Category: Weekly Blog

Levelling Up Fund & Local Jobs Fair

Folkestone last week received a multi-million pound regeneration boost from the government’s Levelling Up fund. Following a successful bid from Folkestone and Hythe District Council, we will receive an over £19million grant from the government which will be invested in improving the town centre. Over the past decade we have seen a tremendous regeneration of […]

SMRs in Dungeness & Upcoming Jobs Fair

On Monday this week I attended a meeting of the Cabinet of Kent County Council, at the invitation of the Leader, Cllr Roger Gough, to discuss the future of nuclear power at Dungeness. Along with Kent, and Folkestone and Hythe District Council, I am determined to do all I can to secure the long-term future […]

Tragic Incident in the English Channel

On Wednesday this week we received the tragic news of deaths in the Channel after a small boat carrying migrants to the UK got into difficulties. This follows a similar incident just over a year ago when 27 people drowned in just one day. I would like to thank the Coastguard, RNLI Lifeboats, the police, […]

Protecting Young People Online

This week the Online Safety Bill returned to parliament, for the first time since the government changes of the summer and autumn. As readers of this column will know this is an issue I have been campaigning on for years and was for a time also the responsible Minister for this Bill at the Department […]

Autumn Statement and the Festive Season

Last week the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, presented his autumn statement to the House of Commons, setting out the difficult decisions we have to take over the next two years, to bring down inflation, ensure public spending is at sustainable levels, and support those who need it most. The problems we face are […]

New UK-France Agreement on Illegal Immigration

This week the Home Secretary Suella Braverman has signed an agreement with her counterpart in France, Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin to increase efforts on the French coast to prevent small boats bringing migrants across the Channel to the UK. This will increase the number of French police patrolling along their coast to 300, and for the […]

Stopping Small Boat Crossings

There has been renewed focus this week on the growing crisis arising from the large numbers of migrants crossing the Channel in small boats. Let me say first that I want these crossings to stop. They are dangerous, have and will further lead to loss of life, create understandable fear and concern for the communities […]

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak

I congratulate Rishi Sunak on his election as leader of the Conservative Party. It is important that as our Prime Minister he receives the united support of Conservatives in parliament, as we work together to restore stability to the economy and continue delivering the manifesto on which we were elected in 2019. I had supported […]

A Historic Week in Parliament

Few of us will ever forget watching the majestic and dignified scenes of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on 19th September. It was an occasion which united millions of Britons in prayer, thanksgiving and reflection, as well as capturing the attention of even greater audiences watching around the world. On the Saturday evening before […]

My Tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Every Member of Parliament knows that the question you are most often asked, and particularly when visiting primary schools, is ‘have you met The Queen.’ I am proud to be able to say that I did briefly on two occasions, when despite having hundreds of people presented to her, she still sparkled for each of […]

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