Category: Creative Industries

Folkestone Triennial is back

Wednesday 28 July 2021 Last Wednesday I joined Lewis Biggs, the curator of the 2020 Folkestone Triennial, for a tour of some of the new artworks for this year’s show. The Triennial had been delayed since last autumn, but now makes its return with some spectacular new artworks, that are not only talking points in […]

Folkestone & Hythe Express: £580k arts and tourism boost

Article by Matt Leclere for the Folkestone & Hythe Express, published 7 April 2021 A multi-million pound funding package to support arts and heritage groups has been awarded by the government. The funding provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will help support the arts, culture and tourism sector emerge from the […]

Ad industry can help to spread 'truth virus' in fight against fake news

Article written for Campaign - published 8 April 2020 There is no corner of the world that has been left untouched by the coronavirus. It is taking lives and may yet be the cause of the greatest economic crash since the great depression of the 1930s. Alongside this, we have seen another virulent and damaging […]

A thriving local tourism industry means we have lots to look forward to in 2016

Last week was English Tourism week and on the Friday I met with Sandra Matthews-Marsh, the chief executive of Visit Kent, to discuss the importance of this vital industry to our county. Tourism is one of our largest employers, and accounts for around 12% of all jobs in Kent. Whilst visitors from the rest of […]

Folkestone is fast becoming a hub for start-ups and small businesses

This week the latest survey published by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shows more growing confidence as the economy recovers. Small businesses collectively are the major employers in this country, as more people work for them than for large firms. They are also closer to the ground and more sensitive to changes in the […]

Arts Minister backs our campaign to save the Folkestone Banksy

On Friday last week in the House of Commons, I asked the Minister of State for the Arts, Ed Vaizey MP, if he supported our campaign to save the Banksy artwork, that was recently removed from Payers Park, for the people of Folkestone. Below you can read the account taken from the official parliamentary record […]

My appeal to the Godden family to save the Banksy for Folkestone

I was very disturbed to hear that yesterday the Banksy artwork on the wall of Palace Amusements in Folkestone was removed at the request of the Godden family who own the building. It is their intention that the artwork should be sold at private auction. The Godden family have raised concerns about the maintenance of […]

Government Minister is full of praise for Folkestone's Triennial Art Festival and Creative Quarter.

Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport joined me in Folkestone last week for a guided tour of the Triennial Arts exhibition, with Roger De Haan and the Creative Foundation’s chief executive, Alastair Upton. We visited a number of the most popular works including the new Payers Park by the London […]

The upcoming jobs fair and more great news as local investment continues to rise while unemployment falls.

My motivation for getting involved in politics was to use the position of being Member of Parliament to work to help everyone have the chance to achieve what they want to in life. At the last general election four years ago, the greatest threat to the opportunities people wanted to pursue was the weak state of the […]

Folkestone Triennial Launched

The Folkestone Triennial is here again and at the launch last week it was confirmed that Yoko Ono, one of the exhibiting artists, will be visiting the town in a few weeks’ time, and that she is particularly keen to see the Step Short memorial arch on The Leas, which was opened by Prince Harry […]

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