WORTHING WEST

"MY PRIME FOCUS IS ON PROMOTING THE WELL-BEING, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS OF CONSTITUENTS"

 

SIR PETER BOTTOMLEY MP

 

Worthing Local Councillors


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Councillors are responsible for many local issues and may be a useful first port of call for local issues such as bin collection and graffiti.

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Conservatives Association


West Worthing Conservatives are responsible for the election of your Conservative Councillors in parish, local and county council elections.

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Arun Local Councillors

 

The below link allows you to search for who your local Councillor is should you live in a ward within Arun.

Councillors are responsible for many local issues and may be a useful first port of call for local issues such as bin collection and graffiti.

Arun Council

My team and I joined Tim Loughton MP to recognise the welcome further progress and the remarkable achievements of students and staff at Worthing College.

For the fifth year in succession the college is celebrating its best set of A Level and BTEC results. These positive results reflect the outstanding teaching and learning experience of students attending the college. Walking in, it was clear that the sports and other leisure activities make a significant contribution to the lives of the College community. The students were happy and their lives enriched.

The staff and students should be praised for the hard work they have done to achieve such good results. We can wish those who have graduated every success for the future as they go on to university or employment.

Worthing College Visit - September 2019

Over the weekend Virginia and I were pleased to attend several events and celebrations across the constituency.

It was a pleasure to join with local residents in celebrating the best that autumn has to offer at Ferring Horticultural Society’s autumn show.

The winners and the runner-ups all showcased a fantastic array of colourful and fragrant flowers. The bakers, growers and pruners should all be praised.

Thank you to the organisers for providing a high quality range of competition and exhibits.

Ferring Flower Festivities - September 2019

East Worthing and Shoreham MP, Tim Loughton, the leaders of Arun and Worthing Councils and I have written to Cllr Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council to raise our deep concern about the disproportionate increase in licence fees for cafes and restaurants using outdoor seating.

Our cafes and restaurants are integral to our local economy, taxes of this variety are unfair and disproportionate.

Through discussion, I am hopeful that a resolution can be found.

 

There is a need to support our local businesses and ensure that they are not treated unfairly.

Outdoor Seating Licence Fees - August 2019

Earlier this week there was reason to check whether there was hazardous material causing illness for people on the beach. The local blue-light services came into action and showed excellent contingency planning in action.

 

The Coastguard, the Police and the NHS medical services took precautions and then cooperated with the Environment Agency to investigate whether there was an identifiable source or cause of concern.

I am grateful to Maggie Davies, Chief Nurse at Worthing Hospital, and the Environment Agency for providing regular and helpful updates on the situation.

Reassurances have been made that Worthing seafront remains safe and open.

 

We can thank all involved in the response and investigation.

Worthing Beach Concerns - August 2019

I am grateful to the many constituents that inundated my office with nominations for this year's Tiffin Cup. For those unaware of the Tiffin Cup, it is an annual British competition to find the best South Asian restaurant in the United Kingdom. One restaurant from every region is shortlisted and invited to participate in the Grand Final cook-off event held in Parliament.

I welcomed Mr Uddin, founder of Shafiques Restaurant, to attend the Grand Final. Whilst his restaurant did not win, it did receive a special commendation from the judges.

I look forwards to presenting Mr Uddin with his certificate and prized apron in due course, taking the opportunity to taste some of his wonderful cuisine.

 

Tiffin Cup Local Nomination - July 2019

I am grateful to the residents and shoppers who joined me at my Drop-in Advice Surgery at the Guildbourne Centre last Friday.

Advice and requests ranged from ongoing cases such as bin collection and health concerns, to those wishing to discuss the leadership contest or Brexit. My Drop-in surgeries are opportunities for those who are not as comfortable using the telephone, writing a letter or contacting me by email - they ensure that no constituent is left out of reach. Help is always offered.

I am grateful to the team at the Guilbourne Centre for accomodating my Drop in surgery. 

 

Guildbourne Centre Drop-in Advice Surgery - July 2019

The Post Office have today announced that they will proceed with their intended transfer of the Worthing branch from Chapel Road to the WHSmith Store on South Street.

 

I have been assured that all feedback received was taken into account in understanding the issues and ensuring that the move was not detrimental to the services provided to residents. Indeed, the extension of opening hours may be welcomed by many. An update of the response received from the Post Office to the enquiries submitted is available here.

The most recent from the Post Office and Royal Mail is that there are no current plans to relocate Worthing delivery office to another site. The Post Office branch is only a small fraction of the building's internal space, with the Delivery Office occupying the majority of the building.

Worthing Post Office Relocation - July 2019

Today marks 75 years since the D-Day landings, the invasion of Europe that turned the tide of the Second World War. D-Day preparations included civilians in every occupation and all the armed forces, reaching every corner of our communities. Whilst the Allies claimed victory on the Western Front, more than 10,000 people lost their lives that day.

In our memories and through our commemoration, they live on.

I was pleased to join friends, colleagues and community members at the Worthing Town Hall War Memorial this morning for a commemorative service. Two Worthing men died in the 1944 invasion. Our town and communities were central to a great deal of the operation.

Lest we forget the peace we have been afforded by the sacrifices of those who came before us.

D-Day Anniversary - June 2019

I met with representatives from the National Farmers Union (NFU Online) as well as local farmers and producers at Cobbins Nursery, Ferring. We discussed the NFU’s agenda for a 'productive, profitable and progressive' farming sector ahead of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.

 

Whatever the outcome of Brexit, we agreed for the need of a policy environment that allows our farming and agricultural sector to continue to be productive and profitable. It must also deliver clear benefits for citizens including quality, affordable food and protection for our wildlife and countryside. Plants and flower production accounts for over 15% of the agricultural output of the South East (£2.0 billion in total), with nurseries like Cobbins contributing greatly to our local and national economy.

National Farmers Union - May 2019

The students of Singapore Class at Ferring CofE Primary School welcomed me to talk about my work in Parliament. The Year 5 students were highly inquisitive, engaged, and polite in their intelligent questions. 

It is for their futures that we make decisions today and it will be in their hands our country's future rests. Their considerate outlooks set a good example for our future. 

I make every possible effort to visit schools and other groups in Worthing West, if you would like to get in contact to discuss possible future visits, please do not hesitate. 

Ferring CofE School Visit - April 2019

I am grateful to the local residents who joined me for my Drop-in advice surgery at Ferring Asda store this morning. 

Advice and requests for help ranged from assistance with housing and taxes, to those who simply wished to discuss current affairs or to thank me and my team for helping them at difficult moments in their life.

I regularly hold surgeries to give constituents the opportunity to speak to me in person. Other contact details are available here.

Thank you also to the local Councillors who joined me in assisting with local residents’ issues.

Ferring Residents Advice Surgery - April 2019

Twenty years ago, Tim Loughton MP and I encouraged and applauded the formation of Worthing Homes shortly after becoming the local Members of Parliament. I was pleased to help plant a tree at their homes at Davenport Court on Elm Grove to recognise their twentieth anniversary.

Worthing Homes rightly has a good reputation and it is trusted. A high proportion of residents are happy with their experience; over 90% praise the staff with whom they have contact. The numbers are impressive: 107 volunteers, 95 employees and 10 trustees; nearly 4.000 homes for about 10,000 fellow residents.

Worthing Homes does good and does it well. Let us all help them to continue as they improve further and develop new services.

Worthing Homes Twentieth Anniversary - April 2019

Now in its eighth year, English Tourism Week raises the profile and showcases the benefits of the tourism industry to local communities and the economy.

Tourism is one of England’s largest and most valuable industries. 

I was pleased to join with Tourism Minister, Michael Ellis MP, to discuss how valuable the tourism industry is to Worthing West. Recent figures estimated that some 4.4 million day and staying visitors spending approximately £138 million a year visit Worthing annually.

 

With over £2.7bn spent in the South East tourism industry, it remains one of the most significant sectors of our local economy. This is a chance for us to celebrate the success of this industry and to discuss how we can better support local businesses in making Sunny Worthing a destination for all.

English Tourism Week - April 2019

I am grateful to the local residents who joined me for my Drop-in advice surgery at Rustington's Sainsbury's store last Saturday midday. 

Advice and requests for help ranged from ongoing cases such as housing and school funding, to those who simply wished to discuss current affairs or to thank me and my team for assisting them recently.

I regularly hold surgeries to give constituents the opportunity to speak to me in person. Other contact details are available here.

Thank you also to the local Councillors and candidates for joining me in assisting with local residents’ issues.

Rustington Residents Advice Surgery - April 2019

I was humbled to join with over fifty local residents from all corners of our communities in Worthing, to show solidarity with our local Mosque and worshippers following the tragic islamophobic attack in New Zealand.

We thank all in the Islamic society and at the mosque for the contribution they make to community life. We are as one in Worthing.

A way to demonstrate our unwavering solidarity is that as and when the Islamic society need a larger mosque, we all give support and encouragement.

Thank you to those who helped to organise the vigil.

We are all defenders of faith.

Worthing Mosque Solidarity Vigil - March 2019

I am grateful to the local residents who joined me for my Drop-in advice surgery at Worthing's Waitrose Store. 

Advice and requests for help ranged from housing to pensions, and of course included discussions on our withdrawal from the European Union.

Thank you also to Cllr Westover for joining me in assisting with local residents’ issues.

My team and I have already taken forward several of the concerns brought to me during the surgery and will continue to be of assistance when possible and when necessary.

Worthing Residents Advice Surgery - March 2019

With reference to supporting our local town centre, I am delighted to support the local bid for central government support from the Future High Streets Fund as we celebrate High Street Saturday. It has always been an honour to represent and to have a home in a place where ‘good growth’ is front and centre.

Our coastal West Sussex has successfully met most challenges during the past two decades. The task now is to make possible a practical vision for our community of a multi-functional high street that meets the challenges of the future whilst addressing the concerns from the past.

By talking and deciding and acting together, we can all help to create a community where people can enjoy life together.

High Street Saturday - March 2019

I am glad that our local mosque took part in the nation Open Mosque day this past Sunday. 

The open days are about building bridges and breaking down stereotypes. They are are about ensuring that no members of our communities are made to feel unwelcome towards each other. 

On behalf of the friends and the first time visitors I thank the Islamic Society and the Imam, Idris Nawab, for this initiative and their warm welcoming outlook to the community.

Open Mosque Day - March 2019

I was honoured to be invited to the official opening of the Strand Medical Group’s new 1,000 square metre practice. Dr Andy Thompson and all his clinical and support colleagues have fought through every difficulty to create the opportunity to serve local patients. The Strand Group's new practise can cater to over double the previous amount and have over 16 consulting rooms and a sufficiently large and comfortable waiting room.

 

Amongst the people we can all be thankful to are the central NHS England who worked hard to enable this move, the directors of the developers Rocco whose patience was impressive, the councillors, and the executives and leadership of Worthing Borough Council. When campaigning for greater provisions, it is reassuring to see unequivocal progress as welcome and overdue as this.

Strand Medical Centre Re-Opening - February 2019

It was a pleasure to visit the Worthing Citizens Advice centre this morning, to meet with the volunteers and staff who contribute an immense amount to our communities. The team are to be commended for the time and hard work they put in to make a difference to local people's lives. 

They offer a service unrivalled and I encourage anyone with worries or difficulties to approach Citizens Advice. Within the Worthing centre, we may all find someone friendly and professional to give advice and to make a difference to people's lives.

The centre is always in need of new volunteers or staff members. Anyone able to offer their assistance or services can make a positive difference that will help to transform lives in and around our communities. 

Citizens Advice Centre, Worthing - January 2019

I am grateful to the local residents who joined me for my Drop-in advice surgery at Durrington Tesco. Discussion and queries ranged from Brexit to pensions. 

Whilst I do my best to speak with every constituent who contacts me, and visit residents when necessary, often constituents may prefer to speak to me in person or are unable to email, telephone or write. 

Thank you also to Cllr Jane Sim and Cllr Sean McDonald for joining me in assisting with local residents’ issues, and to Myra and the Tesco team who accommodated us.

 

My team and I have already taken forward several of the concerns brought to me during the surgery. We will continue to be of assistance when possible and when necessary.

Durrington Residents Advice Surgery - January 2019

It was a pleasure to attend the fourth annual Give a Gift sale organised by BBC Sussex, held at St. Paul's Worthing.

This years event raised the largest amount so far, welcoming visitors from all across the county to buy unwanted Christmas gifts donated over the last couple of weeks. Over £2,379 was raised by the volunteers, all going directly to the BBC Children in Need charity.

Pictured is myself with BBC presenters Danny Pike and Mark Carter.

Children in Need supports children and their families across the country who face difficult circumstances and may be going through the hardest of times. The money raised will help to support and change the lives of over 582,000 disadvantaged young children and adults. 

Children In Need Fundraising - January 2019

Christmas is a time of giving, receiving, and cherishing what we have already. It can also be a time of reflection and charity. There are many local charities that contribute positively to our communities. The volunteers behind these are to be commended for the work they have achieved over the past year. 

One such charity is Turning Tides Ending Local Homelessness - a project uniting churches and groups from across Worthing. Another such charity is Worthing's branch of The Salvation Army United Kingdom with the Republic of Ireland

I was pleased to meet local volunteers and support these important causes during recent months. I wish them the very best for 2019 as we all aspire to support those in need. More information on how you can help to support the work of Turning Tides can be found here: https://www.turning-tides.org.uk/how-to-help/

Charities in Worthing - December 2018

It was a pleasure this morning to visit Worthing's Royal Mail Delivery Office on Chapel Road.

The staff there do a tremendous job in ensuring mail is delivered throughout the year. At Christmas time we are reminded how important a lifeline our Royal Mail is. They are working, come rain or shine, to ensure that our festive post is delivered on time.

The letters these dedicated members of staff handle can bring joy to our family and friends across the world. We can all be thankful for their service.

Royal Mail Christmas Deliveries - December 2018

I was pleased to visit the Worthing Jobcentre Plus to speak with the team of advisors as well as the service users about how the centre supports them and how we might further help them.

Those in attendance included Help for Heroes, the Sussex Armed Forces Network, Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI), Sussex Police, Northbrook Metropolitan College and NHS England. Positively, three people were offered jobs on the spot by the NHS. This was the first event held locally and I look forwards to it continuing in the future. 

These direct developments and opportunities were brought about because of the hard work of Fiona Hamilton, the Service Delivery Coach and Armed Forces Champion, as well as the hardworking team at the Jobcentre Plus. We can all be very grateful for their hard work.

Worthing Job Centre Plus - November 2018

The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy is a unique network spanning all 53 countries of the Commonwealth. The creation of a pan-Commonwealth network of forest conservation projects marks Her Majesty The Queen’s service to the Commonwealth.

This theme extends into the Care for Veterans where we planted a Rowan tree as part of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy. The Rowan tree has a long, sacred history. Since ancient times people have been planting a Rowan beside their home as the Tree of Life, symbolising courage, wisdom and protection.

The Care for Veterans centre, established in 1919, cares for soldiers returning from World War I with life-changing disabilities. It was poignant and contemplative to be joined by students from Heene Primary School, resident veterans, the High Sheriff of West Sussex 2018 and Adur & Worthing Councils Deputy Mayor, Cllr Hazel Thorpe.

Queen's Commonwealth Canopy - November 2018

Our colleges are a fundamental part of our society, helping to cultivate and guide our next generation towards a better future. ​

Worthing College is one such institution - one that is highly valued and respected within our community. It has consistently improved it's A Level and BTEC results over the last four years whilst cultivating an extremely well prepared new generation of young leaders.

I have personally seen many of their students progress and develop to become highly capable young adults. Several have worked in my office, many more have worked alongside me in support of our community. The hard work of the staff is to be commended.

Love Our Colleges Week - October 2018

I met with representatives from Chamonix Estates, including Persimmon Homes, Heron Homes and Taylor Wimpey, in addition to Worthing Borough Council to bring forwards the concerns of the community, requesting that those behind the development engage with and respond to local people's concerns.

Permission for the development of 700 new homes was granted by Worthing Borough Council back in 2012 with a number already built and occupied.

Residents have my support in seeking assurance that the most recent additions will be effective and properly maintained at no undue cost to those who have already or have yet to move into the new development.

West Durrington Housing Developments - October 2018

I was very pleased to join with young budding politicians from across West Sussex, members of the West Sussex Youth Cabinet; alongside Gillian Keegan and the High Sheriff of West Sussex 2018. The Youth Cabinet members were recently elected by over 14,000 of their peers (April 2018), with 30 elected to the Youth Cabinet and seven to the UK Youth Parliament.

There was a lively debate on extending the franchise to include 16 and 17 year olds. There were several compelling and highly eloquent arguments both in favour and against, and reminded those participating and watching just how eager and engaged many young adults are. Is it not time we gave them greater say in the future of their own country?​

I look forwards to seeing what these young and highly motivated students will achieve in the future.

West Sussex Youth Cabinet - September 2018

It was a pleasure to join one of Worthing's local businesses, SJM Electrical Services, for the world's biggest coffee morning.

Every year, over 350,000 people in the United Kingdom are diagnosed with a form of Cancer. Over 3,500 are diagnosed in Worthing West alone, with almost half of those diagnosed unfortunately passing away as a result.

There are many commendable charities and organisations addressing this devastating disease. Macmillan Cancer Support is the UK's largest charity dedicated to supporting and caring for those affected and their families. The money raised by Coffee Mornings held around the country, £29.5 billion last year, goes directly towards helping those suffering.

Macmillan Coffee Morning - September 2018

I was very pleased to attend the Graduation Ceremony for the 2018 NCS - National Citizen Service local cohort. 

Since it's inception, Worthing NCS has seen over 1045 graduate from the programme, and reaching this year over 100,000 nationally. The biggest immeasurable benefit is how each individual grows in confidence and aspiration. The programme is a positive way for young adults to develop their confidence and leadership skills and to encourage a new generation ofcommunity and business leaders.​​

If you know someone aged 15-17 that you think would be interested in taking part, please share with them the following page: http://www.concordiavolunteers.org.uk/ncs/young-person/

West Sussex NCS Graduation - September 2018

I attended the opening of the Boom Credit Union in Worthing. Boom is a not-for-profit financial co-operative, committed to providing financial inclusion across West Sussex, and is passionate about keeping local people out of the clutches of high-interest lenders and loan sharks. 

 

I am a keen supporter of Boom and I have backed our Credit Union from the start. The community is at the heart of everything they do, helping local people to save, to borrow and to manage.

 

The Credit Union makes a huge positive impact.Whilst speaking with the team, I heard how Boom is encouraging all local businesses and charities to open a savings account with them. In return, Boom will donate the equivalent of 1% of these new deposits to local community projects. This is a positive sign of the differences companies and social enterprises can make to our communities.

Boom! Credit Union - August 2018

Four of our fantastic local parks have been internationally recognised as outstanding - receiving the Green Flag Award:

Beach House Park, WorthingField Place & Arts ComplexHighdown Gardens; and Marine Gardens.

Thank you to all of those who work hard to ensure these parks continue to be treasured green oasis's within our communities.

The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Worthing Green Flags - August 2018

On Friday 13th July, I joined local residents at Goring-By-Sea Library to celebrate this year's launch of the Summer Reading Challenge. This included some young avid readers that were very excited to complete the challenge as well as Cara Lambert, Team Manager for Families and Wellbeing and Jane Blackwell, Librarian at Goring Library, both of which have made fantastic contributions to our local community.

Research shows that reading for pleasure is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background and that children who use libraries are twice as likely to be above average readers. The Summer Reading Challenge builds confidence and independent reading, while helping to prevent the dip in children’s reading levels during the long summer break from school.

Summer Reading Challenge - July 2018

I was honoured to award the British Amusement and Catering Trade Association (BACTA)'s Community Award alongside Nick Herbert to local community member, Phil Silver.

In a career with Bacta spanning three decades, Phil Silver has made what BACTA's national President notes as 'the single biggest contribution to social responsibility in the low stake gaming industry'. Phil has made an enduring and unparalleled contribution to the development of a socially responsibile culture within Britain’s adult gaming centres, seaside arcades and bingo halls.

It is also gratifying to see the hard work undertaken by myself and my fellow colleagues in Parliament in pursuing and campaigning for greater social responsibility within the gambling sector, including the successful cut in the maximum stake for FOBTs from £100 to £2 last week, reflected from within the sector by outstanding individuals such as Phil.

BACTA Community Awards in Worthing - May

On Thursday 26th April, I was very pleased to be part of Worthing inaugural Youth Debate, hosted by the Mayor of Worthing. I was joined by fellow MP, Tim Loughton, the High Sheriff of West Sussex, Director for Communities at Worthing Borough Council Mary D'Arcy, and Worthing's Youth Mayor, as members of the judging panel.

 

It was a fantastically organised event, and I was very much impressed by the talent and knowledge shown by the many students attending from schools across Worthing.

 

These kinds of events remind me how aware and 'tuned in' our young constituents are, and as I'm sure my fellow panel members will agree, emphasise the need to engage young constituents in our politics in a way that enthuses them whilst also engaging them. I look forwards to seeing this event go from strength to strength, year by year.

Worthing Mayor's Youth Debate - April 2018

Over the weekend, I joined Worthing Masjid's open day, which saw the Mosque opening its doors to the community to promote dialogue and friendship between residents of all faiths. The event included tours, refreshments, a Q&A session with the Imam, and a chance to observe prayer. 

We can pay tribute to the faith leaders in our community. We look to them for guidance, hope and strength, both in the dark times and the light.

 

Thank you to the Iman and the community for opening their doors. The strength of our community comes from it's diversity and compassion for each other. 

Worthing Masjid Open Day - February

I was delighted to join The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in Worthing to hear about some of the frequent barriers to accessible streets for people with sight loss.

It was enlightening to take a blindfolded walk down Warwick Road and to meet a working guide dog as well as representatives of the organisation.

The new #StreetsAhead campaign highlights the everyday obstacles that can compromise the safety of blind and partially sighted individuals.


Poorly parked vehicles which block some or all of the pavement cause frequent problems for pedestrians. These can force people who are blind or particularly sighted, parents with pushchairs, wheelchair users, and others, to walk on the road and into the path of oncoming traffic. Excessive street clutter and shared street surfaces also pose a threat to many.

Walking with Guide Dogs UK through Worthing

I was grateful to visit Goring business A World of Buzz, alongside the Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Susan Pyper, who presented the company with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.  

 

A World of Buzz – which includes three distinct companies, World of Books, World of Rare Books and Ziffit - is one of only 100 UK businesses receiving the award for outstanding contribution to International Trade.

 

World of Books, one of the group’s companies, is committed to minimising its environmental impact. Each month over 4 million books are recycled, saving 22,000 tonnes of books a year from going into landfill. All of its paper waste is recycled within the UK and turned into corrugated cardboard. 

Queen's Award for Innovation to Goring Business

Alongside Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, I rejected Highways England's proposal to spend £100 million on A27 improvement works to ease traffic in the Worthing area. 

Many will think it is hardly worth reading what Highways England have written in their A27 improvement plan. To ask that the Worthing traffic problems be solved with less than £100m was never going to work. It doesn’t work. It has to be rejected.

Highways England and the Department for Transport have got to allocate a proper sum of money so that local people can have a better environment, local people can have greater safety, and local people can have greater economic prosperity.

Local Road Quality from Worthing to Rustington

Virginia and I were pleased to attend the annual Armed Forces celebrations in Worthing. We are very grateful to the organisers of the Armed Forces Day events at Steyne Gardens, where entertainment included a marching band, stalls, displays and military vehicles.


As a community, Worthing united to celebrate Her Majesty's Armed Forces, past and present. The event was very well-attended by our community, with a lot of young people joining in. It’s very important that we engage with young people on these sorts of occasions, both to educate and to inspire.

For more information on Armed Forces Day, CLICK HERE.

Armed Forces Day - June 2017

I am grateful to the Iman and community at Worthing Masjid for welcoming me to their place of worship and for the opportunity of a conversation with the Imam and local worshippers. The visit came prior to Eid celebrations and following the appalling terror attack near Finsbury Park Mosque. 


During the Debate on the Queen's Speech, I followed Tim Farron MP's compliments on the Finsbury Park Imam Mohammed Mahmoud: 'May I just reinforce the hon. Gentleman’s message about Imam Mohammed Mahmoud? His words—that, by God’s grace, they managed to stop the attacker being attacked and prevent worse things from happening—should be in everyone’s mind. Heaven knows what would have happened if the attacker had suffered serious damage. The headlines would have been very different, so we owe a great deal to that imam and people like him.'

Uniting with the Worthing Masjid - June 2017

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