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Sir Peter Bottomley
MP for Worthing West

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Sir Peter speaks in the Commons on tobacco products ....

Sir Peter Bottomley (Worthing West) (Con): Since Richard Doll and Bradford Hill’s report in 1950 and the 50-year study of British doctors from 1951 to 2001 by Richard Doll and Richard Peto, we have known that an over-£50-a-week habit, after tax, does no good to anybody at all. As well as talking about standardisation, which may or may not make a difference, will my hon. Friend make plain to those who smoke that they should not smoke in front of someone younger and that they should not be the first person in a group to light up? That way, we can reduce the incidence of smoking, which will also reduce the number of smokers.
See full Hansard debate:
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140403/debtext/140403-0002.htm#14040348000283

Question to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education (Elizabeth Truss) on mathematics in schools:

Sir Peter Bottomley (Worthing West) (Con): It has been said that MPs can be divided into three groups: those who can count and those who cannot. Can my hon. Friend tell us whether the people now going into primary school teaching are people who have enjoyed mathematics and are good at it and can pass on their enthusiasm and skills to those they teach?
See full Hansard debate:
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140324/debtext/140324-0001.htm#1403243000451

The fight for leaseholders continues as Sir Peter writes to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government:

What data (a) his Department holds and (b) can be estimated from the Land Registry, the Census and the Office of National Statistics on the number of leasehold domestic premises in (i) Worthing West constituency, (ii) Worthing borough, (iii) Arun district, (iv) West Sussex county, (v) South East England region, (vi) England and (vii) England and Wales; what data collection his Department makes on housing tenure types; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Peter hails the contribution of women to the Ordained Ministry (Church of England):

Sir Peter Bottomley (Worthing West) (Con): To pursue that thought, it is a matter of chronology that bishops and archbishops must retire at a certain age, although we do not expect the Archbishop of Canterbury to retire for some time. We admire and welcome the continuing services of the Archbishop of York and the Bishop of London, but we hope that there is no reason why the committees and councils that nominate people to those offices will not find the pent-up talent of women, which has not been able to be used, and allow one of them to be appointed and therefore come to the House of Lords straight away.
See full Hansard debate:
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140320/halltext/140320h0001.htm#14032058000128

Worthing Herald:
17th April 2014 - MP to seek talks with developer following protest...

FOLLOWING the protest to stop 396 potential homes being built, MP for Worthing West Sir Peter Bottomley vowed to set up a meeting with Persimmon Homes to establish the developer’s plans.
Sir Peter insisted the developer needed to make its intentions clear.
He said: “I hope Persimmon had people there who could observe the feeling and could listen to the points that were made.
“Persimmon need to say openly if they have anything in mind, and if they have, what that is.
The Government needs to know that Ferring and Goring are separate places, we don’t need a new village in between or a continuous development from Goring across to Ferring.”
Sir Peter said the protest was a ‘well-organised and successful event’ which ‘united’ residents in Ferring and Goring.

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.

Instead I will respond to the campaign organiser(s) and post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" on this website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

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