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32 September 2020 •
Forest Row Local
Celebrating Armed Forces Day at the end of June was a perfect opportunity to reflect on the courage, determination and expertise of the men and women who serve this country in uniform. As a graduate of the Parliamentary Armed Forces Training Programme and the President of the Crowborough Cadets, I am proud to be part of the community. British Armed Forces are respected the world over and they are the ultimate defenders of our security and freedom.
Britain’s membership in military alliances is vital to our national security. I am delighted to be appointed as part of the UK Delegation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Parliamentary Assembly. The Assembly’s principal objective is to facilitate mutual understanding between parliamentarians from NATO countries and to promote debate on key security challenges.
When Russia used a toxic nerve agent in a sickening attack on the streets of Salisbury in 2018, the UK and its NATO allies took action, expelling over 150 Russian intelligence officers in the largest collective expulsion to date. Similarly, the Magnitsky sanctions announced by the Foreign Secretary earlier this month were a landmark moment for the United Kingdom. I am campaigning for the Magnitsky sanctions to also apply to China’s suppression of human rights and the ethnic cleansing of the Uighurs in Xinjiang. The United Kingdom is a beacon of freedom and we must ensure that individuals who violate human rights are held accountable and face the full force of the law.
threat. I have asked the Security Minister to ensure that our security services work closely together and that our local police have the data, information and resources to prevent any local hostile threats.
I look forward to working with my parliamentary colleagues and international counterparts to influence decisions on UK security and I will continue to work with local authorities to ensure safety of everyone in Wealden.
ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR EAST SUSSEX HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST AHEAD OF WINTER East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is set to receive an additional £3.7 million in order to support
A&E capacity ahead of the winter months. This extra funding means that the Trust will be able to increase its A&E capacity, put enhanced infection prevention and control measures in place and make improvements to emergency care and urgent treatment services.
Across England, the Government is providing
£300 million to A&E departments, with work to be completed by the start of next year so hospitals can benefit from the upgrades during the peak of winter. In June, the Prime Minister announced plans to accelerate £5 billion of infrastructure spending as part of an ambitious economic strategy to rebuild Britain by putting jobs, skills and infrastructure investment
at the heart of the Government’s plans. This funding forms part of the New Deal, which allocated a total
of £1.5 billion this year for hospital maintenance, hospital building and A&E expansion.
The funding also comes on top of the additional £3 billion that the Prime Minister recently announced to help prepare the NHS for the winter months ahead. This funding will allow the NHS to continue to use the extra hospital capacity acquired from the independent sector through the coronavirus pandemic, and also
to maintain the Nightingale hospitals until the end of March next year.
Nus Ghani said: “I am aware of the anxieties regarding the winter flu pressures on our local services and this year, with Covid-19, it will be an extra challenge for Wealden. Last month, I asked the Health Secretary
to ensure that both data and resources are made available to East Sussex Health Trust, East Sussex County Council and Wealden District Council ahead of winter”
I continue to hold virtual surgeries as well as conference calls for constituents and businesses. If you are a Wealden resident and require my assistance, please email me at:
We are extremely lucky that Wealden is a great, safe
place to live and has consistently low levels of crime.
I am in regular contact with Sussex Police and our
District Commander to discuss multi-agency efforts
and increased police patrol activity across Wealden.
However, we are not immune from international
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