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Return of garden waste service

Wednesday 22 September 2021 Last Friday I visited Lydd Airport to meet with David Hainsworth, the managing director, and members of his operations team. The airport has been a feature of life on Romney Marsh for over sixty years and is still an important part of the local economy. I was pleased to hear that […]

Winter COVID plan

Wednesday 15 September 2021 This week the Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, set out the Government’s coronavirus strategy for the winter. Before looking at the specifics of those plans, it’s worth reviewing where we are now. Despite the spread of the delta variant of COVID-19, the most infectious strain we have seen so far in the […]

Jewish News: Search engine ‘antisemitism’ will go unpunished by draft harms bill

Article by Lee Harpin for Jewish News - published 9 September 2021 The government’s bill to tackle antisemitic and racist hate online will fail to punish the Microsoft search engine Bing for directing users to a website pumping out vicious anti-Jewish content, a charity chief has told MPs. Danny Stone, director of the Antisemitism Policy […]

The Times: Rio Ferdinand: I had to explain racist emojis to my children

Article by Matt Lawton for the Times - published 9 September 2021 Rio Ferdinand has described the “24-7” impact of online racist abuse, revealing how he had to explain to his children the meaning of deeply offensive emojis that were sent directly to him in social-media posts. The former England and Manchester United defender, now […]

Mill Leese

Wednesday 8 September 2021 This week Boris Johnson has set out a series of measures to provide the resources our NHS needs to catch up with the demands for treatment following the coronavirus pandemic, and also to provide a long-term funding plan for social care. A new health and social care levy commencing in April […]

Napier Barracks update

Wednesday 1 September 2021 Last week the government announced its intention to continue to use Napier Barracks for temporary accommodation for asylum seekers for a further five years. An agreement has been reached between the Home Office, the Ministry of Defence and the house builder Taylor Wimpey who have acquired the site, that means it […]

The Times: Age checks needed for children online, say MPs

Article by Steven Swinford for The Times - published 31 August 2021 Senior MPs have urged ministers to impose mandatory age checks on social media websites to stop children from being exposed to harmful material. The Tory MPs said that the government’s plans for the Online Safety Bill were too “woolly” and had to be […]

The Daily Mirror: Social media firms urged to impose age checks to prevent youngsters finding porn

Article by Pippa Crerar for the Daily Mirror - published 31 August 2021 Social media companies have been urged to voluntarily impose age checks on their sites to stop children from being exposed to harmful material. Children's Commissioner for England Rachel de Souza is meeting tech bosses this week to challenge them to help keep […]

KentOnline: Napier Barracks in Folkestone to house asylum seekers for four more years

Article written by Sam Williams for Kent Online - published 27 August 2021 Army barracks in Kent will be used to house asylum seekers for a further four years, it has been revealed. The Home Office took over the running of Napier Barracks, in Folkestone, last September as it dealt with an influx of people arriving in […]

Gurhka hunger strike

Wednesday 24 August 2021 On Thursday last week I visited the Gurkha hunger strike close to the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall, that was being conducted by retired servicemen Dhan Gurung and Gyanraj Rai, and Pushpa Rana Ghale, a Gurkha widow who had travelled from Nepal. This was the thirteenth day of their strike, and […]

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