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New Plan for Immigration

Wednesday 27 April 2022 The UK has a proud history of welcoming those in desperate need of help. We are a fundamentally generous nation recognised as a beacon of humanity, openness, and opportunity around the world. You only need to look at the enthusiastic response to the Homes for Ukraine Scheme to see that we […]

The Times: Channel 4 Dispatches exposé finds abuse and racism rife in Metaverse

Article by James Beal for the Times - published 25 April 2022 An undercover documentary has revealed rampant sexual and racist abuse in the virtual reality world of the Metaverse. The investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches uncovered disturbing behaviour by a host of individuals taking part in the Metaverse, a 3D online community spearheaded by Mark Zuckerberg, […]

Daily Express: Texas holdem - Forget EU trade Britain is set to sign 20 US deals worth trillions this year

Article by David Maddox for the Express - published 21 April 2022 Ms Mordaunt told MPs that she has just returned from a trip to Texas which expects to sign a trade deal with the UK in October. But she said that the first of 20 such deals with US states are about to be […]

Child abuse, violence, assault: Doesn't Facebook care about its content moderators?

Article written with Sean Casten and Phumzile Van Damme for the Independent - published 13 April 2022 Recent revelations have laid bare Facebook 's continued neglect of contract content moderators around the world. As the Online Safety Bill and other legislation is enacted, we are calling on lawmakers all over to seize this golden opportunity and set minimum standards for […]

Queen’s Speech is the perfect opportunity to fix online competition laws

Article written for The Times - published 11 April 2022 On April 19, the day the House of Commons returns after the Easter recess, we will debate and vote on the Online Safety Bill. This is a world-leading piece of legislation, that will set mandatory minimum safety standards for social media platforms, and create an […]

Congestion on the M20

Friday 8 April 2022 Over the last week we have seen some of the most challenging road conditions in Kent in the past seven years.  The M20 has been closed to coastbound traffic between junctions 8 and 11, and that section of the motorway is being used to hold nearly 2,000 queuing lorries. These queues […]

Folkestone 51

Friday 1 April 2022 We are all appalled at the behaviour of the management of P&O Ferries in dismissing their entire workforce and replacing them with agency workers being paid well below the minimum wage. Its chief executive Peter Hebblethwaite has even admitted in front of a parliamentary committee that P&O Ferries was in breach […]

P&O Ferries

Thursday 24 March 2022 This week in the House of Commons, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak set out in the Spring Statement his plan to support the recovery of the economy, following the COVID pandemic. Whilst the economy is expected to grow 3.8% this year, and be bigger than it was before the […]

Napier Barracks

Monday 21 March 2022 On 11 March I visited Napier Barracks in Folkestone, along with the Leader of Folkestone and Hythe District Council, Cllr David Monk. We were given a tour of improvements made to the facilities for the three hundred asylum claimants who are resident there. The Barracks is being used as a temporary […]

Tech giants must NOT be allowed to become 'editor-in-chief of the free press', MPs warn - amid growing calls to strengthen Online Safety Bill and better protect news publishers

Article by Jim Norton for the Daily Mail - published 18 March 2022 Tech giants must not be allowed to become 'editor-in-chief of our free press', the chair of an influential parliamentary committee has warned. Damian Collins MP yesterday added his voice to calls for stronger protections for recognised news publishers within the Online Safety […]

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