Category: Weekly Blog

Draft Online Safety Bill Committee

Wednesday 11 August 2021 Just before the start of the parliamentary summer recess I was elected to chair a special Joint Select Committee composed of members of the House of Commons and House of Lords, to scrutinise the Government’s proposed Online Safety Bill. The committee will hold hearings in the autumn and present its findings […]

Project Gigabit

Wednesday 4 August 2021 This week the Government confirmed that residents in the Folkestone and Hythe constituency, as well as in many other parts of Kent, will benefit from further investment from the Project Gigabit fund. Over the next few years the government has committed £5billion to levelling up internet access across the UK, and […]

Folkestone Triennial is back

Wednesday 28 July 2021 Last Wednesday I joined Lewis Biggs, the curator of the 2020 Folkestone Triennial, for a tour of some of the new artworks for this year’s show. The Triennial had been delayed since last autumn, but now makes its return with some spectacular new artworks, that are not only talking points in […]

Second reading of the Borders Bill

Wednesday 20 July 2021 On Tuesday this week I spoke in the House of Commons in support of the Government’s new Nationality and Borders Bill. This is important and necessary legislation to address the growing problem of illegal entry to the UK by migrants crossing the Dover straits. In 2020, more than 8,500 people made […]

Online abuse and the Euros

Wednesday 14 July 2021 Last Sunday night the fantastic campaign of the England men’s football team came to an end after a floodlit penalty shootout at Wembley stadium. Whilst it’s easy to be frustrated at what might have been, we should instead thank this young and talented team for the great entertainment they have provided […]

First reading of the Borders Bill

Wednesday 6 July 2021 On Monday Boris Johnson announced the Government’s intentions for the final stage of the roadmap out of the coronavirus social contact restrictions. From 19 July we will see an end to legal restrictions, including social distancing and mask-wearing requirements. In addition to these, large events will be able to restart, restrictions […]

The Gig Economy

Wednesday 30 June 2021 The digital economy plays a central role in most people's daily lives, something that has greatly increased during the coronavirus pandemic. Not only do we increasingly use the internet to access services and purchase products, but a rapidly rising number of people rely on it for their work. One of the […]

The Events Research Programme

Wednesday 23 June 2021 The latest information about the spread of the coronavirus in the Folkestone and Hythe constituency is the best indication yet of the power of the vaccine. Over the last few weeks there has been a clear increase in the spread of the virus, which has been back at the levels last […]

Pausing Step 4 of the roadmap

Wednesday 16 June 2021 We’ve made great progress this year in bringing the spread of the coronavirus under control, reducing infection and hospitalisation rates, and vaccinating over 50% of all adults with both jabs of the vaccine. We’ve successfully unlocked our economy and society without seeing a significant rise in infections, but despite all that […]

Defueling Dungeness B and the Boundary Commission review

Wednesday 9 June 2021 This week EDF energy has announced that they will not be resuming electricity generation at Dungeness B, but will instead commence the defueling of the power station later next year. This brings to an end the operating life of a power station that since 1983 has created thousands of jobs and […]

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