents who want advice and/or need help, often with urgent matters.  Receiving up to 200 near identical emails for each campaign makes it more probable that we fail.

If a group like 38 Degrees suggest you write to me, please understand that they themselves will have written to me directly on your behalf, and I would have responded.

You may have noticed that if you respond to them direct, they are too busy to respond to your message.





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NATO:

As British parliamentary representative at the NATO Assembly, I meet with politicians and officials from many troubled parts of the world.  Syria to Afghanistan to the Congo or Ukraine: one task of politics and of political service is to seek respect for the rule of law and for democracy here and everywhere. Fair trade, together with charitable and official aid, matters too.