EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell says she is fighting hard to help our businesses.

She said: “I had success last year in persuading the government to reduce VAT temporarily and it has been a game changer for these sectors. My campaign to make it permanent started this week in the House of Commons and it will be carried on across Whitehall ahead of the Budget in March.

This week in Treasury Orals, I asked the Chancellor to make the VAT reduction to 5% permanent for the UK’s hospitality and tourism sectors. The cut from 20% has already been extended until the end of March by Rishi Sunak but is still only temporary. 

The Environment Bill was debated on Tuesday in parliament. The Bill will place environmental ambition and accountability at the heart of Government. Legislative measures will be introduced to address the biggest environmental priorities of our age. These will include meeting net-zero by 2050, as well as wider long-term legally binding targets on biodiversity, air quality, water, and resource and waste efficiency which will be established under the Bill. 

The Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill, was also debated in the Commons this week. This is vital legislation and goes to heart of efforts to keep communities safe from those who seek to do us all harm. 

The Medicines and Medical Devices Bill introduces new safety measures, as well as enabling hospitals to develop and offer personalised medicines, and increasing the professions that can prescribe low-risk medicines.”