IAN HART Sir Peter does a good job

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CONGRATULATIONS to all of our local recipients in the New Year’s Honours List, especially Worthing West MP Peter Bottomley, who received a knighthood.

Life is constant learning curve and Sir Peter is a testament to this fact.

When he arrived in the town for the election campaign of May, 1997, he moved to the newly-formed Worthing West constituency from his Eltham seat in London.

The move was not without criticism – his former seat, like many others on that polling day, fell to the Labour Party – but since his arrival, he has certainly become a classic, hardworking constituency MP.

At this point, I have to reveal an interest.

When I had my back against the wall, Sir Peter backed me up, and at the point of my re-instatement by the BBC, I was made aware of what he had actually done.

But I’m not alone – I know of several local people, a number of whom would never vote for Sir Peter’s party in a month of Sundays, who have been helped by him.

That indicates his case work is not about vote catching or appeasement, it’s about helping those who need it in his constituency – perhaps one of the most, if not the most, important role of an MP.

There is no doubt that when he moved here in 1997, it was partly due to a blatant self-preservation move instigated by Conservative Central Office.

But out of such a calculated political act, Worthing has ended up with an excellent MP, who thoroughly deserves his honour.

Regarding my comments re local NHS contractor Hospicom last week, many thanks to local councillor Alan Rice, who emailed me and posted me the following link – www.pocket-lint.com/review/2436/hospicom-windows-xp-computer-system – Click on the external link to the top right of this story.

This clearly proves that my friend John Rumph is not alone with his issue with the company and, in fact, councillor Rice has indicated that he is going to refer the issue to the West Sussex County Council health overview and scrutiny board.

And, finally, it always used to be the holiday adverts which came on the TV from Christmas Day onwards.

Now, perhaps a sign of the economic climate and the rise of the internet, there doesn’t seem to be as many, although the air time has been replaced with ads for various weight loss schemes.

The overindulgence over the festive period does present a problem for both young and old.

I’m in that category, where clearly I could do with losing more than a few pounds, but at 46 I have that overriding problem that I like food and I like eating it.

If they can come up with a programme which means you can eat normally without embarking on a diet of eating dust or cardboard, then I will sign up at an instant.