How lobbying works:
"Transport for the South East (TfSE) held a reception at the House of Commons on Tuesday (31 October), sponsored by Huw Merriman, MP for Bexhill and Battle and a member of the Transport Select Committee. Rupert Clubb, director of communities, economy and transport at East Sussex County Council and chair of the TfSE Senior Officer Group, told Transport Network there had been a very positive response from the local MPs who attended.
He said: ‘What is important in a sub-national transport body is the ability to speak with one voice and our MPs are fundamental to that.’
There are 11 councillors from across the south east on the board of TfSE. 8 are Conservative (though one of them is non-voting), 3 are Labour.