COVID-19: Government help and fighting disinformation

Over the last week the Government has been focused on restricting the spread of the coronavirus by introducing new social distancing measures and urging people to stay at home as far as possible. The early indications are that this may be starting to slow the rate of new infections of the virus, so whilst this […]

Supporting our community

Over the last week I have had meetings, conference calls and contact through digital media with many local organisations and businesses to discuss the impact the Coronavirus is having on our daily lives. Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who has offered to help in the community, and for the work of our councils […]

COVID-19: Take the right precautions

Whether or not we have suffered from the coronavirus directly, all our lives will now be touched by its consequences. The latest guidance from the Department for Health is that if you believe you have the symptoms of the coronavirus, which are a high temperature where you feel hot to touch on your back or […]

Supporting local successes

The official breaking of the ground to mark the start of the construction of the new Turner Free School in Cheriton took place last Friday. I was delighted to be able to support the event, along with Councillor Ann Berry, the Chairman of Folkestone and Hythe District Council. The Turner is the successor school to […]

Rethinking media regulation

Article written for Bright Blue's spring 2020 edition of Centre Write The most popular media for some of the most vulnerable people in society, our children, is the least regulated. For most social media accounts, you are required to be 13 to register to use the service, however there are no effective age verification tools […]

The future of Dungeness ⚙️

The nuclear industry has been one of our largest local employers for many decades. Over one thousand people either work at the power stations at Dungeness or in the supply chains that they rely upon. The advanced decommissioning of the Dungeness A station, which ceased energy production in 2006, will continue into the 2030s. Dungeness […]

Shepway Sports Trust and the Folkestone Coastal 10K

We have seen big investments over the last ten years in the sports facilities across the district. Much of this has been led by the Shepway Sports Trust, of which I am a trustee, in particular with the creation of the Three Hills Sports centre in Folkestone, providing excellent all-weather facilities for cricket, hockey and […]

BBC SPORT: Panorama - Fresh questions over Mo Farah's relationship with Alberto Salazar

Article by Mark Daly - published 24 February 2020 Fresh questions over Mo Farah's relationship with his banned former coach Alberto Salazar have been raised in a new BBC Panorama investigation. Documents show Farah repeatedly denied to US Anti-Doping (Usada) investigators he had received injections of the controversial supplement L-carnitine before the 2014 London Marathon. […]

Facebook must not be allowed to dictate how it gets regulated

My piece for WIRED UK, published 20 February 2020 What happens on Facebook matters. The social network connects billions of users around the world, and is for many of them their principal way of receiving news and engaging with their community. When Facebook’s systems are exploited by Russia to interfere in elections, by extremists to […]

Storm Dennis and the future of the BBC

Although this has been a relatively mild winter in east Kent we have now seen another major storm break on our shores. Storm Dennis has caused loss of life and brought more disruption to homes and services across the country. It has had a major impact on travel plans with the temporary closure of the […]

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