Category: Weekly Blog

Folkestone and Hythe District Council's Accelerated Delivery Board

On Friday last week I chaired the first meeting of the Folkestone and Hythe District Council's ‘accelerated delivery board’, which was held at the Civic Centre in Folkestone. The board brings together representatives from the District and Count Councils, the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, Network Rail, and some of the major development projects in […]

Why I Will Not be Supporting the Proposed EU Withdrawal Agreement

I will not be supporting the agreement proposed last week by the Prime Minister, for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. My concerns are that it does not deliver the Brexit that people voted for, and that it could leave the UK locked into a relationship with the EU that would […]

The Budget

On Monday the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond delivered his budget for the year ahead, and was able to confirm that the national debt is now falling as a proportion to the size of the economy. In fact, in the last year, debt has fallen faster than was predicted, which has given the Chancellor […]

Arron Banks

It was reported in the media last week that the millionaire businessman Arron Banks intends to write to every voter in the Folkestone and Hythe constituency criticising me over my position on Brexit. Mr Banks has no connection to this area, he lives on his country estate near Bristol, spends part of his time tending […]

Seafront Development

Last Wednesday I attended the special exhibition at the Customs House in Folkestone, for the detailed plans for the first phase of the Seafront development. It has been proposed that the first buildings will be constructed at the eastern end of the site, close to the coastal park and the Leas Lift. It is excellent […]

Brexit Update

Following the meeting of European leaders in Salzburg last week, there has been a renewed focus on the Brexit negotiations, with people understandably wanting to know where we stand now. Firstly, let’s be clear that these talks are not about whether or not we leave the European Union, but what our future relationships will be […]

Our local heritage and arts

Last Saturday I was invited to speak about heritage and the arts at the Big Tent Ideas Festival in Cambridge, and was asked in particular about their role in the regeneration of Folkestone. The Festival, which was organised by my parliamentary colleague George Freeman, was a cross party event to bring people together to discuss […]

Back To School

The first week of September marks the beginning of the new academic year, and for many pupils it will mean starting a new school. This is always a big moment, both for the students and their families. This week though, the 120, year seven pupils at the Turner Free School in Cheriton have the added […]

Reducing Crime in Folkestone & Hythe

If you are a victim of crime, there are no statistics that will persuade you as to the safety of the area where you live. However, overall our Folkestone and Hythe district has a crime rate below the average for Kent and is the fourth lowest of the County’s twelve local authority areas; lower as […]

Step Short

For the last ten years, Step Short, Folkestone’s First World War centenary charity, has worked to commemorate the sacrifices of all the men and women who were part of that terrible conflict, either on active service, or as vital support personnel. These acts of remembrance are important for every community in this country, but have […]

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