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31 Aug: Norman fears consequences for residents of Seaford and Polegate if changes to local health care proposed by East Sussex Healthcare Trust go ahead. More.








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24 Aug: Kittiwake nesting in Seaford is flourishing according to Seaford's MP Norman Baker, who has commended the work of the RSPB to educate the public on the fragility of the species through its "Date with Nature" programme. More.








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21 Aug: Norman welcomes the decision taken by Arrowcroft to resubmit their planning application for Newhaven's Railway Quarter. More.








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1 Aug: Norman announces that from this month, local passengers will be able to find out if train services run on time to within a minute. More.








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31 Ju1: Norman welcomes the news that four schools in his constituency have opened their doors this summer and utilised a portion of the government's £50million summer schools fund. More.








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31 Ju1: Norman congratulates Chailey Sports Club on securing £50,000 from Sport England. More.








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23 Ju1: Norman announces that from this month, local passengers will be able to find out if train services run on time to within a minute. More.








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16 Ju1: Norman discusses £9.4 billion rail expansion plans. There is more debate at the Huffington Post: Should We Renationalise The Railways?








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11 Ju1: Norman joins calls from the NFU to give local dairy farmers a better deal and not price them out of production, as the recent milk price figures show that farmers will be further squeezed with a reduction of up to 2 pence per litre (ppl) in August. More.








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29 Jun: Norman calls on East Sussex County Council to undertake a wholesale review and removal of unnecessary double yellow lines in the town which "stifle local business". More.








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28 Jun: Norman announces that Newhaven and Lewes are to benefit from nearly £4million of investment in sustainable transport. More.








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26 Jun: Norman has expressed his congratulations to Life Squared and the Wave Leisure Trust for securing nearly £20,000 from the Big Lottery Fund. More.








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21 Jun: Norman has publicly said he will boycott the official opening of the town's incinerator on July 4th and is urging all other elected representatives for the town - MEPs and councillors at county, district and town level, to do the same. More.








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15 Jun: Norman welcomes reforms to EU fishing policy which will end the ridiculous practice of fishermen having to discard fish, in a move which the MP has called "good news for Newhaven's fishermen". More.








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14 Jun: Norman welcomes the news that East Sussex County Council is to provide guidance to care homes to reduce nuisance calls to residents. More.








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1 Jun: Norman welcomes the news that 1100 two year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds in East Sussex will receive 15 hours of free education. Currently, 95% of three and four year olds access 15 hours of free early years education per week, but the Lib Dem Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has announced that this will now be extended to include two year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds, using the same criteria that is applied for free school meals. More.








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30th May: Long-standing Polegate councillor Roy Martin died earlier today following a short illness. He was 86, and had represented Polegate on local councils since 1989. He was at the time of his death a serving Lib Dem councillor on Wealden District and Polegate Town councils, having also previously served on East Sussex County Council. Norman says: "I have known Roy for around 25 years and will miss him very much. He was a fantastic and unique character who was much loved in the town and beyond. More.








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28th May: Norman has warned that the decision taken last week by Lewes District Council's planning committee to grant planning permission for the "Asda" site, and to refuse the application for the "Tesco" site may well constitute "an error of historic proportions" which will have serious long-term consequences for the town. More.








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25th May: Norman has claimed victory in his campaign to outlaw clamping, following the Coalition Government's Protection of Freedoms Bill gaining Royal Assent earlier this month. The Bill outlaws clamping on private land, and Norman says: "We have clamped down on the clampers once and for all.". More.








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22nd May: The slash and burn of core services at Eastbourne DGH will, if implemented, create a "two tier" local health service, says Norman. More.








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3rd May: Norman intervenes over appalling kerbs in Polegate. More.








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3rd May: Norman supports Seaford Head Community College's Free School application to "fill the gap for post-16 education in Seaford and along the coast". More.








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3rd May: The 7th of May will mark the 25th anniversary of Norman being elected to office. More.








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27th Apr: Norman says Brighton postal chaos must not be repeated in Seaford. More.








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26th Apr: Following the recent call from local MP, Norman Baker, for Southern Water and South East Water to enlist local plumbers to initiate a scheme to provide discounts for customers who have leaky taps, Southern Water has confirmed that they are fully on board. More.








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10th Apr: Local MP Norman Baker has today written to Southern Water and South East Water to encourage them to tap into local small plumbing businesses to cut water leakage from households' dripping taps. Research from the water efficiency organisation Waterwise has estimated that a dripping tap can waste over 5,500 litres per year - enough to fill up a paddling pool every week for the whole summer. More.








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29th Mar: Norman is encouraging schools to apply for funding from a £50million summer schools fund. More.








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23rd Mar: Norman announces on behalf of the government a £101 million package of funding to improve buses throughout the country, of which Brighton and Hove Buses will receive nearly £4.5 million. More.








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21st Mar: Norman voices the disappointment felt in Newhaven after the High Court today overturned the County Council's decision to register West Beach as a Village Green. More.








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16th Mar: Bottled water used in committee rooms in the House of Commons is to be replaced with a trial run of tap water after a long running, and now successful, campaign by Norman. More.








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14th Mar: Norman confirms that East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and Brighton and Sussex University Trust are to receive a £2.2million funding boost between them in public capital across 2011/12 and 2012/13 to improve equipment and services. More.








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8th Mar: Norman confirms that Lewes and Kingston will shortly be connected by a new two mile traffic free cycle path. More.








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23rd Feb: Norman announces that local teenagers who are not in employment, education or training will benefit from over £1.2 million of support. More.








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19th Feb: Norman is calling on local small businesses to help him ensure that banks are held to their word, and that they meet lending targets. More.








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19th Feb: Norman secures Lewes Vic signs success: five signs have been erected near Lewes Prison to direct people to the Lewes Victoria Hospital, after Norman successfully lobbied East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust to fund the signs. More.








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10th Feb: Norman obtains figures that show apprenticeships in the Lewes constituency are up by 128% for 2010/11, with a rise from 250 to 580. More.








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10th Feb: Norman announces a £15million growth package for cycling and walking measures that will support economic growth and help to cut carbon, whilst promoting a healthier lifestyle. More.








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2nd Feb: Norman says East Sussex County Council must stand up for Newhaven's residents and say no to Veolia, for once, as they attempt to increase lorry movements on public holidays. More.








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1st Feb: Norman says Southern Water must look after their customers, as they announce 8.2% rise in bills. More.









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18th Jan: Norman welcomes the news that East Sussex will receive an extra £1,038,818 for social care which will mean that people can leave hospitals earlier and receive better care at home. More.









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17th Jan: Norman welcomes the announcement of grants totalling £85000 to Barcombe Energy Group and OVESCO. The LEAF money was announced by the Lib Dem Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne MP, which is available to communities in England and Wales who are playing an active role in the development of a low carbon society, with money available to finance projects that increase understanding and uptake of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. More.









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13th Jan: Norman welcomes the announcement that people living in cold homes in East Sussex will receive £254,000 of extra support as a result of the government's £20million Warm Housing, Healthy People Fund. More.









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9th Jan: Norman warns there is a real prospect that both maternity and cardiology services could be lost from Eastbourne's District General Hospital. More.









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9th Jan: Norman is today writing to Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman to urge greater government action to curb the excessive use of plastic bags by retailers and to suggest that she might convene a meeting of Chief Executives from the supermarkets to help achieve this. And he is also taking the matter up with the Chief Executive of WH Smith, which he has labelled as one of the worst offenders. More.









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6th Jan: Norman will host the first SatNav Summit to tackle traffic that is misdirected as a result of out-of-date SatNavs, calling the Summit "a huge step in the right direction, as opposed to the direction that out-of-date SatNavs can send drivers". More.









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4th Jan: Norman has written to the Chief Executive of the RBS Group, Stephen Hester, to urge for the decision to close the NatWest branch on Newhaven High Street to be reversed, and has also written to the Business Minister, Mark Prisk MP, to ask that he looks at this case. More.









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