Category: Weekly Blog

Preparing for Brexit and beyond

Since Boris Johnson was appointed as Prime Minister at the end of July, the primary focus of the government has rightly been preparing the United Kingdom to leave the European Union at the end of October. There have been renewed efforts to re-open the negotiations on the withdrawal agreement between this country and the EU, […]

Hythe Town Council’s dementia awareness forum

Over the last four years, Hythe Town Council’s dementia awareness forum has done great work to raise the profile in the local community of the needs of people living with dementia, as well as their carers. Last Friday I was invited by Dudley Shipton and Ann Mayne who lead the forum to a special event […]

Our new Party Leader

Today I attended the special Conservative Party meeting held at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in Westminster to hear the result of the leadership election. Boris Johnson’s very strong showing, with over 66% of the votes cast by members of the party, gives him a clear mandate to lead and tackle the challenges that […]

Boris Johnson in Kent

On Thursday last week I attended a specially organised meeting in Dover, where Boris Johnson addressed hundreds of Conservative Party members from across East Kent about his priorities for government, should he be chosen next Wednesday to be our new Prime Minister. The event was hosted by the Dover MP Charlie Elphicke and also supported […]

Southern Water

I was shocked to see the result this week of the investigation by the water and sewage regulator Ofwat, into Southern Water’s business practices over a seven-year period, from 2010 to 2017. The company has been hit with a record fine of £126m as a punishment for spills of wastewater into the environment from its […]

Our Next Prime Minister

This week the Conservative Party Members of Parliament will choose the final two candidates to be its new leader and our next Prime Minister. There will then follow a ballot of all party members across the country to choose the winner; this election is due to be completed by 20th July. At the time of […]

Conservative Party Leadership Contest

On Thursday this week the Conservative Party will start the process of electing its next leader and our new Prime Minister. I believe that person must be someone with the drive, personality and intelligence to solve the greatest political crisis Britain has faced in decades. One that has seen the Brexit deadlock shake our public […]


Last Friday I met with representatives from the resident’s associations covering central Folkestone, The Leas and The Bayle, to discuss policing in the town. They have raised concerns with me about street crimes and drug related offences in the town centre and harbour areas, in particular, and what more can be done to prevent them. […]

Local Elections

We should respect all people who are prepared to put themselves forward for public service as an elected representative. In taking that step candidates open themselves up for scrutiny, debate and criticism, and of course the final public judgement of their actions at the ballot box. This is not something that everyone would be prepared […]

Investment in Folkestone & Hythe

Over the last eight years we have seen a tremendous change in investment into our district for new homes and businesses. This has created new jobs and opportunities as well as supporting the regeneration of the harbour and old town areas of Folkestone in particular. Much of this has been led by private investors, not […]

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