Category: Weekly Blog

May Update

Earlier this month I was in Lydd for my regular surgery in the Guildhall when I observed a large group of men, casually dressed, advancing along the High Street. I quickly realized that they were Ukrainian army recruits who were staying at Lydd camp whilst they completed their infantry training. The Ukrainians have become such […]

Romney Marsh Public Meeting & Folkestone College

Earlier this month I organised and hosted a public meeting at the Assembly Rooms in New Romney with Southern Water and the Environment Agency, to discuss the work they are both doing to improve bathing water quality in Hythe Bay. There were also a number of concerns to be addressed about failures with the sewage […]

Local Tourism and Storm Overflows

The Easter weekend always feels like the start of spring, even when it comes early as it has this year.  For many local businesses, it is also the first important period of the tourist season. On 22nd March I was pleased to visit the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, at its station in Hythe, along […]

Spring Budget 2024

On 6 March the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, delivered the Spring Budget, setting out his ambition to back the hard-working people of this country. We know that times have been difficult over the past few years. The crisis in Ukraine and the impact this has had on worldwide fuel and food costs, have […]

My Civil Nuclear Roadmap Debate

On Thursday 22 February I organised a debate in the House of Commons focused on the future of nuclear energy in the UK, and in particular the important role that can be played by sites like Dungeness as locations for investment in new nuclear technologies. This is probably the biggest moment for the civil nuclear […]

St Mary's Bay - "The Sands" Development

Many local residents on Romney Marsh have raised their concerns with me about the abandoned building site at the location of the former Sands Motel at St Mary’s Bay. In 2016 Folkestone and Hythe District Council approved plans for 59 houses and 26 apartments which were supposed to be ready by 2019. The owner of […]

Holocaust Memorial Day & Folkestone Jobs Fair 2024

Every January we mark Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th of the month, and in parliament commemorations are held throughout the week that this important moment of reflection falls. On Friday 26 January I also attended the Holocaust Memorial Service held at Holy Trinity Church in Folkestone. The 27th January was chosen as Holocaust Memorial Day because […]

The Civil Nuclear Roadmap and Dungeness

The publication this month of the Government’s Civil Nuclear Roadmap marks another significant step forward in our campaign to guarantee the long-term future for the nuclear industry at Dungeness. Overall, the Roadmap outlines plans for the biggest expansion of nuclear power for 70 years, providing a massive investment which will substantially expand nuclear power, with […]

The Tragic Death of William Brown

This Christmas we have all been touched by the tragic death of the seven-year-old William Brown, after he was struck by a vehicle on Sandgate Esplanade on 6 December. Such incidents are every parent’s worst nightmare, that a young boy chasing after his football should lose his life in such tragic circumstances. We all feel, […]

Illegal Immigration and the Supreme Court

During a recent visit to Dungeness, I saw the RNLI lifeboat returning, bringing with it migrants that had been rescued from the Channel. Waiting for them on the shore was the team from Border Force, including a bus that would take the migrants to Dover where their claim for asylum would be registered. The whole […]

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