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Local COVID testing and vaccines

Our NHS is leading the world in the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine. We were the first country to use the Pfizer vaccine, and we now have regulatory approval for the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, and the Moderna vaccine. We have vaccinated more people against coronavirus as a proportion of our population than any other country […]

The Daily Telegraph: Online harms laws in danger of being watered down in US trade talks, Government warned

Article by Mike Wright for the Daily Telegraph - published 12 January 2021 Online harms laws are at risk of being watered down in US trade negotiations, two former culture secretaries have warned the Government. Jeremy Wright and Karen Bradley have put their names to a letter calling on Liz Truss, the International Trade Secretary, to […]

The Daily Telegraph: Social media crackdown is inevitable after Trump ban, ex-Culture ministers say

Article by Hannah Boland for the Daily Telegraph - published 11 January 2020 Social media firms can no longer shun responsibility for what is posted on their sites after banning Donald Trump and face an inevitable crackdown, former digital ministers have said. Companies including Twitter, Facebook and Snap last week took action to silence the […]

The Times: Donald Trump’s social media ban prompts questions over regulation

Article by Jack Malvern for The Times - published 11 January 2021 The decision by social media giants to ban President Trump raises a “very big question” over how they are regulated, Matt Hancock has said. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram blocked Mr Trump’s accounts after his supporters stormed the US Capitol last week. Mr Hancock, the health […]

Social media failed in duty of care over Capitol Hill riot

Article written for the Times - published 8 January 2021 We should be shocked at the scenes in Washington DC, of protesters storming the Capitol building in order to try and stop Congress from validating the election of Joe Biden to be the next president. These are appalling scenes and an attack on a fair […]

KentOnline: Kent MP calls on social media companies to ban accounts inciting violence after Donald Trump riots in US

Article by Paul Francis for KentOnline - published 7 January 2021 A Kent MP is calling on social media companies to ban accounts that incite violence and spread disinformation in the wake of the Trump riots. Folkestone and Hythe Tory Damian Collins, a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, believes online platforms […]

Lockdown 3

This is not the Happy New Year we were hoping for. Before Christmas the daily data produced by the Government, showing the numbers of new cases of coronavirus in Kent, was starting to look more positive. In Folkestone and Hythe there had been a sustained fall in the rolling seven-day average of new cases, from […]

Our New Deal with the EU

On Christmas Eve the Prime Minister announced that the Government had successfully negotiated a deal with the European Union on our future trading relationship. This will be debated in Parliament on 30th December, so that it can be ratified before the end of 2020. The deal delivers on the commitment made at the general election […]

Best wishes for Christmas

Since the start of this month we've seen a rapidly deteriorating position with the regards to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. On the 1st of December the rolling seven-day average infection rate per 100,000 people in the Folkestone and Hythe district was 193, whereas three weeks later it is nearly 700. In other parts […]

Drive-in COVID tests in Folkestone

This week the government has reviewed the tiers in England for the COVID-19 social contact restrictions. Not only is Kent staying within tier 3, but the whole of London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire have been included as well. I know that this will be disappointing for very many people who would have hoped […]

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Tomorrow, Folkestone vaccinations will start at the Civic Centre, running 7 days a week and 11 hours a day. For the most vulnerable, vaccinations will be rolled out in people's homes and care homes (for the most vulnerable) from Thursday this week. I know many were concerned and got in touch, but last week Folkestone patients were being vaccinated nearby in Dover instead.

Also, Romney Marsh vaccines will start being administered at Lydd Airport from Wednesday this week. With the Oaklands Health Centre in Hythe this will give us three vaccination centres in the district.

The most important thing to remember: please wait for the NHS to call you, and do not turn up at the Civic Centre, Oaklands or Lydd Airport without an appointment. Please email me at [email protected] if you have more concerns.
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The National Free School Meal Voucher Scheme will go live from Monday. Schools need to register before midday tomorrow, for more information go here: ... See MoreSee Less

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