Category: Weekly Blog

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 […]

Autumn Statement

On 22 November the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, delivered his autumn statement to the House of Commons and was able to report back on the marked improvement in the economic outlook for this country in the past year. Inflation has halved, meeting the target set by the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. It is […]

We Will Remember Them

Armistice Day on 11th November is our annual memorial for those members of our armed forces who gave their lives in the service of this country, in the two world wars and in all conflicts since 1945. For me this anniversary and Remembrance Sunday have a particular significance given the role played by the Folkestone […]

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