Category: Weekly Blog

Manchester monuments and the brave new world

I have written an article for Crossbow magazine which has been published at the Conservative Party conference by the Bow Group. I've included the text of the article below. At the base of a cross in the former St John’s churchyard in central Manchester lies the small memorial of a man who arguably helped to […]

Speaking at fringe event on low carbon economy at 7.30pm

I've been invited to speak at a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester at 7.30pm this evening. The event will debate the steps being taken by businesses to reduce their carbon emissions and the role that Government can play helping them. You can find the details of this event below. If you […]

Giving politics the X factor

I have written an article for 'Forward' magazine which is published today by the Conservative Way Forward group. You can read the text of the article below. The picture, above, included with this post, is the picture that was taken for the front cover of the magazine. The people featured are' left to right, Louise […]

Conservative conference preview

I have been asked by the Social Market Foundation think tank to write a preview article for their newsletter on the Conservative Party conference. You can read this article below and see the whole newletter on the Social Market Foundation's website - http://www.smf.co.uk/assets/files/Conference%20newsletter%202009%20FINAL.pdf Looking ahead to the Conservative Party Conference – Manchester 2009 Whatever happens […]

A view from Folkestone on the Calais Jungle

Last week the French government announced that it would clear the ‘Calais Jungle’ which is a shanty town encampment created by refugees and asylum seekers trying who are waiting to get a passage across the channel to the UK. Since the closure of the camp at Sangatte a few years ago there has been a […]

Lessons for today from Europe's history

Next weekend, the 3rd and 4th October, the Step Short project will be organising a programme of talks, walks, and events all marking the role Folkestone played during the First World War. These activities will be based around the University Centre and Quarterhouse in Folkestone and you can find out more details on the Go […]

We need to safeguard childhood as well as children

It looks like summer ended last Saturday and it was certainly a day that everyone seemed to be enjoying at the Hawkinge Fun Day. The event was well supported by everyone in the community and was a great showcase for local groups from the Allotment Society to the Scouts and Guides. It is also a […]

Welcome to High Speed Rail

I’ve always been a great fan of rail travel so I was particularly pleased on Monday morning when Folkestone became a part of the High Speed rail revolution, with the start of the first of the preview services being run by Southeastern trains. The full service will start in December, but for the next few […]

Move over Mr Red Tape

Like most parents with young children, our bank holiday weekend was full of some good quality family time. It’s been good as well over the summer to see local attractions from the amusements and beach at Dymchurch to the Coastal Park in Folkestone full of people enjoying themselves. We all know that young children can […]

School's out, but what's in?

This year we have seen a record A level results for schools in Kent, and my congratulations go to everyone involved; teachers, students and of course those supporting friends and family members who often find the whole process more nerve-wracking than the people actually taking the exams. Today it will be the turn of GCSE […]

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