“Too many people feel remote from the important work that goes on in Parliament. As a former businessman myself, I recognise that headline party politics may be a turn off for many, but it is still Parliament that has to make important decisions on so many issues that the country faces.
“My new ‘In conversation’ series is a chance for local residents to come along, to hear from me as their Parliamentary representative and to have an independent local journalist to put me on the spot. There will be a chance for the audience to ask questions too.
Respected local journalist, Gary Shipton, Editor of the West Sussex County Times, will Chair and interview me before giving members of the audience a chance to ask questions. Gary is a member of the industry-wide Editors' Code committee which sets journalistic standards. Alongside Gary's journalistic career, he is a Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex, an unpaid role in which he helps to celebrate the county and those who make a real difference in it.
Due to security considerations, the location will be provided shortly prior to the event, only previously registered attendees will be admitted and Photo ID will be required for entry. If the latter presents problems, please contact my office in advance and alternative arrangements can be made.