Conservative Member of Parliament for Lewes
My name is Maria Caulfield, I have been the Member of Parliament for Lewes since May 2015. Before I became an MP I worked for many years as a nurse at the Royal Marsden hospital as a Senior Sister leading a team in the field of breast cancer research. I have lived in the area, close to the village of Falmer, for many years and so not only do I know the constituency extremely well, but it is where my everyday life is based and it means I am very familiar with many of the local issues.
In recent years I have been involved in many local campaigns. From my time as a local councillor during the major development of the Amex stadium where I worked alongside local residents, other local councillors and construction companies in the Falmer area in order to minimise the impact and disruption of the multiple developments in the area including the BACA academy, the Amex stadium and the A270 Lewes link road. More recently I have supported the campaign in Seaford and Newhaven, led by the local town and district councillors, to save the Seaford Household Recycling site from closure and in the New Year I will be meeting with County Councillors to discuss this issue before it is debated at a meeting of the full council.
In terms of the issues that I feel passionate about, protecting local NHS services is a priority especially with the threat that the downgrading of Eastbourne District General hospital brings for residents in many areas such as Seaford, Polegate, East Dean and Friston. Standing up for rural communities is also key, as is promoting the regeneration of Newhaven and supporting the work of our Conservative councillors in improving access to broadband and mobile phone signals. All are issues that I will be working hard on.
In my spare time as well as being an owner and shareholder of Lewes Football club, I am a non exec director of the local housing charity BHT Sussex which helps prevent homelessness in the Sussex area and as the daughter of a farmer I volunteer as an Urban Shepherd, an environmental project which uses sheep and cattle to public graze open spaces .
Although I know many parts of the constituency extremely well, I always look forward to meeting local residents in all parts and working with community and faith groups, local charities and small businesses so please do contact me if there are any issues you wish to discuss or if you want me to come and meet you.