Category: Weekly Blog

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 […]

My Choice for Conservative Party Leader

On 5 September the Conservative Party will announce the result of the election for its new leader, the person who will then become our new Prime Minister. For me, that has to be our Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss. I have known Liz since we were university undergraduates at Oxford, and we both entered the House […]

Summer of Sport

Last Sunday tens of millions of us watched the England Women’s Football team triumph in the final of the European Championships at Wembley Stadium. This was a great moment for English football as we secured our first senior tournament win since 1966. I would like to send my congratulations to the manager Sarina Wiegman, team […]

Local Traffic Update

This past weekend we have again seen major delays to passenger and freight traffic seeking to make their journeys to France across the Dover straits. This was caused by the combination of very high levels of holiday traffic, due to the end of the school year, and also the understaffing by the French authorities of […]

Leadership Election & Road Safety

It is often said that a week is a long time in politics and the recent turn of events has certainly demonstrated how quickly things can change. The resignation of many government Ministers required a reorganisation of the administration. In that regard, last Friday I was honoured to be asked by the Prime Minister to […]

Rail Strikes & Small Modular Reactors

Last week’s RMT rail strike caused huge disruption across the country, including in Kent, where most local services were cancelled, and many stations closed. This has stopped some people, including front line public sector workers, from being able to get to work, and also made the journeys harder for some students sitting exams; a concern […]

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